Bolton Wanderers 0 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday

Match info: Championship at Macron Stadium

Date: 26/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson Att: 22,292

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers



Sheff Wed

Mamady Sidibe 25

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: December 26 2012, 19:59 GMT

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones was delighted with on-loan Stoke striker Mamady Sidibe after his powerful header fired the Owls to a 1-0 win at Bolton.

Freedman: Watched his side slump to a home defeat
Freedman: Watched his side slump to a home defeat

The former Mali international latched onto Lewis Buxton's long cross to head home in the first half and the visitors held on for 65 minutes to record their third consecutive win.

Peterborough's victory at Wolves means Wednesday remain two points above the npower Championship relegation zone, five points shy of Wanderers.

"It was a perfect away performance," said Jones

"The last five minutes we probably panicked a bit, but in the first half we got them on the back foot and we worked them hard.

"We limited them and stopped them attacking and we caught them on the counter attack.

"At times we rode our luck but we put our bodies on the line for the cause, which is all you can ask for.

"It was a game which players love playing in and we shut every avenue they had down for the win.

"Mamady's goal was probably a perfect centre-forward's goal. He deserved it because he's worked his socks off for a number of years to get back fit again.

"All he's needed is to play games and he's now getting these games and he's slowly getting used to playing again."

Jones was also pleased with the way in which Michail Antonio led the forward line.

"Antonio's just a great outlet who pushes their defenders wide and he puts them under pressure," Jones added.

"Forwards create the tempo for everyone else in the team and he's just going to get better and better in his career."

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman believes his side need three new signings to get their season going.

It was the Trotters' second defeat on the trot after they lost away to Wednesday's relegation rivals Peterborough on Saturday and they are now eight points off the play-offs but just seven clear of the drop-zone.

Coyle said: "I thought that we didn't put enough pressure on Sheffield Wednesday's goal in the first half and that ultimately cost us after going behind.

"In the second half we put them under a lot more pressure and upped the tempo but over the 90 minutes we didn't do enough.

"I put the defeat down to their good defence, which we couldn't break down and the consistency of our results is not where it should be at this time.

"It does surprise me that we are so close to the bottom but it doesn't concern me because I've seen what this group is capable of.

"I think the players need a bit of a hand and we need to recruit two or maybe three guys who have played at this level before.

"The club as a whole is suffering from a bit of a hangover after getting relegated, but I'm sure when we get the right personnel in we will start to get a decent run of results together."

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