Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Oldham Athletic

  • October 15, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Zach Clough ended his long search for a goal, netting twice for Bolton as they recorded a 2-0 victory over Oldham Athletic.

Without a goal in 11 appearances, dating back to April, Clough opened the scoring inside 10 minutes at Macron Stadium with a superb free-kick from the edge of the Latics box.

He doubled his tally for the afternoon and secured the points with 13 minutes to go, prodding home from close range after a goalmouth scramble which had seen Sammy Ameobi have a shot cleared off the line.

Phil Parkinson made one change to the side that started against Swindon Town last time out, as Ameobi came in at the expense of James Henry, who dropped to the substitutes' bench following a week where doubts have lingered over his fitness.

The first chance of the game fell the way of the hosts, but Ameobi's early sighter ending up high and wide as he looked to find his range from 25 yards.

Wanderers didn't have to wait long for the deadlock to be broken, however, as they were awarded a free-kick on 10 minutes for a foul on Gary Madine by Paul Green.

After a discussion with captain Jay Spearing, Clough took responsibility of the ball and successfully lifted his effort over the Oldham wall before seeing it ripple the back of Connor Ripley's net.

It should have been two five minutes later, as a goalbound header from David Wheater was somehow pushed away by Ripley, before Tom Thorpe poked the rebound wide.

Carl Winchester had Oldham's first effort midway through the half, clipping a shot onto the roof of the Wanderers net from just outside the box, shortly before the same player had another attempt blocked as the visitors looked to step up their presence on the match.

Spearing was next to be denied, with Ripley making a comfortable stop from a dipping shot, before Oldham came close to equalising as a shot from Lee Erwin deflected inches wide of Mark Howard's post.

Bolton were handed a glorious opportunity to double their advantage on 35 minutes, with Ameobi finding himself one-on-one with Ripley, but the Oldham goalkeeper stood tall and made the block with his legs.

Gary Madine headed over with the final chance of the half, which ended with the home side taking a 1-0 advantage into the dressing rooms.

There were no changes to either side as the players emerged for the start of the second period, with play resuming after Wanderers were kept waiting on the field for their visitors.

Oldham began the half on top and were unfortunate not to have a clear sight of goal within three minutes of the restart, with Mark Beevers sliding in to make a timely challenge that denied Billy McKay.

Winchester fired over after getting on to a knockdown from McKay, before shooting off-target again on the hour after controlling a pass from Green.

Beevers then had the chance to double Bolton's lead, only to see his goalbound volley charged down, shortly before Madine forced a smart save out of Ripley with a header that seemed destined for the bottom corner.

Madine came even closer from the next attack, curling inches wide after working himself a yard of space just inside the Oldham box, before a counter-attack ended with Howard making an outstanding double stop to deny both Green and then Freddie Ladapo.

Bolton, who had looked increasingly on the back foot for a good period, then wrapped up the points with 13 minutes to play.

A corner routine saw Josh Vela scuff a shot straight into to the path of Ameobi. His effort was cleared off the line by Winchester, but Clough reacted quickest to poke the ball home off the underside of the crossbar.

Wheater's desperate search for a goal continued with 10 minutes remaining, with his effort being turned over as Ameobi looked to prod past Ripley, but, in the end, Bolton didn't need to add to their tally as they picked up all three points against their near rivals.

The win moves Parkinson's side back up to third in League One, ahead of a midweek trip to the capital when they face Millwall.

Bolton Wanderers: Howard, Wilson, Wheater, Beevers, A Taylor, Thorpe (Osede 78), Spearing, Vela, Ameobi (Henry 86), Clough, Madine (Proctor 72)
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Dervite, Anderson, Trotter
Goals: Clough 10,77

Oldham Athletic: Ripley, B Wilson (Dummigan 79), P Clarke, Burgess, Reckord, Flynn, Winchester, Fane (Jahraldo-Martin 79), Green, McKay (Ladapo 58), Erwin
Subs Not Used: Gettings, Klok, Banks, Dunne
Booked: Burgess

Referee: Carl Boyeson
Attendance: 14,891

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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