Wait for win is fi­nally over for the Wan­der­ers

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Mikael McKen­zie

BOLTON boss Neil Len­non breathed a sigh of re­lief af­ter his side fi­nally ended their 11-game win­less run.

Liam Feeney crept in be­hind the Wolves de­fence and slammed the Trot­ters one up be­fore Zach Clough dou­bled the lead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time.

For­mer Bolton striker Benik Afobe pulled one back for the visi­tors with a penalty af­ter the restart, but the hosts stood strong to record their first win of the sea­son.

“I am more re­lieved than any­thing else,” Len­non said.

“We have been wait­ing for it for a while. I don’t think I have had a run like that in my ca­reer so it has been a very frus­trat­ing time.

“I al­ways thought with the way that we have been play­ing that we would turn it around. I thought we de­served to win.

“The penalty that Wolves got was soft and it changed the psy­chol­ogy of the game for a while.

“It is very sat­is­fy­ing and the firsthalf per­for­mance was strong. We have played bet­ter and lost.”

Feeney opened the scor­ing with a clin­i­cal fin­ish on 17 min­utes af­ter latch­ing onto a long ball over the top.

A mo­ment of mad­ness from Ethan Ebanks-Lan­dell sec­onds be­fore half-time al­lowed Bolton to dou­ble their lead as he threw him­self at Welling­ton Silva in­side the penalty area and ref­eree Scott Dun­can pointed straight to the spot. Clough stepped up and duly slot­ted into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Ebanks-Lan­dell al­most made amends on 52 min­utes, but his header, from James Henry’s cor­ner, rose nar­rowly over the cross­bar.

Min­utes later Afobe cre­ated a glo­ri­ous chance for Wal­lace 12 yards out, but the midfielder fluffed his shot wide with the whole goal to aim at.

But the visi­tors’ per­sis­tence paid off when Prince-De­sir Gouano fouled Adam Le Fon­dre in the box on 68 min­utes and Dun­can again pointed to the spot. And Afobe notched his fourth of the sea­son.

A flurry of chances fell to both sides late on – the best to Bolton sub­sti­tute Emile Heskey who smashed the ball straight against the body of goal­keeper Emil­iano Martinez.

Wolves man­ager Kenny Jack­ett was left dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult rather than the per­for­mance.

“Af­ter a rocky 15 min­utes we played well and dom­i­nated the end of the first half and had a real go in the sec­ond half to try and get back into the game,” he said.

“We will play worse than that and win games and get re­sults.

“There was naivety in some sit­u­a­tions, we just couldn’t find the fi­nal ball. “It was end-to-end.”

SPOT ON: Zach Clough con­verts his penalty for Bolton



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