Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Oldham Athletic

  • October 17, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Zak Dearnley scored in the final minute as Oldham Athletic registered a first league win at Bolton in 38 years.

Dearnley, on as a late substitute for Dylan Bahamboula, ran more than half the length of the pitch unopposed before firing into the bottom corner as Latics tasted victory at the University of Bolton Stadium for the first time - and first on Trotters soil in a league fixture since a clash at Burnden Park in September 1982.

Ben Garrity had earlier given the visitors a 28th minute lead, only for Nathan Delfouneso to equalise four minutes later.

After expressing his disappointment at a number of individual performances in last Saturday's goalless draw with Grimsby Town, Ian Evatt made three changes as Peter Kioso was handed a debut just 48 hours after joining on a season-long loan from Luton Town.

Liam Gordon and Brandon Comley also came back into the team, with Jak Hickman, Jamie Mascoll and Andrew Tutte all dropping to the substitutes' bench.

After a tepid opening eight minutes to the game, Oldham had the ball in the net with the first chance of the afternoon as Danny Rowe stroked home from close range but referee Bobby Madley ruled the goal out for an offside against Tom Hamer in the build-up.

Delfouneso saw a shot blocked by Carl Piergianni as Wanderers broke straight up the other end, shortly before both Antoni Sarcevic and Kioso got into dangerous positions without really threatening the Latics backline.

Jordan Barnett volleyed just wide for Oldham as the hosts failed to deal with a long-throw from Hamer, before further chances for Conor McAleny and Bahamboula narrowly flashed past the far post of Billy Crellin's goal.

McAleny curled another effort over the bar as the visitors continued to be gifted opportunities in the final third, and they broke the deadlock with their next one as Rowe got away down the left before crossing to the far post where Garrity tapped in from close range.

Bolton almost hit back immediately as Eoin Doyle put Delfouneso clean through on goal, but his strike lacked accuracy as Laurence Bilboe made a simple save with his legs.

Delfouneso did strike an equaliser 60 seconds later, however, making a move to the front post where he side-footed home a low cross from Kioso to make it 1-1.

Ali Crawford and Barnett came close at either end, before further chances for the visitors flashed by as McAleny headed over and Rowe prodded straight into the arms of Crellin.

It was Bolton who had the final act of the half, with Kioso lashing narrowly wide from the edge of the box, as the sides went in level at the break.

There were no changes to either side as the players returned for the second period, which began with Garrity firing over the bar for Oldham after McAleny had crossed into the box.

An outstanding ball from Ricardo Santos then picked out Crawford on the edge of the visiting area, although his strike was deflected away from danger.

Appeals for a penalty were then turned down when Kioso took a tumble under a challenge from Callum Whelan, before chances for both sides just before the hour came and went as Doyle dragged a shot wide for Wanderers and McAleny struck the inside of a post for Oldham after he latched on to a poor ball from Ryan Delaney.

McAleny was having a growing influence at this point but once again failed to hit the target when he shot wide on the turn from a Hamer pass, moments before Rowe dragged a strike wide.

Crawford bent a free-kick wide for Wanderers with a little over 15 minutes remaining, before chances at both ends for McAleny and then Trotters substitute Arthur Gnahoua failed to trouble either goalkeeper.

Then, just as the game looked set to end in a stalemate, Dearnley received possession inside his own half and set off on a counter attack. With options to his left, the substitute opted to go alone before firing low into Crellin's bottom corner to win the game for Harry Kewell's side.

Victory sees Oldham leapfrog Bolton into 19th in the League Two table, with Evatt's side one place below due to an inferior goals tally.

Wanderers are back in action this coming Tuesday, when the Head Coach's former side Barrow provide the opposition.

Bolton Wanderers: Crellin, Delaney, Santos, Brockbank, Gordon (Mascoll 83), Comley (Tutte 73), Sarcevic, Kioso, Crawford (Gnahoua 77), Delfouneso, Doyle
Subs Not Used: Hickman, Greenidge, Darcy, Baptiste
Booked: Brockbank
Goals: Delfouneso 32

Oldham Athletic: Bilboe, Hamer, Jombati (Jameson 54), Piergianni, Barnett, Whelan (McCalmont 76), Garrity, McAleny, Bahamboula (Dearnley 85), Ntambwe, Rowe
Subs Not Used: Chapman, Keillor-Dunn, Grant, Fage
Booked: Garrity, Hamer, Rowe, Piergianni
Goals: Garrity 28, Dearnley 90+5

Referee: Bobby Madley

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