AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

13 Aug

Liam Trotter’s 70th-minute winner put an end to Bolton’s remarkable 495-day wait for an away victory as they hit back for a 2-1 victory at AFC Wimbledon.


Phil Parkinson’s side fell behind after 16 minutes when Andy Barcham fired the Dons ahead, but Bolton grew in stature after Gary Madine levelled 11 minutes before the interval and deserved their victory.

AFC Wimbledon, playing their first home match at this level, began full of purpose.

Barcham strode onto Dean Parrett’s clever knock-down but could only fire wastefully over, though the hosts would soon have their breakthrough.

Jake Reeves slipped a slide-rule pass through for an offside-looking Barcham. The forward did not hesitate, though, curling a fine finish inside Mark Howard’s left-hand post.

There had been little to suggest Bolton would find a way back into the contest until a Ryan Clarke howler afforded the visitors a priceless breakthrough.

Mark Davies swooped on a clearance to feed Madine, whose low left-footed shot inexplicably wrong-footed the goalkeeper and dribbled into the back of the net.

And Wanderers completed the turnaround when Trotter arrived at the back post to turn home Madine’s wonderful delivery from the right.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Live Text

Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

(AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Barry Fuller.

Foul by Tyrone Barnett (AFC Wimbledon).

David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Paul Robinson (AFC Wimbledon).

Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon).

Lewis Buxton (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Andrew Taylor replaces Liam Trotter.

Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Poleon (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Zach Clough.

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Tom Beere replaces Dean Parrett.

Attempt missed. Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Dominic Poleon replaces Andy Barcham.

Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal! AFC Wimbledon 1, Bolton Wanderers 2. Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Zach Clough.

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Chris Taylor replaces Josh Vela.

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Tyrone Barnett replaces Tom Elliott.

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Zach Clough replaces Mark Davies.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Barry Fuller.

Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon).

Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Andy Barcham (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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