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Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Stevenage

Declan John's goal for Bolton was his first in England, having scored all his three previous goals north of the with Rangers
Declan John's goal for Bolton was his first in England, having scored all his three previous goals north of the with Rangers

Declan John's first goal in English football secured a 1-0 win over Stevenage as Bolton Wanderers finished with 10 men for a second successive game.

Welsh international John, who had not scored since netting for Rangers at Kilmarnock in December 2017, celebrated his first start for the Trotters by firing home from Oladapo Afolayan's pass after seven minutes.

Wanderers, up to 13th after starting the day in 19th, had Marcus Maddison dismissed in midweek against Morecambe but successfully overturned the midfielder's three-game ban.

This time fellow midfielder MJ Williams received his marching orders for a tackle on Tom Pett after 77 minutes; the fifth time in six games that referee Trevor Kettle has sent off a Bolton player.

Ian Evatt's team, now unbeaten in three games, conceded a late equaliser against the Shrimpers.

But this time they held out, as the goal from former Cardiff and Swansea player John proved the difference.

Stevenage, who remain 21st, six points clear off the drop zone, enjoyed plenty of late possession but did not trouble keeper Matt Gilks, whose only notable save came from Jack Aitchison after 10 minutes.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Gilks
  • 2Jones
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 27Baptiste
  • 28John
  • 25ThomasonBooked at 85mins
  • 4WilliamsBooked at 78mins
  • 14MaddisonSubstituted forIsgroveat 64'minutes
  • 7DelfounesoSubstituted forGnahouaat 60'minutes
  • 30AfolayanSubstituted forTutteat 81'minutes
  • 9Doyle

Substitutes

  • 8Comley
  • 18Tutte
  • 20Miller
  • 23Isgrove
  • 24Gnahoua
  • 31Elbouzedi
  • 32Jackson

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-2

  • 37Stockdale
  • 2WildinSubstituted forHuttonat 76'minutes
  • 15Vancooten
  • 6Prosser
  • 3Coker
  • 17List
  • 26Pett
  • 40Lines
  • 27AitchisonSubstituted forRolesat 86'minutes
  • 11NewtonSubstituted forStevensat 57'minutes
  • 36Norris

Substitutes

  • 4Vincelot
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 12Hutton
  • 13Johnson
  • 23Smith
  • 35Stevens
  • 38Roles
Referee:
Trevor Kettle

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Stevenage 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Stevenage 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Norris (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Roles with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Declan John.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Coker (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Eoin Doyle (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Gilks.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Prosser (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Lines with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Declan John.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Norris (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Remeao Hutton.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Tutte (Bolton Wanderers).

  12. Post update

    Jack Roles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Jack Roles replaces Jack Aitchison.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Stevenage. Elliott List tries a through ball, but Matt Stevens is caught offside.

  15. Booking

    George Thomason (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by George Thomason (Bolton Wanderers).

  17. Post update

    Tom Pett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke Norris (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Coker with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Norris (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Prosser.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Andrew Tutte replaces Oladapo Afolayan.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge29147844281649
2Forest Green26129533231045
3Cheltenham26128635231244
4Tranmere2713593532344
5Newport2612773628843
6Morecambe2712783637-143
7Exeter26119648331542
8Carlisle23133734221242
9Salford26118736221441
10Leyton Orient27115113429538
11Walsall2681263334-136
12Crawley259883634235
13Bolton2798103238-635
14Oldham26104124146-534
15Mansfield2571263331233
16Harrogate2796123134-333
17Port Vale2895144043-332
18Colchester2671182834-632
19Scunthorpe26102142834-632
20Bradford2587102730-331
21Stevenage28611112230-829
22Southend2866161844-2624
23Barrow2558123136-523
24Grimsby2756162046-2621
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