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To Be Frank

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David Ngog
David Ngog
Think when that second goal went in I shouted so hard I think I've popped a blood vessel  Smile

The ARMY IN WHITE are back. Fantastic start.! we are going up as champions. nuff said



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wanderlust

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Great to get a win, but it was too close for comfort again. Still we couldn't have done better results-wise. Charlton away next up and that will be a lot tougher IMO. But tonight we party!

Cajunboy

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
wanderlust wrote:Great to get a win, but it was too close for comfort again. Still we couldn't have done better results-wise. Charlton away next up and that will be a lot tougher IMO. But tonight we party!
Yes, the Football Gods were on our side today, we could so easily have lost this.

Still it's 12 points and top of the league.

Charlton will be a real test for us next week.

bryan458

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Sounds like it was our toughest game so far well done lads !!!!

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

Report: Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Fleetwood Town


OVERVIEW

Wanderers picked up their fourth consecutive victory in Sky Bet League One with a 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town at Macron Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The deadlock was broken by the visitors just after the half hour mark, with David Ball drilling home on the turn after collecting a loose ball in the Bolton box.

The Whites were level however just five minutes into the second period, with Gary Madine turning the ball home following chaos in the Town box, before Josh Vela drilled home with six minutes of the 90 left – a goal which proved to be the winner come full time.

TEAM NEWS

Zach Clough came into the starting XI for Wanderers, replacing Jamie Proctor in the frontman’s absence through injury.

Former Bolton defender Cian Bolger meanwhile was on the bench for Town following his summer move to Highbury Stadium.

FIRST HALF

It was Phil Parkinson’s men who started the stronger of the two sides, with a Clough cross being cleared away at the death while David Wheater skewed an effort from close range inside the opening minutes at BL6.

The visitors responded however, with Ashley Hunter unable to control the ball at his feet whilst a matter of yards from goal with the net at his mercy.

With ten minutes on the clock, the home side were left crying for a penalty kick after Mark Davies was brought down inside the area, but the referee instead booked the midfielder for simulation, much to Bolton’s displeasure.

Clear goalmouth action inside the opening quarter of the clash was hard to come by, although David Ball did narrowly fail to make any real connection with a clever ball over the top, eventually producing a tame effort that Mark Howard collected easily.

Wanderers meanwhile were still looking a threat on the counter, with Liam Trotter seeing an effort trickle just wide while Josh Vela saw his shot from a tight angle blocked.

A goalmouth scramble ensued soon after though with 25 minutes on the clock after Howard parried Hunter’s initial shot with Ball unable to turn home the ball from five yards out after chaos in the area.

Wanderers were then dealt a blow on the half hour mark as Clough picked up a knock, with the academy graduate being replace with Kaiyne Woolery.

And just three minutes later, the visitors broke the deadlock after snatching possession on the edge of the area, with Ball drilling home past Howard in the Bolton goalmouth to the delighted of the couple hundred Fleetwood fans.

The hosts were almost level with seven minutes of the half remaining as Mark Beevers rose highest to connect with a Spearing free-kick, only for his header to fall kindly for Chris Neal.

Howard spared Bolton’s blushes shortly before half time meanwhile, with a pass-back on the edge of the box falling for Ball who had been on the floor following a tussle, but the keeper was on his guard to push his shot away from goal and ensure that the deficit was just one at the break.

SECOND HALF

The second period saw Wanderers start brightly, with Madine forcing a superb save out of Neal who somehow palmed away his header from a Buxton cross.

Almost the perfect response, the equaliser eventually arrived just moments later through the big frontman who slammed home following a scramble inside the six yard area following an initial header from Wheater.

Fully deserved on the part of the Trotters, they were visibly boosted and proceeded to pile the pressure on the visitors who were having to defend in their numbers to keep Parkinson’s men at bay.

Town responded however by introducing fresh legs, with Aaron Amadi-Holloway and Bobby Grant being thrown into the mix with half an hour remaining.

Uwe Rosler’s men meanwhile almost snatched the lead once again shortly after, with Howard parrying Chris Long’s drilled shot from 20 yards away from danger.

Wanderers looked certain to have gone in front with 20 minutes of the game remaining too, with Neal somehow denying Woolery when unsighted and then keeping out Davies’ follow-up with a goal seemingly imminent.

Bolton’s pressure was incessant however, with a Spearing free-kick from the corner of the box narrowly clearing Fleetwood’s goalmouth in the 73rd minute of the game.

It was clear that neither side were happy to settle for a share of the spoils as the game entered its final ten minutes, with Wilkinson being thrown into the mix in place of goalscorer Madine as the home side chased a winning goal.

