Bristol City 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • January 12, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's difficult week off the field came to a disappointing end on it, as Bristol City came from behind to inflict defeat on Wanderers at Ashton Gate.

Leading through Will Buckley's 58th minute header, the Trotters conceded twice in the space of just three minutes as substitutes Matty Taylor and Kasey Palmer, both of whom had been on the field for just five minutes, handed the home side all three points that maintained their push for the play-offs.

Wanderers, meanwhile, drop one place to 23rd in the Championship table, four points above bottom club Ipswich Town - who were 1-0 winners over Rotherham United on Saturday afternoon.

Phil Parkinson made two changes to the side that started against Walsall in the FA Cup last time out, as Will Buckley and Sammy Ameobi took the places of Josh Vela, who had been struggling through illness, and the injured Yanic Wildschut.

Once the action had got underway, it was Bristol City who created the first shooting opportunity of the afternoon when Famara Diedhiou fed Callum O'Dowda, whose shot from 20 yards flashed narrowly over Ben Alnwick's crossbar.

Josh Brownhill struck a free-kick straight into a Wanderers wall on 11 minutes, while the visiting defence stood tall again shortly afterwards as Brownhill once again hit his set-piece into a body of Trotters defenders.

The hosts should have gone ahead with 17 minutes played, with Lloyd Kelly's cross from the left being volleyed over by Andreas Weimann.

Diedhiou got the better of Pawel Olkowski midway through the half, only for his eventual shot to be stopped by the legs of Alnwick, moments before the Wanderers defender got forward at the other end before crossing for Craig Noone, whose header flew inches over the top of Niki Maenpaa's goal.

Maenpaa was called into action for the first time on 25 minutes, keeping out a long-range drive from Ameobi, but it was the hosts who would then come even closer to scoring when an individual run from Weimann ended with his shot looping up and on to the bar after taking a deflection off the leg of Olkowski.

Weimann fired over again shortly after the half-hour, while Diedhiou continued to be frustrated when be bent an attempt wide of the far post.

Then, with the final chance of the half, a free-kick by Noone was headed goalwards by Mark Beevers, but the defender was denied by an outstanding Maenpaa save that ensured the sides went in goalless at the break.

There were no substitutions as players came back out on to the field for the commencement of the second half, which began with Diedhiou heading wide after Weimann had broken free down the left-hand side.

Bolton's first chance of the half arrived on 48 minutes, as a free-kick from Jonathan Grounds was flicked on by David Wheater. A poor clearance fell straight at the feet of Jason Lowe, whose half-volley from distance was held by Maenpaa in the City goal.

The hosts should have gone ahead moments later, but they just couldn't get the ball over the line as Diedhiou skied his shot from five yards after an initial attempt had come back off the woodwork.

Then, somehow, the visitors broke the deadlock against the run of play. Craig Noone stole possession from Kelly before feeding Ameobi. His cross-cum-shot looked set to test Maenpaa, but Buckley stole in unopposed to head home and make it 1-0 to Wanderers.

City boss Lee Johnson responded by making a triple substitution on 62 minutes and his side were back on level terms little over 60 seconds later.

The goalscorer - one of those substitutes - Taylor, took aim at goal from 12 yards and saw his shot squirm past Alnwick at his near post.

Then, two minutes later, the hosts went ahead as Palmer's header from close range sneaked over the line to complete the turnaround, with the referee awarding the goal after consulting technology on his watch.

Wheater headed over as Bolton looked to respond inside the final 20 minutes, while Palmer was denied a second at the other end when his deflected shot was easily gathered by Alnwick.

Vela and Lloyd Dyer came on for Grounds and Luke Murphy with five minutes to play, but, aside from one half-chance which saw Magennis head wide, it wasn't to be Wanderers' day as they slipped to yet another away defeat which sees them drop to 23rd in the Championship table.

Parkinson's side return to Ashton Gate for an FA Cup fourth round clash in 13 days' time but they will have business to attend to before then, as they return to action at home to West Bromwich Albion on Monday week - January 21 - when supporters are expecting to protest outside the University of Bolton Stadium prior to kick-off.

Bristol City: Maenpaa, Hunt, Kalas, Webster, Kelly (Dasilva 62), Pack, Weimann (Palmer 61), Brownhill, Paterson (Taylor 62), O'Dowda, Deidhiou
Subs Not Used: O'Leary, Wright, Baker, Eliasson
Goals: Taylor 64, Palmer 66

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Grounds (Dyer 85), Beevers, Wheater, Olkowski, Lowe, Murphy (Vela 85), Buckley (Donaldson 77), Ameobi, Noone, Magennis
Subs Not Used: B Williams, Taylor, Hobbs, Wilson
Booked: Magennis, Lowe
Goals: Buckley 58

Referee: Stephen Martin
Attendance: 19,730

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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