Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Wycombe Wanderers

  • January 11, 2022 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton suffered a fifth consecutive defeat as their alarming slide towards the relegation places continued with a 2-0 loss at home to Wycombe Wanderers.

The visitors took the lead 10 minutes before half-time at the University of Bolton Stadium as Brandon Hanlan was allowed too much time and space before sliding a shot beneath the body of Joel Dixon.

The Chairboys sealed the points within seven minutes of the restart as Jack Grimmer curled home his first goal for the club, who move to within a point of the League One summit.

Ian Evatt made three changes to the Bolton side that was beaten at Hartlepool United last Tuesday as Will Aimson, Kieran Lee and Amadou Bakayoko all came in. George Johnson and Nathan Delfouneso dropped to the substitutes' bench, while Elias Kachunga missed out through injury.

The temperature was dropping towards zero and there wasn't much to warm the blood in the early exchanges, with Oladapo Afolayan's curling strike that flew narrowly over David Stockdale's crossbar the best either side had to offer.

A clash of heads involving Marlon Fossey and Jordan Obita forced a lengthy stoppage, after which Joel Dixon was called into action for the first time as he raced off his line to deny Garath McCleary in a one-on-one situation.

Afolayan bent over the top again as the clock ticked towards the 20-minute mark, before Dion Charles sprung the offside trap to go clean through on goal only to be denied by a big palm from Stockdale.

George Thomason drilled wide as Wycombe struggled to clear the resulting corner, shortly before Kieran Lee lifted an attempt high over the top as he got on the end of a header from Afolayan.

Then, slightly against the run of play, the visitors took the lead as Hanlan was afforded too much time on the left-hand side before cutting inside the seeing a low drive squirm beneath the body of Dixon.

Stockdale was alert to prevent Charles from grabbing an equaliser as stoppage-time began, of which 14 additional minutes would be played due to treatment being provided to players on each team following another collision of heads.

When the players returned for the second period, it took Wycombe just seven minutes to add to their lead as Grimmer found time on the edge of the area to bend home an outstanding left-footed drive to make it 2-0.

Gethin Jones, who hadn't featured for the first-team since suffering a fractured leg back in October and played 45 minutes for the reserves on Tuesday afternoon, was introduced in place of Bakayoko shortly before the hour - a move which allowed Marlon Fossey to be utilised in a more advanced position.

Fossey was soon involved in everything Bolton had to offer from an attacking perspective, but the ball just wouldn't fall for a home player as they looked to give themselves a foot hold in the game.

Sam Vokes had been unusually quiet yet still came close to adding a third with a rasping drive that stung the gloves of Dixon, while Afolayan saw a goalbound effort deflect behind off Anthony Stewart with less than 15 minutes to play.

Thomason and Ricardo Almeida Santos both struck narrowly off-target in the moments that followed, before the final opportunity of the evening saw Thomason strike the outside of Stockdale's right-hand post as six minutes of additional time passed by without any further goals.

Defeat for Bolton leaves them hovering just three points above the bottom four, with Ipswich Town the visitors to the University of Bolton Stadium this coming Saturday.

Bolton Wanderers: Dixon, John, Aimson, Santos, Fossey (Darcy 84), Lee, Williams, Afolayan, Thomason, Bakayoko (Jones 57), Charles (Delfouneso 67)
Subs Not Used: Hutchinson, Johnston, Baptiste, Gordon

Wycombe Wanderers: Stockdale, Stewart, Tafazolli, Jacobson (Thompson 73), Grimmer, Mehmeti (Horgan 73), Scowen, Obita, McCleary, Vokes, Hanlan (De Barr 89)
Subs Not Used: Przybek, Wheeler, Leathers, Pendlebury
Booked: McCleary, Tafazolli, Scowen, Jacobson
Goals: Hanlan 35, Grimmer 52

Referee: Peter Wright
Attendance: 12,584

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