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Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Watford

Dougie Freedman

Goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Joe Mason gave Bolton a first win in nine league games as the Trotters stayed six points clear of the relegation zone.

Dougie Freedman's side had not won a Championship game since Boxing Day but went ahead when Jutkiewicz tapped home following a Jay Spearing free-kick.

Mason had missed three chances to score before he did double the lead after Neil Danns's flick-on.

Watford went closest through Troy Deeney's header, but Wanderers held on.

It was only a third home win all season in the Championship for Freedman, who said last week he did not fear for his job at the Reebok Stadium.

His side had managed just 18 league goals in front of their own fans all season before this game, but loanees Jutkiewicz and Mason proved a dangerous partnership against the Hornets.

Mason, who rejoined the club from Cardiff on Thursday, saw an early shot saved by Manuel Almunia's feet before Deeney's header was well saved by Adam Bogdan at the other end.

Mason was again denied by Almunia before Jutkiewicz opened the scoring at the far post from Spearing's curling set-piece.

Bolton doubled the lead before the break when Danns won a header to send Mason clear again, and this time he beat Almunia convincingly.

Sean Murray hit a half-volley straight at Bogdan after the break but Watford were unconvincing.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

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Post-match: Bolton boss Freedman

"I thought we played very well and entertained the crowd and I felt the margin of the victory was the least we deserved.

"I was very satisfied. We worked very hard as a team to keep that clean sheet. I felt that was the difference.

"When Watford asked us a few questions we dealt with that well.

"That's very pleasing as a coach and that's what you work for throughout the week."

Watford boss Beppe Sannino:

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Post-match: Watford coach Alec Chamberlain

"What I want to do now is to say sorry to all the people from Watford who travelled here to watch the game.

"I know that it is not possible but if I could, I would replay the game now.

"We need to forget this game but at the same time we don't need to forget those mistakes as well."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Bogdan
  • 15Baptiste
  • 5Ream
  • 6Spearing
  • 4Mills
  • 31Wheater
  • 16DaviesSubstituted forLeeat 79'minutes
  • 44KamaraBooked at 26mins
  • 29Jutkiewicz
  • 21PratleySubstituted forDannsat 24'minutes
  • 26MasonSubstituted forTrotterat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Eagles
  • 11Hall
  • 12Knight
  • 17Trotter
  • 18Danns
  • 24Lonergan
  • 27Lee

Watford

  • 1Almunia
  • 19FaraoniBooked at 90mins
  • 21Anya
  • 6EkstrandBooked at 56mins
  • 27CassettiSubstituted forPudilat 48'minutes
  • 4AngellaBooked at 90mins
  • 8MerkelSubstituted forBattocchioat 61'minutes
  • 16Murray
  • 9Deeney
  • 20ParkSubstituted forRanegieat 61'minutes
  • 28Tözsér

Substitutes

  • 5Belkalem
  • 7Battocchio
  • 12Doyley
  • 13Ranegie
  • 18Pudil
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
15,179

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Watford 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Watford 0.

  3. Booking

    Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Booking

    Gabriele Angella (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

  10. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

    Sean Murray (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristian Battocchio.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Joe Mason.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

  19. Post update

    Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong replaces Mark Davies.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester32225559322771
2Burnley321712350262463
3Derby32187760402061
4QPR31168737251256
5Nottm Forest321413553351855
6Reading321481050371350
7Wigan31147103729849
8Brighton31121093327646
9Blackburn31121093835346
10Ipswich32111294337645
11Leeds31127124339443
12Watford321012104439542
13Middlesbrough32913104136540
14Huddersfield32117144044-440
15Sheff Wed31812113838036
16Birmingham3299143941-236
17Bournemouth3199133751-1436
18Blackpool32811132944-1535
19Bolton32712133749-1233
20Doncaster3279162848-2030
21Millwall32610163160-2928
22Charlton2969142438-1427
23Barnsley31511153051-2126
24Yeovil3167182747-2025
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