Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 25, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's seven-game unbeaten run came to a screeching halt, as they were hammered 5-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Clearly up against a different class of opposition, the visitors fell behind inside 13 minutes as Willy Boly headed home from a corner, before Leo Bonatini doubled the advantage 12 minutes later after Diogo Jota had beaten Ben Alnwick to a loose ball on the edge of the box.

Ivan Cavaleiro added a third from the penalty spot shortly after the hour, only for Bolton to find a breakthrough with 16 minutes to go when Will Buckley slotted past John Ruddy from a Gary Madine assist.

The comeback was short-lived, however, with Cavaleiro firing home a fourth with eight minutes to play, before Jota completed the scoring in the closing stages, firing past Alnwick after a stunning assist from Ruddy.

Having thrown away a two-goal lead to be held to a 2-2 draw at home by Reading on Tuesday, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson made just one change for the trip to the Midlands - with Mark Beevers returning at the expense of Reece Burke, having served a one-match suspension.

With the action underway, it was Bolton who had the first opportunity of the game, but Wolves goalkeeper Ruddy pounced on a low cross from Josh Vela after he had intercepted a loose ball in the final third.

Ruddy was called into action again on six minutes, with Vela once again involved. This time, his free-kick picked out Madine, whose header was comfortable for the Wolves stopper. The Bolton forward took a blow to the head in challenging for the ball, requiring him to leave the field for a change of shirt after suffering a facial wound.

Jota was the first Wolves player to have an attempt on goal, only for David Wheater to make the block on 12 minutes, but the ball was in the net moments later as Boly rose highest to head a corner from Barry Douglas beyond a helpless Alnwick.

It should have been two just five minutes later, but Alnwick was at his absolute best to make an outstanding double save to deny Boly, before a follow-up effort was cleared off the line by Wheater.

Cavaleiro dragged an effort wide of the far post as Wolves increased the tempo midway through the half, while, at the other end, a rare venture forward from Antonee Robinson ended with him seeing a goalbound strike charged down.

The home side then doubled their lead on 25 minutes, as Jota beat Alnwick in a footrace. His lofted attempt looked set to nestle in the net but Bonatini made sure, stealing in ahead of both Wheater and Beevers to nod into the empty goal from close range.

Bolton desperately looked to reduce the deficit before the break, with Sammy Ameobi and Robinson both shooting tamely at Ruddy, before a late challenge from Wheater sparked a touchline confrontation which resulted in both managers being sent to the stands.

After 15 minutes where emotions were allowed to calm, the players returned to the field at the start of the second period without any substitutions having been made.

Following the restart, it was Wolves who carved out the first shooting chance as Bonatini's strike from close range was deflected behind by a combination of both Beevers and Wheater.

Adam Armstrong had cast a frustrated figure for much of the afternoon but suddenly became involved on the hour, cutting in from the left-hand side before bending a shot inches wide of Ruddy's far post.

The hosts extended their lead from the next attack, though, as Robinson tripped Romain Saiss inside the box, allowing Cavaleiro to fire past Alnwick from the penalty spot to make it 3-0.

That prompted a double change from Bolton, with Buckley and Craig Noone coming on in place of Ameobi and Armstrong, and it was one of those to be introduced who would further alter the scoreline.

After holding up the ball just outside the Wolves box, Madine put Buckley clean through on goal and he made no mistake in slotting underneath the body of Ruddy for 3-1.

Adam Le Fondre was ushered on in place of Darren Pratley for the final 12 minutes, as the visitors looked to stage an unlikely comeback, but it wasn't to be - with Wolves restoring their three-goal lead with eight minutes to go.

With too much time and space afforded to him, Cavaleiro stepped inside a soft challenge from Vela before thumping an unstoppage effort past Alnwick and into the top corner.

Ruddy kept his concentration to tip over a free-kick from Noone in the closing stages, shortly before providing the assist for Jota, who raced clear of the Bolton defence on 87 minutes to slot home a fifth and condemn Bolton to their heaviest loss at Molineux in 29 years.

As a result of their first loss since September, coupled with Sunderland's win at Burton Albion, Parkinson's side drop back to the bottom of the Championship table. They return to action next Saturday, when they host Barnsley at Macron Stadium in what has suddenly become a must-win fixture.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Ruddy, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Saiss, Neves, Douglas (Vinagre 89), Cavaleiro (N'Diaye 85), Bonatini (Costa 72), Jota
Subs Not Used: Norris, Batth, Costa, Price, Enobakhare
Booked: Jota, Neves
Goals: Boly 13, Bonatini 25, Cavaleiro 62(pen),82, Jota 87

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Robinson, Beevers, Wheater, Little, Pratley (Le Fondre 78), Henry, Vela, Ameobi (Noone 63), Armstrong (Buckley 63), Madine
Subs Not Used: Howard, Cullen, Darby, Burke
Booked: Wheater, Ameobi
Goals: Buckley 74

Referee: Keith Stroud
Attendance: 27,894

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