Fleetwood meanwhile saw a Bobby Grant piledriver pushed over the crossbar by the fingertips of Howard – an effort that would have been in the running for the monthly awards had it found the net.

With just six minutes remaining however, Wanderers had their second and it was Vela who found the net, drilling into the roof of the net from a tight angle after Wilkinson had knocked the ball into his path.

As the clock ran down, it was a case of all hands to the pump for Bolton as Town looked to force a late leveller.

Try as they might however, the visitors couldn’t breach Bolton’s rearguard as the Whites ran out winners at the final whistle.

FULL TIME

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boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
On the way home Nearly blew it at the end but what the bell. COYWM

Fabians Right Peg

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
thought it was very much a game of two halves, we where poor first half with Moxey looking very poor, didn't want to get forward, caught out in defence, we toiled in midfield but didn't win many second balls and madine couldn't hold the ball up, howard made a good 1 on 1 save near the end of the half which kept us in it.

Second half was a different story, thought the introduction of woolery helped, vela got more into the game and we looked more composed going forward especially down the right with Buxton and Vela combining well. Could have nicked a couple more, however last 10 mins we reverted to type, backs to the wall and let them back into the game.

MOM for me was Wheater, just ahead of Buxton.

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
At 1-1 we missed a great chance to take the lead,even getting three bites at the cherry but coming away with nothing. Thought we might rue that missed opportunity,until Vela popped up.

whatsgoingon

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
I thought the introduction of Woolery made a difference, particularly after half time. 3 or 4 times we played in behind them and his pace scared them. Which is where the corner we scored from came from.
I'd like to see more of him, he has real pace and can finish, with more game time he can only improve.

King Bill

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David Lee
David Lee
Much busier in the second half, and we got our reward for a determined half. Still room for improvement in all departments, even Howard's kicking ! He pulled off some terrific saves to keep us in it. 

Liking the new PA guy, his half time zorb ball commentary was great value.

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Good result, average performance. But that beats shit result, shit performance.

On the plus side Wheater and Beevers looked good again, Fleetwood rarely threatened. Woolery was excellent when he came on, long term he's probably a better bet than Zach Clough who seems to be following in the footsteps of a long line of injury prone ponces.

On the downside Moxey is a disaster waiting to happen, and we still need three good chances to score one.

But we're top of the league without playing well, who knows what we could do with a couple more good players.

wanderlust

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
A couple of good players would be wonderful but it's gone a bit quiet on that front so I'm hoping they're working something out.

doffcocker

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Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
Another really tedious affair with a good result. I'm not sure how long it will last although to be fair, at least we're not on the back foot from the word go for the first time in years. I don't think we'll concede a lot of goals in this division, I just worry that the goals might dry up, as we don't create that many great chances at all and we clearly don't have any good finishers.

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Lewis Buxton who to me has been notably poor both times that I've seen him, giving the ball away with nearly every touch.

terenceanne

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El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
Being back in Bolton this week I dragged myself to the rain soaked festivities ...

After watching this up close and personal I think we need some reinforcements sooner rather than later. Seemed to me that Fleetwood were well worth a point and most fans around me said the same thing. Our luck continues and may it do so for the next 40 games.
Wheater & Spearing were our best players ..... Moxey was abused but IMO was our only outlet down the left wing in the first half. He is a full back not a winger.  Madine doesn't want to get his hair mussed. I don't know why we need Trotter & Vela in the middle. A more creative player or a decent winger would be better IMO.
Anyhow we sweaked it but going forward a lot more chances need to be created than I saw yesterday.
Well dun lads on the win.

Norpig

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John McGinlay
John McGinlay
watched the second half in Barcelona on a facebook live stream  Very Happy. Not the greatest coverage but we did well to come back again from being 1 down.

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Norpig wrote:watched the second half in Barcelona on a facebook live stream  Very Happy. Not the greatest coverage but we did well to come back again from being 1 down.
You did well to miss the first half.

Sluffy

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Norpig wrote:watched the second half in Barcelona on a facebook live stream  Very Happy. Not the greatest coverage but we did well to come back again from being 1 down.

Hope you and the wife are having a fantastic time.

Very Happy

Norpig

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John McGinlay
John McGinlay
Sluffy wrote:
Norpig wrote:watched the second half in Barcelona on a facebook live stream  Very Happy. Not the greatest coverage but we did well to come back again from being 1 down.

Hope you and the wife are having a fantastic time.

Very Happy

came back yesterday and back in work today Crying or Very sad

We went to the Camp Nou, what a stadium that is! Amazing place and well worth a visit

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