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Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Saturday, 6th Apr 2019 17:14

Collin Quaner’s two first-half goals saw Town to a 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium with Josh Emmanuel converting a late own goal for the home side. Quaner headed the Blues in front on 33, then added his second with a shot on the turn 11 minutes later. Town saw the game out largely comfortably after the break until a cross bounced off Emmanuel and over the line in the fourth and final minute of injury time.

Quaner, Emmanuel, James Collins, Teddy Bishop and Andre Dozzell all started as Paul Lambert made five changes from the team which lost 2-0 at home to Hull City last week.

James Bree, Trevoh Chalobah, Toto Nsiala and Kayden Jackson dropped to the bench, while Jon Nolan missed out through injury. Will Keane made the trip but was not included in the 18 along with Jonas Knudsen.

Emmanuel was making his second start of the season at right-back with Collins alongside skipper Luke Chambers at centre-half.

In midfield, Dozzell and Bishop were either side of Cole Skuse in a midfield which could become familiar next season in League One.

Alan Judge, fresh from signing his new contract, and Gwion Edwards were to the left and right of lone central striker Quaner up front.

Bolton were unchanged from the team which won 2-1 at QPR last weekend with the players having returned to training on Thursday following a 48-hour walkout in solidarity with unpaid off-field staff.

The squad remain unpaid, while there was no hospitality at the game due to the suppliers not having been paid and although the IT problems overnight were rectified Wanderers’ email system wasn’t working ahead of the match.

Town had the better of the opening stages but without testing Remi Matthews in the Wanderers goal.

On 12 Dozzell found Myles Kenlock on the left with a superb 30-yard ball but the left-back’s cross was met by a Bolton head in front of Edwards at the far post.

The Blues continued to see most of the ball and in the 16th minute Kenlock sent in another ball from the left towards Quaner. However, a Wanderers toe stabbed it away from him and the on-loan Huddersfield man required treatment for an ankle problem before continuing.

Keeper Bartosz Bialkowski required treatment on 24 after he was caught in the head by Gary O’Neil before eventually being able to continue.

The ex-Norwich man had sought to get on to a weak Chambers header back towards his keeper but the Polish international had seemed to have hold of the ball well before the Bolton man arrived, however, referee Peter Bankes gave O’Neil the benefit of the doubt.

The Trotters subsequently won a couple of corners and might have gone ahead on 27 when Will Buckley knocked the ball back from deep to Sammy Ameobi and the former Newcastle man’s backheel was deflected wide.

But Town began to get back on top and on 31 Joe Williams almost diverted Dozzell’s corner from the right into his own net, the ball just beating the outside of the post.

Moments later, Edwards tricked his way into space on the right of the area but his cross was cut out.

However, the 1,452-strong Blue army, replete with inflatables bouncing around the away end, didn’t have to wait too much longer for a goal.

In the 33rd minute skipper Chambers looped over a cross from the right and Quaner rose high to powerfully nod his second goal for Town past Matthews to the keeper’s left.

Having got their noses in front, the Blues went looking for another goal, Judge hitting a powerful strike from an angle on the right which Matthews grabbed at the second attempt.

However, Wanderers might well have levelled in the 36th minute when Andrew Taylor found Buckley with a cross from the right but the former Brighton man was only able to head weakly to Bialkowski.

The home side were forced into a change in the 41st minute when O’Neil was replaced by Luca Connell.

Seconds later, Ameobi threatened a the second time but his shot after a loose ball had fallen to him on the edge of the box was deflected wide.

A minute before the scheduled end of the half, the Blues doubled their lead with Quaner again the man on target.

Kenlock brought the ball in from the left and played a ball into the German’s feet. The striker took a touch and hit a shot on the turn which beat Matthews to his right and hit the inside of the post before nestling in the back of the net.

Neither side threatened again before referee Bankes’s whistle ended a half which couldn’t really have gone too much better for the Blues.

Town, who led by two goals at half-time for the first time under Paul Lambert having last been 2-0 in front at half-time at Birmingham in September, dominated possession for the most part as has become familiar in recent games and on this occasion were able to create the goals to make it count, Quaner finishing both his chances superbly to take his total for the Blues to three.

Bolton had only really threatened through Ameobi’s two blocked efforts and Buckley’s poor header and needed to improve significantly in the second half if they were to get the three points they required to close the gap to safety.

Five minutes after the restart the home side broke quickly following a Town attack and Pawel Olkowski found Buckley at the far post with a cross from the right but the one-time Sunderland man shot into the ground and over.

