BOLTON BACK AT THE RACES
BOLTON ..........2 WOLVES ..........0
BOLTON boss Dougie Freedman poured cold water on suggestions his side are coming up the play-off rails after beating Wolves on Grand National day.
David Ngog and Marcus Alonso gave Freedman’s side their second home win inside a week, while Dean Saunders’ men offered little.
Freedman admitted his free-flowing Trotters side – recording their fourthstraight home clean sheet – are making the football world sit up and take notice, but is not thinking about a return to the top flight just yet.
“We’re facing the right direction and the team is getting better, but I wouldn’t say teams above us are getting worried,” said Freedman
“Games are running out – that’s my worry.
“The whole football world is looking at this division and knows we’re pointing in the right direction and going somewhere because we play with such freedom.
“There’s a few games to go but we will try and get over that finishing line.
“The first 30 minutes of the game was terrific – we passed the ball and played with a freedom to express the talent we’ve got.
“You saw a display of a team that was well-organised in terms of discipline, shape and making sure we see out the game.
“The key was if we weren’t going to get that third or fourth, we weren’t going to concede that one.”
Bolton led inside three minutes when Ngog reacted quickest to Dorus De Vries’s smart stop from Craig Dawson’s header – smashing home high into the net.
Alonso made it two inside ten minutes after he followed up Medo Kamara’s speculative 40-yard effort, with De Vries only able to carry the ball over the line.
The former Swansea stopper was being well-worked, with Chung-Yong Lee firing straight at him on 14 minutes, forcing a corner.
Marvin Sordell was next to test the Dutchman a minute later – De Vries beating out the former Watford man’s snapshot from 12 yards.
Chris Eagles kept it all one-way traffic for the Trotters midway through the first half when he cut past two Wolves defenders but shot narrowly wide.
Wolves nearly got back into it on 63 minutes, but Trotters goalkeeper Adam Bogdan – on his return from injury – showed great reflexes to keep out Kevin Doyle’s header.
Substitute Craig Davies nearly made it three for the Trotters with 15 minutes left, but the excellent De Vries was out to smother his effort from Eagles’ cross.
Wolves kept pushing to try and grab a consolation, but created little, while Bolton continued to look dangerous on the break. Frustrated Wolves boss Saunders felt it was a game too far for his injury-hit side, but still found time to pay tribute to Bolton’s passing play.
“The Championship is demanding – Saturday, Tuesday all throughout the season,” said Saunders.
“We’ve won three games on the trot and I put them out there again and said let’s see if we can make it four.
“It was a combination of their good play, because they have really good players, and us being flat, probably resulting from the massive effort we put in to get our last two results.
“We didn’t deserve a point – we gave ourselves too much to do in the first 20 minutes. We conceded two goals from two corners, but out keeper has made two great saves as well.”
HIGH FIVES: Bolton’s Marcus Alonso celebrates with Medo, right
HAND OFF: Wolves’ Roger Johnson and Kaspers Gorkss in action with Marvin Sordell