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Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Birmingham City

Will Buckley
Will Buckley scored his first goal of the season to give Bolton Wanderers victory

A Will Buckley goal saw Bolton Wanderers continue their unbeaten start to the Championship season with victory against Birmingham City.

The winger got the last touch from Sammy Ameobi's probing cross after an uneventful 73 minutes.

Garry Monk's side had chances to score, with Wanderers keeper Ben Alnwick tested by Jota and Omar Bogle.

But Bolton stretched their unbeaten run to five games, while Birmingham are still to win this season.

Phil Parkinson's side went into the game having not scored a single goal in any of their past five league matches against Birmingham.

That looked set to continue as Wanderers struggled to find a way past Birmingham's defence and goalkeeper Lee Camp.

However, Buckley snatched victory with his first strike of the season after the ball bounced off him last inside the penalty area.

Birmingham could not find a way back into the game, and the result took Bolton to 10 points, level with Middlesbrough and Leeds at the top of the table.

Birmingham manager Garry Monk told BBC WM:

"I called it from the start, I knew the referee was going to cost us tonight, and their goal is an absolute disgrace, it's a clear handball.

"In terms of the performance, we are doing so much right. For 70 minutes we dominated the game and never looked in danger defensively.

"We created four of five really good opportunities, and the danger is that if you don't take those chances, it can cost you."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Alnwick
  • 16OlkowskiBooked at 87mins
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 3Taylor
  • 4Lowe
  • 19O'Neil
  • 12NooneSubstituted forAmeobiat 62'minutes
  • 7OztumerSubstituted forDonaldsonat 85'minutes
  • 30WildschutSubstituted forBuckleyat 61'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 6Vela
  • 8Donaldson
  • 10Ameobi
  • 11Buckley
  • 18Wilson
  • 20Matthews

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 3PedersenBooked at 83mins
  • 23Jota
  • 20GardnerBooked at 71mins
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 14mins
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 81'minutes
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forAdamsat 77'minutes
  • 14Bogle

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 7Mahoney
  • 9Adams
  • 22Solomon-Otabor
  • 27Trueman
  • 31Lakin
  • 45Harding
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
13,821

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Birmingham City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Birmingham City 0.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Viv Solomon-Otabor.

Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City).

Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Viv Solomon-Otabor.

Attempt missed. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Omar Bogle (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ben Alnwick.

Attempt saved. Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Josh Magennis.

Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Pawel Olkowski (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Pawel Olkowski (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Clayton Donaldson replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Booking

Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City).

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Mark Beevers tries a through ball, but Josh Magennis is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

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

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pawel Olkowski.

Attempt missed. William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Erhun Oztumer.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Che Adams replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Booking

William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Birmingham City 0. William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi with a cross.

Booking

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Magennis.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds4310114710
2Middlesbrough431082610
3Bolton431063310
4Brentford422010468
5Aston Villa42209638
6Swansea42205328
7West Brom421113767
8Wigan421110737
9Blackburn41305416
10Nottm Forest41305416
11Derby420267-16
12Sheff Utd420257-26
13Bristol City41216515
14Millwall41215505
15Norwich41128804
16Hull411257-24
17Sheff Wed411257-24
18Preston411235-24
19Rotherham4103410-63
20Birmingham402224-22
21Ipswich402236-32
22Stoke402249-52
23Reading401336-31
24QPR4004213-110
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