Bolton 2 (Ngog 3, Alonso 10)
Wolves remain in the Championship danger zone following a 2-0 defeat against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium. The Trotters got off to an express start scoring twice in the first 10 minutes to leave the Molineux men with a huge task if they were to take something from the game.
In the event, although there were no further goals from the home team, Wolves failed to find the back of the net although skipper Kevin Doyle hit the woodwork and was denied by a world class save from home keeper Adam Bogdan.
Jake Cassidy came in for the injured Sylvan Ebanks-Blake as the only change to the Wolves starting eleven as Bolton kicked-off attacking the away end of the ground. And it was to prove a traumatic opening for the 1500 travelling fans behind Dorus De Vries goal.
A Jamie O’Hara corner came to nothing when the referee blew for a foul in the box and when Bolton won a corner of their own it led to them taking a third minute lead. De Vries got down well to save Craig Dawson’s header but David Ngog was there to blast the loose ball into the roof of the net.
Marvin Sordell was close to a second after he jinked his way past two challenges in the Wolves box before hitting a shot that bounced clear off Kaspars Gorkss.
But, on 10 minutes, Bolton did get a second goal when Medo Kamara’s drive ricochet into the path of the unmarked Marcos Alonso had time to turn and hit a shot that De Vries got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.
Two minutes later Wolves were close to cutting the deficit as Doyle connected with Matt Doherty’s cross. Doyle’s looping header left Bogdan stranded but the ball clipped the top of the bar as it went over.
De Vries was then at his best twice in a minute as he saved well from Chung-Yong Lee before blocking a low drive from Kamara in Bolton’s next attack.
David Davis was the victim of a late tackle from Jay Spearing who went into the book. Davis continued after treatment but, shortly after Chris Eagles had shot inches wide of the far post, the Molineux midfielder was helped off and replaced by Karl Henry.
In the 36th minute Henry tried his luck from 25-yards but his effort was a couple of feet too high and shortly before the break he won a tackle and set up Cassidy whose shot bounced clear off a defender.
Doherty was yellow carded after tripping Lee to the left of the Wolves box and from the resultant free-kick, taken by Spearing, Roger Johnson headed clear.
Half-Time; Bolton 2 Wolves 0
Tongo Doumbia was an interval for Cassidy as Wolves made a bright start to the half winning a corner within seconds of the opening whistle. O’Hara took the kick but the ball was cleared.
On 49 minutes a kind bounce of the ball left Ngog with a clear path to goal and he looked odds on to net a third for Bolton until a combined effort from Henry and Gorkss, who had both chased back, dispossessed the striker as he was about to shoot.
Two more unproductive O’Hara corners were followed by more bookings – Sordell for dissent and Doumbia for a centre circle challenge on Zat Knight.
With 63 minutes on the clock more evidence that it wasn’t going to be Wolves’ afternoon emerged when Bogdan made a tremendous diving save to divert Doyle’s header over the bar after Gorkss had moved forward to supply the cross.
Kamara won the ball from Stephen Hunt in the Bolton box as the midfielder was trying to line up a shot, and then Dean Saunders made a final change when he sent Adam Hammill on for O’Hara.
Hunt was once again catching the eye with his terrific enthusiasm and work rate as he tried to get his team back in the game. And the midfielder didn’t get much change from the match officials with several challenges on him going unpunished
Former Wolf Craig Davies was a Bolton change and De Vries had to race from his line to block as the striker homed in on a cross from Eagles.
At the other end, Bogdan just beat Hammill in the chase for a loose ball, and Ngog was hurt after a scramble in the Wolves goalmouth with Hunt eventually clearing the danger.
Another Bolton substitute, Danny Butterfield, wasn’t far away with a long range effort that drifted wide of the far post as Wolves continued to probe for a breakthrough at the other end.
But the goal that would have halved the deficit and give Wolves a fighting chance of a point, just wouldn’t come and Bolton completed a seventh successive home win.
Bolton: Bogdan, Ricketts, Knight (capt), Dawson, Alonso, Spearing, Kamara, Eagles, Lee, Ngog (Butterfield 84), Sordell (C. Davies 66).
Unused subs: Lonergan, K. Davies, Hall, Pratley. Ream.
Bookings: Spearing (22 – foul), Sordell (53 – dissent).
Wolves: De Vries, Doherty, Robinson, Davis (Henry 25), Gorkss, Johnson, Sigurdarson, O’Hara (Hammill 75), Doyle (capt), Cassidy (Doumbia 45), Hunt.
Unused subs: McCarey, Ward, Dicko, Batth.
Bookings: Doherty (44 – foul), Doumbia (57 – foul).
Referee: A. D’Urso.