On 53 an Ameobi shot from the edge of the box looped up into Bialkowski’s arms with the Trotters taking the game to the Blues at the start of the half.

Bishop was replaced by Flynn Downes in the 62nd minute, then seconds later the Blues went agonisingly close to adding their third goal.

Quaner escaped down the right and sent in a low ball towards Judge, who slid in just after the ball had past him at the near post and Olkowski turned the ball out for a corner. Seconds later, Bolton swapped Taylor for Erhun Oztumer.

Downes was unable to direct a swirling Skuse cross on target before the Blues found themselves under real pressure for the first time but with skipper Chambers in particular making a number of important blocks.

On 72 sub Oztumer’s shot from the edge of the box flew through a crowd of players straight at Bialkowski.

Town, now looking a big threat on the counter-attack with Edwards and Kenlock both making strong breaks forward, switched the tiring Dozzell for Chalobah with 15 minutes remaining.

Two minutes later, Bolton replaced Buckley with Craig Noone, then Kayden Jackson took over from Edwards for the final eight minutes for the Blues.

Town had managed to weather the brief spell of pressure and the game rather petered out in the final minutes with the large travelling Blues support remaining in good voice and looking forward to next season, singing “Que sera, sera, we’re going to Shrewsbury…”.

Deep in injury time, seconds before the whistle, Bolton pulled a goal back. A cross from the right wasn’t dealt with by Bialkowski and the ball hit Emmanuel behind him and bounced towards goal. Collins appeared to have cleared it off the line before referee Bankes pointed to his wrist indicating that the goal-line technology had signalled a goal.

Keeper Bialkowski will have been disappointed to have missed out on a clean sheet, although finishing on the winning side for the first time this season will be some consolation the Polish international.

Moments after the restart the whistle was blown to confirm Town’s second away win of the season and only their fourth victory all season.

Having gained their two-goal lead in the first half the Blues were comfortable for the most part in the second with Bolton’s short-lived period of pressure repelled. Their goal when it came was slightly freakish in its nature.

Ultimately the victory means little in the context of Town’s season other than to put off relegation for a game or so and to end the 12-game winless run.

However, it does help to maintain the feelgood factor instilled by manager Lambert which so far has lacked wins.

The Blues remain 13 points from safety with six matches left to play. Their next fixture is at Brentford on Wednesday when it is possible for relegation to be confirmed if Town are defeated and a number of results elsewhere going against them.

Bolton: Matthews, Taylor (Oztumer 65), Beevers, Olkowski, Connolly, Wheater, Ameobi, Buckley (Noone 77), O’Neil (Connell 41), Williams, Magennis. Unused: Alnwick, Little, Donaldson, Wilson.

Town: Bialkowski, Emmanuel, Chambers (c), Collins, Kenlock, Skuse, Bishop (Downes 62), Dozzell (Chalobah 75), Edwards (Jackson 82), Judge, Quaner. Unused: Gerken, Nsiala, Bree, El Mizouni. Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside). Att: 17,811 (Town: 1,452).

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martin587 added 17:16 - Apr 6
Well done lads.I’m very proud of you.Happy drive home.👍

midastouch added 17:17 - Apr 6
I really need to start betting on these ubiquitous injury time goals we concede, you can almost set your clock by them!
That aside, just a nice feeling to get another win at last, it's been a long time coming since the Rotherham game. Hopefully something to build on going forwards.

heathen66 added 17:18 - Apr 6
Wow...who would have thought it.
I must admit I was wrong regarding the team selection albeit against a very poor Bolton Side.
Quaner has hardly looked like scoring once let alone twice in his time here.
Will take that though.
Only 13 points from safety :-)
Great result !!!

TimmyH added 17:31 - Apr 6
Good win over Bolton in the 'battle of the basement bank burdened clubs' and yes 2 goals for the first time since New Years day...and that's the first league one side we've beaten (roll on the rest). Well done to Quaner on his brace today.

Anybody else take my tip on beating them today at 2-1 or maybe more?

