Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Ipswich Town

  • January 15, 2022 | By Chris Mann
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Kieran Lee and Oladapo Afolayan scored inside the final 16 minutes as Bolton ended a run of five consecutive defeats with victory over Ipswich Town.

Wanderers opened the scoring on 74 minutes when Christian Walton spilled a shot from debutant Aaron Morley, providing Lee with the simple task of slotting home on the rebound.

The points were secured seven minutes later as Afolayan, who initially appeared to have been stood in an offside position, hustled George Edmundson into a mistake before running through to slot the ball between the legs of the oncoming Town goalkeeper.

Ian Evatt made four changes to the team beaten by Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday as Afolayan, Joel Dixon, Will Aimson and George Thomason all dropped to the bench. James Trafford and the aforementioned Morley came in for their debuts, while there were returns for Gethin Jones and George Johnston.

It was a slow start to events at the University of Bolton Stadium, with the home supporters growing frustrated in the early exchanges as Ipswich looked to pounce on a number of short clearances at the back between Trafford and MJ Williams.

So it perhaps came as little surprise that the visitors fashioned the first shooting opportunity, with Sone Aluko finding space on the edge of the box before forcing Trafford into parrying the ball behind.

Bolton's first chance arrived with 19 minutes played as Jones, Amadou Bakayoko and Lee combined down the right-hand side before the latter crossed for Dion Charles, whose header was well wide of the target.

Morley and Charles combined at a short corner soon thereafter, with Johnston heading over from the resulting cross, while Ipswich reminded everybody they were in the game when Lee Evans brought Trafford into action shortly before the half-hour.

Charles was so close to opening his goalscoring account for Wanderers on 32 minutes, collecting a pass from Declan John before seeing his strike towards the far corner turned around the post by Walton, who was booked with five minutes of the half to play after handling the ball outside of his area.

Jones volleyed over with the final chance of the half, as the two sides went in goalless.

There were no changes as the players returned for the second period, which began with Ipswich coming ever so close to taking the lead as Aluko turned away from Williams before sending a rasping strike inches wide of the post.

Trafford was on hand to thwart Sam Morsy midway through the half, as the two teams continued to struggle in the final third, but the deadlock was finally broken on 74 minutes and it was Bolton who found that elusive goal.

Morley's effort from the edge of the box seemed comfortable enough for Walton in the Town goal, but he could only parry the ball back into his area and Lee was alert to tap in on the follow-up.

Luke Woolfenden and Macauley Bonne came close as the Tractor Boys went in search of an equaliser, but Wanderers doubled their lead with nine minutes remaining as Afolayan pounced on a mistake from Edmundson before slotting the ball through the legs of the visiting goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

Ipswich came close to a consolation in added time but it was to be Bolton's day, as they registered a first league win since November 23.

They will look to make it back-to-back when they return to action next Saturday with a trip to Shrewsbury Town.

Bolton Wanderers: Trafford, Johnston, Santos, Jones (Aimson 90+2), John, Morley, Williams, Fossey, Lee, Bakayoko (Delfouneso 90+3), Charles (Afolayan 70)
Subs Not Used: Dixon, Thomason, Baptiste, Gordon
Booked: Williams, Santos
Goals: Lee 74, Afolayan 81

Ipswich Town: Walton, Donacien, Woolfenden, Edmundson, Burns, Evans, Morsy, Penney (Vincent-Young 70), Aluko (Chaplin 82), Bonne, Norwood (Celina 70)
Subs Not Used: Hladky, Pigott, Carroll, Burgess
Booked: Walton, Norwood, Burns

Referee: Bobby Madley
Attendance: 14,020

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