Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Crewe Alexandra

  • November 12, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Josh Sheehan and Amadou Bakayoko scored inside the opening nine minutes of the second-half as Bolton returned to winning ways at the expense of Crewe Alexandra.

After a scoreless opening period at the University of Bolton Stadium, Wanderers broke the deadlock five minutes after the restart after Bakayoko had been brought down inside the box and Sheehan converted from the penalty spot.

Bakayoko got himself on the scoresheet just four minutes later, making a gamble inside the six-yard box to stick out a leg and prod Elias Kachunga's low cross in past a helpless Dave Richards in the visiting goal.

Alex struck the post in the closing stages but that was as good as they had to offer, as Ian Evatt's side moved up six places to 10th in League One ahead of a full weekend of fixtures.

After his team were held to a 2-2 draw by non-league Stockport County in the FA Cup last time out, Evatt made three changes as Sheehan, Bakayoko and Will Aimson came in for Alex Baptiste, George Thomason and the injured Eoin Doyle.

With the action under way, the first talking point arrived with just 55 seconds played as Kachunga went into the referee's book for failing to retreat at a set-play.

Once the ball was actually back in motion, it was Bolton who fashioned the first opportunity of the evening as Lloyd Isgrove's cross from the right was headed over the crossbar by Bakayoko with five minutes played.

Isgrove was involved again moments later, cutting in from the flank on this occasion and feeding the ball to Kieran Lee, who was quickly closed down by Richards in the Crewe goal.

Lee turned provider for Bakayoko on the quarter-hour, only for the forward to scuff a shot wide of the target, while the Railwaymen's first sight of goal came on 26 minutes as Luke Offord sent a dipping half-volley over the top of Joel Dixon's crossbar.

Dixon sent Oladapo Afolayan on his way soon after the half-hour, with the latter bringing down a long-ranging pass before dragging an effort wide of the target whilst under pressure from two defenders.

With a charity fixture set to be staged at the University of Bolton Stadium this coming Sunday, home supporters were treated to a half-time viewing of John McGinlay, Gudni Bergsson, Stelios Giannakopoulos and Henrik Pedersen - all of whom are set to take to the field as the club look to raise money to fund MND treatment for the mother of present-day defender, Gethin Jones.

Fans were in for another treat within five minutes of the restart as Bakayoko was brought down inside the box, with Sheehan slotting in the resulting penalty to break the deadlock.

It was 2-0 just four minutes later as MJ Williams' superb diagonal ball picked out Kachunga on the right-hand side. He tricked his way into the penalty area before drilling a low cross into the dangerous territory, where Bakayoko stuck out a leg to double the home side's lead.

Crewe almost found a way back into the game on the hour, only for Callum McFadzean to see a goalbound header kept out by Dixon, while Lee fizzed a shot inches over the top as Wanderers immediately broke up to the other end of the field.

Scott Robertson fired over midway through the half for the visitors, before a lull in play came about as Wanderers settled on their advantage.

They were back on the front foot with less than 10 minutes to play, however, with Declan John providing Bakayoko with half a chance, only for his volley to be charged down by Tom Lowery.

Debutabt Xavier Amaechi then gave Afolayan the opportunity to run at the Alex defence, after which he dragged a shot a yard or so wide, while Madger Gomes struck the post in the final minute as Crewe looked to make their mark on what was a disappointing night for the division's bottom club.

Wanderers move up six places to 10th following the victory and are next in competitive action next Wednesday, when they travel to Stockport County for an Emirates FA Cup first-round replay.

Bolton Wanderers: Dixon, John, Aimson, Santos, Isgrove, Sheehan, Williams, Afolayan, Lee, Kachunga, Bakayoko (Amaechi 87)
Subs Not Used: Gilks, Johnston, Delfouneso, Thomason, Baptiste, Gordon
Booked: Kachunga
Goals: Sheehan 50(pen), Bakayoko 54

Crewe Alexandra: Richards, Adebisi, Offord, Thomas, Williams, McFadzean, Lowery, Robertson, Gomes, Mandron (Porter 76), Long (Kashket 70)
Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Finney, Murphy, Griffiths, Lundstram
Booked: Mandron, Long, Gomes, Offord

Referee: James Bell
Attendance: 13,804

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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Who is Bolton's 2021/22 Player of the Year?
32.58% Oladapo Afolayan
30.96% Gethin Jones
21.72% Ricardo Almeida Santos
5.51% Declan John
4.05% Kieran Lee
3.08% MJ Williams
1.78% Joel Dixon
0.32% George Johnston