Bristol City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • September 26, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton tasted defeat without scoring for the seventh game in succession, as they were beaten 2-0 by Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Goals in each half from Famara Deidhiou and Aden Flint settled the game, as Wanderers were once again devoid of ideas and creativity as they extended their losing run to lengths last seen in January 1903 - when they eventually went on to lose 10 games in-a-row.

They also had to play the entirety of the second half with 10 men, after Filipe Morais was shown his marching orders in first-half stoppage-time for a second bookable offence.

After suffering a humiliating 3-0 defeat at home to Brentford, Phil Parkinson opted for wholesale changes with just five players remaining from the side that started on Saturday.

Mark Beevers, David Wheater, Mark Little, Gary Madine and Morais were the only ones to retain their places, in a team which also saw league debuts handed to both Jeff King and Karl Henry in midfield.

With Jem Karacan missing through suspension, Darren Pratley captained the side having been recalled following a recent spell on the substitutes' bench.

Wanderers started brightly, with Craig Noone forcing the issue down the right flank. Having shrugged off the attention of his market, he stood up a cross towards the far post, but Madine was unable to get the better of Bailey Wright before Nathan Baker cleared to safety.

The home side immediately broke up the other end, with Jamie Paterson seeing a cross headed away by Henry, shortly before Wright volleyed inches wide of Mark Howard's post after capitalising on a poor clearance from Beevers.

Bolton came close to breaking the deadlock on 20 minutes. After the hosts had failed to deal with a cross from Little, the ball fell kindly at the feet of Pratley, whose effort deflected agonisingly wide and into the side netting.

Morais went into the referees notebook moments later for a late challenge on Korey Smith, one which would later prove to be costly.

City were back on the attack on the half-hour. Joe Bryan picked out the run of Paterson inside the Wanderers box, but his effort was parried by Howard as the game remained goalless.

The deadlock was broken on 39 minutes, though, as Paterson found space down the right-hand side. After rolling the ball across the face of goal, Deidhiou stole in behind Andrew Taylor before bundling it beyond a helpless Howard from close range.

Howard ensured the deficit remained at one going into the interval, denying Bobby Reid in a one-on-one situation, but things were to become all the more difficult for Bolton in the final moments of the half as Morais, already on a yellow card, was given his marching orders for a crunching challenge on Callum O'Dowda.

Despite going a man down at the end of the opening period, Wanderers emerged for the start of the second-half unchanged, as did their hosts, as they set about ending a goal drought which had surpassed the 10-hour mark.

Bristol City began the half the stronger and were denied in their attempts to double their advantage on 52 minutes, as Howard stuck out a leg to prevent Paterson from scoring after he had latched on to a flick from Reid.

It wasn't until the midway point of the half that Bolton became a threat and they came within inches of netting an equaliser, as Madine's looping header beat Frank Fielding before being cleared off the line by Flint.

That was all the visitors could muster, however, and the hosts were back in Wanderers territory moments later, with Howard at his absolute best to push away a curling strike from O'Dowda.

Madine was thwarted again by Fielding as he tried his luck from range with 20 minutes to play, but the game was over as a contest on 77 minutes as Beevers' headed clearance was picked up by Marlon Pack. Having squared the play to Flint, his shot took a wicked deflection and rolled into the corner of Howard's net to make it 2-0.

Substitutes Adam Le Fondre and Sammy Ameobi, making his first appearance of the season, both saw efforts come and go in the closing stages, as Bolton crashed to yet another defeat that sees them go six points from safety at the foot of the Championship table.

Wanderers return to action on Saturday when they hit the road once again. Next up, they make the journey to Aston Villa.

Bristol City: Fielding, Wright, Flint, Baker, Bryan, Paterson (Eliasson 67), Pack, Smith, O'Dowda, Reid (Woodrow 80), Deidhiou (Taylor 80)
Subs Not Used: Steele, Brownhill, Magnusson, Leko
Booked: Pack, Flint
Goals: Deidhiou 39, Flint 77

Bolton Wanderers: Howard, A Taylor, Beevers, Wheater, Little, Noone (Ameobi 55), Pratley, Henry, King (Le Fondre 78), Morais, Madine (Wilbraham 82)
Subs Not Used: Turner, Robinson, Cullen, Burke
Booked: Morais, Pratley, Wilbraham
Sent Off: Morais

Referee: Tony Harrington
Attendance: 17,203

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8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
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