It's still preseason and it was a match against mid-table League Two side Morecambe but a win coupled with a clean sheet should put smiles on Bolton fans' faces. Bolton had a much more complete side this time around than they did at Crewe Alexandra thanks to the return of Tim Ream, Matt Mills, Zat Knight, Chris Eagles, and David Ngog. A very lively first half from Bolton Wanderers did the trick as they strolled to a 2-0 win.
Chris Eagles opened the scoring on just three minutes thanks to a lovely ball from David Ngog. Marcos Alonso started the move off with a wonderful interception. The young left back had a good game by all accounts and was linking up extremely well with Gregg Wylde on the left flank. Alonso found Ngog in space who then laid off to Chris Eagles, scoring from close range.
The second goal came eight minutes later and was again through David Ngog. This time, the provider turned scorer thanks once again to Marcos Alonso and his link-up play with Gregg Wylde. The defender sent a well-weighted ball down the flank and the young Scottish winger put it in for David Ngog who finished clinically.
Bolton dodged a few bullets in this match however. Adam Bogdan was forced into a good save midway through the first half and Morecambe hit the post twice in two minutes just moments later.
Owen Coyle seemed very happy with the result and performance, telling the official site:
"We started brightly and played very well over the piece,
"We scored two really good goals resulting from some terrific moves and, to be fair, we could have had a few more with the chances we created.
"It gave us another opportunity to get more players minutes under their belt and we made a number of changes following the game against Crewe.
"It's key for us at this stage to build up the fitness throughout the squad and we are pleased with the progress on that front.
"Tonight we had six players complete the full 90 minutes, including Joe Riley, Gregg Wylde and Marcos Alonso, while Josh Vela and Michael O'Halloran did well during their involvement.
"It was good to have David back in the side. He looked sharp, his movement was good and he took his goal well. It was an encouraging sign.
"Morecambe created a couple of decent opportunities but it was also nice also to get a shut-out.
"Overall I am delighted with how it went. We passed and moved the ball well and thoroughly deserved the win."