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Bolton’s Difficult Night Ends Up Quite Easy


Bolton made it back to back home wins with an ultimately easy 3-0 win over Doncaster.

Pre-match the talk was all about injuries and how the team almost picked itself. Ian Evatt managed to throw a curveball though with his starting lineup, playing Liam Gordon at right-back, but otherwise it wasn’t too much of a surprise.

Things just get worse on the player availability front though. Dapo Afolayan picked up that fateful booking which means he’ll miss the weekend’s match against Cheltenham, while Lloyd Isgrove picked up a hamstring injury in the first half which ended his night prematurely, and forced a reshuffle, though George Johnston did quite well in a midfield role.

It had been a poor first half hour though, Bolton had a lot of the ball, but Donny had more of the chances, with Jon Taylor causing particular problems. But eventually, we mustered a shot on target and it was the returning Eoin Doyle who turned home Elias Kachunga’s cross. The game particularly turned when Joe Olowu was sent off for a challenge from behind on Afolayan, and from there we were comfortable. Kachunga has largely improved in recent weeks, and backed up his assist with scoring the second, although it was on a plate for him.

After the break, George Thomason’s deflected effort made it three, and that was the match done and dusted. Doncaster were poor though, poorer than Crewe maybe, although making them chase the ball with ten men might make you do that. Job done though, and bar that first half an hour, what was meant to be a difficult night actually turned out to be a walk in the park. Overdue performances from the likes of Declan John, Gordon and Johnston were also very much welcome.

We shouldn’t expect that against Cheltenham on Saturday though, especially when we’re two further players down…

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