Three previous games away from the Reebok left Bolton Wanderers without a single point on their travels. Sitting in 15th place in the Championship, the Trotters certainly needed their luck to start changing and soon if they were to challenge for promotion later on in the year. Bolton's major issue of late has been conceding goals in the 15 minutes following halftime. The men in white would need to stamp out the problem if they were to stand a chance against a Sheffield Wednesday side with a penchant for conceding goals.
It was a sloppy affair between the two sides at the Hillsborough stadium as both teams struggled to take their chances in front of goal. Wednesday would come closest to scoring first with a free kick just fifteen minutes into the match. The ball skirted under the Bolton wall and off of Adam Bogdan's far post. Just over ten minutes later, it was Bolton's turn as David Ngog laid off a great ball for Chris Eagles but the winger could not hit it well out from under him.
Bolton finally broke through on a set piece right on the stroke of halftime. Chris Eagles once again played the provider, putting in an excellent ball on the corner kick. The ball found the head of Marcos Alonso who put it in nicely at the far post. Bolton went into the half leading 1-0.
For once this season, Bolton would not concede in the 15 minutes following half time. This time, they waited a whole 16 before letting Sheffield Wednesday equalize. Wednesday earned a corner on 61 minutes with Pecnik putting it in. The low ball trickled through the Bolton defense and eventually fell to Anthony Gardner. Keith Andrews attempted to stop the ball with a sliding challenge but instead caught Gardner and brought him down for an easy penalty call. Ross Barkley took the spot kick and sent it to his left with Adam Bogdan choosing the correct direction but not being able to reach the corner. 1-1.
Bolton didn't lie down as they have so often this season and came back with a goal straight away. Kevin Davies received the ball in the middle of the park and gave it to an onrushing Mark Davies. Mark, performing one of his trademark mazy runs, weaved through four Wednesday defenders before emphatically putting the ball in the back of the net. The central midfielder had yet to impress this season but this was by far his best game of the year with a goal capping off his performance. 2-1.
Bolton Wanderers kept their defense mostly firm for the rest of the game but in typical fashion, had fans biting their nails on the edge of their seats. Jay Spearing, who was a real miss following his injury at Birmingham City, put in another wonderful performance and cleaned up a lot of the defense's mistakes. Kevin Davies once again ran his socks off and was largely brilliant without scoring. David Ngog pushed the Wednesday defense until he was substituted. He was unlucky not to score, missing a sitter early in the second half.
Bolton Wanderers are up to 12th in the Championship table now on ten points. The Trotters are five points from second place and five points from second bottom. They now have a one week lay-off before returning home to face Crystal Palace next Saturday.