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Bolton A Level Above Cheltenham In Second Half


Bolton finished their away campaign with a win as they beat Cheltenham 2-1.

The result caps a decent run on the road to end the season, it means our last away defeat of the season came at MK Dons in February and we won four of the last five away games, only drawing at Wigan. Admittedly three of those matches were against teams which all are in grave danger of going down, if not already down, but it still marks a good run.

One nice thing at the moment is we can play around with our formation, and it’s fine. It’s not like times we’ve had where we just couldn’t play well with a back three, or a back four, or whatnot. Today looked more like a traditional 4-4-2, with Dion Charles initially pairing up with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. But it was the midfield which stood out, with Dapo Afolayan having to be targeted (no change there) and Kieran Sadlier on the right also being effective.

Alfie May could have put them ahead. He won all the pre-match end of season awards like he had some sort of cult of personality, but couldn’t pick up a goal on the day. James Trafford did really well to deny him, while Afolayan saw a volley go narrowly wide.

Goalless at half time, but after the break we stepped up and were a level above them. Sadlier put us ahead from close range, then after a really good move, with patient passing followed by a brilliant pick-out to Afolayan, we got a penalty, whether it was or not it still came from good- build-up. After some deliberation, Amadou Bakayoko, a second half sub, took it and scored.

Aaron Ramsey scored a good goal to pull one back for the hosts, and it was a bit of a nervy finish with the balls coming in for Trafford, but we got over the line and bar a swing of results next week we’ll be finishing in League One’s top ten.

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