Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 20, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Sam Vokes scored the only goal as Bolton ended a miserable week with defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.

After they were dumped out of the Emirates FA Cup at non-league Stockport County this past Wednesday, Ian Evatt's side were much better value this time out but once again lacked that cutting edge and were punished for a momentary lapse in concentration at the back.

The only goal arrived on 72 minutes on this occasion, with Vokes rising highest to meet a cross from the left to send a looping header into the corner of Joel Dixon's net.

Ian Evatt made three changes to the team that started at Edgeley Park on Wednesday as MJ Williams returned from illness to replace the injured Josh Sheehan in midfield, while Alex Baptiste and Will Aimson stepped into the defence.

George Johnston was dropped to the substitutes' bench, while injury to Amadou Bakayoko meant a combination of Oladapo Afolayan and Elias Kachunga was utilised in attack.

With the ball in play, it was Wycombe who created the first shooting opportunity of the afternoon as Bolton failed to deal with a cross into the box and Sullay Kaikai volleyed over from 12 yards with three minutes played.

Vokes pulled an attempt wide shortly thereafter, before Dixon was called into action for the first time on 12 minutes as he made a routine save from Mehmeti.

The visitors' first sight of goal arrived two minutes later after Kachunga had been brought down just outside the area by Ryan Tafazolli, who was booked by referee James Oldham. Lloyd Isgrove stood over the resulting free-kick, which was glanced over by the head of Ricardo Almeida Santos.

They were back on the attack moments later, with Afolayan breaking free in the final third after he was picked out by an outstanding long pass from Dixon. Drifting inside from the left, Afolayan worked his way towards the six-yard box only to see his goalbound effort blocked by Anthony Stewart.

Afolayan was clearly the biggest threat the Trotters had to offer at this point and he turned provider midway through the half, taking three Wycombe players out of the fray before Kieran Lee saw his eventual shot charged down.

Wycombe then came close in a matter of moments - first, David Wheeler's header from Kaikai's free-kick causing momentary panic, before Vokes' shot across Dixon came back off the inside of the post before rolling across the face of goal and behind.

The hosts were then handed a penalty as Bolton were punished for some slack play from their own goal-kick but Mehmeti couldn't take full advantage as his low effort was saved by Dixon, who dived low to his left to make the stop.

Bolton should have added to Wycombe's misery soon after the half-hour as Isgrove pounced to put Afolayan clean through on goal, but David Stockdale made the save before Kachunga's follow-up was sliced behind for a corner.

Vokes headed on to the roof of Dixon's net at the other end, shortly before the goalkeeper was alert to deny Mehmeti with his legs, while Tafazolli's header from a Kaikai corner also went over the bar as Wycombe looked to end the half on a high.

As it was, they could have trailed at the break as Isgrove fed Kachunga down the right-hand side, whose cross to the far post was volleyed wide on the stretch by George Thomason.

Despite a scoreless opening period, there were no changes from either manager as players returned for the second-half, which began with Afolayan racing on to a through ball from Kachunga before seeing a goalbound effort saved by Stockdale.

Stockdale was on hand again moments later to keep out a header from Kachunga, before Wycombe broke down the other end and came close to breaking the deadlock as Jordan Obita flashed a shot inches wide of the post.

Williams was replaced shortly before the hour after receiving lengthy treatment for what has since been confirmed to be a dislocated shoulder, after which play resumed with Kachunga dragging a shot well wide of the far post after he had been put clear by Lee.

Wheeler fired wide for the hosts midway through the half, moments before Declan John saw a first-time effort blocked after he got on the end of a cutback from Afolayan.

Wycombe would then take the lead with 18 minutes remaining as Bolton failed to put pressure on a routine throw-in on the left-hand side, leaving John alone with two Chairboys midfielders to mark.

A cross into the box looked comfortable enough to deal with from a defensive point-of-view, but Vokes got above Baptiste to loop a header into the corner and make it 1-0 to the home side.

Brandon Hanlan was thwarted in his attempts to double the lead three minutes later, while Dixon was called upon again with 10 minutes to play as he tipped over Tafazolli's header from a Wheeler corner.

Isgrove and Afolayan both saw chances come and go inside seven added minutes for stoppages, but it was yet another frustrating afternoon for Bolton who suffered a second defeat on the road in the space of just four days.

With injuries beginning to mount, they must go again this coming Tuesday when they host Doncaster Rovers at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Wycombe Wanderers: Stockdale, McCarthy, Tafazolli, Stewart, Kaikai (McCleary 62), Thompson, Wheeler, Obita, Mehmeti, Hanlan, Vokes
Subs Not Used: Przybek, Grimmer, Jacobson, Horgan, Akinfenwa, Pendlebury
Booked: Tafazolli, Stockdale
Goals: Vokes 72

Bolton Wanderers: Dixon, John, Aimson, Santos, Baptiste (Amaechi 81), Thomason, Williams (Johnston 57), Afolayan, Lee, Isgrove, Kachunga
Subs Not Used: Gilks, Delfouneso, Gordon, Henry, Pettifer

Referee: David Rock
Attendance: 5,710

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16 Bolton Wanderers 21 26
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