Coventry City 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 08, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Maxime Biamou came off the substitutes' bench to score a 90th minute winner as Bolton were beaten 2-1 by Coventry City.

City took just over two minutes to break the deadlock at the St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium as Amadou Bakayoko headed home from close range, but Wanderers looked to have salvaged a point when Dennis Politic volleyed in a cross from Chris O'Grady with 13 minutes to play.

The Sky Blues would have the final word, however, as they capitalised on some weak defending in the final minute of normal time, with Biamou firing past Remi Matthews from six yards to seal all three points for the hosts.

Following victory at home to Tranmere Rovers last time out, Keith Hill opted for an unchanged side but with the inclusion of both Jacob Mellis and Ryan Delaney on the substitutes' bench. Jason Lowe continued to captain the team, whilst Ronan Darcy was a surprise omission from the matchday squad.

Wanderers got off to the perfect start on home soil a week ago but the shoe was on the other foot this time around, with Coventry taking a little over two minutes to break the deadlock.

A loose pass from Daryl Murphy allowed Fankaty Dabo to steal possession ahead of Brandon Fleming. He advanced 40 yards unopposed towards the edge of the penalty area before crossing to the far post, where Bakayoko rose unmarked to head past Matthews from close range.

Dabo got the better of Fleming again on eight minutes, only to this time see Matthews make the save, shortly before Bakayoko had a goal ruled out for offside as Coventry began to run rings around the Wanderers defence.

The visitors came close to equalising with their first shot on target with 21 minutes played, with Politic tricking his way beyond two defenders and finding himself one-one-one with Marko Morosi, who stuck up an arm to deflect the Romanian winger's goalbound shot behind for a corner.

Daryl Murphy was denied an almost certain goal as Dominic Hyam made a block moments later, while the final attack of the half saw Matthews get down to keep out a powerful attempt from Callum O'Hare.

There were no changes as the players emerged for the second period, which began with Politic curling a shot over the crossbar after Daryl Murphy had recycled possession from a wayward O'Grady cross.

Toto Nsiala put his body on the line to deny Callum O'Hare a certain goal on 53 minutes, just moments before both players received lenghty treatment on the field of play after a nasty clash of heads.

O'Hare was treated for a head wound and was cleared to continue, although Nsiala's afternoon came to a controversial end after medical staff appeared to deem him unfit to return to the action - a decision the on-loan central defender was clearly unhappy with.

Nsiala would be replaced after the better part of seven minutes, with Ryan Delaney on for his Wanderers debut.

Liam Walsh saw a strike charged down by Lowe once the play had resumed, shortly before Marosi kept the score at 1-0 with an outstanding save to deny Daryl Murphy, who had powered a header at goal from an O'Grady cross.

Fleming advanced into the final third before firing wide on 72 minutes, before the game appeared to turn in the space of just 60 seconds.

After Matthews had stood tall to keep out a header from Biamou, his clearance downfield resulted in possession being picked up by O'Grady. The forward produced a stepover, dropped a shoulder and crossed into the six-yard box, where Politic was alive to volley home at the first attempt to make it 1-1.

Both teams had chances to take the lead as the clock moved into the final 10 minutes, with Walsh first seeing an effort blocked by Kean Bryan, while O'Grady latched on to a long ball from Delaney before firing aimlessly over the bar.

Daryl Murphy hit an attempt wide in the latter stages but there was to be one final goal, and it went the way of Coventry.

Heroic defending from Josh Emmanuel saw the ball cleared off the line and looping up into the air, but it fell kindly for the Sky Blues as Biamou pounced on a knockdown to volley past Matthews and seal victory for Mark Robins' side.

Defeat for Bolton leaves them five points adrift at the foot of the League One table - 17 from safety with two games in hand - and they will look to close that increasingly impossible gap when they travel to Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday.

Coventry City: Marosi, Rose, McFadzean (Pask 90+5), Hyam, Dabo, Kelly, Allen, Walsh, McCallum, O'Hare, Bakayoko (Biamou 75)
Subs Not Used: Wilson, Hiwula-Mayifuila, Giles, Westbrooke, Shipley
Booked: Bakayoko
Goals: Bakayoko 3, Biamou 90

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Fleming, Bryan, Nsiala (Delaney 64), Emmanuel, Lowe, L Murphy (Mellis 90+2), Hamilton (Dodoo 90+1), Politic, O'Grady, D Murphy
Subs Not Used: Alexander, Bunney, Hobbs, Faal
Goals: Politic 77

Referee: Ross Joyce
Attendance: 6,623

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