Bolton Wanderers’ disastrous season hit a new low this afternoon as they lost 1-0 against out of form Brentford at Griffin Park in a match which will be remembered for the performance of their goalkeeper Ben Alnwick.
The former England Under-21 international made a string of saves to keep the defeat down to just one goal while he provided more of an attacking threat than his side’s forwards by going close with Wanderers’ best chance of the match in second half injury time.
Phil Parkinson’s side went into the game winless in 12 matches, a run dating back to the end of September when they beat Derby County 1-0 at the University of Bolton Stadium. Much has been made of the Lancashire club’s lack of creativity and quality in the final third with Wanderers having netted just five times in those 12 fixtures.
At Griffin Park, it was no better as they registered just one shot on target, a tame effort from Sammy Ameobi which caused keeper Dan Bentley little trouble in the Brentford goal.
Bolton Wanderers’ best chance came in second half injury time when goalkeeper Bentley’s looping header bounced wide of the far post. The fact that their goalkeeper offered the best goalscoring opportunity of the match provided insult to injury at the end of another worrying performance.
The Trotters remain a point from safety while they face Rotherham United at the University of Bolton Stadium in a huge fixture on Boxing Day.