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Posted Sat 02 Nov 13 at 16:50 PM

Beckford strike settles Bolton visit

The Cherries endured a frustrating afternoon as their first home game in four weeks ended with a 2-0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers.

After a lively opening 25 minutes, former Liverpool forward David Ngog gave the Trotters the lead, finishing from a narrow angle in the 37th minute.

Content with a one goal lead, Dougie Freedman’s team set out to frustrate their hosts and chances were few and far between in the second half.

Eddie Howe sent on Wes Thomas and Brett Pitman to add impetus to the Cherries’ attack in the final 30 minutes, but Jermain Beckford added a second to ensure all three points for Bolton.

Lee Camp made the first appearance of his one month loan spell with the club, replacing Ryan Allsop between the sticks and club captain Tommy Elphick came in for the suspended Elliott Ward.

While Tokelo Rantie was denied by a brave block, the better of the early chances fell to Bolton left-back Alex Baptiste.

Baptiste saw his powerful effort pushed away by new signing Camp before Elphick got in the way of his second attempt in as many minutes.

But it was shaping up to be an entertaining contest with Elphick, Rantie and Marc Pugh all going close down the other end.

However, arguably the best chance of the half fell to Trotters skipper Jay Spearing, who arrived in the box unmarked, only to put his effort well over the bar.

The visitors did take the lead eight minutes before half-time through Ngog when he rounded Camp and scored with a well-placed finish.

Bolton emerged from the changing rooms with little attacking intent and it was difficult for the Cherries to create any clear cut chances.

With just over an hour gone, Howe sent on Thomas and Pitman as his side looked to force the issue and get themselves back on to level terms.

The decision almost paid dividends as Pitman set-up Charlie Daniels, but the full-back sent his right footed effort off target.

Pitman then went close with a curling free-kick in a final rally, but it was Bolton who added a second in injury time.

Beckford held off a challenge and kept his cool to extended the Trotters lead and seal the win. 

Cherries: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Fraser (Thomas 63), MacDonald (Surman 85), Arter, Pugh, Grabban, Rantie (Pitman 64).

Unused substitutes: Allsop, Addison, Harte, Hughes.

Booked: Fraser, MacDonald

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, McNaughton, Mills, Ream, Baptiste, Medo, Spearing, Danns, Chung-Yong (Knight 82), Beckford, Ngog (Odelusi 68).

Unused substitutes: Lee-Barrett, Eagles, Hall, Wheater, Kellett.

Booked: Chung-Yong, McNaughton, Odelusi.

Goals: Ngog 37, Beckford 90

Attendance: 10, 015 (including 995 Bolton Wanderers supporters)

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