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Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Shrewsbury Town

Defender David Wheater scored twice in a nervy win over Shrewsbury as Bolton made it nine home victories on the spin in all competitions.

The centre-half - whose last Bolton brace was scored in the Premier League - struck twice in four first-half minutes to seemingly put Phil Parkinson's side in full control.

Just as Bolton thought the game was won, Junior Brown set up a frantic finish by heading past Ben Alnwick in the 84th minute.

With 60 seconds of normal time left, referee David Webb denied Shrewsbury a chance to equalise by over-ruling his linesman, who had given a penalty against Andy Taylor for handling Louis Dodds' cross.

Bolton's superiority at set-pieces was evident early on as Tom Thorpe had a header clawed off the line by Jayson Leutwiler.

Wheater then opened the scoring, heading Jay Spearing's corner off the post before mopping up the rebound from close range.

Four minutes later he grabbed his second, finding himself in the right place once again after Gary Madine's shot was blocked.

Shrewsbury showed some attacking intent after half-time and Jack Grimmer drove one shot inches wide of the post.

Zach Clough was denied by a fine save from Leutwiler but as Wanderers went into cruise control, Brown's header meant they were riding their luck in the later stages to cling on to three points.

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Line-ups

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 23Wilson
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 20A Taylor
  • 8SpearingSubstituted forDerikat 81'minutes
  • 6Vela
  • 32Thorpe
  • 22Ameobi
  • 10CloughSubstituted forTaylorat 89'minutes
  • 14Madine

Substitutes

  • 3Moxey
  • 7Taylor
  • 11Anderson
  • 15Derik
  • 19Clayton
  • 24Henry
  • 39Turner

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 3Sadler
  • 5Lancashire
  • 15Smith
  • 14Grimmer
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forWhalleyat 73'minutes
  • 8OgogoBooked at 89mins
  • 6Black
  • 12Brown
  • 10Dodds
  • 29Ebanks-BlakeSubstituted forWaringat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Riley
  • 7Whalley
  • 25Burton
  • 27Waring
  • 30Jones
  • 37Barnett
  • 38Sears
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
16,238

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Mat Sadler.

Attempt saved. Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Chris Taylor replaces Zach Clough.

Booking

Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).

Oliver Lancashire (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Shrewsbury Town 1. Junior Brown (Shrewsbury Town) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Jack Grimmer with a cross.

Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Derik replaces Jay Spearing.

Tom Thorpe (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Waring (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Shaun Whalley replaces Jim O'Brien.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers).

Junior Brown (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Jayson Leutwiler.

Attempt saved. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town).

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt missed. Louis Dodds (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

George Waring (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Shrewsbury Town).

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Gary Madine.

Foul by Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers).

George Waring (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Junior Brown (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt missed. Ian Black (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Josh Vela.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).

Dominic Smith (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe23146346202648
2Sheff Utd23145442231947
3Bolton23144530141646
4Rochdale2312383629739
5Bradford2391132819938
6Southend2310763428637
7Peterborough22106636241236
8Fleetwood239773428634
9Millwall2310493736134
10Bristol Rovers239683740-333
11Wimbledon238873428632
12Charlton2371062824431
13Northampton238693433130
14Oxford Utd238692828030
15Walsall237972631-530
16Gillingham238693137-630
17Port Vale2376102637-1127
18MK Dons2366112632-624
19Swindon2366112235-1324
20Bury2363143245-1321
21Shrewsbury2356122336-1321
22Chesterfield2363142742-1521
23Coventry2347122034-1419
24Oldham2239101226-1418
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