Report: Coventry City vs. Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers suffered a narrow defeat right at the death as they narrowly lost 2-1 against Coventry City at St Andrew’s.
Dennis Politic’s second-half leveller looked to set to see both sides share the spoils after Amadou Bakayoko had given the hosts an early lead.
But Max Biamou’s injury-time winner ensured the maximum went to the Sky Blues.
Keith Hill named an unchanging starting XI from the side that beat Tranmere Rovers at the University of Bolton Stadium last weekend.
New signings Ryan Delaney and Jacob Mellis were named among the substitutes alongside a fit-again Jack Hobbs who had been sidelined with a back injury.
Playing at the home of Birmingham City, Coventry got off to a bright start when Bakayoko put the home side in front with a header at the far post which evaded the attentions of Remi Matthews in the Wanderers goal.
Matthews had to be on his guard to block a drive from Fankaty Dabo after the right-back tricked his way past Brandon Fleming to get sight on goal.
It was all Coventry during the early stages and Bakayoko had the ball in the back of the net once again but a flag ruled out the effort for offside.
Matthew was tested once again, this time from distance, as he tipped away a long-range effort from Liam Walsh at the expense of a corner.
But Wanderers weren’t deterred by their hosts’ early dominance, and Dennis Politic was unlucky not to get his shot on target when he lost his man before firing a low drive just wide of goal.
Immediately afterwards, Fleming delivered a dangerous-looking ball into the box for the attention of Daryl Murphy but Dom Hyam made a timely intervention to steer the ball to safety.
Matthews pulled off a solid stop to keep out a powerful shot from Callum O’Hare who tried to beat the Wanderers keeper from a tight angle inside the box.
Wanderers had a chance to go all-square five minutes after the half-time break when Politic curled an effort over the bar after good work from Chris O’Grady and Daryl Murphy set up the young winger.
Toto Nsiala got in the way of O’Hare’s effort after the Coventry man looked set to double his side’s lead.
Wanderers lost the service of Nisiala shortly afterwards who collided badly with O’Hare. Delaney came on to replace the defender to make his Wanderers debut.
Jason Lowe got in the way to superbly block a shot from inside the box off Walsh.
Wanderers were denied an equaliser with just over 20 minutes to go when Marko Marosi acrobatically tipped over Daryl Murphy’s bullet header after the Irishman latched onto O’Grady’s excellent pinpoint cross.
Fleming then burst into the box but his shot from 12 yards out when over Marosi’s crossbar.
Matthews pulled off another good save when he got his hands to Max Biamou’s header off Dabo’s centre.
But Wanderers got themselves level with just under 15 minutes remaining. Some great hold up play by O’Grady whose cross found Politic. He then volleyed home emphatically to claim his second strike in as many games.
The visitor's celebrations were almost got short afterwards when Biamou’s overhead kick caused some momentary consternation but the ball fell wide.
Wanderers were in the hunt for another goal and O’Grady, who was sent forward by Delaney, twisted and turned his way to create a chance but his shot went just over the bar.
But one minute into injury time, Biamou put the hosts back in front when he powered past Matthews from six yards out.
Hill made a double change with five minutes of added time remaining when Dodoo and Mellis came on for Luke Murphy and Ethan Hamilton.
Dodoo’s late free-kick cannoned off the wall to earn Wanderers a last gasp corner but the resulting effort came to nothing.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]