Bolton Wanderers 4-0 AFC Wimbledon

  • February 19, 2022 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton clocked up a fifth consecutive home win as they swept aside AFC Wimbledon with a 4-0 victory at the University of Bolton Stadium.

After heavy snow had hit the area in the hours leading up to kick-off, ground staff, stewards and volunteers worked admirably to clear the playing surface and ensure the game was able to go ahead as planned.

Thankfully, at least from a Wanderers perspective, that hard work paid off as Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Oladapo Afolayan, Dion Charles and substitute Amadou Bakayoko highlighted their new-found attacking strength-in-depth as they all found the target.

Having seen a seven-match unbeaten run come to an end with defeat at Burton Albion on Tuesday, Ian Evatt made four changes to his team as Charles, Afolayan, Gethin Jones and Aaron Morley came in ahead of Bakayoko, MJ Williams, Kieran Sadlier and Will Aimson.

With the action under way, it took less than two minutes for AFC Wimbledon to set their sights as Nesta Guinness-Walker fired over from distance.

Bolton were on the attack moments later, however, and should have gone ahead as Declan John, Charles and Bodvarsson all combined to tee-up Afolayan, who could only succeed in shooting over the crossbar.

Bodvarsson dragged a shot wide moments later, before both Afolayan and Marlon Fossey were off-target as the Trotters upped the pressure inside the opening 10 minutes.

Charles flashed a shot across the face of goal soon thereafter, while Kyle Dempsey was inches away from his first for the club as his piledriver from the edge of the box rolled just wide of Nikola Tzanev's post.

The home side saw strong appeals for a penalty turned down on the half-hour, with referee Rebecca Welch ruling Bodvarsson hadn't been tripped inside the Dons area, and he was proving a real thorn in the side of the visitors, coming close on 36 minutes with a header from Afolayan's centre that was parried behind by the Tzanev.

The Wimbledon goalkeeper was beaten from the resulting corner though, with Bodvarsson stealing a yard on his marker to connect with Aaron Morley's corner and head into the far corner to make it 1-0.

That was the way it stayed going into the break, after which Bolton really upped their game and cruised to a comfortable three points.

Ricardo Almeida Santos headed over from John's corner within six minutes of the restart, shortly before Charles turned his marker inside and out before pulling a shot wide of the post.

Wanderers had their second on 56 minutes though, with Charles playing a ball through for Afolayan to round the goalkeeper and slot into the empty net for his 13th goal of the campaign.

It would then be 3-0 midway through the half as Bodvarsson slid into a challenge that saw the ball ricochet into the path of Charles, who made no mistake in a one-on-one situation by slotting low under Tzanev and into the net.

Dapo Mebude shot over for AFC Wimbledon as they looked to restore some pride with 15 minutes to play, but Wanderers continued to push forward in search of more and came close when Bakayoko somehow headed over from six yards as he got on the end of a cross from Morley.

The substitute was intent on adding his name to the scoresheet and did just that on 87 minutes as Fossey's cross from the right was expertly weighted for Bakayoko, who simply flicked his header into the far corner to wrap up a 4-0 victory for the Trotters.

Evatt's side close the gap on the play-off places to seven points with their latest win, and they return to action this coming Tuesday when Lincoln City are the visitors to the University of Bolton Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers: Trafford, Johnston, Santos, Jones, John, Dempsey (Thomason 82), Morley, Fossey, Afolayan (Sadlier 71), Bodvarsson (Bakayoko 71), Charles
Subs Not Used: Williams, Amaechi, Aimson, Baptiste
Booked: Afolayan
Goals: Bodvarsson 36, Afolayan 56, Charles 67, Bakayoko 87

AFC Wimbledon: Tzanev, Osew, Heneghan, Kalambayi, Brown, Chislett (Cosgrave 75), Marsh, Guinness-Walker, Kalinauskas (Nightingale 63), Cosgrove (Ablade 75), Awokoya-Mebude
Subs Not Used: Broome, Csoka, Alexander, Williams
Booked: Marsh

Referee: Rebecca Welch
Attendance: 14,537

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