Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Oxford United

1 Oct

Wes Thomas and Chris Maguire secured Oxford a deserved win as Bolton’s recent problems continued at the Macron Stadium.


The U’s struck twice in the last nine minutes to register their first away win since promotion from League Two.

Bolton have now failed to score in their last four matches and have not won a game since Phil Parkinson was named manager of the month for August.

Second best for most of the afternoon, Wanderers failed to seriously test goalkeeper Simon Eastwood despite using six different strikers during the course of the game.

Oxford shaded a dull first half, with Maguire forcing Mark Howard into a scrambling save early on.

Bolton picked up briefly after the break as Charlie Raglan headed Zach Clough’s cross from under his own crossbar.

But it was Oxford who made the running late on, Kane Hemmings firing at Howard, who then denied sub Alex MacDonald with another snap shot.

Thomas became the first player other than Hemmings to score away from home for the U’s this season with nine minutes left.

And Maguire added insult to injury in the final minute, tapping into an empty net after Howard had palmed away Hemmings’ stinging shot.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Oxford United 2.

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Oxford United 2.

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 0, Oxford United 2. Chris Maguire (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wes Thomas (Oxford United).

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers).

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 0, Oxford United 1. Wes Thomas (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexander MacDonald.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Dean Moxey.

Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Philip Edwards (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Mark Howard.

Attempt saved. Alexander MacDonald (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jamie Proctor replaces Gary Madine.

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Sammy Ameobi replaces James Henry.

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Keshi Anderson replaces Zach Clough.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Substitution, Oxford United. Wes Thomas replaces Joe Rothwell.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers).

Alexander MacDonald (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

John Lundstram (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Henry (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Lundstram (Oxford United).

Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Oxford United).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Second Half begins Bolton Wanderers 0, Oxford United 0.

Substitution, Oxford United. Alexander MacDonald replaces Marvin Johnson.

First Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Oxford United 0.

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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