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Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Bolton Wanderers: Hosts secure first win in seven matches

Tom Lees and Michael Hector
Tom Lees and Michael Hector of Sheffield Wednesday celebrate victory over Bolton Wanderers

Tom Lees' second-half header was enough for Sheffield Wednesday to beat Bolton Wanderers and secure the Owls' first win in seven games.

The Wednesday captain glanced Joel Pelupessy's corner past Ben Alnwick in a game where quality finishing in front of goal was scarce for both sides.

Clayton Donaldson had a chance to level for the visitors near to full-time but the forward scuffed his shot well wide to continue his dismal run of 28 games without a goal.

The defeat means Phil Parkinson's side extend their winless run to nine games, the longest in the Championship.

Steven Fletcher returned to the Wednesday starting line-up after missing the weekend defeat by Derby, but the Scotland international was forced off shortly before half-time.

The striker, who was a handful for the Bolton defence in the opening stages, is still managing a knee injury which sidelined him for the second half of last season.

Adam Reach's half-volley was the best chance the hosts had to take the lead in the first half, but his effort from the edge of the box looped over Wanderers keeper Ben Alnwick and dropped wide.

Sammy Ameobi tried his luck from range on several occasions, but the Bolton winger failed to really test Wednesday shotstopper Cameron Dawson.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay:

"We didn't find our way in the first half and could not find our way to combinations and chances, there was pressure on the game.

"But we started the second half well and got the goal, had more of the ball and gained an important win with a clean sheet.

"This is a small step forward and we want to make another on Saturday in another important game.

"I am happy for the team and the fans but now we must have new spirit and find a new way to come to a positive result at Blackburn."

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson:

"I thought first half we controlled a lot of the game. At the start of the second half, I thought Forestieri coming on gave the crowd a lift and them a huge lift.

"We didn't start as quickly as we needed to to respond to that, and that start to the second half has cost us the game. One moment has separated the two teams.

"We had gone to chase it towards the end and become a bit disjointed. We had some good half chances and got in some very good positions.

"On the night you could sense there was a lack of confidence from Sheffield Wednesday. I felt the game was there for the taking tonight.

"Our goalkeeper has hardly touched the ball or had a save to make."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 15Lees
  • 34Hector
  • 12Thorniley
  • 24BakerBooked at 45mins
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 10Bannan
  • 42PenneySubstituted forForestieriat 45'minutes
  • 19MatiasSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 86'minutes
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forNuhiuat 35'minutes
  • 20Reach

Substitutes

  • 6Fox
  • 7Onomah
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 18Lucas João
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 36Pudil
  • 45Forestieri

Bolton

  • 1Alnwick
  • 16OlkowskiSubstituted forDonaldsonat 68'minutes
  • 14Hobbs
  • 5Beevers
  • 3Taylor
  • 18WilsonSubstituted forBuckleyat 83'minutes
  • 10Ameobi
  • 21Williams
  • 4Lowe
  • 30Wildschut
  • 28MagennisSubstituted forDoidgeat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Vela
  • 8Donaldson
  • 9Doidge
  • 11Buckley
  • 20Matthews
  • 29Grounds
  • 31Wheater
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
20,861

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Ashley Baker (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Reach with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Marco Matias.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. William Buckley replaces Marc Wilson.

Attempt missed. Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Doidge.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Foul by Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Christian Doidge (Bolton Wanderers).

Ashley Baker (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Michael Hector.

Attempt blocked. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Doidge.

Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Clayton Donaldson replaces Pawel Olkowski.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Christian Doidge replaces Josh Magennis.

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

Foul by Jordan Thorniley (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Bolton Wanderers).

Ashley Baker (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers).

Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Bolton Wanderers 0. Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joey Pelupessy with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Attempt blocked. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers).

goal

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5West Brom1894539261331
6Derby189452721631
7Nottm Forest187922516930
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10Swansea187562017326
11Blackburn186842125-426
12Birmingham185942524124
13Stoke185852122-123
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16Bristol City186482021-122
17Brentford195683028221
18Wigan186391926-721
19Rotherham194871827-920
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22Hull1945101626-1017
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