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Bench The Key As Bolton Win To Secure Top Half Finish


Bolton made it an Easter double with a 3-1 win over Accrington Stanley.

There seemed to be a section of the Accrington Stanley Online Fun Police who took offence to us doing such horrific things such as celebrating goals, or doing the thunderclap after Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s second half goals. But we were treated to some good goals, if not necessarily a vintage all-round performance, in front of a good crowd on the designated family day.

We were made to wait for the opening goal as Acccrington made things hard, but when it came it was direct. James Trafford’s ball found its way up to Dapo Afolayan, and he managed to break the deadlock. Five minutes into the second half though, Australian player Jay Rich-Baghuelou equalised for Stanley, who deserved at least a goal out of their performance.

This was a game which illustrated what depth we have going forward. Starting with Xavier Amaechi (given a rare start), Dion Charles and Elias Kachunga, we were able to change all three – and bring on Kieran Sadlier, Amadou Bakayoko and Bodvarsson. Two of them scored on Friday, and the latter scored two today.

Bodvarsson scored almost immediately after coming on, getting free on the right and finishing emphatically. We could have then been pegged back again, but there was an offside for impeding James Trafford. Bodvarsson then put things beyond doubt with another goal – making it six goals from 12 games. Bodvarsson doesn’t want the season to stop – but it has to and hopefully he can carry this form through to the next campaign.

Yesterday’s win also guarantees us a top half finish – in fact we can’t finish below 11th.

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