Bolton have no an­swer to City

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Richard Latham

A DEV­AS­TATED Jimmy Phillips de­scribed a drub­bing at Ash­ton Gate as one of the low­est points in his long as­so­ci­a­tion with Bolton Wan­der­ers.

Placed in charge un­til the end of the sea­son fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Neil Len­non, the club’s academy man­ager pulled no punches af­ter see­ing his side to­tally out­played by in­spired fel­low strug­glers.

Phillips said:“This re­sult clearly pushes us closer to League One and I want to apol­o­gise to the Bolton fans who made the trip.

“Their treat­ment of the team was bet­ter than we had any right to ex­pect.

“I pos­si­bly felt worse when we were rel­e­gated on the last day of the Premier League sea­son while I was a player, but it’s sim­i­lar here.

“But I won’t give up the fight. The new own­ers and the fans de­serve noth­ing less than 100 per cent com­mit­ment from ev­ery­one in­volved un­til it is math­e­mat­i­cally im­pos­si­ble for us to stay up.

“The club has been in tur­moil and per­haps this sort of per­for­mance was com­ing, al­though we can’t blame it on what has been hap­pen­ing.”

City were ahead on three min­utes when Bolton goal­keeper Paul Rachubka could only parry Joe Bryan’s fierce left-footed shot from in­side the box into the path of Aaron Wil­bra­ham, who volleyed in from six yards.

On ten min­utes Lee Tom­lin got the bet­ter of Dean Moxey on City’s right and, with the Bolton player ap­peal­ing for a high foot, raced into the area to shoot low past Rachubka.

Peter Odemwingie notched his first City goal since sign­ing from Stoke City with a bril­liant left­footed fin­ish from the edge of the box af­ter latch­ing on to Wil­bra­ham’s 53rd-minute flick-on.

And it was 4-0 on 81 min­utes when Jonathan Kod­jia crossed low from the right for fel­low sub­sti­tute Scott Wagstaff to net with a first­time shot at the near post.

There was still time for Kod­jia to head home a right-wing cross from Adam Matthews on 86 min­utes and Bryan to round Rachubka be­fore shoot­ing the sixth mo­ments later.

Bolton failed to test City keeper Richard O’Don­nell un­til the dy­ing mo­ments by which time they were on the re­ceiv­ing end of a rout.

Then Gary Ma­dine’s ef­fort from dis­tance brought a fairly rou­tine save.

City head coach Lee John­son was par­tic­u­larly thrilled with his side’s scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mance fol­low­ing some bad pub­lic­ity dur­ing the week.

He had to rep­ri­mand Luke Ayling, who re­mained on the bench for this game, af­ter the de­fender was pho­tographed at the Chel­tenham Na­tional Hunt Fes­ti­val along­side two play­ers from other clubs who were uri­nat­ing into glasses.

John­son said: “The dress­ing room was quiet be­fore the game and I didn’t know quite what to make of it. Thank­fully, it proved the calm be­fore the storm.

“The play­ers were des­per­ate to show the good side of Bris­tol City af­ter the week we had been through as a group and I think they de­serve huge credit.

“They wanted to put in a per­for­mance for ev­ery­body and they did just that. I am so chuffed for them.

“But there is still so much room for im­prove­ment and, with clubs near the bot­tom pick­ing up points ev­ery­where, we have to main­tain stan­dards.

“I want to fin­ish as high as pos­si­ble in the ta­ble to set down a marker for next sea­son.

“The lads can now have some time off over Easter to spend with their fam­i­lies af­ter train­ing next week.

“Then it’s back to busi­ness.”


START THE GOALFEST: Aaron Wil­bra­ham cel­e­brates Bris­tol City’s open­ing goal, in­set

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