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Match Report: Sheff Wed 1 v 3 Bolton Wanderers

Wanderers win! Wanderers win! Wanderers win!

Matthew Lewis

Dougie Freedman's Bolton Wanderers brought the curtain down on their away league campaign with a comfortable win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday at Hillsbrough.

Freedman again made changes to his first team, handing a debut to local boy Oscar Threlkeld, and summarily dumping Hayden White from the entire matchday squad in yet another terrific example of man-management.


Wanderers continued their recent good form on the road with a straightforward win, making it eight league away games without defeat as they hared raced into a three goal lead inside the first half an hour.

Neil Danns opened the scoring following a Jermaine Beckford cross that was probably a shot, before Korean disappointment Chung Yong Lee robbed FM11 legend Joe Mattock and slotted beneath Chris Kirkland to make it 2-0. It was a particularly poor effort from CYL but it went in so who really cares.

The away scoring was completed shortly later after a tremendous dipping volley from Liam Trotter from fully 25 yards, or 50 yards if you're running the LOV twitter account.

Wednesday pulled one back before HT with another stunning strike - this time Mattock left Adam Bogdan staring in disbelief as his perfectly-placed left foot volley found the top corner.

There was no further scoring but Wanderers will be pleased to end their away fixtures with a positive win and performance.

The club has won every single game played in Yorkshire this season and could have scored more but for the form of former Liverpool goalkeeper Kirkland.

Wanderers will take heart from the performances of Threlkeld and latterly Andy Kellett, who again showed that the club can indeed look to the academy production line for promising talent. Tom Youngs also made his debut in injury time, whilst the fans also had chance to LOL at that donkey Benik Afobe.

The Teams

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, McCabe (Corry 60), Onyewu, Loovens, Mattock (Stobbs 60), Lavery, Lee, Coke (Afobe 85), Helan, Antonio, Nuhiu

Subs not used: Johnson, Martinez, Llera, Best

Bolton: Adam Bogdan, OscarThrelkeld, Matt Mills, David Wheater, Tim Ream, Jay Spearing, Liam Trotter, Chung Yong Lee (Tom Youngs 90), Neil Danns, Rob Hall (Lukas Jutkiewicz 73), Jermaine Beckford (Andy Kellett 79)

Subs not used: Zat Knight, Andy Lonergan, Andy Robinson, Georg Iliev

Attendance: 23,070

Referee: Andy Davies

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"It was very convincing. I felt that we had to make sure the first 20 minutes were done properly in terms of game plan and attitude because we were aware that Sheffield Wednesday would try to spring themselves into action.

"I felt that we were right on our game and deservedly went three goals up. We passed the ball very well from the back and through midfield.

"The hunger and desire was there as well. If anything, we probably should have scored more goals in the second half."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray:

"It looks like we're going to need four goals to win any game at the moment because we're gifting goals with individual errors.

"Our quality on the ball should have been a lot better. If I was to evaluate the season, I'd say the first 18 games were very poor and from December onwards it was better.

"We've now got dragged back down to being very poor again, which is disappointing."