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Match Report: Chesterfield 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Wanderers' winning run comes to an end at Chesterfield

Derbyshire Times

Bolton Wanderers winning streak came to an end at the hands of Chesterfield, who moved out of the bottom four with a 1-0 win.

Following on from Wanderers' comprehensive victory against Gillingham on Monday night, Phil Parkinson selected an unchanged side for the game.

As you would expect, Bolton started the game brightly. Sammy Ameobi forced Spireites goalkeeper Lloyd Allinson into a save in the opening minutes, whilst at the other end Chesterfield winger (and former Bolton trialist) Gboly Ariyibi fired a tame effort wide.

Bolton continued to have the better chances, with Zach Clough firing a free kick from 25 yards straight at Allinson. Then, completely against the run of play, Chesterfield took the lead. Ariyibi's cross was turned home by Liam O'Neil.

After the goal, Chesterfield continued to dominate and could have been two ahead. A Spireite free kick found its way to Ched Evans, whose effort was deflected over the bar.

Bolton then controlled the remaining minutes of the first half and should have equalised. Firstly, Allinson made a smart save to deny Gary Madine a fourth goal in the last three games. Then, Zach Clough missed a wonderful chance to score. Having found himself one-on-one with Allinson in the Chesterfield goal, it looked as if Clough was going to bury the ball into the goal, but it wasn't to be. Clough's tame effort was saved with relative ease.

David Wheater then had a half chance just before half time which cleared the bar.

Much like the first half, Bolton started the second half brightly. Wanderers saw plenty of the ball, but Chesterfield had now sat back and were intent on keeping their lead.

It was a half of frustration for Bolton. Chesterfield were very sloppy on the ball, although so were Bolton. Everytime Chesterfield gave away the ball, Wanderers failed to capitalise.

Zach Clough missed another great opportunity to bring Bolton level, firing over from inside the box.

Sammy Ameobi couldn't repeat his incredible goals from the past couple weeks, with his best chance being a weak effort from distance. The winger also had shot which clearly deflected wide, but the referee gave a goal kick instead. Just one of a number of questionable decisions from the officials.

Late on, the game became a scrappy affair, with David Wheater and Josh Vela both receiving yellow cards for needless fouls.

The introductions of substitutes Chris Taylor, Jamie Proctor and Keshi Anderson couldn't change the outcome of the game, with Proctor and Anderson both coming on too late in the 89th minute.

Bolton did have one last chance deep into injury time. With the clock ticking, Jay Spearing fired over from ten yards out.

The result leaves Bolton in 3rd place, with two important home games coming up against Shrewsbury Town on Boxing Day and Scunthorpe United on New Years Eve.