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Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Bradford City (3-4 on pens)

A great night at the Reebok

Bolton Wanderers v Bradford City - EFL Leasing.com Trophy Photo by Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images

Wow. What a night

Just over 9,000 people turned up to watch Bolton Wanderers v Bradford City in the tinpot League Trophy.

Wanderers, despite still being forced to put out a very young side (in fact our youngest ever, with an average age of 19, nnnnnnnn 19) demonstrated their heart and with no little skill pushed their more experienced opposition right to the brink.

Bolton struck first through Dennis Politic, who capitalised on some weak Bradford defending, scoring from range midway through the first half. It was no less than the Romanian playmaker deserved from what was an outstanding personal performance.

Joined in excellence by Matthew Alexander, Harry Brockbank, Adam Senior, Jordan Boon and Yoan Zouma, the lads were beyond reproach throughout and put in a performance for the ages.

The lads couldn’t keep a clean sheet, unfortunately, and bowed to some strong Bradford pressure in the second half - though in the main they defended really well and must’ve given Keith Hill, watching on the sidelines, plenty of food for thought as we move on through the season.

Yeah the lads lost on penalties, but they put in the performance of a lifetime and if this is the last time they play for our first team then they should be extremely proud of themselves, as we are proud of them.

As the song goes, we’re Bolton Wanderers, we’re on our way back.