4/08/2018 3:00 pm
Referee: Geoff Eltrincham
|West Bromwich Albion||Bolton Wanderers|
|Sam Johnstone||Ben Alnwick|
|Allan Nyom||Pawel Olkowski|
|Kyle Bartley||David Wheater|
|Ahmed Hegazi||Mark Beevers|
|Kieran Gibbs||Andy Taylor|
|Matt Phillips||Jason Lowe|
|Jake Livermore||Luke Murphy**|
|Chris Brunt||Sammy Ameobi**|
|Harvey Barnes**||Josh Vela|
|Jay Rodriguez||Will Buckley**|
|Hal Robson-Kanu||Josh Magennis|
|Boaz Myhill||Ben Williams|
|James Morrison||Mark Little|
|Conor Townsend||Adam Le Fondre|
|Oliver Burke*||Craig Noone*|
|Gareth Barry||Jack Hobbs|
|Tosin Adarabioyo||Gary O'Neil*|
|Rekeem Harper||Yanic Wildschut*|
What a start to the season!
Unfancied and written off, even by myself in parts, Bolton Wanderers went to West Brom and got a 2-1 win, with two summer signings scoring the goals. Wanderers exploited set-piece situations excellently, Josh Magennis grabbed a headed goal on his debut, before Yanic Wildschut, coming off the bench, scored a late winner to ensure Bolton’s first opening day win in six years.
In between, Harvey Barnes, a player you’d know about if you had read the site in the last couple of days, equalised before half-time with an unstoppable curling effort.
Ben Alnwick was called upon at one stage, somehow pushing out a downwards header from close range, but ultimately, we’ve won an away game, and Phil Parkinson has done what Jose Mourinho, Juergen Klopp and Rafa Benitez all failed to do last season – beat a Darren Moore side.
It won’t shape our season, but it’s a great start.
You can watch highlights via the Sky Sports website.
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