Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Ipswich Town

  • April 06, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Collin Quaner netted a first-half brace as Ipswich Town piled further misery on Bolton with a 2-1 victory at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Wanderers, who had given themselves a slim chance of survival with a win at Queens Park Rangers last time out, went into the game knowing another three points could seriously put pressure back on the teams above them.

The reality was in complete contrast, however, with Quaner's double effectively killing the game before half-time and leaving the Trotters eight points adrift of safety with just six matches left to play.

Joshua Emmanuel put through his own net in the final minute to add a degree of flattery to the scoreline but, if nothing else, the final result only served to show why Phil Parkinson's side will likely be joining the Tractor Boys in League One next season.

Preparation for the clash had been severely disrupted throughout the week, to such an extent that it wasn't officially given approval to be played until the early hours of Saturday morning - when a computer server crash, which would have meant crucial security and ticketing services would have been out of use, was resolved.

An appearance at the High Court, player strike and even a prohibition notice served by Bolton Council meant it was a hectic seven days, but 3pm arrived and referee Peter Bankes signalled for kick-off.

Bolton, who were unchanged from their win at QPR last time out, began well but it was Ipswich who created the first chance as a cross from Myles Kenlock looked destined for Gwion Edwards at the far post, only for the intervention of Andrew Taylor.

Quaner went down inside the box under a challenge from Mark Beevers on 16 minutes, with referee Bankes ignoring his half-hearted appeals for a penalty.

The first attempt on goal arrived five minutes later, as Pawel Olkowski's free-kick found the head of Beevers at the far post, but Bartosz Bialkowski was in position to make a comfortable save.

Sammy Ameobi was next to try his luck for the hosts, latching on to a cross from Will Buckley before seeing a back-heeled attempt roll narrowly wide of the post.

The deadlock was broken on 33 minutes, however, and it was the visitors who found the net with their first shot of the afternoon.

Luke Chambers was given too much time and space on the right-hand side and his cross found the head of Quaner, who powered a header beyond Remi Matthews from close range.

Alan Judge, who this week signed a new contract with Town, came close to adding a second on 35 minutes, only for his strike from a narrow angle to be gathered by Matthews at his near-post.

Wanderers were forced into a change when Gary O'Neil limped out five minutes before the break, with Luca Connell on in his place, but things were soon to become much worse for Parkinson's side as Ipswich doubled their advantage.

In the final minute of the half, Quaner received possession just outside the Wanderers box. With his back to goal, he swivelled before sending a thumping strike past Matthews and in off the post to sent Town in 2-0 up at the break.

To the surprise of many, Bolton returned for the second period without any substitutions - with Parkinson relying on those who had failed him in the opening 45 minutes to show why they deserve a place in his team.

They should have reduced the deficit inside five minutes of the restart, as a cross from Olkowski found Buckley unmarked at the far post. Buckley opted to volley first-time, only to get his connection wrong and see the ball bounce high and wide of the target.

Ameobi then tried his luck from the edge of the box, with two Ipswich defenders putting their bodies on the line to block the shot and allow Bialkowski to gather easily.

Flynn Downes headed wide as Ipswich came close to adding a third midway through the half, while Josh Magennis headed straight at Bialkowski with 20 minutes to play.

Bialkowski was called into action again when Wanderers substitute Erhun Oztumer sent a first-time strike goalwards, and that was the way things looked set to stay until the final minute of added time.

With Ameobi in possession, he spotted the overlapping run of Olkowski. His cross was spilled by Bialkowski and the loose ball struck the unfortunate Emmanuel, who inadvertently put it into his own net. James Collins looked to have cleared the effort off the line but the referee received notification through his watch and allowed the goal to stand.

Defeat leaves Bolton eight points from safety in the Championship, meaning their fate could be decided as early as next Saturday when they travel to Derby County - the same place their most recent relegation, in 2016, was confirmed.

Wanderers are in action prior to that, however, with a home game against Middlesbrough next up on Tuesday night.

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Taylor (Oztumer 65), Beevers, Wheater, Olkowski, Buckley (Noone 77), Connolly, J Williams, O'Neil (Connell 41), Ameobi, Magennis
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Little, Donaldson, Wilson
Goals: Emmanuel 90+4(og)

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Emmanuel, Chambers, Collins, Kenlock, Dozzell (Chalobah 75), Skuse, Bishop (Downes 62), Edwards (Jackson 82), Quaner, Judge
Subs Not Used: Gerken, Nsiala, Bree, El Mizouni
Goals: Quaner 33,44

Referee: Peter Bankes
Attendance: 17,811

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
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8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 70
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