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Bolton Rue Finishing Again In Sheff Wed Defeat


Bolton’s mini-winning run came to an end with a 1-0 defeat away to Sheffield Wednesday.

Lee Gregory scored the only goal of the match, coming into the second half, but after a couple of wins questions will rear their head again with the performance of Wanderers in both boxes.

We kept the ball well, the locals were getting restless and Wednesday felt the need to make a couple of changes at half time. We also had 12 chances to their eight, although that’s where we start to fall down. Only one of those 12 efforts was actually on target, with Eoin Doyle’s second half effort was saved by Joe Wildsmith. Arguably, with Amadou Bakayoko back in the fold, playing the last 16 minutes or so plus injury time, maybe it’s time to give Bakayoko a run from the start.

“It is very rare for me to be speechless and I sat quiet for a few minutes in there because I needed time to think. I didn’t know whether to have a go at them or praise them. And I don’t think I can have a go at them,” Ian Evatt told the Bolton News.

“To come here and dominate the whole game, not just a half, and play like that is exceptional and we created chance after chance and didn’t take them. They have one shot in each half and one ends in a goal.

“Against the better teams in this league – Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday away – that is all they need.

“We have to be more ruthless and clinical. I’d be pretty upset if we were not creating the chances but if you ask their players and manager yet again how good our team is, they will tell you.”

We could have had a penalty before the goal, which would have massively changed things, but Dapo Afolayan was booked for diving. In any case, Wanderers were punished for their profligacy again.

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