The first half may have been even in terms of possession, but it was clear that Cardiff were the better side. They had the beating of Wanderers on the pitch and in the air, with Sean Morrison and Kenneth Zohore leading by example.
Cardiff had 15 shots on goal in the first half, compared to Wanderers’ three. Thankfully, Ben Alnwick was on hand to deny The Bluebirds on numerous occasions.
Bolton held on until the 34th minute. Full back Armand Traore, making his home debut, scored from an acute angle. It looked like Wanderers and Alnwick should have defended the shot better. What do you think?
Cardiff doubled their lead ten minutes later. Captain Sean Morrison, who had looked threatening at set pieces, headed home to enhance the home sides grip on the game.
In an attempt to firm up the defence, David Wheater was introduced for Reece Burke at the start of the second half.
Despite the introductions of Zach Clough and Tyler Walker, Wanderers managed a measly four shots on goal. Not one of those was on target. Maybe a change in formation or a new striker ahead of Saturday’s game?
Cardiff certainly had chances to go further ahead. Junior Hoilett saw his shot blocked on the line fantastically by Mark Beevers, whilst Ben Alnwick continued to deny City with a couple decent saves.
Anthony Pilkington, who was linked with a move to Wanderers last month, struck the side netting late on.
A loss for Wanderers isn’t the end of the world for Bolton. Wanderers remain two points clear of the relegation places in 19th place, ahead of Birmingham City on games lost.
Coming up for Wanderers is a big game against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday. Bolton really do need to start racking up some points away from home.
Enjoy the rest of pancake day while you can, we go again at the weekend.