Who Hit The Target? - Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Swansea City Match Report
Swansea City got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers. Scotsman Barry McKay scored the only goal of the game early on as the Swans held on for an important 3 points ahead of the international break. 3 wins out of 4 have lifted Swansea from lingering in the bottom half of the table up to 8th, just 2 points off the play off places. In such an important victory at Bolton, there were a few places who caught Bet UK’s eye.
Barrie McKay’s first goal of the season was enough to separate the sides early on in the North West. Swansea City attempted a corner kick routine straight off the training ground, but after a miscued Leroy Fer shot, it was cleared to the corner of the box. It fell kindly for McKay, who arrowed a shot into the top left hand corner from all of 25 yards. The summer signing had come under some criticism recently after some poor displays. But with a first goal under his belt, it’s time for McKay to really kick on this season.
Mike Van Der Hoorn
It’s no surprise that Mike Van Der Hoorn has been one of the few ever presents in Swansea City’s side. The Dutch centre half has impressed in almost every performance this season and was no different against Bolton. With such an early goal giving Swansea the lead, Bolton inevitably pushed forward for the rest of the match as they looked for an equaliser in front of their home crowd. Van Der Hoorn was equal to everything that Bolton sent his way, even in the last 15 minutes when the Swansea box was under constant attack.
Graham Potter’s goalkeeping selections have been cause for much debate in South Wales this season. Kristoffer Nordfeldt had been handed the spot in recent weeks, but early season favourite Erwin Mulder was back between the sticks against Bolton. Before he was dropped, Mulder was performing well and it’s no surprise that he picked up where he left off against Bolton. Mulder’s defence meant that he didn’t have a lot to do on Saturday, but he was dependable when called upon. 2 saves from Sammy Ameobi were the closest that Bolton came to a goal, but in the end, Swansea fully deserved their 1-0 win.
Swansea’s next game is at home to Championship leaders Norwich, which will be a true test to Swansea’s play off credentials. But with 3 wins out of 4 and almost a full squad for Graham Potter to pick from, Swansea could be rising even further up the table before Christmas.
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