Dundee 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • July 14, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's Scottish training camp will go down as a success, after they made it three wins in-a-row at the start of pre-season with a 2-1 victory at Dundee.

After beating Arbroath on Tuesday, itself on the back of a 3-2 win at Chorley last weekend, Phil Parkinson's side emerged with another success on Friday courtesy of first-half goals from Gary Madine and Josh Vela.

Phil Parkinson opted to name a completely fresh starting line-up for the game at Dens Park, as he utilised the same formula he did in midweek by giving the majority of his players 60 minutes of playing action.

There was a first outing of the summer for Derik Osede, who had been struggling with an ongoing Achilles injury, while Sammy Ameobi was also given 45 minutes on the day he put pen to paper on a 12-month contract at the club.

Filipe Morais continued to miss out, however, with the management team taking no chances as he battles against a lingering knee problem.

Wanderers, up against their toughest opposition yet, went ahead inside 19 minutes as a pass from Mark Beevers picked out the run of Madine, who comfortably slotted the ball beyond Scott Bain in the Dee goal.

That lead was doubled 10 minutes later and this time, Madine was the provider. Spotting a bursting midfield run from Vela, Madine put the academy graduate one-on-one with the final defender and there was only going to be one result, with Vela calmly drilling home from the edge of the box.

Bolton made two changes at the break, with Mark Howard and Chris Taylor replacing Ben Alnwick and Ameobi, while the remaining nine outfield players were all replaced shortly after the hour.

Howard was in outstanding form following his introduction, keeping out long-range strikes from Randy Wolters and Faissal El Bakhtaoui, before denying Marcus Haber from point-blank range, but he was beaten with 14 minutes to play as Paul McGowan slotted in from an unmarked position inside the box.

That was the way things would end, as Bolton maintained their 100% winning start to pre-season. They return to action on Tuesday, when they return to the North West with a game against AFC Fylde at Mill Farm.

Dundee: Bain (Gourlay 79), Kerr (Williams 75), Holt, Kamara (Haber 71), Allan (McGowan 71), O'Hara (Curran 79), El Bakhtaoui (Spence 71), Hendry, Wolters (Hateley 75), Wighton (Deacon 46), Waddell
Subs Not Used: Deacon
Goals: McGowan 76

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick (Howard 46), A Taylor (Lonsdale 61), Beevers (Dervite 61), Wheater (Brockbank 61), Darby (Little 61), Karacan (Osede 61), Pratley (King 61), Ameobi (C Taylor 46), Vela (Le Fondre 61), Buckley (Hall 61), Madine (Tabakovic 61)
Subs Not Used: Earing, White
Goals: Madine 19, Vela 29

Attendance: 2,227

Sky Bet Championship Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
20 Barnsley 7 7
21 Sunderland 8 6
22 Brentford 8 4
23 Birmingham City 8 4
24 Bolton Wanderers 8 2
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Poll

Who is Bolton's 2016/17 Player of the Year?
52.34% David Wheater
15.03% Mark Beevers
12.76% Gary Madine
10.81% Josh Vela
3.98% Jay Spearing
1.87% Andrew Taylor
1.26% Ben Alnwick
0.85% Liam Trotter
0.45% Mark Howard
0.41% Tom Thorpe
0.24% Lawrie Wilson