BOLTON BACK AT THE RACES

BOLTON ..........2 WOLVES ..........0

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Bar­rie White

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.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

HIGH FIVES: Bolton’s Mar­cus Alonso cel­e­brates with Medo, right

HAND OFF: Wolves’ Roger John­son and Kaspers Gorkss in ac­tion with Marvin Sordell

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