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Bolton Wanderers 4-1 Walsall

Bolton recorded their first League One win of 2017 with a convincing victory over Walsall.

And they did it the hard way, recovering from Erhun Oztumer's goal of the season contender after four minutes.

Without a win in their previous six matches, promotion chasing Wanderers were rocked by Oztumer's stunning 40-yard strike.

But Walsall, unbeaten in five before their trip to the Macron Stadium, conceded an equaliser to striker Gary Madine's header 11 minutes later.

Jay Spearing, provider of the assist for Madine from a corner, then crossed from the opposite side and James O'Connor put past his own keeper, Neil Etheridge.

It got even better for Bolton when Liam Trotter thumped home from 25 yards for his third of the campaign after 30 minutes.

Florent Cuvelier thought he'd dragged Walsall back into contention after 58 minutes. Instead, assistant referee, Sebastian Stockbridge, ruled Cuvelier's shot hadn't crossed the line before Mark Beevers hacked clear.

Stockbridge had stepped up from fourth official duties during a half-time extended to nearly half an hour due to medical treatment for original assistant referee, Helen Byrne.

That was as close as the Saddlers came to mounting a comeback and Madine should have doubled his tally but fired straight at Etheridge before substitute Chris Long rifled in Bolton's fourth and his first since joining on loan from Burnley after 87 minutes.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 15Derik
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 20TaylorBooked at 57mins
  • 22MoraisSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 88'minutes
  • 17TrotterSubstituted forThorpeat 76'minutes
  • 8SpearingBooked at 83mins
  • 45Le FondreSubstituted forLongat 72'minutes
  • 6Vela
  • 14Madine

Substitutes

  • 3Moxey
  • 11Solomon-Otabor
  • 12Long
  • 19Clayton
  • 32Thorpe
  • 33Howard
  • 35Wilkinson

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 16Preston
  • 4O'Connor
  • 32O'Connell
  • 5McCarthy
  • 8CuvelierBooked at 81mins
  • 7ChambersBooked at 79mins
  • 14Osbourne
  • 2EdwardsSubstituted forRandall-Hurrenat 78'minutes
  • 10Oztumer
  • 20BakayokoSubstituted forJacksonat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 6Dobson
  • 9Jackson
  • 11Morris
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 18Randall-Hurren
  • 44Moussa
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
13,610

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 4, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 4, Walsall 1.

Attempt blocked. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Attempt saved. Chris Long (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces Filipe Morais.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 4, Walsall 1. Chris Long (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Vela.

Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Walsall).

Booking

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Florent Cuvelier (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Florent Cuvelier (Walsall).

Booking

Adam Chambers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Long (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Simeon Jackson replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Will Randall-Hurren replaces Joe Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Tom Thorpe replaces Liam Trotter.

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Chris Long replaces Adam Le Fondre.

Attempt blocked. Florent Cuvelier (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

Florent Cuvelier (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Florent Cuvelier (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Florent Cuvelier (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Filipe Morais (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Florent Cuvelier (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers).

Jason McCarthy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd31196658342463
2Scunthorpe30177657322558
3Bolton29166741231854
4Fleetwood311410744311352
5Bradford311215439271251
6Millwall3013894540547
7Rochdale29145104136547
8Southend30121084337646
9Peterborough30128104338544
10Bristol Rovers31128114951-244
11Oxford Utd29127103731643
12Walsall31101293943-442
13Charlton2991463729841
14MK Dons30108124039138
15Wimbledon2991193938138
16Northampton31106154651-536
17Shrewsbury3198143142-1135
18Gillingham30810123847-934
19Port Vale2989123246-1433
20Oldham31710142033-1331
21Bury3186174860-1230
22Swindon3178162845-1729
23Chesterfield3075182949-2026
24Coventry3049172547-2221
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