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Match Report : Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Coventry City

That was proper hard work

Coventry City v Northampton Town - EFL Checkatrade Trophy Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images

Bolton Wanderers picked up another three points yesterday at home to struggling Coventry City - however it was hard going at times and the visitors might, on another day, have come away from the game with at least a point.

Wanderers went into the game on the back of Saturday's easy 2-0 win at home to Millwall, whilst our opposition had been on the wrong end of a 1-4 defeat to Oxford United.

Zach Clough was again the man of the moment for Wanderers, with his first half goal coming at a time when we were dominant in the game. Coventry keeper Lee Burge was on fire in the opening 45, coming up with several good saves from Gary Madine and Josh Vela and that man Clough again.

This dominance failed to be repeated after the break, and Bolton can thank goalkeeper Ben Alnwick for keeping us in the game at times with some superb saves.

Coventry, to their credit, persevered right up until the final whistle in the 95th minute and will head home tonight somewhat disappointed. A big round of applause goes to the 600 or so hardy souls who made the long trip North on what was a cold and fairly damp Tuesday evening.

The second half did see Bolton have a few chances, as Clough hit the post twice. Despite some late pressure from the visitors, Parkinson's side held on for their first home win over the Sky Blues in eight attempts going back til 1965.

My final point goes with a thank you to the fans who paid tribute to former Bolton player and Wales coach Gary Speed with a minute's applause in the opening stages.

So we head to Northampton at weekend looking for a third win on the bounce, one which will hopefully see us break into the top two.