Bolton beat Scunthorpe to edge closer to the playoff race, with an Eoin Doyle and a second half strike from substitute Antoni Sarcevic enough to take the three points.
We’re now just one point off the top seven – and there was an argument that was the best Wanderers have played under Ian Evatt so far, Particularly in the first half, we were dominant in possession, able to speed up and slow down the game as we needed, and the opposition, with the only chance from them coming from a free kick which Matt Gilks dealt with easily enough. It was everything we had been expecting when he arrived over the summer.
The only real missing piece was the goal, which took 35 minutes. Nathan Delfouneso was fouled by Jacob Beadeau, which Scunthorpe weren’t happy about, but Eoin Doyle stepped up nonetheless, and was hammered into the roof of the net. It was a high boot, and probably the right call, though you can undertstand their frusttration.
It was less one-sided after the break – Scunthorpe made substitutions and changed the formation – and Kevin van Veen’s effort was brilliantly cleared off the line by Alex Baptiste – again the Wanderers centre back pairing of him and Ricardo Santos was excellent.
With 15 minutes to go any nerves were settled, Gilks cleared the ball upfield and a touch of class for Doyle was pivotal, before Lloyd Isgrove set up Sarcevic for the winner. For the most part, we kept the ball, created chances, it would have been nice to make it three or four, but that was a good win against an in-form side. Onto Saturday!