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Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-1 Bolton Wanderers

Wolves defender Willy Boly's opening header was his second goal for the club, but his first at Molineux
Wolves defender Willy Boly's opening header was his second goal for the club, but his first at Molineux

Wolves stretched their lead at the top of the Championship to seven points as they comfortably beat lowly Bolton.

Defender Willy Boly's header into the bottom left corner from Barry Douglas' inswinging corner set the hosts on their way to a fifth straight win.

Top scorer Leo Bonatini headed a second for a 2-0 half-time lead before Ivan Cavaleiro's 62nd-minute penalty.

Bolton's Will Buckley got one back but Cavaleiro's second and a clinching fifth for Diogo Jota wrapped it up.

Wolves' best home win of the season, surpassing Tuesday's 4-1 win over Leeds, sent Bolton to the bottom of the Championship table, thanks to rejuvenated Sunderland's victory at Burton Albion.

The match was made further memorable by a 44th-minute touchline incident that ended with opposing bosses Nuno Espirito Santo and Phil Parkinson both being sent to the stand.

The home bench reacted furiously to a challenge by former Wolves loan man David Wheater on Jota, which sparked a reaction from their Bolton counterparts as the two management groups clashed.

Leo Bonatini's 11th goal of the season was his first in three matches
Leo Bonatini's 11th goal of the season was his first in three matches

Once the dust had settled, referee Keith Stroud dismissed Parkinson, who was also sent off earlier this season against Sheffield Wednesday, and Wolves head coach Nuno joined him.

After falling behind from another productive corner by Wolves dead-ball specialist Douglas, Bolton's task was made all the harder when keeper Alnwick was at fault for the second goal.

He raced to the right-hand edge of his area to try to cut out a long through-ball from Ruben Neves but was beaten to it by Jota, who lifted the ball over him, allowing Bonatini to nip in above two Bolton defenders and head in his 11th goal of season from close range.

Cavaleiro then made no mistake from the spot after Romain Saiss had been fouled by Antonee Robinson, before Buckley briefly raised Bolton's hopes when he converted a pass from Gary Madine with a low shot under goalkeeper John Ruddy.

Cavaleiro was then fed a neat pass from substitute Helder Costa before tricking his way to the edge of the area to blast into the roof of the net. And there was still time for a fifth goal for the first time since February 2015 when Ruddy's long clearance was chased down by Jota, whose powerful shot beat Alnwick.

Wolves head coach Nuno Esprito Santo:

"It is something that happens every week in football. There is a tackle. I think it is tough, and I reacted to it. There is an argument. Nothing more than that. The referee told us to go.

"Both of us were doing our jobs the best way we can for our teams. The ref spoke with us. We were totally calm.

"We have to work the same every day. We don't look where we are in the table. It doesn't mean anything at this moment."

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson:

"They are going to win the league by 10 points. I will say that now.

"We gave some poor goals away against a side who I have to say are by far the best team in the Championship.

"We have to get back to being tight and being hard to beat."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 27Saiss
  • 8NevesBooked at 64mins
  • 3DouglasSubstituted forVinagreat 89'minutes
  • 7CavaleiroSubstituted forA N'Diayeat 85'minutes
  • 33BonatiniSubstituted forHélder Costaat 72'minutes
  • 18JotaBooked at 58mins

Substitutes

  • 4A N'Diaye
  • 6Batth
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19Price
  • 26Enobakhare
  • 29Vinagre
  • 31Norris

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 2Little
  • 31WheaterBooked at 43mins
  • 5Beevers
  • 15Robinson
  • 21PratleySubstituted forLe Fondreat 78'minutes
  • 24Henry
  • 10AmeobiBooked at 45minsSubstituted forNooneat 63'minutes
  • 6Vela
  • 20ArmstrongSubstituted forBuckleyat 63'minutes
  • 14Madine

Substitutes

  • 9Le Fondre
  • 11Buckley
  • 12Noone
  • 16Cullen
  • 23Darby
  • 32Burke
  • 33Howard
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
27,894

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 5, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 5, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romain Saiss.

Attempt saved. William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Madine.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre replaces Barry Douglas.

Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hélder Costa with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 5, Bolton Wanderers 1. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Ruddy following a fast break.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Attempt saved. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Alfred N'Diaye replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Conor Coady.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Bolton Wanderers 1. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Adam Le Fondre replaces Darren Pratley.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Bolton Wanderers 1. William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Madine.

Foul by Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Léo Bonatini.

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Willy Boly.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Mark Little (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. William Buckley replaces Adam Armstrong.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Noone replaces Sammy Ameobi.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves19142340172344
2Cardiff18114325131237
3Sheff Utd19121632211137
4Aston Villa19105428171135
5Bristol City1997330201034
6Derby189542920932
7Middlesbrough198562418629
8Leeds199282924529
9Nottm Forest189092627-127
10Ipswich188283028226
11Sheff Wed196852321226
12Fulham196852524126
13Preston196852221126
14Norwich196671723-624
15Brentford185852624223
16QPR185672026-621
17Barnsley185582325-220
18Reading185582023-320
19Millwall194781920-119
20Hull194693235-318
21Birmingham1944111028-1816
22Sunderland192892535-1014
23Burton1935111237-2514
24Bolton1927101636-2013
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