Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Wycombe Wanderers

  • February 15, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Wycombe Wanderers completed a league double over Bolton at the first attempt, winning 2-0 at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Having emerged from the opening day fixture at Adams Park with a victory by the same scoreline, the Chairboys made easy work of the Trotters and took all three points courtesy of an own-goal from Toto Nsiala and second-half penalty from Joe Jacobson.

Statistics showed the hosts to have dominated with 65% of the possession, as well as being ahead on all attacking numbers, but the reality was a complete contrast as Gareth Ainsworth's visitors ended a three month wait for a success on the road.

Having tasted back-to-back defeats away at Coventry City and Doncaster Rovers over the course of the past seven days, Keith Hill made two changes to the Bolton side as Dennis Politic and Nsisla returned in place of Joe Dodoo and the injured Kean Bryan.

Wycombe burst out of the starting blocks and could have been ahead multiple times inside the opening five minutes, with David Wheeler heading over when found unmarked inside 90 seconds, before Paul Smyth struck the outside of a post after bursting forward from midfield.

Bolton suddenly found an opening at the other end, however, with Daryl Murphy picking up a pass from Politic before forcing a low save out of Ryan Allsop in the Chairboys goal.

A portion of the home crowd thought their team had taken a lead on 12 minutes as Ethan Hamilton's left-footed strike from range flashed just wide of the post, shortly before the on-loan Manchester United midfielder saw another attempt held by Allsop.

Remi Matthews made his first telling contribution with 27 minutes played, keeping out a header from Fred Onyedinma, who then had another surge forward halted by a combination of Matthews and Nsiala after he had broken away from Josh Emmanuel.

Wycombe saw appeals for a penalty turned down when David Wheeler's header from a Jacobson free-kick appeared to strike the arm of Daryl Murphy inside the box, but they did take a lead into the interval.

After Matthews had made a fine save with his feet, Jason McCarthy recycled possession and chipped the ball towards the far post. Emmanuel made a diving clearance from under his own crossbar, only for the ball to strike Nsiala flush in the face before rolling over the line.

Emmanuel was hooked at half-time, perhaps due to the fact he had received a yellow card shortly before the opening goal, as well as being issued with a final warning by referee Graham Salisbury for a harsh foul immediately following.

Dodoo was introduced in his place, meaning Jason Lowe slotted in at right-back, Hamilton moved from a wide position to fill the void left by Lowe in central midfield. Chris O'Grady was moved out wide, meaning Dodoo was paired with Daryl Murphy in attack.

Allsop was the first goalkeeper to be called into action following the restart, keeping out a header from Hobbs as he connected with a Hamilton cross, moments before O'Grady dragged a shot wide from close range after Darius Charles had only half-cleared a ball into the Wycombe box.

The visitors were awarded a penalty just after the hour as Matthews brought down Onyedinma, providing Jacobson with the task of slotting home from 12 yards to make it 2-0.

Jacob Mellis and Joe Bunney were brought on in place of O'Grady and Brandon Fleming with half of the second period still to play, but Bolton never looked likely to get themselves back into contention.

A speculative strike from Politic deflected wide with a little under 20 minutes to play, while Daryl Murphy had an attempt blocked with 84 on the clock.

Murphy fired high and wide with one final opportunity deep into the game but a largely empty stadium greeted the full-time whistle with a sense of acceptance, as relegation continued to creep ever-closer for struggling Bolton.

Hill's side are now 19 points from safety with 15 games to play - with their fate potentially just a matter of weeks away.

The Trotters return to action next Saturday, when they face Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium MK.

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Fleming, (Bunney 68), Hobbs, Nsiala, Emmanuel (Dodoo 45), Lowe, L Murphy, Hamilton, Politic, O'Grady (Mellis 68), D Murphy
Subs Not Used: Alexander, Delaney, Brockbank, Graham
Booked: Emmanuel, Nsiala, Matthews, Fleming

Wycombe Wanderers: Allsop, McCarthy, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Smyth (Parker 89), Gape, Thompson, Wheeler, Akinfenwa (Samuel 81), Onyedinma (Ofoborh 73)
Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Jombati, Pattison, Freeman
Booked: Allsop, Gape
Goals: Nsiala 44(og), Jacobson 62(pen)

Referee: Graham Salisbury
Attendance: 11,737

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15 Cambridge United 21 26
16 Bolton Wanderers 21 26
17 AFC Wimbledon 19 24
18 Lincoln City 20 21
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