Bolton suffered a 2-0 defeat away against Brentford. A goal in each half was enough to secure the southern side all the points. Wanderers rarely troubled the goalkeeper but there were enough chances to capitalise.
There were lots of changes to the squad with Josh Cullen and Reece Burke remaining at West Ham -both players made the bench at their parent club in a sign that might worry Wanderers. Elsewhere Darren Pratley and Karl Henry remain injured. New Everton Loanee, Harry Charsley went straight in to the starting line up which saw a Derik Osede and Josh Vela lining up in the centre with Morais on the left, Charsley in the middle and Ameobi on the right. The defence lined up as usual with Madine leading the line.
The match started frantically with Wanderers looking pretty decent. After some end to end action Wanderers faded and never recovered whilst Brentford stayed a threat but never really got in to 5th gear themselves. The first goal came on 40 minutes with a shot from Jozefzoon. Brentford went in to half time, well deserving of their lead.
The second half continued in much the same fashion with neither team looking at the top of their form but Brentford the better team. The 2nd goal came in the 90th minute after some more shocking defending, courtesy of a back heel.
What was a shame about today is Brentford never looked at their best either. They gave us several opportunities but we never really even made chances from those opportunities, let alone taking those chances. In the context of results going our way today, it must be seen as a chance missed given that the in form Wanderers of late would have made this a real game.
Charsley had a solid yet unspectacular debut and Derik continued to impress in midfield, leading the team in blocks and being the most successful passer in the team. Josh Vela seemed to be anonymous in this game which could be as a result of moving further down in midfield.
Bolton host Ipswich next Saturday who won their game against Leeds United today after a recent run of poor form. Wanderers will need to be better than today to get something out of that.