Bolton finally got off the winning mark with a 2-1 away win over Harrogate Town.
Wanderers got their first league goals of the season, and the first of those was a first goal for the club for Eoin Doyle, who flicked in from a corner just after the 10-minute mark. We’d go on to get a second goal a similar amount of time into the second half. Doyle turned provider this time and Nathan Delfouneso finished ensuring both the front two have now scored their first goals for Bolton.
The two-goal comfirt blanket wouldn’t last long though. Five minutes after Delfouneso’s strike, a ball went low across the box and poor defending led to George Thomson pulling one back. As much as Bolton were much, much, better – particularly at the back -Harrogate, a side who have now tasted defeat in the EFL for the first time, gave us something to worry about, hitting the post early on in the game, and on another day may well have taken points off us.
Evatt has had strong words to say over the last week, and quite a few changes were made. We went back to the 3-5-2 which we had built all summer towards – with Harry Brockbank and Ryan Delaney coming in to be either side of Ricardo Almeida Santos. We looked far better defending crosses and set pieces, while Santos able to take the ball out of defence and venture into midfield as well. Andrew Tutte and Jamie Mascoll were fine while Antoni Sarcevic’s return brought improvement to midfield.
The one big negative out of today was an jnjury to Gethin Jones, who was stretchered off at the end of the first half. But overall, improvement for Bolton, there is room for improvement still, but a win and goals for the front two are massive millstones to come off our back. It’s onto Shrewsbury now in the EFL Trophy midweek, and should they get the COVID all-clear, we’ll then host Grimsby last Saturday.