What should have been an easy win for Bolton Wanderers turns out to be an awful late loss. Bolton drop to 18th place in the Championship (having been up to 13th when they were winning).
The lineup was an attacking one from Dougie Freedman. Marcos Alonso was handed a rare start after Stephen Warnock was left off the squad list with what we can only assume was an injury to the left back. David Ngog started up front alongside Kevin Davies and Mark Davies made his way back to the starting lineup after serving a one-match ban.
The game could not have started any better for Bolton Wanderers. On just six minutes, Mark Davies opened the scoring for Bolton Wanderers after Jay Spearing found him on the edge of the box. Davies' thumping effort deflected off of an Ipswich Town and into the top corner of the goalkeeper, Steven Henderson's, net. Throughout the rest of the first half, Bolton were much the better side but failed to get a second goal after some good saves from Henderson off of Kevin Davies and Keith Andrews chances.
The second half was much the same but Ipswich managed to get back into the game more after the break. They had the lion's share of possession in the first half (61% to Bolton's 39%) but failed to use it. In the second half, they pushed for an equalizer and were given the opportunity in the 70th minute.
Daryl Murphy, a second half substitute, ran at Tyrone Mears and forced the defender to make a challenge in the box. Murphy knocked the ball away and was taken down by Mears for yet another Bolton penalty. DJ Campbell, who scored twice in that insane Blackpool 4-3 Bolton match a couple of seasons back, stepped up to the spot. Campbell tucked his shot into the corner with Adam Bogdan diving in the correct direction to equalize.
Ipswich Town weren't done though as another attacking substitution did the job for them right at the death. Bradley Orr, the defender on loan from Blackburn, hit a thunderous volley and Adam Bogdan failed to hold it. The spilled ball fell to Michael Chopra and he scored in the 90th minute to make it 1-2 to the visitors.
Had Bolton not lost, it would have been the team's best run of form since 2006. The result is the first loss in the Dougie Freedman era for Bolton Wanderers and it's a bad one at that. This was a match that Bolton should have won but the story once again was failing to take the chances. Since Dougie Freedman took over, the defense has looked much more solid but the offense is still not firing on all cylinders.
Freedman's substitutes were questionable today as he took both Kevin Davies and Chris Eagles off for Benik Afobe and Chris Eagles. We're not alone in being tired of Afobe's performances as the young forward, touted for his pace, did nothing in the 20-odd minutes that he was given on the field. He should be running the opposition ragged. Instead, it was one-way traffic for Ipswich and they nearly increased their lead in stoppage time.
Bolton drop to 18th place in the Championship (having been up to 13th when they were winning). The Whites will take on Huddersfield Town next weekend.