Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Derby County

  • September 29, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Craig Noone scored the only goal, which he celebrated with the recently-retired Stephen Darby, as Bolton beat Derby County to end a five-game winless run.

Noone, who had only scored once in 34 previous appearances for Wanderers, broke the deadlock with 10 minutes played at the University of Bolton Stadium - heading beyond Scott Carson after being picked out unmarked at the far post by Will Buckley.

Frank Lampard's side, who were victorious at Manchester United on Tuesday, enjoyed 74% of the possession but mustered just one effort on target as they slipped to a first defeat in four.

Having played out a goalless draw at Ipswich Town last weekend, Wanderers lined up with two changes as Remi Matthews and David Wheater came in for the injured Ben Alnwick and suspended Marc Wilson.

With the action underway, it was the visitors who created the first shooting opportunity when Harry Wilson latched on to a flick from David Nugent. His cross picked out the run of Mason Bennett, whose attempt was charged down expertly by Buckley.

Wanderers had struggled to get a foothold in the early exchanges and were handed a chance on a plate on seven minutes, but Buckley lacked the composure required to test Carson after he pounced on a loose ball from Craig Forsyth in a central position.

Buckley was involved again moments later, however, in a move which would ultimately bring about the only goal of the game.

After an Erhun Oztumer corner was cleared to safety, Matthews recycled the ball with a diagonal that picked out Buckley on the left-hand side. Once away from his marker, the winger sent a deep cross to the far post where Noone was alert to head down and into the corner of Carson's goal.

Noone immediately set off on his celebration, entering the dugout and hugging the newly-retired Darby, who was recently diagnosed with the life-limiting Motor Neurone Disease.

Back on the field, tempers began to flare as both Josh Magennis and Pawel Olkowski received yellow cards for challenges deemed excessive by referee Scott Duncan.

Bolton then saw appeals for a penalty turned down when Buckley appeared to be body-checked inside the Derby box, while Nugent and Oztumer hit efforts off-target in added time as Wanderers took their advantage into the break.

Neither manager opted to make a substitution as the two teams came back out for the start of the second half, which began with Noone seeing a goalbound effort blocked within five minutes of the restart.

Frustrated with his side's inability to work a way through Wanderers' stubborn backline, Rams boss Lampard made a double change on 56 minutes as Tom Lawrence and Jack Marriott came on for Nugent and Bennett.

Marriott, one of those introduced, fired narrowly wide on the hour after he pounced on a poor clearance from Wheater, moments before Noone came within a matter of inches from doubling Bolton's lead at the other end - shooting wide after a free-kick from Jonathan Grounds had been flicked on by Magennis.

Carson was then called into action for the first time on 68 minutes, parrying away an effort from Buckley after he had dispossessed Richard Keogh just outside the Derby box.

Mason Mount was next to try his luck for the visitors, only for his deflected strike to go behind off Joe Williams, who shot behind himself at the other end moments later when it would perhaps have been a better option to slide in the unmarked Christian Doidge.

Craig Bryson found the stands behind the Bolton goal as Derby looked to claim an equaliser in the final five minutes, shortly before Matthews made his first and only save of the afternoon to deny Mount at close range as he got on the end of a pin-point diagonal ball from Keogh.

Five minutes were added for stoppages at the end of the game, during which neither side fashioned any further shooting chances - meaning Bolton held on to claim all three points.

The victory sees them move up one place to 14th in the Championship table, although Parkinson's side are remarkably just one point outside the play-off places and five from league leaders West Bromwich Albion.

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Grounds, Hobbs, Wheater, Olkowski, Lowe, J Williams, Buckley, Noone (O'Neil 74), Oztumer (Vela 85), Magennis (Doidge 74)
Subs Not Used: B Williams, Beevers, Donaldson, Wildschut
Booked: Magennis, Hobbs, Lowe
Goals: Noone 10

Derby County: Carson, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Forsyth, Bryson, Johnson, Bennett (Marriott 56), Mount, Wilson (Waghorn 77), Nugent (Lawrence 56)
Subs Not Used: Roos, Wisdom, Huddlestone, Malone
Booked: Johnson

Referee: Scott Duncan
Attendance: 14,096

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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