Swansea City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • March 02, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Craig Noone and David Wheater were both sent off as Bolton's slump towards relegation continued with a 2-0 defeat at Swansea City.

Already on a yellow card for a foul which saw Wanderers concede a penalty - saved by Remi Matthews - Noone was dismissed two minutes before the break for a challenge on Oliver McBurnie.

Wheater was also given his marching orders on 73 minutes as he committed a professional foul on Wayne Routeledge, all before McBurnie and substitute Bersant Celina sealed victory for the Swans with two goals in the space of the final 10 minutes.

Having come all so close to claiming a point at league leaders Leeds United last weekend, Phil Parkinson made two changes to the Bolton side as Luca Connell and Sammy Ameobi came in at the expense of both Joe Williams and the suspended Jason Lowe.

As expected, Swansea's possession style saw them dominate the opening 45 minutes and it didn't take them long to register their first effort on goal.

With three minutes played, Matt Grimes worked himself into space before seeing a left-footed drive from the edge of the box parried away by Matthews.

Matthews was tested again moments later, with Daniel James forcing a save out of the Wanderers goalkeeper after he had shrugged off the attention of Wheater.

James tried his luck again with nine minutes on the clock, receiving the ball from Oliver McBurnie before seeing an attempt roll narrowly wide of the far post.

McBurnie saw another shot pushed away by Matthews as the clock approved the 20-minute mark, moments before Wanderers forced Kristoffer Nordfeldt into action for the first time when Connell latched on to a loose ball and sent an effort goalwards.

Swansea were awarded a penalty on 34 minutes as Nathan Dyer was tripped by Noone, but the game remained goalless as McBurnie's spot-kick was superbly saved by the diving Matthews.

Matthews was single-handedly keeping the visitors in the game at this stage, and he made another stop to deny Grimes with five minutes of the half to play, shortly before Callum Connolly forced Nordfeldt into action at the other end with a powerful drive from the edge of the City box.

Then, with two minutes of the half to play, Bolton were reduced to 10 men as Noone, who was booked in conceding the penalty, picked up a second yellow card for a foul on McBurnie.

There was to be one final attempt at breaking the deadlock before the break, with the hosts coming close through a deflected cross from Dyer which was turned away by Matthews and cleared by Mark Beevers.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Wanderers boss Parkinson resisted temptation to make changes as his players returned for the second period - with Swansea also took to the field without any substitutions.

Bolton began well and came close to scoring inside three minutes of the restart, with a cross from Ameobi just too far ahead of Wheater and Connolly.

Josh Magennis' afternoon came to an end on 56 minutes, with the forward being stretchered off following a hefty challenge from Grimes - Will Buckley on to replace him.

Swansea turned the screw as the clock ticked beyond the hour, with James, Grimes and McBurnie all coming close, before Wanderers' task was made all the more difficult as they were reduced to nine men.

Moments after coming on as a substitute, a misplaced pass from Luke Murphy put the Trotters in trouble. Routeledge picked up the ball and was immediately felled by Wheater, who, after discussions with his assistant, was shown a straight red card by referee Gavin Ward.

Celina prodded a shot agonisingly wide once play had restarted, shortly before McBurnie had a goal disallowed for a handball in the build-up.

McBurnie wasn't to be denied on 80 minutes, however, as a sliced clearance from Pawel Olkowski was knocked down by Courtney Baker-Richardson, allowing the Swans forward to find the top corner with a first-time strike.

Baker-Richardson, James and Routeledge all failed to add to their lead as the game moved into stoppage time, but it was to finish 2-0 as Celina received the ball 12 yards from goal before picking his spot and beating Matthews with ease.

Defeat for Bolton sees them remain 23rd in the Championship table, seven points from safety with 11 games to play. They return to action next Saturday, when they host Millwall at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Swansea City: Nordfeldt, Roberts (Baker-Richardson 76), van der Hoorn, Carter-Vickers, Naughton, Byers (Celina 69), Grimes, Dyer (Fulton 87), James, Routledge, McBurnie
Subs Not Used: Mulder, McKay, John, Harries
Booked: Fulton
Goals: McBurnie 80, Celina 90+2

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Connolly, Beevers, Wheater, Olkowski, Noone, Connell (Murphy 70), O'Neil, Ameobi, Magennis (Buckley 56), Donaldson (Hobbs 76)
Subs Not Used: B Williams, Little, Dyer, Pritchard
Booked: Noone
Sent Off: Noone, Wheater

Referee: Gavin Ward
Attendance: 17,880

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3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
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