Rochdale 5-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 13, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton fell at the first hurdle of the Carabao Cup for a fourth time in five seasons, as they were beaten 5-2 by Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena.

They twice held a lead, with Ronan Darcy and Dennis Politic striking in each half - either side of an Ian Henderson penalty - but Dale stormed back inside the final half-hour as efforts from Rekeil Pyke, Callum Camps (2) and Oliver Rathbone booked their passage into round two.

Bolton fielded their youngest ever team in Saturday's goalless draw with Coventry City and having kept a close eye on their recovery and fitness levels, manager Phil Parkinson made three changes as senior options in Remi Matthews, Jason Lowe and Luke Murphy came in at the expense of Matthew Alexander, Joe White and Sonny Graham - all of whom were named amongst the substitutes.

In a slightly controversial call, Lowe was handed the captain's armband, just four days after Harry Brockbank became the youngest player to hold the responsibility in more than 17 years.

With the action underway, it took just four minutes for the hosts to receive their first sight of goal. After Murphy could only clear a free-kick to the edge of the box, Camps' first-time effort flashed wide of the target.

Politic struck the wall with a free-kick of his own at the other end shortly afterwards, before Rhys Norrington-Davies shrugged off the challenge of Brockbank before being denied superbly by Liam Edwards.

Matthews was called into action for the first time on 11 minutes, standing tall to make a save from Matthew Done after he had connected with a cross from Henderson with a volley.

The deadlock was broken three minutes later and it could be argued that it came against the run of play, as Wanderers scored for the first time this season.

Having found himself in space 25 yards from goal, Darcy's speculative long-range strike found a way past a wrong-footed Robert Sanchez to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

Politic saw a strike deflect behind moments later, shortly before he latched on to a pass from James Weir before bringing a save out of Sanchez with a stinging drive.

Rochdale were level on 27 minutes, however, as Yoan Zouma was adjudged to have fouled Camps inside the penalty area, allowing Henderson to send Matthews the wrong way from the spot to make it 1-1.

Dale came close to going ahead five minutes later as Matthew Done saw a shot cannon back off the crossbar, while Jim McNulty was also to be denied by the woodwork with a header from an Aaron Morley free-kick.

The sides went in level at the break and it took just three minutes after the restart for Wanderers to take the lead for a second time, as Politic stole possession from Tyler Magloire before firing low past Sanchez at his near post to make it 2-1 to the visitors.

Politic twice came close to adding to his tally with efforts from distance as the clock ticked towards the hour, while Darcy was denied his second of the evening by some last-ditch defending from McNulty.

The tie would then turn in favour of the hosts, with Pyke heading home from a Stephen Dooley cross on 64 minutes before Camps lashed home an unstoppable drive two minutes later as they began to take control.

A combination of Matthews and Lowe kept the scoreline at 3-2, but the game was over as a contest with 17 minutes to play as MJ Williams recycled possession from a corner and crossed for Camps to get his second of the evening.

Rathbone added a fifth with four minutes to go, heading in from a Dooley cross, as the home side sealed their passage into the next round with a flattering scoreline which did not reflect the game as a whole.

Bolton return to action with a trip to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, with attention now solely focused on closing the gap on relegation rivals due to the club's 12-point deduction.

Rochdale: Sanchez, Matheson, Magloire, McNulty, Norrington-Davies, Williams, Morley (Rathbone 62), Done (Pyke 62), Camps, Dooley, Henderson (Andrew 81)
Subs Not Used: Wade, Delaney, Keohane, Tavares
Goals: Henderson 27(pen), Pyke 64, Camps 66,73, Rathbone 86

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Brockbank, Edwards (Boon 54), Zouma, Lowe, Politic (Lockett 69), Murphy, Weir, King-Harmes, Brown (Brown-Sterling 78), Darcy
Subs Not Used: Alexander, Senior, Graham, White
Goals: Darcy 14, Politic 48

Referee: Andy Haines
Attendance: 3,362

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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