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Match Report: Charlton Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

Neil Lennon suffered his first defeat as Bolton Wanderers manager.....

Clive Rose

Bolton Wanderers fell to a 2-1 defeat last night at a cold and windy Valley to Charlton Athletic.

The home side looked to bounce back from their first defeat of the season at the weekend, whilst Wanderers went in to the game with renewed confidence following the appointment of Neil Lennon and their own 1-0 away win over Birmingham City last weekend.

Wanderers started unchanged, though Mark Davies returned from a knee complaint to take his place on the bench.

Lennon's Bolton side began well, with an early Lee Chung Yong effort forcing a good side from former West Ham goalkeeper Stephen Henderson. Chungy again looked good in his new role in the centre of midfield.

It was Jermaine Beckford's turn next as the striker took a great ball from Lee Chung Yong, but again he was denied by the busy Henderson.

The game ebbed and flowed, with Wanderers firmly on top - but much in the way that these things can happen, it was Charlton who took the lead when Jordan Cousins sent a terrific ball over a somewhat static Bolton defence onto which Romanian striker George Țucudean spun past Dean Moxey and placed the ball into the corner of Lonergan's goal.

Despite this setback, Wanderers continued to play well, dominating possession.

Scorer of the Whites' goal against Birmingham, Matt Mills, could arguably have had a brace, but his first chance went wide of the goal after he met a lovely corner from captain Jay Spearing's corner.

Spearing himself then went close with a 20 yard effort which kept Henderson busy.

The second half began in disastrous fashion for Lennon and his men, when just five minutes in, former Wanderers transfer target Johnnie Jackson struck a low show beyond Lonergan to double the home side's lead.

Wanderers however struck back almost immediately when full-back Dean Moxey followed up a loose ball on the edge of the box with a thunderous strike that left Henderson grasping at thin air. It was a brilliant strike.

Back on the attack, the Super Whites then went close when J-Beck had a neat header cleared from the line following another accurate Spearing corner.

Lennon decided to bring on Max Clayton and Tim Ream in a search for the equaliser. Wanderers attacks came at a furious rate but they could not find that killer instinct in front of goal as the game came to a conclusion in favour of the home side.

It was a good performance, but again we saw how we are lacking a top quality striker.

I would back Lennon to rectify this at the earliest possible moment.

Onwards and upwards lads.

Match Stats

Attendance: 13,433