Scunthorpe United 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 24, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Peter Kioso scored the only goal as Bolton won a league fixture at Scunthorpe United for the first time to move to within three points of the League Two play-off places.

Kioso found the net shortly before the hour at the Sands Venue Stadium, slotting home at the end of an outstanding counter-attacking move which had also involved Antoni Sarcevic and Nathan Delfouneso.

After recording back-to-back league wins, Ian Evatt opted to stick with the same side that started against both Salford City and Stevenage as he looked to guide the Trotters to four consecutive victories in all competitions for the first time since March 2017.

The visitors started brightly and came close inside two minutes as Ryan Delaney headed over at the near post from an Ali Crawford corner.

Crawford was involved again moments later, this time lofting a ball over the top for Eoin Doyle. After capitalising on a mistake from Jacob Bedeau, the forward was unable to keep his shot down as it went behind for a goal-kick.

Kioso was the provider in the next attack, whipping a cross to the back post where Gethin Jones couldn't quite direct his attempt on target.

Appeals for a penalty were rejected by referee Martin Coy when Doyle went down inside the box with eight minutes played, shortly before Scunthorpe created their first shooting opportunity at the other end as Junior Brown lashed wide following a lay-off from Abo Eisa.

Sarcevic dropped a shoulder to turn away from his marker on the quarter-hour, receiving possession from a Kioso throw-in before forcing a low save out of Mark Howard with a first-time volley from the edge of the box.

Delfouneso was next to try his luck for Wanderers, latching on to a pass from Jones before seeing a bending shot from 25 yards kept out by Howard as Doyle looked to sneak in on the rebound.

Crawford fired over shortly before the half-hour, before Eisa found the stand at the other end after Bolton had conceded a free-kick inside their own final third.

The hosts should have gone ahead six minutes before the break as a corner was flicked on by Bedeau, only for Emmanuel Onariase to head wide from close range when it had looked easier to score.

Alfie Beestin struck over the top in the latter stages of the half, which ended goalless with both sides having enjoyed spells of dominance without finding that elusive breakthrough.

The two teams returned unchanges for the second period, which began in similar fashion to the first as the visitors quickly got the upper hand.

Crawford twice whipped free-kicks into dangerous territory within five minutes of the restart, the latter of which was glanced narrowly wide by a frustrated Alex Baptiste.

Baptiste found himself in the final third again in the next attack, playing a neat one-two on the edge of the United box before forcing a low save out of Howard.

Bolton's persistence paid off just before the hour as Sarcevic won possession deep inside his own half. A loose ball from the Wanderers skipper was subsequently picked up in a thumping 50/50 challenge by Kioso. He spread the play down the right-hand side to Delfouneso, who tricked his way beyond two defenders before returning for Kioso to slot home from close range.

Eisa was denied by Matt Gilks as the Iron looked to equalise immediately, while Howard was called into action at the other end to parry away a stinging drive from Andrew Tutte.

Lewis Spence and Doyle dragged shots wide at each end as the clock ticked into the final 20 minutes, before Wanderers escaped a major scare as a miscued cross from substitute John McAtee came back off Gilks' crossbar.

Kioso wasted an opportunity to seal the points with four minutes to play, heading wide as he connected with a cross from Shaun Miller, but it mattered not as the Trotters claimed the victory that moves them to within three points of the play-off places.

Evatt's side will get the chance to reduce that gap even further on Saturday when they host bottom club Southend United at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Scunthorpe United: Howard, McGahey, Onariase, Bedeau, Gilliead, Beestin (Hallam 83), Spence, Brown (Hippolyte 67), Green (McAtee 73), Loft (Olomola 68), Eisa
Subs Not Used: Watson, Rowe, Cordner

Bolton Wanderers: Gilks, Delaney, Santos, Baptiste, Jones, Tutte, Sarcevic, Kioso, Crawford (Isgrove 76), Delfouneso (Miller 77), Doyle (Darcy 90+2)
Subs Not Used: Crellin, White, Mascoll, Greenidge
Goals: Kioso 57

Referee: Martin Coy

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4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
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