Bolton Wanderers 6 Sunderland 0: Story of the day as Lee Johnson's side are thrashed at the University of Bolton Stadium
Sunderland dropped out of the automatic promotion places in League One as they were thrashed 6-0 at Bolton.
The Black Cats went in 2-0 down at half-time after goals from Dion Charles and Dapo Afolayan.
Charles then scored his second of the match shortly after the break, before Kieran Lee added a fourth before the hour mark.
A Danny Batth own goal and Declan John strike then made it a total embarrassment for Lee Johnson’s side.
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Here’s how the game played out at the University of Bolton Stadium:
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RECAP: Bolton 6 (Charles, 20, 50) (Afolayan, 42) (Lee, 59) (John, 88) Sunderland 0
Last updated: Saturday, 29 January, 2022, 19:42
- Sunderland XI: Hoffmann, Winchester, Batth, Doyle, Cirkin (Clarke, 53), Evans, Neil (Pritchard, 53), Gooch, Embleton, Dajaku (Roberts, 66), Stewart
- Subs: Patterson, Flanagan, Hume, Roberts, Clarke, Pritchard, O’Brien
- Bolton XI: Trafford, Jones, Santon, Johnston, Fossey, Williams, Morley, John, Lee (Sadlier, 72), Charles (Bakayoko, 72), Afolayan (Bödvarsson, 72)
- Subs: Dixon, Bodvarsson, Bakayoko, Aimson, Sadlier, Thomason, Baptiste
59’ Goal Bolton (Lee)
What a shambles.
Sunderland have been picked apart again after Afolayan passed to Charles inside the box and the forward set up Lee.
The midfielder had time to slot his shot past Hoffmann.
57’ Gooch to left-back
Gooch has now gone to left-back with Embleton dropping back into midfield.
Clarke is on the left with Pritchard in the No 10 position.
53’ Double change for Sunderland
50’ Goal Bolton (Charles again)
Sunderland are pulled apart again.
This time it came from the right as Jones made an overlapping run and crossed to the back post.
Afolayan’s header was converted by Charles.
Too easy. 3-0.
Second half under way
The second goal
First-half verdicts from Bolton
Half-Time: Bolton 2 Sunderland 0
Two minutes added time
42’ Goal Bolton (Afolayan)
It goes from bad to worse.
Another loose pass from Sunderland allowed Bolton to break on the counter attack.
Charles dribbled the ball down the right before cutting the ball back with a low cross.
Lee’s flick on went to Afolayan who finished the move with a tap in.
Sunderland were all over the place.