Bolton Wanderers 4-1 Liverpool U21

  • October 05, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton put themselves on the brink of qualification for the Papa John's Trophy knockout stages with a 4-1 victory over Liverpool U21.

Nathan Delfouneso opened the scoring with 28 minutes played at the University of Bolton Stadium, before substitute Amadou Bakayoko and an own-goal from Jarell Quansah put Wanderers in complete control by the midpoint of the second-half.

Elijah Dixon-Banner reduced the deficit with 18 minutes to play but the home side restored their three-goal advantage nine minutes from time as Bakayoko slotted home from the penalty spot.

After going into the evening having secured back-to-back league victories, and with one eye on Saturday's trip to Sheffield Wednesday, Ian Evatt made 10 changes to his Wanderers side - with only Elias Kachunga retaining his place from the weekend win over Shrewsbury Town.

The manager had already confirmed Matt Gilks, Liam Gordon, Alex Baptiste, Will Aimson and Harry Brockbank would start, and there were few surprises as they were joined by the likes of George Thomason, Brandon Comley, Lloyd Isgrove, Josh Sheehan and Delfouneso.

Autumn had well and truly set in in the North West and it took a while for either side to find their stride, with Bolton forcing the first shooting opportunity as Delfouneso saw a shot well saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga.

It wasn't until midway through the half that the next chance arrived, with Brockbank this time the provider as his cutback was sent goalwards by Sheehan, only to be blocked by former Trotters defender Nat Phillips.

The deadlock was broken on 27 minutes, however, as Brockbank raced to the byline and drilled the ball across the face of goal, where Delfouneso was alert to nod home from close range.

Kachunga fired inches wide of the post as the hosts went in search of a second, shortly before Dixon-Bonner rolled a shot beyond Matt Gilks' far post at the other end.

Having taken their one-goal advantage into the break, Bolton returned for the second period with one alteration as Bakayoko came on in place of Kachunga.

It didn't take long for the forward to make his presence felt, with the former Coventry City man being picked out by Gordon inside the six-yard box to make it 2-0 with a little under an hour played.

Wanderers would then add a third on 66 minutes as Isgrove set Brockbank free down the right-hand side, and his low cross was acrobatically turned into his own goal by the unfortunate Quansah.

Dixon-Banner sliced a volley horribly wide as Liverpool sought a way back into the game, but the 20-year-old got the goal he was craving on 72 minutes as his low strike somehow found a way beyond Gilks.

Bolton restored their three-goal lead with nine minutes to play, though, with Bakayoko slotting home from 12 yards after referee Andy Haines had pointed to the penalty spot for a foul on Mitchell Henry by Marcelo.

Tyler Morton curled a free-kick over the crossbar as Liverpool went in search of a late consolation, but it was the hosts who collected a comfortable three points as they edged closer to progression into the next round.

Wanderers will guarantee their place in the final 32, providing they avoid defeat at Rochdale on November 9.

Bolton Wanderers: Gilks, Gordon, Baptiste, Aimson, Brockbank, Thomason, Comley, Isgrove (Henry 67), Sheehan (Pettifer 72), Delfouneso, Kachunga (Bakayoko 45)
Subs Not Used: Dixon, Johnston, Tweedley, Conway
Goals: Delfouneso 28, Bakayoko 58,81(pen), Quansah 66(og)

Liverpool U21: Mercelo, Wilson (Koumetio 67), Gallacher, Phillips, Quansah, Bearne, Corness, Morton, Woltman (Cannonier 75), Ritaccio (Mabaya 25), Dixon-Bonner
Subs Not Used: Kelly
Goals: Dixon-Banner 72

Referee: Andy Haines
Attendance: 2,299

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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