Clough notches twice to push Bolton to third in League One table
Monday 17th October 2016 @ 11:33 by Mark Phillip
Denton & Audenshaw Football Sports

Bolton Wanderers have moved to third in League One after beating Oldham Athletic 2-0 on Saturday.

Former Audenshaw School pupil Zach Clough scored in both halves to secure Wanderers their sixth win of the season.

The 21-year-old opened the scoring in the first-half with a wonderful free-kick from outside the box, before reacting sharply to convert from close range in the 77th minute.

Clough found his efforts rewarded with the Man of the Match trophy.

Reflecting on his performance after the game, he said: “I can’t explain how happy I am really, because I needed the goals to kick-start my season.

“I’ve not played as many games as I would have liked to because of injuries, so I’ve been frustrated a little bit, but now I’m happy to get my season off and running.”

Assessing each goal, he said: “The first one was a good goal, which I was happy with, and the second one just fell to me, and with a bit of luck I put it into the top corner.

“Josh (Vela) hit it off the keeper and it fell to me, and I just guided it towards the top corner, off the bar and in.

“I think that’s my third free-kick now at senior level – I like to hit a free-kick and luckily it went in.”

Bolton’s attacking prowess has been matched by their defensive stability, as the back four have conceded just ten goals this season.

Praising the defensive unit, Clough said: “The back four were excellent today and I think that’s going to be the platform to go off all season because I don’t think we’ll concede many goals with a back four like that, especially with Moxie and a few other players to come in as well.”

Ahead of the trip to Millwall on Tuesday evening, Clough said he was happy to be in third position: “That’s where we’re aiming to be all year and we’re happy to travel to Millwall being in the top six as that was our aim” he said.

“It will be a tough place to go and it’s always hostile down there, so we’ll see what the fans say to us this time.”

Despite playing in an unfamiliar position on the left-wing on Saturday, Clough was happy nonetheless. He said: “I like playing out there because I can come in on my right foot and it’s perfect for me.

“I like being in the number 10 role, but I can still drift in onto my right foot and hit some shots, which I love doing.

Questioned on how the squad have taken to manager Phil Parkinson, Clough said: “Yeah I love it – He’s a great man manager with all the players and everyone loves him.

“He’s rebuilt a great team and I think we could have a stronger squad than last year, and we could give it a good go this year.”