Story of the game as ten man Doncaster Rovers lose heavily at Bolton Wanderers
Joseph Olowu was sent off as Doncaster Rovers saw a good start washed away in quick fashion at Bolton Wanderers.
Rovers were much the better side over the opening half hour but fell behind to an Eoin Doyle strike moments before Olowu was dismissed.
And with Elias Kachunga netting in first half stoppage time, they had a mountain to climb after the break, with George Thomason increasing Bolton’s advantage.
Recap the events of the game on our blog service below.
LIVE: Bolton Wanderers 3 Doncaster Rovers 0
Last updated: Tuesday, 23 November, 2021, 22:02
GOALS: Doyle (37), Kachunga (45+4), Thomason (57)
RED CARD: Olowu (43)
BOLTON: Dixon; Isgrove (Johnston 31), Santos, Aimson, John; Lee (Delfouneso 71), Thomason; Kachunga, Afolayan, Gordon; Doyle (Amaechi 59). Subs: Gilks, Henry, Pettifer.
ROVERS: Jones; Knoyle, Anderson, Olowu, Horton; Smith, Galbraith; Taylor (Cukur 67), Rowe, Barlow; Dodoo. Subs: Dahlberg, Blythe, Faulkner, Hasani, Ravenhill.
SO POSITIVE, THEN SO DISASTROUS
That one is a tough one to take, but it doesn’t ease the pain of another defeat on the road for Rovers.
They started superbly and arguably drew the blueprint for future away performances with tenacity in midfield, quick breaks forward and incisive passing.
But they failed to take their golden opportunity through Jon Taylor and they were punished in the most devastating fashion.
It was suckerpunch to concede the opening goal but then came the sending off, about which debate will rage long into the night.
Conceding a second, and in sloppy fashion, was the last thing Rovers needed before the break and it gave themselves a mountain to climb in the second half.
It could have been much worse, particularly when conceding a third with more than half an hour to go. And Rovers deserve credit for attentive defending.
But it is another damaging defeat, despite the circumstances.
And there is a big ask to respond positively.
9.54pm ALL OVER
9.52pm ADDED TIME
Nathan Delfouneso clips the ball over the bar from a great position after latching onto a Declan John ball into the box.
Declan John drills the ball across goal and forces Louis Jones to tip the ball over.
69min IT’S GOING TO BE A LONG FINAL QUARTER
Rovers are penned into their own half and showing no signs of getting out. Bolton are pushing everyone into the opposition half and Rovers are firmly backs to the wall.
Its’s damage limitation and it’s going to be difficult not to suffer more with the pattern of the game as it is.
Afolayan sees a shot deflect wide for a corner. Relentless danger for Rovers.
Jon Taylor is replaced by Tiago Cukur.
57min GOAL BOLTON
A third for the hosts as a shot deflects up off Branden Horton and loops into the back of the net.
54min ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY
Ricardo Santos curls a first time effort wide from the edge of the area.
52min BIG CHANCE
It probably should have been three for the hosts as Elias Kachunga races into the box to meet a cross from Afolayan but sends his header wide.
REALLY NOT SURE HOW WE’RE IN THIS POSITION
Rovers are two goals and one man down in a game they were enjoying much the better of.
They have been viciously punished for failing to take the most glorious of opportunities for Jon Taylor.
And in the space of a few minutes the game has gone completely away from them.
They were carved open for the first time as Doyle grabbed the opener.
And then came the sending off, which looked exceptionally harsh and fuelled by the reaction of the home players more than anything else.
They have done themselves no favours with being picked off for a second in stoppage time far too easily.
Both goals were avoidable and the missed chance was the turning point in the game.
And Rovers somehow find themselves two goals down in this game with a mountain to climb.
45+6min GOAL BOLTON
And the lead is doubled
8.47pm ADDED TIME
44min SENDING OFF
Joseph Olowu is shown a straight red card for a challenge on Dapo Afolayan.
It looked massively harsh but the reaction of the Bolton players certainly did not do Olowu any favours.
Tom Anderson meets a deep free kick and turns the ball back into the middle where it ricochets off a Bolton defender and goes narrowly wide.
40min YELLOW CARD
Richie Wellens is booked for protestations
37min GOAL BOLTON
Eoin Doyle puts the hosts ahead
Lloyd Isgrove is forced off injured for Bolton with George Johnstone heading on for the hosts.
25min HUGE MISS
Rovers should be ahead in this game.
Aidan Barlow did superbly to send Joe Dodoo through and the striker touched the ball across to Jon Taylor who was in total space on the right of the box. But the winger lashed a shot over the bar when he really should have scored.
14min GIVING AS GOOD AS THEY’VE GOT
This has been a very open game so far and Rovers are doing well to exploit the big spaces that Bolton are leaving in behind.
8 min VERY OPEN
It’s been a really open start to this game and Bolton have looked the more threatening in these early stages.
Elias Kachunga gets the game underway for Bolton
THE TEAM IS IN
And it’s TWO changes from the side that started the draw with Lincoln City.
Out go injured pair John Bostock (foot) and Rodrigo Vilca (hamstring) with Matt Smith back from suspension and Aidan Barlow promoted to the starting XI following his impressive performance off the bench at the weekend.
Louis Jones retains his place in goal with Pontus Dahlberg back on the bench following his illness.
Liam Ravenhill is on the bench tonight following his recall from loan at Telford.
AND THE HOSTS
INJURY CRISIS DERBY
It seems safe to say that both sides will hardly be at full strength for this game.
We know full well what Rovers are missing - with Richie Wellens hinting that two more players have been added to his casualty list since the weekend.
And Ian Evatt has spoken of being down to 14 senior players.