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Wolves 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Nouha Dicko
Nouha Dicko scored his third goal this season.

Striker Nouha Dicko's first-half header gave Wolves all three points against struggling Bolton Wanderers at Molineux.

The hosts went in front just before the interval when Dicko nodded his third of the season from Matt Doherty's cross.

Bolton were awarded a penalty in the second half when Danny Batth was judged to have brought down Jermaine Beckford.

But Carl Ikeme pulled off a double save, denying Owen Garvan's spot-kick before saving his follow-up effort.

Wolves, now unbeaten in six matches, recorded their first win against Bolton since 2009 and only their second in 14 encounters.

Bolton, meanwhile, have now lost all of their away matches this season.

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Wolves boss Jackett on Bolton win

Craig Davies went close to giving Bolton the lead early on, but was denied by an impressive Ikeme save.

Lee Evans then unleashed a fierce drive that flew just wide for Wolves, who were denied a penalty when Dicko went down under challenge from Dean Moxey in the box but the referee played on.

The deadlock was nearly broken on the half-hour mark, but both Evans' shot and Bakary Sako's rebound were cleared away by the Bolton defence.

But Wolves were rewarded before the break when Bolton keeper Andy Lonergan was unable to do anything about Dicko's well-placed header.

Bolton enjoyed a better spell at the beginning of the second half, with Jay Spearing's free-kick saved by Ikeme.

But Dougie Freedman's side struggled to carve out chances after Garvan's penalty miss and Wolves held out comfortably for the three points.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett: "I thought in the first half we were very good.

"After that it was all Bolton and my keeper made two vital saves - one from the penalty spot and another when Liam Feeney was through on goal.

"But we are pleased with the result and also we know that you have to give the opposition some credit. It is not easy to win games in the Championship."

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Freedman on Wolves v Bolton

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman: "We felt we defended very well in the first half but the wind was taken out of our sails when Wolves scored.

"It demotivated us at half-time but I felt we regrouped and the game came down to two moments. They took their chance and we missed the penalty.

"It was a poor penalty. I liked his confidence to go up and take it but it was a disappointing penalty."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 5Stearman
  • 2Doherty
  • 6BatthBooked at 51mins
  • 3Golbourne
  • 7HenrySubstituted forRoweat 77'minutes
  • 14Evans
  • 10Sako
  • 11McDonald
  • 40DickoSubstituted forClarkeat 45'minutes
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forSavilleat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Saville
  • 9Clarke
  • 13McCarey
  • 15Rowe
  • 17van La Parra
  • 18Ricketts
  • 20McAlinden

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 5Ream
  • 4Mills
  • 3Moxey
  • 14Dervite
  • 27Lee Chung-yong
  • 19GarvanSubstituted forDaviesat 64'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 6Spearing
  • 7Feeney
  • 9MasonSubstituted forDannsat 70'minutes
  • 28DaviesSubstituted forBeckfordat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McNaughton
  • 10Beckford
  • 13Kenny
  • 16Davies
  • 18Danns
  • 21Pratley
  • 44Kamara
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
22,695

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Attempt missed. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Moxey.

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Evans with a through ball.

Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

Attempt saved. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jermaine Beckford with a through ball.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Mark Davies tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tommy Rowe.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tommy Rowe replaces James Henry.

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Attempt saved. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns replaces Joe Mason.

Booking

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mark Davies with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. George Saville replaces Dave Edwards.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Golbourne.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Mark Davies replaces Owen Garvan.

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

Attempt saved. Owen Garvan (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty saved! Owen Garvan (Bolton Wanderers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Bolton Wanderers. Jermaine Beckford draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nottm Forest85301771018
2Norwich85211771017
3Wolves852183517
4Watford8512158716
5Middlesbrough8503137615
6Sheff Wed843184415
7Charlton8350129314
8Derby83411510513
9Blackburn84131414013
10Reading84131111013
11Leeds84131010013
12Ipswich732296311
13Millwall832388011
14Brentford8323913-411
15Bournemouth8233121119
16Cardiff82331011-19
17Wigan72239818
18Brighton8224810-28
19Rotherham8224610-48
20Birmingham8143714-77
21Bolton8125713-65
22Huddersfield8125718-115
23Blackpool8026310-72
24Fulham8017619-131
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