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West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Bolton Wanderers: Baggies get 'wake-up call' says boss Darren Moore

Yanic Wildschut scores for Bolton
Yanic Wildschut earned Bolton their first win at West Brom in eight attempts

West Bromwich Albion boss Darren Moore says his side got a "wake-up call" after their 2-1 loss at home to Bolton.

Yanic Wildschut scored a last-minute winner as Bolton snatched a dramatic opening-day victory on the Baggies' return to the second tier after eight seasons in the Premier League.

"We know the Championship is very tough and we've clearly seen today what's expected going forward," Moore told BBC WM.

"It's a good wake-up call for everybody. If people think we're going to arrive in this league and have it our own way it's not going to be the case."

Wildschut, on a season-long loan from Norwich, tapped in from close range from a corner for Bolton, who only stayed up by beating Nottingham Forest on the final day of last season.

The Trotters had earlier taken the lead when Josh Magennis headed in Sammy Ameobi's cross against the run of play.

Harvey Barnes levelled for the Baggies just before the break when he cut in from the right and curled a stunning shot into the top corner.

Moore's side almost snatched an equaliser in stoppage time but Ahmed Hegazi's header came back off the bar.

Darren Moore
Darren Moore was given the West Brom job permanently in the summer after taking over temporarily following Alan Pardew's sacking in April

"Bolton had a game plan to come up against us and it worked and they executed it perfectly," added Moore.

"We're disappointed to lose the game on two set plays. It's never nice to lose a game on a set play, but we have, and it's an early wake-up call for what lies ahead of us in this really tough division."

West Brom, who were without Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon as he closes in on a move to Newcastle, dominated possession in the opening 15 minutes.

But, after Magennis had marked his debut with a goal following his move from Charlton on Monday, they almost fell further behind when David Wheater flicked a header narrowly wide.

Allan Nyom and Matt Phillips both saw efforts fly wide, while Hegazi sent a free header over the bar as Albion responded.

They were finally rewarded when Barnes, on a season-long loan from Leicester, brilliantly levelled on his debut.

Bolton keeper Ben Alnwick produced a fine save to keep out another Hegazi header and Magennis was denied a second by Sam Johnstone as both sides sought a winner.

But the game appeared to be heading for a draw until Wildschut stabbed home to earn Bolton, who won only once on the road last season, all three points.

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson:

"It was always going to be a tough game but I thought that we were excellent.

"I was worried that West Brom would be lifted by their goal but credit to our boys, they kept going and we got our rewards in the end with a terrific finish from Yanic Wildschut.

"We always felt that we could give West Brom problems and we stressed to the lads before the game that we were not coming to sit back and soak up pressure. When we attacked we looked dangerous.

"Josh Magennis had a terrific game, ran his socks off and our supporters have taken to him already. He gave everything for the shirt. The goal was a bonus and he can build on that."

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Nyom
  • 5Bartley
  • 26Hegazi
  • 3Gibbs
  • 10Phillips
  • 8Livermore
  • 11BruntBooked at 31mins
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forBurkeat 76'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 4Robson-Kanu

Substitutes

  • 7Morrison
  • 13Myhill
  • 14Townsend
  • 17Burke
  • 18Barry
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 34Harper

Bolton

  • 1Alnwick
  • 16Olkowski
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 3Taylor
  • 4Lowe
  • 15MurphySubstituted forO'Neilat 60'minutes
  • 10AmeobiSubstituted forNooneat 50'minutes
  • 6Vela
  • 11BuckleySubstituted forWildschutat 78'minutes
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 12Noone
  • 14Hobbs
  • 19O'Neil
  • 27Williams
  • 30Wildschut
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
25,901

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home20
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by David Wheater.

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Brunt.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Bolton Wanderers 2. Yanic Wildschut (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Wheater following a corner.

Attempt blocked. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Vela with a cross.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Chris Brunt.

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a cross.

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ahmed Hegazi.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Yanic Wildschut replaces William Buckley.

Attempt missed. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Oliver Burke replaces Harvey Barnes.

Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary O'Neil.

Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ben Alnwick.

Attempt saved. Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Gary O'Neil replaces Luke Murphy.

Foul by Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion).

Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers).

Hand ball by Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

goal

As It Stood

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1Brentford11005143
2Wigan11003213
3Bolton11002113
4Derby11002113
5Swansea11002113
6Preston11001013
7Birmingham10102201
8Blackburn10102201
9Ipswich10102201
10Middlesbrough10102201
11Millwall10102201
12Norwich10102201
13Bristol City10101101
14Nottm Forest10101101
15Aston Villa00000000
16Hull00000000
17Leeds00000000
18Stoke00000000
19Sheff Wed100123-10
20Reading100112-10
21Sheff Utd100112-10
22West Brom100112-10
23QPR100101-10
24Rotherham100115-40
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