Hartlepool United 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • January 04, 2022 | By Chris Mann
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Matty Daly pounced on a mistake from Joel Dixon to net a late winner as Bolton were knocked out of the Papa John's Trophy by Hartlepool United.

With 84 minutes played at the Suit Direct Stadium, Wanderers looked set to launch an attack but Dixon's decision to pass short proved costly as an unmarked Daly intercepted and rounded the goalkeeper before slotting into an empty net.

After returning from a three-week absence due to implications brought on by COVID-19 with defeat at Rotherham United on Saturday, Ian Evatt made three changes to his team as Dion Charles and Marlon Fossey were handed debuts, while MJ Williams returned in midfield. Adam Senior dropped out of the squad completely, with Will Aimson and Eoin Doyle taking up places amongst the substitutes.

There were seven minutes on the clock when the first chance of the evening arrived, as Olufela Olomola got away from Declan John down the right-hand side and cut back to Daly, whose goalbound effort was blocked by Williams.

Daly was involved again moments later, forcing Dixon into his first save of the night, shortly before Martin Smith fired over after Tom Crawford had been stopped in his tracks by Fossey.

Wanderers' first sight of goal came on the quarter-hour as Fossey burst down the right flank and squared to Charles, whose attempt was deflected behind for a corner.

The visitors came even closer two minutes later as Nathan Delfouneso received possession from Elias Kachunga on the edge of the area before seeing a bouncing strike flash inches wide of Ben Killip's far post.

George Thomason dragged wide midway through the half, shortly before Charles saw another attempt bounce behind, while Bolton maintained their pressure and came close again after the half-hour when Fossey's cross was prodded behind by Oladapo Afolayan.

Wanderers continued to get closer as the half wore on, with Eddy Jones called into action for the first time on 37 minutes to deny Thomason, and they ended the opening 45 minutes with one final opportunity as Kachunga fed Delfouneso, whose shot looked set to nestle in the far corner before being sliced over the crossbar by Zaine Francis-Angol.

There were no changes in personnel for the second period, which took a while to spring into life - with Smith's strike over the Bolton bar the only moment of note inside the opening 10 minutes.

Dixon saved from Tom Crawford on 57 minutes - an incident which occurred between the introductions of both Amadou Bakayoko and  Eoin Doyle - the latter of whom made his presence felt almost immediately as he teed up Afolayan, whose powerful drive was kept out by the legs of Killip.

Both teams were struggling to break into the final third and it wasn't until there were 15 minutes to play before Wanderers registered another effort on goal, with Doyle seeing a shot on the turn charged down before John's follow-up was well held by Killip.

Thomason and Ricardo Almeida Santos would go into the referee's book in the latter stages as frustrations began to take hold, before Hartlepool broke the deadlock and settled the tie in extraordinary circumstances courtesy of a costly error from Dixon.

In his attempts to play out from the back, his pass was intercepted on the edge of the area by Daly, who rounded the goalkeeper and slotted into an empty net to make it 1-0.

Dixon prevented it from becoming 2-0 shortly thereafter by keeping out Mike Fondop's curling strike, but a second goal wasn't required as the Trotters bowed out of the Papa John's Trophy at the last-16 stage.

Evatt's side will now take a week off to prepare for their next outing - a League One clash with Wycombe Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium next Tuesday.

Hartlepool United: Killip, Jones, Francis-Angol, Odusina, Byrne, Smith (Featherstone 76), Crawford, Daly, Molyneux, Olomola (Fondop-Talom 82), Grey (Ferguson 90+1)
Subs Not Used: Boyes, Holohan, Shelton
Booked: Grey
Goals: Daly 84

Bolton Wanderers: Dixon, John (Gordon 85), Johnston, Santos, Fossey, Thomason, Williams, Afolayan, Delfouneso, Kachunga (Bakayoko 55), Charles (Doyle 61)
Subs Not Used: Gilks, Aimson, Baptiste, Brockbank
Booked: Thomason, Santos

Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Attendance: 2,529

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 80
8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 70
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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