Bolton probably got a better result than a few expected (including myself) yesterday, but suffered another defeat on the road as they lost 1-0 at Peterborough.
Keith Hill made a major tactical tweak, as he started with a back three for the first time. Liam Bridcutt, on his return after missing the last couple of matches, dropped into a back three between Yoan Zouma and Josh Earl. And that backline was kept busy as although the Posh scored just the one goal, it could have been more, particularly in the first half. Mark Beevers, a familiar face to us, had the first big chance when his header went into the ground and then bounced just over.
The goal came when Ivan Toney found himself unmarked and headed into the corner. Remi Matthews may have had little chance of getting to that, but a defender could have made Toney’s job harder.
Bolton’s first chance of note came after that, Ronan Darcy continued in the side after last week’s good performance, but his shot from a tightish angle went over. The home side then responded by hitting the underside of the bar from a scramble, after Wanderers then failed to clear (happened a lot) another chance would go wide.
Josh Earl cleared off the line after nearly giving away a penalty at the start of the second half, from there Bolton at least improved, if not maybe as much as some are claiming, with Luke Murphy heading wide, then Joe Dodoo having a shot that was at least on target, if fairly easy work for Posh keeper Christy Pym, but ultimately Wanderers came away empty handed.