Leeds United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 14, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton crashed out of the Carabao Cup at the first-round stage, losing to Leeds United on an evening where the attention of supporters was on news elsewhere.

With the action at Elland Road well under way, Wanderers broke the news that fans' favourite Adam Le Fondre was to leave the club in a reported transfer to Sydney FC.

Phil Parkinson's side trailed 2-0 at the time, with strikes from Patrick Bamford and Samuel Saiz putting United in control, and although a second-half consolation from Erhun Oztumer briefly threatened to make a contest of the tie, the Trotters fell at the first hurdle for the third time in four seasons.

With Championship survival once again the priority for Bolton this season, Parkinson made 10 changes to the team that drew with Bristol City on Saturday - with Josh Vela the only player to retain his place.

After referee Andy Haines had whistled for a start of events, it was the hosts who began the better as Bamford and Tyler Roberts both threatened inside the opening five minutes.

Bamford wasted a glaring chance to break the deadlock on 13 minutes, finding himself unmarked at the back post, but he lashed his close-range effort wide having been picked out by Saiz.

The former Chelsea and Middlesbrough forward was involved again moments later, firing narrowly wide of Remi Matthews' post from 25 yards, shortly before Jack Hobbs brought a first save out of Jamal Blackman after he got on the end of a corner from Oztumer.

It would be a case of third-time lucky for Bamford though, as he opened the scoring on 27 minutes, getting away from Hobbs before firing low past Matthews from the edge of the box.

Jack Harrison dragged an effort wide as Leeds remained on top in the immediate aftermath of that goal, and they doubled their lead on 35 minutes as they completed an outstanding counter-attacking move.

Having run the entire length of the pitch, Lewis Baker unselfishly squared the ball to Saiz. His first touch appeared to have killed the chance, but he worked a yard of space before firing back across Matthews and into the bottom corner.

Yanic Wildschut dragged a shot wide as Bolton looked to reduce the deficit before the break, but they couldn't find a way through as the half-time whistle went with them trailing 2-0.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began with Wanderers pulling a goal back within seven minutes of the restart.

A winding run from Wildschut saw him burst into the Leeds penalty area, before the ball broke loose for Oztumer to stroke home from the edge of the box for 2-1.

Bamford volleyed over as the hosts came within a whisker of restoring a two-goal advantage, while the same player fired straight at Matthews as he got on the end of a pass from Saiz on the hour.

Wanderers came close to equalising midway through the half, but debutant Jonathan Grounds clipped the top of the crossbar after Wildschut's initial effort was parried back into a dangerous area by Blackman.

Harrison shot over on the turn for Leeds as the clock entered the final 20 minutes, while Wildschut was denied by Blackman at the other end as he latched on to an outstanding ball from Craig Noone.

Tom Pearce and Noone fired wide at either end, before United took control in the latter stages - with Ezgjan Harrison and substitute Mateusz Klick both coming close to adding some gloss to the scoreline.

Bolton were unable to find a way back in four added minutes for stoppages, as their attention now turns back to the Championship and Saturday's trip to Reading.

Leeds United: Blackman, Shackleton, Ayling, Jansson, Pearce, Baker, Phillips, Harrison, Saiz (Alioski 69), Roberts (Klich 68), Bamford (Roofe 80)
Subs Not Used: Huffer, De Bock, Berardi, Shaughnessy
Goals: Bamford 27, Saiz 35

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Grounds (Taylor 74), Hobbs, Wilson, Little, O'Neil, Vela, Wildschut, Oztumer, Hall (Magennis 65), Donaldson (Noone 57)
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Beevers, Olkowski, Pritchard
Goals: Oztumer 52

Referee: Andy Haines
Attendance: 19,617

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22 Millwall 22 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 22 18
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