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Report: Wednesday 1-2 Bolton

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Bolton Wanderers


22/9/12 - 3pm

Attendance: 26,598


Wednesday's poor run of form continued at Hillsborough on Saturday as Bolton Wanderers returned back across the Pennines with all three points.

Marcos Alonso fired the visitors ahead in the first half before Ross Barkley netted his first Owls goal from the penalty spot to get the hosts back on level terms on the resumption. They weren't celebrating long, however, as Mark Davies hit a fine goal two minutes later to give the Trotters the spoils.

It was Bolton's first away victory since relegation from the Premier League and was Wednesday's fourth defeat on the spin.

Owls boss Dave Jones was critical of his side following their 3-1 Yorkshire derby defeat against Huddersfield Town in midweek and he made six changes to his team for the visit of Owen Coyle's men.

Perhaps the biggest change was in giving Kieran Lee his Owls debut at right-back, with Joe Mattock suspended and Lewis Buxton injured. Anthony Gardner was fit to start at centre-back while Daniel Jones came in at left-back.

Jones opted with the midfield two of Rhys McCabe and Barkley, dropping Jose Semedo to the bench, while Rodri returned to partner Jay Bothroyd up front and Nejc Peckic also started.

They seemed to work early on as Wednesday started relatively well. Michail Antonio looked dangerous out wide and Barkley also saw a free-kick hit the post with a deflection off the Bolton wall.

Wanderers' away form was poor coming into the contest but Davies tested Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland with a header early on.

Coyle's side were starting to settle into their stride and had a glorious chance through Chris Eagles just before the half-hour to open the scoring only for the former Owls loanee to send his effort wide.

The momentum was building for the Lancashire side and David Ngog headed wide from close range before Bolton's pressure paid off two minutes before half-time.

Eagles swung a corner kick into the danger zone and Alonso was on-hand to fire past Kirkland and put the visitors in front at the interval.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-1 Bolton

The momentum continued Bolton's way early in the second half and they came close to doubling their lead with Alonso this time the provider with a superb cross that just evaded the on-rushing Kevin Davies.

The Owls, who'd introduced Jose Semedo back into the fold at half-time, then brought on the speed of Jermaine Johnson just before the hour mark and they were soon back on level terms.

Keith Andrews felled Gardner inside the box and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Barkley stepped up and made no mistake to get the hosts level.

But, just with Wednesday keen to build on their goal, Wanderers hit back with a sucker-punch.

Davies was the architect and goalscorer, weaving his way through two challenges before unleashing a superb strike beyond Kirkland and into the back of the net.

The Owls tried to get back on level terms for a second time with Barkley firing a shot wide and Antonio also trying his chances with a mis-timed header but, despite a late Owls rally, Bolton hung on relatively comfortable to travel back across the Pennines with the points.

Full-Time: Wednesday 1-2 Bolton

Wednesday: Kirkland, Lee, Taylor, Gardner, Jones, Antonio, Barkley, McCabe (Semedo 46), Pecnik, Bothroyd (O`Grady 75), Rodri (J Johnson 57). Unused substitutes: Bywater, Beevers, Llera, Madine.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Alonso, Mills, Eagles, Andrews (Pratley 90), Ngog (Afobe 66), Knight, M Davies, K Davies, Spearing. Unused substitutes: Lonergan, Petrov, Warnock, Ricketts, Lee .

Date:Saturday September 22 2012
Time: 6:35PM


well where do we start another poor display jones has chopped and changed so much we have lost team spirit we have lost our attacking play down both wings so we are one dimentioal dropping semedo was unjust as he made space for barkley to play in the 2nd half why drop our strikers for boothroyd who clearly isn't fit or interested not really inpressed with new signings taylor is slow gardner looks ok but won't stay fit for long lee did ok at right back but we have lost momentnm this is a worrying factor we have gone from a team who scored goals and conceded 2 a game to a team who no longer scores but still concedes i hope jones knows what he's doing or it could be a long hard winter.
beverley owl
23/09/2012 11:42:00
Our rtaet at the start of the season was mid table at least. one or two have got carried away after the first three games and all of a sudden we are going for automatic promotion come on guys stick together we will be ok DJ will consolidate us this year of that I have no doubt there will be ups and downs along the way remember where we have come from and be patient.
23/09/2012 13:01:00
The transition was never going to be easy, and with all the new options, its going to take time to get things to get. Finding the right squad and getting them into the right rhythms doesn't happen overnight, unless you're talking about top flight Premiere players, and let's not delude ourselves. Hate seeing us lose like this, but I'm sure not ready to start stepping on Jones. May eat my words come spring, but I trust the guy, and once things get settled out, believe we'll have a side to be reckoned with. I think he's playing the long game. It's not without it's dangers, but will probably prove to be the wise choice in the end.
Wednesday in Iowa
23/09/2012 14:03:00
i think your proberly right guys we need to stick together get behind the team and see where we go after all we are all wednesday just frustrating at moment.
beverley owl
23/09/2012 14:38:00
That it is, mate!
Wednesday in Iowa
23/09/2012 18:04:00
It's funny really, before the Fulham game I was hoping we'd make as few changes to the starting line-up as possible and show our intention to take this cup competition seriously. I still hope that's the case but this time I want to see LOTS of changes. Like: Bywater, Llera, Beevers, Semedo, CO'G, Madine, JJ. The more the merrier, and I really hope they all go out there tomorrow night with a point to prove. It'll be a tough one this. Away from home, we'd still have been rank outsiders before this lousy run of form. But even if we pull off a memorable victory and (dare I say it) keep a clean sheet, I imagine we'll still be seeing Kirkland, Taylor, Bothroyd, Barkley etc trot out at Wolves.
24/09/2012 06:43:00
I agree Our Maurice, its all very well giving experience to younger players, but we need the experienced players to get us out of this situation, the players you mention were the backbone last year
Brighton Owl
24/09/2012 13:43:00
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