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Four takeaways from Bolton Wanderers' 2-0 win against Cambridge United

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Nat Lofthouse
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Wanderers made it four wins on the bounce after a 2-0 victory against Cambridge at the UniBol.

Amadou Bakayoko opened the scoring before Dapo Afolayan wrapped up the win 20 minutes from time.

The result sees Ian Evatt's men climb to 11th in the League One table – 12 points behind sixth-placed Oxford, who have played an extra game.

Here are four key takeaways from the game.

Dapo’s back to his best

Ian Evatt backed Afolayan to return to form several weeks ago. His prediction has certainly come true.

Despite a strong start to the campaign, the forward had lost his way and dropped to the bench against Ipswich.

But Afolayan has proved once again just how important he is to this Bolton team, getting three goals and two assists in his last four matches.

The former West Ham man is now on 12 goals for the season and shows no signs of slowing down.

Fossey on fire

Marlon Fossey has hit the ground running since his loan move from Fulham and this might have been his best performance yet.

The American is thriving as a wing-back in the Whites’ current system and caused Harrison Dunk countless problems.

He could have had a goal and an assist in the first half alone had it not been for some good defending and a great save by Dimitar Mitov.

Earlier this week, Evatt revealed that the Whites have already discussed the option of signing Fossey on a permanent deal and it’s easy to see why.

Trafford makes history

It was a special night for James Trafford, who became Wanderers’ first goalkeeper to keep clean sheets in his opening four matches for the club.

The youngster had made a dream start to life at the UniBol following his loan move from Manchester City.

However, he didn’t have much to do against the U’s thanks to another resilient display from the Whites’ backline.

Evatt has spoken about wanting "a solid foundation" and Bolton's defensive issues from earlier this season now seem like a distant memory.

Bak on the scoresheet

Bakayoko was given an opportunity in the starting XI in Kieran Lee’s absence and he certainly made the most of it.

The forward opened the scoring with a clinical finish from close range six minutes before the break – his sixth goal of the campaign.

Bakayoko’s physical attributes make him a handful for defenders and his strong work ethic suits Wanderers’ pressing style.

He will be hoping to push on from here after a frustrating start to his Bolton career due to a series of injuries.

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