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Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

Liam Feeney scored his third goal of the season for Bolton Wanderers.
Liam Feeney scored his third goal of the season for Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton held off a fightback from 10-man Sheffield Wednesday to secure a third win in five league games and end the Owls' three-game winning streak.

First-half goals from Liam Feeney and Darren Pratley gave the visitors the lead at Hillsborough before Chris Maguire hit back from the penalty spot.

Claude Dielna hit the post in stoppage time for the Owls, who had substitute Sam Hutchinson sent off late on.

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Neil Lennon on Bolton's win at Sheff Wed

The win moves Neil Lennon's side up to 14th, while the Owls remain in ninth.

The former Celtic boss took over from Dougie Freedman in October and the Trotters headed into the match having lost just once in their last 12 games in all competitions.

Feeney struck in only the second minute when he pounced on a loose ball inside the area, and Pratley extended Bolton's lead in the 25th minute with a well-taken goal, beating Keiren Westwood with a low shot.

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Stuart Gray: Wednesday head coach on Bolton defeat

Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray brought on Hutchinson as part of a double substitution in the 69th minute as the home side pushed forward, but the former Chelsea man was shown a second yellow card after just 14 on the field for a late challenge.

Stevie May then thought he had equalised when he bundled the ball over the line after Atdhe Nuhiu's effort hit the bar, but he was ruled offside by the assistant referee.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray: "We've looked at Stevie May's goal and he was onside. We've been punished by a poor decision.

"We started so poorly and then we gifted them a second goal so we gave ourselves a bit of a mountain to climb. Credit to the boys because they stuck at it.

"We got back in the game with the penalty and it was hard enough playing Bolton with 11 men, but then with Sam getting sent off it was very, very difficult.

"They're a big, physical side and they bypassed the midfield. They know how to kill the game off, which was frustrating."

Bolton manager Neil Lennon: "We're getting further and further away from the bottom three, which is great. We can maybe look forward to challenging the top 10.

"To come away from home and play as well as we did is very pleasing. We got off to a great start and played some super football. With our performance in the first half and the chances we created in the second half, it could have been a more comfortable win.

"On the counter-attack we were very dangerous and I thought Emile Heskey was terrific, considering the length of times he's been outside of England. His experience today was invaluable to us.

"There were a few decisions for both teams that were debatable, to say the least, but I don't want to talk about the referee because it was a very good game of football."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1WestwoodBooked at 80mins
  • 8Palmer
  • 5Loovens
  • 15Lees
  • 35Dielna
  • 10Maguire
  • 6SemedoSubstituted forBakerat 78'minutes
  • 20LeeBooked at 68minsSubstituted forHutchinsonat 69'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 19MaghomaBooked at 61minsSubstituted forHelanat 69'minutes
  • 7May
  • 9Nuhiu

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 3Mattock
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 11Baker
  • 13Lavery
  • 17Helan
  • 43Kirkland

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 14Dervite
  • 4Mills
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Ream
  • 18Danns
  • 7Feeney
  • 25VelaBooked at 90mins
  • 21PratleyBooked at 35mins
  • 28DaviesSubstituted forGudjohnsenat 90'minutes
  • 19Heskey

Substitutes

  • 1Bogdan
  • 3Moxey
  • 6Spearing
  • 17Trotter
  • 22Gudjohnsen
  • 35Wilkinson
  • 52Walker
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
22,617

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home17
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stevie May with a cross.

Attempt saved. Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Lees.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Darren Pratley tries a through ball, but Tim Ream is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Vela.

Booking

Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Eidur Gudjohnsen replaces Craig Davies because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu tries a through ball, but Stevie May is caught offside.

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Keiren Westwood.

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Baker (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lewis Baker replaces Josè Semedo.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Attempt saved. Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Attempt saved. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Attempt saved. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

Booking

Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth26156557273051
2Ipswich26148444242050
3Derby26146648252348
4Middlesbrough26138540172347
5Brentford2614484235746
6Watford26135849292044
7Norwich26127749321743
8Wolves2612773133-243
9Sheff Wed2691072123-237
10Blackburn269983635136
11Birmingham269893139-835
12Nottm Forest2681083536-134
13Cardiff2697103538-334
14Bolton2696112933-433
15Fulham2694133745-831
16Charlton2661372434-1031
17Huddersfield2687113445-1131
18Reading2686123142-1130
19Brighton26511102733-626
20Leeds2668122738-1126
21Rotherham26511102133-1226
22Millwall2658132544-1923
23Wigan2649132635-921
24Blackpool2638151943-2417
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