Stoke City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 02, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton failed to build on their weekend victory over Derby County, as their first trip to Stoke City in over six years ended in defeat.

Goals in each half from Bruno Martins Indi and Tom Ince gave the Potters all three points at the bet365 Stadium, although Wanderers were denied an equalising goal with the score at 1-0 as Josh Magennis' header from a corner was ruled out for a foul on goalkeeper Jack Butland.

With concerns over David Wheater's ability to play in each game, Trotters boss Phil Parkinson opted to rest his captain - with Marc Wilson returning from suspension to take up a place alongside Jack Hobbs at the heart of the defence.

Having started slowly in recent away games, Bolton began on the front foot and could have been ahead inside the opening three minutes as Will Buckley headed over following a wayward attempt from Jason Lowe.

Buckley was involved again moments later, getting away from his man down the left-hand side before crossing for Magennis, who volleyed over the top from close range.

Stoke's first chance fell the way of Ince, whose long-range drive was pushed behind by Remi Matthews, but the deadlock was broken from the next attack as Ince turned provider - delivering a corner from which Martins Indi powered home unmarked from six yards.

Former Wanderers loanee Benik Afobe should have doubled his side's advantage on the quarter-hour, bringing the ball under control before shooting over the crossbar, while Ince scuffed a shot into the ground as he latched on to a well-worked corner from Joe Allen midway through the half.

With the wind in their sails, Stoke came close yet again as Ince bent a free-kick narrowly off-target, before Saido Berahino forced Matthews into a save on the half-hour as he too linked up well with playmaker Allen.

There was little else to call as the half drew to a close, and the second period began in much the same fashion for the visitors, with the home side well and truly on top.

Ince was a constant thorn in the side of Bolton, with Pawel Olkowski and goalkeeper Matthews both on hand to deny the former Blackpool and Derby County midfielder within five minutes of the restart.

Then, with the clock ticking towards the hour, Wanderers forced Butland into his first save of the evening, with Craig Noone calling the England international into action after he received possession at the end of a move which also involved Erhun Oztumer and Joe Williams.

Yanic Wildschut entered the action on the hour, with Buckley the one to be replaced, and the on-loan Norwich City winger almost had an instant impact.

A corner from Oztumer was headed into the City net by Magennis, who thought he had equalised for 1-1. However, referee Simpson adjudged Wildschut to have fouled goalkeeper Butland, this chalking the goal off.

This was Bolton's best spell of the game and they came close again with 20 minutes to play, with Oztumer shooting narrowly wide after dropping the shoulder from an Olkowski throw-in.

The game was over as a contest four minutes later though, with Stoke substitute James McClean getting away from Jonathan Grounds before picking out Ince, who shot low and hard past Matthews to make it 2-0.

Wildschut and Ince were denied at either end as both sides looked to alter the scoreline late on, while Martins Indi somehow headed wide from close range as Wanderers struggled defensively once more.

Defeat for Bolton sees them drop one place to 15th in the Championship table, with Stoke just one place and two points below. Wanderers return to action on Saturday, when they host Blackburn Rovers in a televised Lancashire derby at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Stoke City: Butland, Martina, Williams, Martins Indi, Pieters, Woods, Allen, Ince, Bojan (McClean 68), Berahino (Fletcher 89), Afobe (Crouch 89)
Subs Not Used: Federici, Etebo, Shawcross, Edwards
Booked: Martina
Goals: Martins Indi 10, Ince 74

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Grounds, Hobbs, Wilson, Olkowski, Lowe, J Williams, Buckley (Wildschut 60), Oztumer, Noone (Donaldson 72), Magennis (Doidge 72)
Subs Not Used: B Williams, Vela, O'Neil, Wheater
Booked: Grounds, Noone

Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Attendance: 22,116

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Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
0.28% Craig Noone