Saxonblue74 added 17:35 - Apr 6
Well done boys. Delighted for the fans who made the trip after the on - off fiasco!

unknown100 added 17:37 - Apr 6
Think we can all just enjoy a rare win, Well done town 🙂

WhoisJimmyJuan added 17:48 - Apr 6
Been a good week in 2 ways: ending the rot, and Judge committed. Won't save us but the players might be very much lifted tonight.

leftie1972 added 17:50 - Apr 6
A win! Bloody fantastic. Well done lads!

jas0999 added 17:55 - Apr 6
A nothing game in terms of anything riding on it, but nonetheless good to get a very rare win.

cat added 18:02 - Apr 6
Good away win. Let’s hope for a strong finish to the season now so we take some positives into the next one. Well done all 👌

runaround added 18:08 - Apr 6
Lovely to finally get another win to put a spring in everyone’s step. Well most peoples anyway! To have played as well as we have on the whole over recent games without winning has been soul destroying for everyone so a good feeling to finally get 3 points. Let’s hope it starts to be a more regular occurrence now

Bluearmy_81 added 18:14 - Apr 6
Great to see us win again at last! Forgetten what it felt like.

algarvefan added 18:25 - Apr 6
Let's talk Luke Chambers!

I know some on here have the knife out for him but I thought he was great today, maybe half a dozen crucial blocks. It's not been his best season but he has been an excellent captain and ambassador for the club, oh and a special mention for you lovely away fans, you were great again today, well done!

I just want to add as a person who lives and works abroad currently, how good it has been to have iFollow games live this season, I hope it continues next season, hopefully with more to cheer next season!!

Well done today Town and well done Quaner, not my favourite player but took his goals well.

planetblue_2011 added 18:29 - Apr 6
No way can’t believe it we have won a game. Great for the fans nearly 1500 making the trip. Brilliant!! Great win let’s push for 2nd from bottom spot now👍🏻

TractorBeezer added 18:36 - Apr 6
Well done lads and hats of to the 1452 Tractor Boys and Girls who made the long trek to Bolton. It was good to see what Qunar can do with two very well taken goals. Chambo will be sore tonight having thrown his body in front of everything!
Look forward to the Brentford game on Wednesday even though Man U v Barcelona.

Dolphinblue added 18:43 - Apr 6
Heathen66......except when he scored vs forest....🤔

Linkboy13 added 19:14 - Apr 6
Correct me if I'm wrong Colin Quaner scored against Notts Forest and played ok but for some reason was left out for the next game so i was pleased to see he scored a brace today although he has his limitations i think his all round game is better than . One or two fans on here have ended up with pig s--t on their faces hope he brings home the bacon.

blueboy1981 added 19:58 - Apr 6
Great first half, great support, apart from a few ! - why everyone can’t enjoy such an occassion instead of being an embarrassment.
Second half somewhat less impressive with us letting them have far too much of the ball.

dirtydingusmagee added 20:01 - Apr 6
well done lads. Good result for all those traveling,if nothing else. Listenend to game, good first half ,lost our way a bit second. Im not a great fan of Chambers as a player ,but all credit to him today, played well. 3 deserved points and TWO goals wooooo woooooo. coyb

ITFCsince73 added 20:02 - Apr 6
It was the Reading game that 3 points were needed.
3 points taken in March out of a possible 15 available.
I’ve no interest in finishing second bottom.
All to little to late. Damage has been, beating a poor unpaid, untrained Bolton side by the odd goal, after waiting for a win for so long. Is the least our support deserved.

1psw1ch added 20:16 - Apr 6
forgot what a win feels like but it feels good even though we are doomed but i dont care ,,,well done lads ,,,proud to be blue

Dissboyitfc added 20:20 - Apr 6
Pleased for Quaner, i like him some days then others he isnt at the races. Just need that goalscorer who is going to make that difference, dont think any of our strikers are going to be the threat we need in league 1. We maybe lucky and get 10 out of Jackson. We need a 20+ stiker!

blueboy1981 added 20:45 - Apr 6
Like it or not some of you - Chambers was a collosus today, and a great ambassador for the Club as always.
A little pressure taken of our defence today with a 0-2 cushion, along with Collins they did us proud, shame we didn’t keep the clean sheet tho’ - but didn’t do anywhere near enough going forward second half.

Northstandveteran added 21:04 - Apr 6
Couldn't agree more 73!
Spot on.

Your mate Chambers had a good game.

I agreed with a post a few days ago,
( No Mick Hucknall pun intended )
That simply read
"Should be alright in league one"

Again, outstanding away support. All that way to watch the two worst sides in the division! Finally rewarded with a win.

ITFCsince73 added 21:12 - Apr 6
Yes NSV. Pleased for Chambo. That’s the 5th good performance this season now. 5 out of 41.
Great stuff...

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