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Bolton Have Chances But Few Of Quality in Goalless Draw With Stanley


Bolton Wanderers halted their losing streak yesterday, but did so only with a goalless draw at home to Accrington Stanley.

It wasn’t through a lack of chances, we had 22 attempts during the match, which is double the average we’ve had this season. Particularly in the first half, it was all us. The problem was out of those chances, few of them were really big ones. Their keeper, Josef Bursik, on loan from Stoke, was forced into a few saves, the biggest one was when Joe Dodoo tried to place his shot from the left hand side but it wasn’t powerful enough to be a problem for young Bursik.

Only one sub was made, with Jack Hobbs being replaced by Yoan Zouma at the break. The second half was a lot grittier, with Accy boss John Coleman apparently having words with his team during the interval, they responded. We could have been behind after we didn’t deal with a corner convincingly, but it eventually squirmed through to Remi Matthews, who would go on to make a couple of excellent stops from Jordan Clark, one shot destined for the top corner, with a late effort making Matthews go low that time.

Kean Bryan had a decent game in midfield, it’d be fair to point out, yes, he gave the ball away a few times particularly as the game went on, but he does have some promise.

Overall though, we struggled to sustain any sort of attacking quality over the full 90 minutes though, and although we’ve stopped a losing run, a goalless draw at home isn’t a fantastic way of breaking that run.

Accrington Stanley, who are they? Better than us at the moment.

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