Swansea City ended a run which saw them winless in their last five away games with a hard-fought victory against Bolton Wanderers.
A stunning strike from Barrie McKay inside the first 15 minutes condemned Phil Parkinson’s men to a fourth straight league defeat.
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After threatening in the early stages, the Swans were awarded a corner after Oli McBurnie latched onto a deflected shot from Leroy Fer which was well blocked.
From the following corner, Bolton failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to Barrie McKay who rifled home into the top left corner, leaving Wanderers keeper Ben Alnwick helpless.
After coming back into the game, Bolton could have conceded a second on 27 minutes. Another teasing ball in by youngster Dan James was met by Bersant Celina who somehow volleyed over from six yards out.
The home side almost levelled on the 38 minute, when out of nothing, a rasping 30- yard strike from Sammy Amoebi rattled the woodwork.
Even though the visitors started the second half brightly, it was the home side with the first real opportunity of the half. A low cross fell from Andrew Taylor fell to Ameobi at the back post who put his effort agonisingly wide.
The Ameobi chance really sparked Wanderers into life and playmaker Erhun Oztumer was next to test Swans keeper, Erwin Mulder.
As the second half went on, both sides offered very little. Bolton’s Craig Noone was the closest to equalising on the 85th minute when his right- footed effort curled over the crossbar.
When the full-time whistle blew, boo’s rang around the University of Bolton stadium but the victory for the Swans puts them just two points outside the play- off places.
Dan James who turned 21 today, was a constant menace to the Bolton backline and was very pleased his side deservedly got all three points.
He said: “Obviously to come here and grind that result out was delighting. The last five, 10 minutes we were under the cosh a bit but it shows the team spirit to come out with that one nil win.”
This independent match report was kindly provided by University of Central Lancashire Sports Journalism student and Sheffield Hospital Radio presenter Ben Rooth.