August 2013 Review
Having traveled to Burnley in their opening game of the season and grabbing the 3 points the Wanderers got to play in the Reebok stadium for their next match. A Capital One Cup match-up vs Sky Bet League Two strugglers Chesterfield.
Bolton dominated the say but could not find their way past Aaron Chapman
the man in the gloves for Chesterfield until the first half of extra time as their fitness levels proved to be the decider.
In the 102nd minute of the game Robb Hall
got onto the end of a lovely pass by Jermaine Beckford
inside the oppositions 18 yard box and hit a lovely one-touch volley past the helpless Chapman
who had done so well to deny the Trotters up til then.
Robb Hall lets the ball drop before unleashing a ferocious volley into the Chesterfield net.
Five minutes later, early in the second half of extra time, Darren Pratley
found himself on the end of rebounding ball inside the box and kept his head to tuck home in a crowd of players to seal the game for the Wanderers to the roar of the home crowd.
Darren Pratley wheels away in jubilation after tucking in the 2nd late goal for Bolton.
Bolton stayed in home for their next game, their first home league game of the season vs recent EPL wash-outs Reading. Despite Reading controlling the ball throughout the game, Adam Bogdan
and the back-line for the Trotters came up big. Allowing Lee Chung Young’s
powerful effort in the 26th minute to stand as the match winner.
Lee Chung Young races towards the Bolton home fans after smashing home a wonderful ball by Alex Baptiste.
Wanderers took their game to Nottingham Forest where they showed their ability to pass the ball about the pitch and retain possession, as well as get forward and create chances. Forcing Dorous De Vries
to save 2 clear cut chances before David Ngog
managed to slide one low and hard past the sprawling Dutch keeper to win the game for Bolton in the 50th minute. Having been the first striker to score for Bolton, Hammond was undoubtedly pleased with the effort.
David Ngog finishes a lovely team move by scoring into the low corner past in form De Vries.
Trotters hosted QPR next in what, most assumed would be a hard fought battle against the recently relegated side. Things did not start well for QPR, however, as Andre Moritz
put the moves to 30 year old defensive midfielder Karl Henry
only to be chopped down from behind with referee Andy D’Urso
standing close by to judge the affair. Henry
was given a straight red card in the 26th minute of play, and from then on the Trotters didn’t look back.
With ref D’Urso standing only yards away, Henry commits a silly lunge on attacking midfielder Andre Moritz.
Playing with 10 men, and obviously on the back foot, QPR had a tough time of things for the remainder of the game. However, Julio Cesar
was looking a brick wall in the sticks and it wasn’t until the 62nd minute of the game after a series of bad clearances and a double save by Cesar
ended with David Ngog
tapping it over the line in a crowd of green shirts.
Ngog runs out of the crowd of players in sheer joy after tapping home the opener and his first of the game.
again was the player to make things happen for the Wanderers in the 77th minute when he rose, towering over the defense to put a powerful header to a Lee Chung Young
cross and smash it against the far post and into the net past Cesar
David Ngog rises tall and smashes home his 2nd goal of the night.
The game looked set to finish out a 2-0 but in the 82nd minute a deep attack free kick saw Chris Eagles
loft a lovely ball into the box and onto the feet of Franco Zuculini
only for Danny Simpson
to come clattering through him for the ball and giving away a late penalty kick to the Wanderers. David Ngog
stepped up to secure a hat-trick, and kept his calm to do so.
Ngog runs towards the Bolton fans, all smiles, after completing his hat-trick.
Wanderers fans traveled to Reebok Stadium for the next fixture, a capital one cup clash between Bolton and Sky Bet Championship league mates Ipswich Town. And there was a prevailing sense of Trotters win which resounded through the grounds.
Within 2 minutes the Trotters found the lead through a wonderful left foot ripper from outside the box by Andre Moritz
for his first goal of the season.
Moritz shot from outside the box beats the keepers glove to the top corner.
Bolton found the net again before the 10th minute when Chris Eagles
hit a lovely right side foot half volley past the diving keeper and into the side netting for his first goal of the season.
Chris Eagles shows great technique to hit the ball on the half volley and into the goal.
Things got decidedly better for the traveling fans of Ipswich in the 19th minute when David McGoldrick
seized on David Wheater’s
mistake to score the first goal for Ipswich and force Adam Bogdan
to feel the sting of conceding for the first time this season with a great long range effort.
McGoldrick scores a long range effort in the 19th minute.
Not to be outdone the Wanderers pressed the attack once again, allowing Chris Eagles
to score a tap in, into the open net, off a rebounding Lee Chung Young
Sitting at 3-1, and with a free kick towards the center of the pitch, Ipswich played a lovely ball in which beat everyone but Marcus Olsson
to the near post allowing him to score his first goal of the season with another easy tap in in the 45th minute.
Marcus Olsson scores an easy tap to put the game back in contest.
With both teams looking to score in the second half the game began to wind down. Tired legs, and an exciting first half lead to Ipswich playing a little more offensively and the Wanderers looked to exploit them on the counter for the remainder of the game. However, in the 55th minute Aaron Cresswell
was judge to bring down Boltons Lee Chung Young
in the box and Chris Eagles stepped up to score the resulting penalty and earn his hat-trick and seal the win for the Trotters.
Eagles completes his hat-trick for Bolton with a top-shelf penalty.
The final match of the month saw Bolton travel to local rivals Blackburn in what would undoubtedly be a heated match. Bolton got things off to a start early on with Lee Chung Young
managing to steer the ball home from a tight angle past the keeper and into the side netting in the 8th minute of the game.
Lee Chung Young scores from a tigh angle early on.
Not too far later, Lee Chung Young
made a wonderful dribbling run, scything through the heart of midfield and towards the goal only for Dickson Ethuhu
to come flying in with both feet in a violent challenge. The ref awarded him a redcard for his efforts and sent him back to the showers.
Dickson Ethuhu already making his way for the touchline after a rash tackle.
Darren Pratley was brought off injured in the 37th minute, but he didn’t look to worse for the wear. Bolton didn’t make the extra man count for them until early in the second half when Lee Chung Young
again found himself with the time and space to slot another goal home for the 4th goal of his season.
Lee Chung Young celebrates another man of the match performance with a lovely brace.
With a wonderful first month under his belt Richard Hammond will undoubtedly be looking to keep the wonderful run with Bolton going. They’ve played well, and he’s had them firing on all cylinders. Keeping a month of clean sheets in league play, as well climbing the table into first in the opening weeks. Many fans of the Trotters and in awe, having never expected the Top Gear presenter to make much of an impact, but now are hoping for his run to continue into the next month.
Player of the Month
Lee Chung Young
With 4 goals and 4 assists in his first 6 appearances this year, Lee Chung Young has definitely impressed so far. Not only earning our player of the month but also landing 2nd in Sky Bet Championship player of the month rankings. Richard Hammond will try and keep the fires lit under his Korean star and inspire him to greater achievements this season as well as try and hold onto one of his better players who is a transfer target for a number of tops clubs world wide.
With the wonderful month done, Richard Hammond was awarded manager of the month in his first ever in charge of a club, a wonderful award for a great newcomer to the scene.
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