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Bolton Wanderers 0-3 Sheffield United

Bolton Wanderers' Sammy Ameobi competing with Sheffield United's Enda Stevens
Enda Stevens (left) created Sheffield United's third goal in an impressive away win

Bolton Wanderers' unbeaten start to the Championship season ended as Sheffield United climbed five places up the table with an impressive away victory.

Mark Duffy swept home Chris Basham's pass after only five minutes, and the visitors doubled their lead when Kieron Freeman's cross was dummied by Leon Clarke and went in off the post.

The hosts, who started the day in third place, saw captain David Wheater's shot cleared off the line by Clarke just before half-time.

Within moments of the restart United substitute David McGoldrick almost made it three with a 30-yard volley that was tipped over the bar by Wanderers keeper Ben Alnwick.

But midfielder John Fleck sealed the points for Chris Wilder's men when he converted Enda Stevens' low cross into the box.

United forward Billy Sharp raced on to a long ball ahead of Wheater and rolled his shot just wide of the post, while Bolton midfielder Sammy Ameobi's long-range effort went over the bar.

United, who have now won consecutive away league matches for the first time since September 2017, go level with Derby County and Blackburn on nine points. They host Aston Villa next.

Phil Parkinson's Wanderers stay third before next Saturday's trip to Preston North End.

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson said: "We started slowly and we got punished for that. We have been gritty and resilient at the start of the season but we were really loose in that first 20 minutes and got punished for it.

"Some of the play was good but the players didn't stick to their roles and responsibilities as they have done so far this season. It's a good lesson for us because we got punished.

"The lads have been terrific so far this season to give us 10 points from five games. We're not going to get too down. We're disappointed but we'll regroup on Monday morning."

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We're moving forward nicely. It was really important we got the first goal and we should have scored after two minutes but to get a goal and double it up gave them a big problem and it's been a good afternoon.

"I don't want us to be a spike side - win two and then think we can afford to have a day off. No days off if we want to achieve something.

"I felt it's been building - we had a really good week of training and full credit to the payers. We have to keep it up now and we've got nothing to lose next weekend at Villa."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Alnwick
  • 16Olkowski
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 29Grounds
  • 4Lowe
  • 15MurphySubstituted forOztumerat 62'minutes
  • 10Ameobi
  • 6VelaBooked at 45mins
  • 11BuckleyBooked at 56minsSubstituted forWildschutat 62'minutes
  • 28MagennisSubstituted forDonaldsonat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 7Oztumer
  • 8Donaldson
  • 18Wilson
  • 20Matthews
  • 21Williams
  • 30Wildschut

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18FreemanBooked at 82mins
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 21DuffySubstituted forStearmanat 69'minutes
  • 10SharpSubstituted forWoodburnat 86'minutes
  • 9ClarkeSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 11Woodburn
  • 14Leonard
  • 17McGoldrick
  • 19Stearman
  • 24Lafferty
  • 25Moore
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
14,848

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away10
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Sheffield United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Sheffield United 3.

David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

Yanic Wildschut (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

Attempt blocked. Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Basham.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Woodburn replaces Billy Sharp.

Booking

Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United).

Yanic Wildschut (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Clayton Donaldson replaces Josh Magennis.

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Enda Stevens with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 0, Sheffield United 3. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Pawel Olkowski (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Attempt saved. Chris Basham (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Egan.

Offside, Sheffield United. Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Pawel Olkowski.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Richard Stearman replaces Mark Duffy.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yanic Wildschut with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Pawel Olkowski (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Erhun Oztumer replaces Luke Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Yanic Wildschut replaces William Buckley.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by John Egan.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by David Wheater.

Attempt blocked. John Egan (Sheffield United) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds54101441013
2Middlesbrough541092713
3Bolton531166010
4Aston Villa523010739
5Blackburn52306429
6Derby53028719
7Sheff Utd53028719
8Brentford522110558
9Bristol City52217528
10Swansea52215418
11West Brom521213857
12Wigan521210827
13Nottm Forest51407617
14Sheff Wed521278-17
15Millwall41215505
16Stoke512269-35
17Norwich5113811-34
18Hull511359-44
19Preston511337-44
20Birmingham503246-23
21Rotherham4103410-63
22QPR5104313-103
23Reading502347-32
24Ipswich502348-42
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