A solitary goal from Mamady Sidibe was enough for Sheffield Wednesday to beat Bolton Wanderers and keep the Owls out of the Championship's relegation zone.

The striker's powerful 25th-minute header was his first goal for the club since his arrival on loan from Stoke.

David Ngog and Martin Petrov had both missed chances for Bolton before the ex-Swansea and Gillingham man's strike.

Chris Kirkland denied Benik Afobe with a fine save after the break as Wednesday claimed a third straight win.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman made four changes to the line-up that lost 5-4 on Saturday to bottom of the table Peterborough.

And once Wednesday's Michail Antonio had failed to latch onto an early error from Sam Ricketts, Bolton had the better of the early exchanges.

Ngog's fine solo run ended when Kirkland made a good block to deny him, while Petrov lost his footing while preparing to shoot.

Wednesday's goal came against the run of play, with Sidibe outjumping Tim Ream to head Lewis Buxton's cross past a helpless Adam Bogdan.

Sidibe was just short of adding a second at a Rhys McCabe corner while Keiran Lee drilled a shot straight at Bogdan before the break.

It's been a while

Mamady Sidibe's goal was his first since February 2010 due to a string of Achilles tendon and knee injuries

The home side came close to equalising when Ngog touched the ball wide from close range after 53 minutes, while Kirkland was in the right place to block Afobe's attempt at close range from a superb Chris Eagles cross with 20 minutes to go.

Ngog then headed a Zat Knight cross miles wide in the closing stages as Wednesday held firm for all three points.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman: "I put the defeat down to their good defence, which we couldn't break down and the consistency of our results is not where it should be at this time.

"It does surprise me that we are so close to the bottom but it doesn't concern me because I've seen what this group is capable of.

"I think the players need a bit of a hand and we need to recruit two or maybe three guys who have played at this level before."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones: "It was a perfect away performance, in the last five minutes we probably panicked a bit, but in the first half we got them on the back foot."

"Mamady's goal was probably a perfect centre-forward's goal. He deserved it because he's worked his socks off for a number of years to get back fit again.

"All he's needed is to play games and he's now getting these games and he's slowly getting used to playing again."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Bolton

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 02 Mears
  • 05 Ream
  • 12 Knight
  • 18 Ricketts (Alonso - 73' )
  • 07 Eagles (Sordell - 73' )
  • 08 Andrews
  • 10 Petrov (Lee - 66' )
  • 20 Spearing
  • 09 Ngog
  • 17 Afobe

Substitutes

  • 24 Lonergan
  • 03 Alonso
  • 23 Riley
  • 21 Pratley
  • 27 Lee
  • 29 Butterfield
  • 19 Sordell

Sheffield Wed

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 02 Buxton
  • 03 R Johnson Booked (Mattock - 76' )
  • 04 Gardner
  • 32 Llera
  • 07 Antonio (J Johnson - 90' )
  • 16 McCabe
  • 20 Lee
  • 24 Helan
  • 25 Prutton
  • 22 Sidibe (O'Grady - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 43 Bywater
  • 05 Taylor
  • 14 Mattock
  • 08 Lines
  • 11 J Johnson
  • 09 Madine
  • 12 O'Grady
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 22,292

Match Stats

Shots

8 7

On target

6 2

Corners

6 5

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:11 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:40

Header by David Ngog from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +2:29 Substitution

Substitution Jermaine Johnson comes on in place of Michail Antonio.

87:03

Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.

86:02

Effort from outside the penalty area by Jeremy Helan goes wide left of the target.

75:11 Substitution

Substitution Chris O'Grady joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mamady Sidibe.

75:11 Substitution

Substitution Joe Mattock on for Reda Johnson.

73:23

Unfair challenge on Benik Afobe by Reda Johnson results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Marcos Alonso from the free kick.

72:37 Substitution

Substitution Marvin Sordell replaces Chris Eagles.

72:37 Substitution

Substitution Samuel Ricketts goes off and Marcos Alonso comes on.

71:47

Chung-Yong Lee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Prutton. Direct free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

70:11

Benik Afobe takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Kirkland.

69:20

Foul by Chris Eagles on Kieran Lee, free kick awarded. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.

67:04

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Rhys McCabe played to the near post.

66:14

Chris Eagles challenges Miguel Llera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.

65:24

Keith Andrews takes the free kick.

65:24 Substitution

Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Chung-Yong Lee coming on for Martin Petrov.

65:24

Chris Eagles fouled by Rhys McCabe, the ref awards a free kick.

64:47

The referee blows for offside. Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.

63:57

Outswinging corner taken by Rhys McCabe.

60:11

David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Gardner. Chris Kirkland takes the direct free kick.

58:45

Corner from left by-line taken by Rhys McCabe.

58:17

Benik Afobe fouled by Lewis Buxton, the ref awards a free kick. Samuel Ricketts takes the direct free kick.

56:52

Unfair challenge on Kieran Lee by Jay Spearing results in a free kick. Lewis Buxton takes the direct free kick.

55:52

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the left by-line to the near post, Miguel Llera manages to make a clearance.

55:19

Benik Afobe takes a shot. Comfortable save by Chris Kirkland.

52:07

Shot from close in by David Ngog misses to the left of the target.

50:45

Outswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the left by-line, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.

49:11

Corner from right by-line taken by Rhys McCabe.

48:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Petrov on Kieran Lee. Free kick taken by Lewis Buxton.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:39 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:27 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Reda Johnson for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +1:22

Unfair challenge on Benik Afobe by Reda Johnson results in a free kick. Martin Petrov produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Chris Kirkland makes a save.

44:53

David Ngog takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.

43:36

Keith Andrews fouled by Mamady Sidibe, the ref awards a free kick. Zat Knight takes the direct free kick.

41:50

Effort on goal by Michail Antonio from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

41:31

Kieran Lee takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.

40:04

Short corner taken by Martin Petrov.

37:43

Chris Eagles fouled by Reda Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Eagles delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.

37:23

Miguel Llera challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keith Andrews restarts play with the free kick.

35:33

Rhys McCabe takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Miguel Llera produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

34:33

Benik Afobe is caught offside. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.

26:32

Centre by Michail Antonio.

24:13

Assist on the goal came from Kieran Lee.

24:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Mamady Sidibe - Bolton 0 - 1 Sheff Wed Mamady Sidibe grabs a headed goal from close in. Bolton 0-1 Sheff Wed.

23:25

Unfair challenge on Rhys McCabe by David Ngog results in a free kick. Lewis Buxton restarts play with the free kick.

21:56

Mamady Sidibe concedes a free kick for a foul on Tyrone Mears. Tyrone Mears takes the free kick.

16:30

Benik Afobe concedes a free kick for a foul on Jeremy Helan. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.

14:15

Zat Knight challenges Michail Antonio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rhys McCabe fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

13:26

David Ngog takes a shot. Save made by Chris Kirkland.

9:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michail Antonio by Tim Ream. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Lewis Buxton, Adam Bogdan makes a save.

7:56

The ball is delivered by Michail Antonio.

6:02

Martin Petrov delivers the ball.

5:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Ngog by David Prutton. Free kick taken by Chris Eagles.

3:59

Close range header by Reda Johnson goes wide of the left-hand post.

2:39

Corner taken by Martin Petrov, clearance by Reda Johnson.

1:44

Martin Petrov delivers the ball in from the corner, Reda Johnson manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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