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Reaction: Cambridge 1-0 Bolton


Bolton lost their first game of the season on Saturday as they fell to defeat away to Cambridge United.

Wanderers had lots of possession, almost three quarters of it, however that only translated to a single shot on target, with Dapo Afolayan denied in a one-on-one with their goalkeeper early in the second half. Out of 12 overall from us, mainly coming in the second half, it will renew calls for Ian Evatt to try and get in one more striker before the transfer window closes next week.

Shilow Tracey scored the only goal of the afternoon, just a few moments after the hosts had a goal ruled out for offside.

“I’m still trying to figure out how we lost it really,” he said. “I think we completely controlled and dominated the entire game, but when you concede a real poor goal like that, what you invite them to do is just camp in, not even try and attack, and make it very difficult on what is quite a tight pitch. We tried, we huffed and puffed and we had a couple of chances. Dapo has a big chance, but it’s self inflicted today. We haven’t been beaten by them. We’ve beaten ourselves with a lack of concentration first half and then we got frustrated with some poor officiating,” Ian Evatt told the Bolton News.

Cambridge boss Mark Bonner said: “Sometimes it feels horrible when you’re out there because you’re deeper and not getting the ball and they force you back. In the first 25 minutes we were brilliant, it was textbook how we wanted the game to look. Then you get ahead and the game changes a little bit and we struggled to get too much control.”

Overall though, we’ve lost one of our first five, and sit two points off second in a very congested league table. It’s a solid start to the season.

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