Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Burton Albion

  • December 16, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton dropped back into the Championship relegation zone, after they were beaten 1-0 by bottom-club Burton Albion at Macron Stadium.

Lloyd Dyer, so often a thorn in Wanderers' side down the years, scored the only goal midway through the first-half, as Nigel Clough's side soaked up what little pressure the hosts had to offer and leapfrog their opponents in the table.

David Wheater came closest to an equalising goal when his second-half header bounced down off the crossbar before being cleared to safety but it wasn't to be for the Trotters, who were booed off the field at the full-time whistle.

Having lost at Nottingham Forest last time out, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson made two changes to his side - both in defence - as David Wheater and Stephen Darby came in at the expense of Reece Burke, who dropped to the substitutes' bench, and Mark Little, who missed out completely.

It took just less than 60 seconds for the first chance of the game to arrive, and it did so in favour of the home side - but no player was alert enough to the danger, with Albion goalkeeper Stephen Bywater fortunate to escape after he fumbled a cross from Will Buckley.

The first real sight of goal arrived moments later, with Sammy Ameobi putting Gary Madine in on goal, but the Brewers recovered with a defender getting back to make a block.

Lucas Akins was the first to try his luck for the visitors, although his looping header was comfortable for Ben Alnwick, shortly before Karl Henry sliced a half-volley wide of the target after Burton failed to clear a cross from Josh Vela.

Wanderers should then have gone ahead on 18 minutes as Buckley raced on to a knockdown from Madine, but his shot from just inside the are was straight at Bywater, who made the save down to his right.

Dyer and former Trotters forward Marvin Sordell were both denied by Alnwick as the half reached it's midway point, but the Bolton goalkeeper was beaten from the next attack as Dyer drilled in on the volley from 25 yards to break the deadlock.

Madine twice saw free-kicks blocked as the home side looked to press for an immediate equaliser, while Ameobi cut inside from the right before forcing a low save out of Bywater as Burton took their one-goal advantage into the interval.

There were no changes to either side as the players came back out for the start of the second period, with Wanderers knowing they had to up their game if they were to find a route back into it.

They thought they had drawn level within six minutes of the restart, but Wheater's header from a corner bounced down off the crossbar without crossing the line, before a follow-up from Darren Pratley was turned behind.

Sordell seemed certain to score against his former employers at the other end, but for the vital interception of Darby, while Buckley headed over moments later having been picked out by a deep cross from Ameobi.

Ameobi then set his sights on goal, playing a neat one-two with Madine before forcing a low stop out of Bywater, while the same duo were involved again 12 minutes from time, with the Albion goalkeeper once again getting down to make the save from a narrow angle.

Sordell hit the side-netting, whilst also forcing a fine save out of Alnwick as the clock ticked into the final 10 minutes, before a free-kick from substitute Filipe Morais at the other end was deflected behind for a corner, from which Buckley fired over on the half-volley.

Four minutes of time was added for stoppages, during which Craig Noone saw a free-kick deflect to safety, but there was to be no way back for Bolton, who suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since September as they dropped back into the Championship relegation zone.

They return to action at Macron Stadium next Saturday, when they face promotion-challenging Cardiff City as the season reaches the halfway point.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Robinson, Beevers, Wheater, Darby (Noone 74), Pratley (Morais 59), Henry (Wilbraham 83), Vela, Ameobi, Buckley, Madine
Subs Not Used: Howard, A Taylor, Cullen, Burke

Burton Albion: Bywater, Brayford, Buxton, Turner, Flanagan, Naylor, Murphy, Akins, Miller (McFadzean 79), Dyer, Sordell (Scannell 85)
Subs Not Used: Ripley, Warnock, Allen, Palmer, Sbarra
Goals: Dyer 23

Referee: Andrew Madley
Attendance: 13,632

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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