Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Charlton Athletic

  • February 08, 2022 | By Chris Mann
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Will Aimson headed his first goal for Bolton as they left it late to beat Charlton Athletic at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Leading through Dion Charles' 10th-minute opener, Wanderers barely got out of second gear and were made to pay for some slack defending when Addicks substitute Chuks Aneke equalised with 14 minutes to play.

But the Trotters racked up a fourth successive home win seven minutes from time when Aimson gambled at the near post to flick home a free-kick from Aaron Morley.

After leaving Morecambe with a point on Saturday, Ian Evatt made two changes to the Bolton side that took to the field at the Mazuma Stadium as Gethin Jones returned in place of an unwell George Johnston, while Kyle Dempsey took the place of Kieran Lee in midfield.

It was a slow-paced beginning to the evening but Wanderers took the lead with their first attack, which came about following a mistake from Akin Famewo.

His header back towards Craig MacGillivray was weak and allowed Charles to nip in, round the goalkeeper and slot the ball into the empty net to make it 1-0.

Charlton's first effort arrived with 20 minutes played as Albie Morgan found space on the edge of the box, only to see his strike charged down by Ricardo Almeida Santos - available after his weekend red card was overturned on appeal.

The visitors' frustrations became clear as the half wore on, with Conor Washington and Alex Gilbey both booked for needless challenges on Wanderers stopper James Trafford, while Jones was also shown a yellow card for the home side after he clattered through George Dobson.

Morgan tried a speculative 40-yard volley in the closing moments of three added minutes for stoppages, but the first half drew to a quiet close as Evatt's side took their lead into the interval.

There were no changes at the start of the second period, which began with Marlon Fossey shooting just over on the volley after Charles' cross had taken a slight deflection into his path.

More yellow cards were to follow - Declan John for Bolton and Jason Pearce for Charlton - before Oladapo Afolayan drilled high and wide shortly before the hour.

Afolayan tried his luck again moments later, latching on to a ball from Charles before seeing his drive from the edge of the box flash inches wide of the right-hand post.

Charlton registered their first shot on target on 74 minutes as Dobson's swerving effort from range was gathered by Trafford, who was beaten just two minutes later as Scott Fraser's cross was headed in by fellow substitute Aneke.

Evatt responded by throwing Amadou Bakayoko and Kieran Sadlier on in place of Dempsey and Charles, but it was an unfamiliar name who would grab the headlines as Wanderers took the lead for a second time - this time courtesy of a set-piece.

With Morley standing over a free-kick on the left flank, his inswinging delivery picked out the run of Aimson, whose flick header beat MacGillivray before nestling in the far corner.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was denied a third as MacGillivray made an outstanding save to deny the Iceland international on 85 minutes, shortly before Trafford saved from Fraser at the other end as Charlton pressed forward in search of a point.

Trafford then ensured the Trotters took all three points, getting down quickly in the fourth minute of stoppage time to thwart Fraser yet again as he looked set to score a certain leveller.

Victory for Bolton doesn't do anything for them in terms of league position, with Ipswich Town five points ahead of them in the standings albeit having played a game more.

Wanderers return to action at Oxford United on Saturday, knowing another win would boost their slim chances of a play-off place at the end of the campaign.

Bolton Wanderers: Trafford, Aimson, Santos, Jones, John, Morley, Williams, Fossey, Dempsey (Bakayoko 77), Afolayan (Sadlier 78), Charles (Bodvarsson 72)
Subs Not Used: Dixon, Lee, Baptiste, Gordon
Booked: Jones, John, Bakayoko
Goals: Charles 10, Aimson 83

Charlton Athletic: MacGillivray, Clare, Pearce (Lavelle 61), Famewo, Matthews, Gilbey (Fraser 68), Dobson, Morgan, Jaiyesimi, Washington, Burstow (Aneke 60)
Subs Not Used: Henderson, Purrington, Lee, Leko
Booked: Washington, Gilbey, Pearce, Dobson
Goals: Aneke 76

Referee: Ben Toner
Attendance: 13,523

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