Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Swansea City

  • November 10, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton dropped into the relegation zone after losing at home to Swansea City, and in doing so set an unwanted club record.

Barrie McKay scored the only goal in the 15th minute at the University of Bolton Stadium, lashing home an unstoppable drive from the edge of the box, ensuing Wanderers slipped to a fourth consecutive home league defeat without scoring a goal for the first time in their history.

Sammy Ameobi came close to equalising on a number of occasions, most notably with a long-range effort that clipped the crossbar in the first-half, but it wasn't to be for Phil Parkinson's struggling side who sit just one place above the foot of the Championship table.

Having faced criticism for the number of changes to his team selection in recent weeks, Parkinson made just two from the defeat at Aston Villa eight days prior as Ameobi and Mark Beevers came in at the expense of David Wheater and Craig Noone - both of whom were named amongst the substitutes.

Both sides had half chances inside the opening 10 minutes, with Pawel Olkowski causing mayhem in the Swansea box early on, while Jay Fulton saw a cross turned behind by Ben Alnwick.

The game's telling moment arrived on the quarter-hour, though, moments after Beevers was alert to deflect a shot behind from Oliver McBurnie.

From the resulting corner, Bersant Celina miscued his effort and the ball ricocheted out to McKay who sent an unstoppable first-time drive flying into the top corner to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

They came close to doubling that advantage just two minutes later as a bending cross from Dan James flew just wide of Alnwick's far post.

Bolton's first sight of goal arrived on 26 minutes as Erhun Oztumer shot wide from the edge of the box, shortly before Celina volleyed over at the other end after being found unmarked eight yards from goal.

They were the thickness of the crossbar away from an equaliser seven minutes before the break, after a 30-yard piledriver from Ameobi was tipped onto the woodwork by goalkeeper Erwin Mulder.

Joe Williams and Clayton Donaldson both sliced wide in the latter stages of the half, which ended with Swansea leading 1-0.

Wanderers were back on the attack in the early stages of the second period, with Ameobi getting the ball out of his feet and prodding wide from close range on 52 minutes.

Oztumer was next to try his luck, dispossessing Leroy Fer before seeing a low attempt held by Mulder, shortly before Ameobi again fired in from distance only to be denied by the City goalkeeper.

Noone and Josh Magennis were introduced midway through the half, with Donaldson and Will Buckley withdrawn by Parkinson, but the changes failed to have the desired impact.

In fact, it was Swansea who looked the more likely scorers at this point and they could have made it 2-0 with 20 minutes to play as Joe Rodon headed over from a Celina corner.

Ameobi was again off-target after latching on to a pass from Williams on 78 minutes, while Noone's first involvement saw him steal the ball from Wilfried Bony before curing a shot narrowly over the crossbar with five minutes to play.

Four minutes of added time for stoppages came and went without any further goalmouth activity, aside from a half-hearted appeal for a penalty following a collision involving Oztumer, as Bolton registered yet another defeat on their way into the bottom three.

The international break means a two-week break for domestic football, with Wanderers' next game seeing them travel to Millwall on November 24.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Taylor (Doidge 81), Beevers, Hobbs, Olkowski, Lowe, J Williams, Buckley (Noone 67), Oztumer, Ameobi, Donaldson (Magennis 68)
Subs Not Used: Matthews, Vela, Grounds, Wheater
Booked: Buckley, Beevers, J Williams

Swansea City: Mulder, Roberts, van der Hoorn, Rodon, Grimes, Fulton, Fer, McKay (Olsson 62), Celina (Bony 80), James (Montero 76), McBurnie
Subs Not Used: Nordfeldt, Carroll, Carter-Vickers, Naughton
Booked: Olsson, Fer, Mulder
Goals: McKay 15

Referee: Graham Scott
Attendance: 14,090

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 32 33
20 AFC Wimbledon 33 31
21 Tranmere Rovers 32 26
22 Southend United 33 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 31 11
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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