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Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Steven Fletcher scores for Sheffield Wednesday
Steven Fletcher's goal was his fourth in his last five games

Goals by Steven Fletcher and Rolando Aarons took in-form Sheffield Wednesday within three points of the play-offs with victory at Bolton.

Steve Bruce's side are unbeaten in nine games after a goal in each half deepened the Trotters' relegation fears on the back of more off-field turmoil.

Bolton's players and coaching staff received their February wages just hours before the game after being made to wait for 12 days before an expected sale of the club by owner Ken Anderson.

And Phil Parkinson's men ended the night five points adrift of safety courtesy of Fletcher's ninth goal of the season and Aarons' first for Wednesday since joining on loan from Newcastle in January.

It was a first half of few chances but the visitors finally broke the deadlock a minute before the break.

Atdhe Nuhiu and Barry Bannan linked up well in the build-up before Fletcher chipped the ball over the advancing Remi Matthews.

Wednesday doubled their lead on 59 minutes when Aarons collected a pass by Adam Reach and scored with his left foot from the edge of the penalty area.

Craig Noone had an effort cleared off the line for Bolton shortly afterwards, before Wednesday's Sam Winnall saw his effort saved brilliantly by Matthews.

Wednesday's win secured a first league double over Bolton since the 1982-83 season.

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson:

"The lads were pretty focused going into the game. I was disappointing on Monday because the lads had expected their wages to go in.

"So, we had a bit of turmoil on Monday evening and this morning.

"It's not ideal because you are preparing for a game and you don't want to be talking about wages.

"But I don' want to use that as an excuse. Wednesday showed the quality when it was most needed."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The whole game hinged on the first goal and what a real bit of quality that was, and to be fair in the first half it was the only real bit of quality.

"You probably wouldn't send out a lifeboat in that. It was horrible - wind, swirling rain and a horrible pitch - it's your worst nightmare as a footballer.

"However, the one real bit of quality changed the whole game and in the second half we had a real swagger about us, which was nice to see.

"And Rolando, who has had a really big impact on us, has capped off a memorable night for him because he was terrific in the second half especially."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 20Matthews
  • 16Olkowski
  • 14Hobbs
  • 5Beevers
  • 17Connolly
  • 19O'NeilSubstituted forDonaldsonat 66'minutes
  • 21WilliamsSubstituted forConnellat 72'minutes
  • 4Lowe
  • 12NooneSubstituted forBuckleyat 66'minutes
  • 10Ameobi
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 8Donaldson
  • 11Buckley
  • 18Wilson
  • 27Williams
  • 31Wheater
  • 48Connell

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 27Iorfa
  • 15Lees
  • 34Hector
  • 2Palmer
  • 20Reach
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 10Bannan
  • 39AaronsSubstituted forFoxat 87'minutes
  • 17NuhiuSubstituted forWinnallat 57'minutes
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forMatiasat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Fox
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 11Winnall
  • 12Thorniley
  • 19Matias
  • 21Boyd
  • 25Dawson
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
13,624

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Remi Matthews.

Attempt missed. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adam Reach with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Attempt missed. Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Morgan Fox replaces Rolando Aarons.

Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Marco Matias replaces Steven Fletcher.

Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Sam Hutchinson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Clayton Donaldson tries a through ball, but William Buckley is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by William Buckley with a cross.

Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Hobbs (Bolton Wanderers).

Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luca Connell (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

Attempt saved. Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rolando Aarons.

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday).

Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Luca Connell replaces Joe Williams.

Delay in match Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Foul by Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Callum Connolly.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. William Buckley replaces Craig Noone.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds37227863382573
2Norwich36219672452772
3Sheff Utd37218863342971
4West Brom361710968482061
5Middlesbrough351513739261358
6Bristol City361510114538755
7Derby361510114644255
8Nottm Forest361314950401053
9Sheff Wed371313114449-552
10Aston Villa36121596253951
11Preston361312115549651
12Birmingham361214105346750
13Hull36148145051-150
14Brentford3613101360491149
15Swansea35138144543247
16Blackburn371211145056-647
17Stoke361015113742-545
18QPR36127174255-1343
19Reading37812174056-1636
20Wigan3799193655-1936
21Millwall36810183955-1634
22Rotherham36615153758-2133
23Bolton3778222458-3429
24Ipswich37314202961-3223
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