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Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Coventry City: Trotters field youngest ever team in draw

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Coventry have taken four points from their opening two games following their draw at Bolton

Bolton Wanderers fielded their youngest ever team as they held Coventry City to a goalless draw at the University of Bolton Stadium to claim their first point of the League One season.

The Trotters did not name a single senior player in their starting line-up, with the 11 players on the pitch at kick-off having an average age of just 19.

Despite their lack of experience, Wanderers fared valiantly against an attacking Coventry side, who thought they had taken the lead when Wesley Jobello turned in from close range before it was ruled out for offside.

The Sky Blues had another goal disallowed for offside soon after the break when Amadou Bakayoko bundled home from a deflection off Jordy Hiwula.

Bolton's best chance of the match came after Finlay Hurford-Lockett's cross was almost fired home by Eddie Brown deep into the second half.

Coventry then had a third goal disallowed for offside on the brink of the final whistle after Maxime Biamou slotted in from point-blank range.

A fine day for Bolton after an eventful week

After a summer of financial woe for Bolton, which began with the Trotters entering administration and being handed a 12-point deduction for this season, things have not improved of late.

Bolton's first game of the season against Wycombe had been under threat of suspension, before the EFL said on 30 July that Wanderers had "met the requirements of the league, subject to the completion of formal documentation" to show their financial viability.

The Trotters took 1,600 away fans to Buckinghamshire and there was a similarly impressive crowd of 8,901 at the University of Bolton Stadium given the circumstances leading up to the fixture.

Ticket sales were halted after being due to go on sale on Wednesday, with the club finally allowing tickets to be sold on Friday after the EFL said there was "no legitimate reason" to postpone the fixture.

However, a protracted takeover by Football Ventures was suspended on Thursday after Laurence Bassini, who previously tried to buy the club, was awarded a court order blocking its sale.

The club's joint administrator Paul Appleton had said at the time that the takeover was "on the brink of completion" but despite this setback, Saturday's fixture took place as planned and was their first home game since April after last season's final Championship game against Brentford was called off by the EFL.

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 43Alexander
  • 21Brockbank
  • 26Edwards
  • 30Zouma
  • 38White
  • 36King-HarmesSubstituted forHurford-Lockettat 67'minutes
  • 35Graham
  • 14WeirBooked at 58mins
  • 22PoliticBooked at 86mins
  • 33BrownBooked at 19mins
  • 27DarcyBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 31Boon
  • 34Senior
  • 37Hurford-Lockett
  • 39Brown-Sterling
  • 41Richards
  • 44Riley
  • 46Hutchinson

Coventry

  • 1Marosi
  • 23DaboBooked at 30mins
  • 5McFadzean
  • 4Rose
  • 3Mason
  • 25WestbrookeSubstituted forBapagaat 87'minutes
  • 6Kelly
  • 26ShipleyBooked at 44mins
  • 10Jobello
  • 21BakayokoSubstituted forGoddenat 61'minutes
  • 11Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forBiamouat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Biamou
  • 13Wilson
  • 15Hyam
  • 24Godden
  • 31McCallum
  • 38Eccles
  • 41Bapaga
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
8,901

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home5
Away24
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Coventry City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Coventry City 0.

Offside, Coventry City. Liam Kelly tries a through ball, but Maxime Biamou is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Maxime Biamou (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Kelly.

Wesley Jobello (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ronan Darcy (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Coventry City. Brandon Mason tries a through ball, but Will Bapaga is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Eddie Brown (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ronan Darcy.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Will Bapaga replaces Zain Westbrooke.

Offside, Coventry City. Liam Kelly tries a through ball, but Matt Godden is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Liam Kelly (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Godden with a headed pass.

Booking

Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Weir (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Matt Godden (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Wesley Jobello (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Brandon Mason with a cross.

Attempt saved. Wesley Jobello (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Kelly.

Attempt missed. Matt Godden (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wesley Jobello with a cross.

Booking

Ronan Darcy (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Matt Godden (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Finlay Hurford-Lockett (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dennis Politic.

Attempt missed. Jordan Shipley (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Zain Westbrooke (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Weir (Bolton Wanderers).

Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ronan Darcy (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Zain Westbrooke (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Maxime Biamou.

Attempt missed. Jordan Shipley (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Wesley Jobello (Coventry City).

Joe White (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Maxime Biamou (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Wesley Jobello (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yoan Zouma (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Maxime Biamou (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Brandon Mason.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Finlay Hurford-Lockett replaces Callum King-Harmes because of an injury.

Delay in match because of an injury Callum King-Harmes (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Yoan Zouma.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Matt Godden replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Maxime Biamou replaces Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.

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