September in Review
Bolton Wanderers had another very strong month under the leadership of Richard Hammond, breaking the consecutive win records for the Championship at 12 in a row. Hammond has spoken to media earlier saying, “It was a great drive for me this month to prove to my old mates at Top Gear that I am where I need to be right now. I loved my time on the tele, but I think it’s time to exercise my mind and body in a way that tele presenting would never allow. I still love my Zondas but I really love to watch my boys win!”
Bolton started the month with a game vs promotion hopefuls Leeds United. It was highly anticipated game, as many Leeds fans hoped that Hammonds first month with the Trotters was more of a fluke than actual talent.
However, in the 9th minute Andre Mortiz
found himself with a free kick at his feet within his range, and unfortunately for Leeds fans, he’d worn his shooting boots today. Displaying a wonderful left foot shot into the top left corner of the goal.
Andre Moritz hits a deadly free kick with his left foot in the opening 10 minutes.
Leeds fought there way back into the game 3 minutes after the half hour when Jordan Bowery
found himself in the box at a tight angle and tried his luck, barley skipping past keeper Adam Bogan
Bowery gets clear in the box and tucks one in for Leeds.
It only took the Wanderers ten minutes to claw their way back in front with David Ngog
calmly finishing past charging keeper Paddy Kennedy
after getting free of the back line and through on goal.
David Ngog winds up to tuck one home for Bolton.
The game went into halftime with the Trotters up 2-1, and looking the better team for their chances in a close battle. However, ten minutes after opening up the half, a sloppy clearance by David Wheater
and a poor effort from Marc Tierney
allowed Stephan Warnock
to score a wonderfully placed header that Adam Bogdan
could only get a finger to in an attempt to stop it.
Marc Tierney misjudges the ball, allowing Stephan Warnock to get up and head it home.
With things being played and tried by both teams it was a fairly open affair at 2-2. However, with the teams looking set to share a point and the spoils, Lee Chung Young came up big for the Trotters literally as the clock hit 90 minutes. Finding himself through on goal, he slotted into the net right behind the far post in the side netting to huge cheers from the fans. Richard Hammond was off his seat and happy to continue his winning streak, and Chungy was definitely the man behind it.
Lee Chung Youngs shot finds its home just behind the far post in the net in a 90th minute thriller.
Bolton were allowed the luxury of another short travel to Reebok stadium to play against Derby. Unfettered from conceding twice and waiting until the 90th minute to win, Richard Hammond was obviously cocky coming into this game. He met the press before hand saying, “If we play like we have this season, we’ll win by one or two goals, and keep the clean sheet for Adam.”
It took 27 minutes but Ngog
started the scoring into an open net after a wonderful series of play in which Lee Chung Young
beat two men on the right wing before hit a lovely ball to Andre Mortiz
who tapped it out of the air with his left foot, past the diving keeper and the two sprawling centerbacks into the path of inform striker David Ngog
for his 6th goal of the season.
David Ngog scores into basically an open net after a wonderful series of passes.
Roughly 9 minutes later, Ngog
finished off the scoring and a lovely brace by keeping his head and sliding a shot low past the helpless keeper Lee Grant
The second half was a rough one, seeing both teams get yellow cards and Adam Bogdan
make a number of key saves to finish with a match rating of a 7.6.
Andre Mortiz’s lovely through ball need only be tapped home by David Ngog for his 7th of the season.
The next game saw Bolton travel to play against Brighton in what turned out to be an overly physical game with both sides receiving many knocks and quite a few cards. David Wheater
managed to find the net late in the first half stoppage time for the only goal of the game as he smashed home a Chris Eagles
corner kick with a thumping header.
David Wheater rises tall to head home the only goal of the night.
Boltons next game would be a Capital One Cup game vs QPR, who they defeated earlier this season 3-0 thanks to a Ngog hat-trick. This game felt very much the same as the Trotters warmed up in front of their traveling fans in Loftus Road.
However it did not start the same, when the Trotters gave up an 11th minute free kick and Niko Kranjcar
managed to find the top corner of the net with a wonderful effort.
Kranjcar watches his shot go goalwards after hitting it sublimely.
Things did not look good for the Wanderers, however, late into the first half Marc Tierney
made a lovely run down the left side a drove a dangerous cross in low towards the near post which Julio Cesar
could not deal with and ended up scoring it himself.
Tierney’s driven cross is too dangerous of Julio Cesar and he ends up scoring and embarrassing own goal.
Three minutes later, in the stoppage time of the first half Chris Eagles
broke free from his defender on the left and managed to loft in a lovely ball for Zuculini
to volley home for his second goal of the campaign.
Franco Zuculini scores the second goal in his Wanderers career when it matters most.
Lee Chung Young suffered a gashed leg after a sliding challenge from Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the 59th minutes and will miss 4-6 weeks.
Bolton traveled back to the Reebok stadium for their next and final match of the month vs recent promotion winners Yeovil. It was a very physical game, with both sides suffering a game ending injury and a number of yellow cards being produced. However, David Ngog
, before suffering a game ending injury, was able to tuck in another goal, for his 8th of the season, matching the number of goals he scored in the best year of his career.
Ngog’s glancing foot manages to be enough to create a goal, and win the match.
David Ngog suffered a bruised rib going up for a header on a corner kick and will miss between 11 days and 2 weeks of time.
Richard Hammond once again proved that Bolton Wanderers Football Club are a force to be reckoned with this year, winning 4 more league games and another cup game. Fans are really beginning to flock behind him and his Trotters and are beginning to think, after two months of victories if he will get them back to top flight football faster than expected.
Wanderers sit top of the table, 6 points up on Leicester, who had a perfect month as well but started this season much more rockily than the Wanderers did.
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