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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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers).

  5. Substitution

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Ronan Darcy replaces Dennis Politic.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by James Vaughan (Tranmere Rovers).

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kieron Morris.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Luke Murphy (Bolton Wanderers).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Alex Woodyard.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers).

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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