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Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Tranmere Rovers

Chris O'Grady netted the 100th league goal of his career as Bolton beat League One relegation rivals Tranmere 2-0.

The 34-year-old striker, currently playing at his 17th club, doubled Wanderers' advantage after Dennis Politic fired Keith Hill's side into a second-minute lead.

Wanderers' victory against a team playing its fourth game in nine days ended a winless run of seven matches dating back to December 21.

Third-bottom Tranmere's depressing sequence, however, went on, back to reality after recent glamour FA Cup ties with Watford and Manchester United, as they slipped six points from safety.

Micky Mellon's side, unable to field deadline-day recruit and former favourite Andy Cook, never recovered from conceding Politic's 20-yard right-foot rocket.

Goalkeeper Remi Matthews, who let in five goals when the sides met at Prenton Park last August, enjoyed one of his quietest afternoons of the season.

And after Ethan Hamilton, O'Grady and Politic all had shots blocked, Wanderers' new centurion scored with a 10-yard right-footed effort after 64 minutes.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 20Matthews
  • 2Emmanuel
  • 28Nsiala
  • 17BryanBooked at 69mins
  • 12Fleming
  • 22PoliticSubstituted forDarcyat 90+2'minutes
  • 4Lowe
  • 8Murphy
  • 18Hamilton
  • 10O'Grady
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 3Bunney
  • 19Faal
  • 23Dodoo
  • 26Edwards
  • 27Darcy
  • 35Graham
  • 43Alexander

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14Caprice
  • 31FeeneySubstituted forNelsonat 90+2'minutes
  • 2Woods
  • 22Wilson
  • 7Morris
  • 20Gilmour
  • 36Woodyard
  • 11JenningsSubstituted forDannsat 67'minutes
  • 10Ferrier
  • 19Vaughan

Substitutes

  • 4Nelson
  • 8Potter
  • 12McCullough
  • 17Perkins
  • 25Pilling
  • 29Walker-Rice
  • 35Danns
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
13,044

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home23
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Brandon Fleming (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Sid Nelson replaces Morgan Feeney because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Ronan Darcy replaces Dennis Politic.

Attempt blocked. Ethan Hamilton (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dennis Politic.

Attempt missed. Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ethan Hamilton.

Kean Bryan (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Vaughan (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. Aristote Nsiala (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Brandon Fleming with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kieron Morris.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Bolton Wanderers).

Morgan Feeney (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Dennis Politic tries a through ball, but Ethan Hamilton is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ethan Hamilton with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Alex Woodyard.

Attempt missed. Brandon Fleming (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ethan Hamilton.

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers).

Morgan Ferrier (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Brandon Fleming (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neil Danns (Tranmere Rovers).

Booking

Kean Bryan (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kean Bryan (Bolton Wanderers).

Morgan Ferrier (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Neil Danns replaces Connor Jennings.

Attempt missed. Ethan Hamilton (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Brandon Fleming.

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

Foul by Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0. Chris O'Grady (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ethan Hamilton.

Attempt blocked. Ethan Hamilton (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Brandon Fleming (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Caprice (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kean Bryan.

Attempt saved. Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ethan Hamilton (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dennis Politic.

Joshua Emmanuel (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Vaughan.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham29165853302353
2Wycombe2914873634250
3Peterborough30147956371949
4Ipswich29139741291248
5Coventry271212338271148
6Portsmouth27138641291247
7Sunderland28129737261145
8Oxford Utd27128745271844
9Fleetwood2711974133842
10Doncaster27118840271341
11Burton2811893936341
12Gillingham2891273327639
13Bristol Rovers28108103238-638
14Lincoln City30114153738-137
15Blackpool2781093433134
16Shrewsbury2781092431-734
17Accrington2989123943-433
18Rochdale2995153447-1332
19MK Dons2994163140-931
20Wimbledon2877143442-828
21Tranmere2757152848-2022
22Southend2837183270-3816
23Bolton2658132255-3311
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