Bolton Wanderers 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday

  • August 22, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson could face disciplinary action from the EFL, after he was sent to the stands as Bolton beat Sheffield Wednesday to progress in the Carabao Cup.

The incident in question occurred in the closing stages at Macron Stadium, as a poor challenge from Owls midfielder Barry Bannan which left Filipe Morais in a heap on the floor sparked a furious reaction from the Wanderers manager.

His Wednesday counterpart, Carlos Carvalhal, was also sent to the stands by match referee David Webb, where he was involved in a confrontation with stewards and home supporters - likely prompting further punishment from authorities.

As for the game itself, Wanderers held a three-goal lead going into the final 15 minutes courtesy of Dorian Dervite, an Adam Armstrong penalty and a header from Jem Karacan, but they were somewhat fortunate to hold off a late comeback from the visitors, who hit back twice through Jordan Rhodes and had another effort cleared off the line, to book a place in the third round for the first time in three seasons.

Following defeat at home to Derby County on Saturday, Parkinson made seven changes to his starting line-up - with Dervite, Beevers, Armstrong and Mark Beevers the only ones to retain their places.

Ben Alnwick replaced Mark Howard in goal, while there were also recalls for the likes of Stephen Darby, Mark Little and Derik Osede, amongst others.

Under a subdued atmosphere, it was Wednesday who created the first shooting opportunity, with Adam Reach seeing an effort blocked by Darby within the opening five minutes.

Bolton responded well and created a half-chance of their own, with Armstrong glancing a header wide from a Little cross, while Karacan also headed off-target as Wanderers began to gain a measure of success working the right-hand side.

The Owls came close to breaking the deadlock shortly after the half-hour, as Rhodes' near-post flick from a Ross Wallace corner flew inches over the crossbar, while another set-piece routine, this time at the other end of the field, resulted in Osede heading wide when it looked easier to score.

That came during a bright spell for Bolton, who did take the lead three minutes before the break as Dervite pounced on some slack defending in the Wednesday backline to volley home from close range.

Dervite was then the hero at the other end, twice blocking on the line to deny both Fernando Forestieri and Sam Winnall, before Wallace somehow skied his follow-up effort into the stands from six yards.

Bannan had one last chance to take the sides in level at the break, but Alnwick was equal to his attempted chip as Wanderers saw out of the half with a one-goal advantage.

There were no changes to either side as the players emerged for the start of the second period, which began with Dervite, the man of the moment, sending a looping header into the arms of Joe Wildsmith as he got forward to meet yet another corner.

Then, with 56 minutes on the clock, Wanderers hit Wednesday with a rapid counter-attack and were awarded a penalty as Wildsmith brought down Buckley inside the box.

Armstrong took responsibility for the spot-kick and made no mistake from 12 yards, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to double the home side's advantage.

Forestieri flashed a shot wide on the hour, as the visitors looked to reduce a deficit which would soon become even greater, with Antonee Robinson getting forward well down the left-hand side and crossing for Karacan, whose looping header was too good for Wildsmith and nestled in the back of the net to make it 3-0 to Bolton.

With the job seemingly done, Parkinson made two quickfire changes - bringing an end to Buckley and Karacan's evenings by introducing both Filipe Morais and Darren Pratley.

Adam Le Fondre soon followed, coming on in place of Armstrong, but Wednesday brought the game back to life with 14 minutes to play as Rhodes found himself in behind the Bolton defence to calmly slot beyond Alnwick.

Atdhe Nuhiu, also on from the substitutes' bench, came agonisingly close to making it 3-2 from the very next attack, somehow prodding wide when found unmarked at the far post, moments before Darby found himself in the right place at the right time to clear off the line after Marco Matias had beaten Alnwick.

Wednesday did force a tense finish, however, as he got on the end of a cross from Matias to head in with seven minutes to play, leaving a sparse crowd at the Macron on the edge of their seats.

Attentions soon turned to off-field matters, however, as both managers were dismissed following their reactions to a challenge by Bannan on Morais.

Incensed by the nature of the tackle, Parkinson stormed from his technical area and was soon followed by Carvalhal. Words were exchanged between members of both dugouts, forcing referee Webb to send both bosses into the stands.

Parkinson sat himself in the front row, before being ushered towards the directors' box, while Carvalhal became involved in a fracas which may well result in further punishment from the EFL - appearing to shove both stewards and home supporters before being calmed down by his backroom team.

Six minutes of added time passed by without incident, as Bolton saw out a 3-2 victory which sees them advance through to the third round for the first time since 2014 - when they were eventually eliminated from the competition at Chelsea.

Wanderers must now switch their focus back to league action, as they return to Championship football with a trip to Hull City on Friday.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Robinson, Beevers, Dervite, Darby, Little, Osede, Karacan (Pratley 69), Buckley (Morais 65), Armstrong (Le Fondre 73), Wilbraham
Subs Not Used: Howard, A Taylor, Madine, Earing
Booked: Karacan, Dervite
Goals: Dervite 42, Armstrong 57(pen), Karacan 64

Sheffield Wednesday: Wildsmith, Reach, Pudil, Lees, Palmer, Forestieri (Matias 70), Bannan, Abdi, Wallace (Joao 74), Rhodes, Winnall (Nuhiu 69)
Subs Not Used: Dawson, Hunt, Jones, Fox
Booked: Pudil, Bannan
Goals: Rhodes 76,83

Referee: David Webb
Attendance: 6,385

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