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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
18:17 31st January 2015

Stoppage Time Stunner Saves Wolves

Bolton 2 (Clough 23, 25)

Wolves 2 (Dicko 3, Henry 90+5)

James Henry’s stoppage time stunner rescued a point for Wolves at Bolton and stretched their unbeaten League run to eight games after Zach Clough’s quickfire double had cancelled out Nouha Dicko’s early strike.

Scott Golbourne returned to the back four and Dicko partnered Benik Afobe in attack with Kortney Hause and Henry dropping down to the bench.

A freezing wind swirled around the ground as Bolton kicked off defending the end that housed over 2,000 travelling supporters.

And those fans were cheering wildly with less than three minutes on the clock as Dicko ran onto Kevin McDonald’s through pass and calmly slotted the ball past Andrew Lonergan in the home goal.

Wolves threatened again following a Golbourne corner which was headed out to McDonald who was too high with his shot from 20-yards.

Danny Batth headed clear a dangerous cross from Liam Feeney and Adam Le Fondre, making his debut for the Trotters, fired over the bar from just inside the area.

But Bolton drew level in the 23rd minute following a contentious free-kick award against Batth on Josh Vela inches away from the 18-yard line. Clough’s free-kick curled over the wall and into the far corner of the net.

Worse quickly followed as, within two minutes, Bolton turned things around to take the lead. The Wolves defence failed to clear its lines and Tim Ream ran in to present Clough with the chance to convert from six-yards out. Carl Ikeme got a hand to the ball but the shot carried too much power from such a short distance.

With Bolton’s tails up, Liam Trotter then stung the palms of Ikeme with an effort from distance.


After a brilliant challenge by Dominic Iorfa had dispossessed Clough, the young defender raced into the Bolton half before spreading the ball wide to Rajiv van La Parra. He cut into the area and pulled he ball back but it was just too far in front of Iorfa who had continued his run.   

Half-Time: Bolton 2 Wolves 1

Seconds after the restart there was a problem for the home side when Darren Pratley pulled up as he chased Iorfa down the right flank. Iorfa ran on to win an unproductive corner whilst Pratley limped off to be replaced by Dean Moxey.

Iorfa figured again with another attacking run that was illegally halted by Clough just a yard to the side of the home box. Golbourne’s free-kick was headed clear.

After 54 minutes Afobe’s penalty appeal when he went down under a challenge from Ream, was ignored by the referee before Jack Price went into the book for a nudge on Clough.

With the half approaching its midway point, Ikeme made a splendid save from Le Fondre’s shot on the turn and seconds later, Golbourne’s neat through pass played van La Parra in but his low cross was cleared.

Wolves then made a double switch with Henry and Lee Evans taking the places of Price and Dave Edwards respectively.

Three more bookings followed in quick succession – all for fouls. Neil Danns was the first to see yellow for a challenge on McDonald who quickly followed for a late challenge on Clough. Then it was the turn of Evans to be cautioned for a challenge on Robert Hall.

Iorfa was replaced by Matt Doherty for the final 15 minutes and then Richard Stearman became the fourth Wolves man to go into the book after he had upended Hall.

Afobe looked to be in with a chance as he ran to the edge of the home area, but two defenders got in challenges as he prepared to shoot and the ball was cleared.

Wolves were throwing everything forward and Evans was unlucky when he made a good connection with a drive that would have either gone in or severely tested Lonergan had it not hit a defender and bounced  behind. 

As the game drifted into stoppage time, Ikeme went up for a Henry corner that was headed wide by Batth.

With all seemingly lost, as the game entered the final of the five extra minutes, Henry picked up a pass from Afobe and taking advantage of the space afforded him by the home defence, he hit a terrific shot from all of 30-yards that left Lonergan helpless. 

The midfielder ran the length of the field to deservedly take the acclaim of the away fans.

Bolton: Lonergan, Ream, Feeney, Le Fondre, Dervite, Trotter, Danns, Pratley (Moxey 49), Vela, Wheater (capt), Clough (Hall 70).

Unused subs: Amos, McNaughton, Mills, Rochinha, Gudjohnsen.

Booking: Danns (68 – foul).

Wolves: Ikeme, Iorfa (Doherty 75), Golbourne, Edwards (Henry 67), Batth (capt), Stearman, van La Parra, Price (Evans 67), Dicko, Afobe, McDonald.

Unused subs: Kuszczak, Ebanks-Landell, Jacobs, Hause.

Bookings: Price (64 – foul), McDonald (69 – foul), Evans (75 – foul), Stearman (82 – foul).


Referee: E. llderton 

Attendance: 15,869 (2,284 away supporters).

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