Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 27, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton failed to score for the 10th time in 15 matches, as they were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday.

Tom Lees scored the only goal shortly before the hour at Hillsborough, rising highest inside the Wanderers penalty area to head home a corner from Joel Pelupessy with 57 minutes on the clock.

That proved to be the Owls' only shot on target while the Trotters, who mustered just the one of their own, never looked likely to get back on level terms as they remain in the Championship's relegation zone.

Phil Parkinson made two changes to the Bolton side that held Millwall to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. David Wheater and Will Buckley both dropped to the substitutes' bench, allowing for Jack Hobbs and Yanic Wildschut make their returns to the side.

With the action underway, the first chance of the evening fell the way of the hosts as Stephen Fletcher dragged an effort wide from the edge of the box.

Marco Matias was next to try his luck for Wednesday, latching on to a pass from Adam Reach before seeing his strike blocked by Hobbs, shortly before a 25-yard drive from Sammy Ameobi was comfortably held by Cameron Dawson in the home goal.

Wanderers were back on the attack as the clock ticked towards the 20 minute mark. Joe Williams intercepted a loose pass from Reach before picking out the advancing run of Marc Wilson, who pulled his shot well wide from 20 yards.

Barry Bannan, once of the Trotters, dispossessed Wilson before seeing a long-range effort deflect behind midway through the half. From the resulting corner, the ball fell kindly at the fet of Michael Hector, who didn't come close to hitting the target.

Ash Baker went in to the referee's book in first-half stoppage time for a late challenge on Ameobi, moments before the same official blew his whistle to being a drab 45 minutes of football to an end with the game remaining goalless.

There was one change as the players came back out for the start of the second period, with Wednesday introducing Fernando Forestieri in place of Matt Penney.

The home side were on the attack within 90 seconds of the restart and should surely have doubled their advantage, but Reach couldn't direct his attempt on target as he connected with a volley on the edge of the box.

The deadlock was broken in the 57th minute though, as Lees broke free of his marker to head home a corner from Pelupessy to give Wednesday a lead.

Wanderers responded well and saw appeals for a penalty turned down when Wildschut went to ground on 65 minutes, with referee Gavin Ward adjudging an Owls defender to have taken the ball cleanly.

Ameobi fired over from range once again midway through the half, moments before a cross-cum-shot from Williams was inches away from the foot of Josh Magennis and a certain equaliser.

A gamble from Parkinson saw Christian Doidge and Clayton Donaldson introduced for the final 20 minutes, with Magennis and Pawel Olkowski sacrificed, and it wasn't long before the duo wasted a glorious chance to equalise.

After winning the ball in the final third, Williams picked out Donaldson. The former Birmingham City forward played a neat one-two with Doidge, before seeing his attempt at a bending strike fly tamely and harmlessly wide of the goal.

Williams went alone with little over five minutes remaining, but he too failed to trouble goalkeeper Dawson, while Reach struck the side-netting at the other end as Wednesday looked to put some gloss on the result with a counter-attack.

Defeat for Bolton sees them remain in the relegation zone after a 10th blank in 15 games. They return to action on Saturday, when they host Wigan Athletic in a Lancashire derby at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson, Lees, Hector, Thorniley, Baker, Bannan, Pelupessy, Penney (Forestieri 45), Matias (Joao 86), Fletcher (Nuhiu 35), Reach
Subs Not Used: Wildsmith, Fox, Onomah, Pudil
Booked: Baker
Goals: Lees 57

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Taylor, Beevers, Hobbs, Olkowski (Donaldson 69), Lowe, Wilson (Buckley 83), J Williams, Wildschut, Ameobi, Magennis (Doidge 68)
Subs Not Used: Matthews, Vela, Grounds, Wheater

Referee: Gavin Ward
Attendance: 20,861

Sky Bet League One Standings

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