Bolton Wanderers 0-3 Brentford

  • September 23, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton set another unwanted club record on Saturday, as they lost 3-0 at home to Brentford to go six games without a goal for the first time in their history.

After losing by the same scoreline at West Ham United on Tuesday night, Wanderers suffered a fifth consecutive loss without finding the net for the first time, with their latest reversal on home soil extending that record by another game.

Brentford were worth every bit of their victory, with three stunning strikes from Yoann Barbet, Nico Yennaris and Ollie Watkins seeing the Bees pick up their first three-point haul of the campaign and leave Wanderers five points from safety at the foot of the Championship table.

Shifting focus back to league action after exiting the Carabao Cup, Phil Parkinson made eight changes to the Bolton side that started at London Stadium, with Mark Beevers, Antonee Robinson and Filipe Morais the only ones to retain their places. Despite reports to the contrary in the build-up to the game, there was no place amongst the substitutes for Sammy Ameobi.

Wanderers started the game brightly, with Adam Armstrong looking particularly lively in the final third, while Gary Madine forced Daniel Bentley into the first save of the afternoon as he connected with a corner from Filipe Morais on the volley.

Madine came even closer on 13 minutes as he connected with a cross from Mark Little, but his volley came back off the post as the deadlock remained intact.

Brentford's first effort on target arrived four minutes later, with Ben Alnwick alert to keep out a low shot from Romaine Sawyers before David Wheater cleared to safety.

Sawyers drilled over as he got another sight of goal from the next attack, before Josh Clarke saw a powerful drive parried to safety by Alnwick.

Then, at the midway point of the half, Madine came within inches of opening the scoring, taking the ball down on his chest before spotting Bentley off his line. The forward made an attempt to chip the Bees goalkeeper, but Bentley got back to tip the ball behind for a corner.

Wanderers continued to push forward as the half began to draw to a close, but they were hit seven minutes before the break as Barbet picked out the top corner with an outstanding free-kick.

Awarded for a foul by Reece Burke, Barbet stood over the ball 30 yards from goal and curled an absolute beauty beyond the despairing dive of Alnwick.

The visitors had the chance to double their lead, only for Watkins to get his legs tangled at the vital moment, as they were made to settle for a one-goal advantage going into the interval.

There were no changes to either side as the players came out for the start of the second-half, which began with Bolton once again on the attack but failing to seriously trouble Bentley in the Brentford goal.

With the clock reaching the hour and the situation looking unlikely to change, Parkinson made a double substitution - bringing Adam Le Fondre and Craig Noone on in place of Armstrong and Burke.

Those changes failed to have the desired effect, however, as Brentford made it 2-0 just 60 seconds later. Yennaris, who was afforded too much time and space in the centre of midfield, decided to take a pop at goal from 30 yards and, like Barbet before him, left Alnwick with no chance as his swerving strike flew into the top corner.

Alnwick, who, despite conceding twice, was putting himself into contention for the Man of the Match award, saving from Clarke moments later, shortly before Wanderers saw appeals for a penalty turned down when Beevers easily went to ground when under pressure inside the visiting box.

Bolton made their final change with 15 minutes to play, sacrificing Robinson in favour of the more attacking Aaron Wilbraham, but aside from a half-chance for Jem Karacan, the hosts never looked likely to reduce the deficit.

In fact, the ball was in their net six minutes from time, as Watkins received possession on the left-flank before cutting in and becoming the latest to pick out the top corner, sealing a comprehensive 3-0 victory.

Madine fired wide in the final minute as he looked to give Wanderers the smallest of reasons to cheer, but the final whistle was greeted with a chorus of boos as the home supporters remaining in the ground saw their side go an unwanted club-record sixth successive game without a goal.

Something surely has to give at Bolton, who return to action on Tuesday night when they face Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Beevers, Wheater, Burke (Noone 62), Robinson (Wilbraham 75), Karacan, Cullen, Morais, Little, Armstrong (Le Fondre 61), Madine
Subs Not Used: Howard, A Taylor, Dervite, Pratley
Booked: Burke, Karacan

Brentford: Bentley, Dalsgaard, Egan (Barbet 16), Bjelland, Henry, Yennaris, Woods, Clarke (Jozefzoon 75), Sawyers (Mokotjo 86), Watkins, Maupay
Subs Not Used: Daniels, McEachran, Shaibu, Mepham
Booked: Yennaris
Goals: Barbet 38, Yennaris 62, Watkins 84

Referee: Darren England
Attendance: 13,897

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