Craig Dawson header the difference at the Reebok Stadium.

A goal inside the opening five minutes from Craig Dawson settled this npower Championship encounter at the Reebok Stadium as Bolton Wanderers recorded a 1-0 win over Peterborough United.

Darren Ferguson's men made a disastrous start, conceding inside the opening four minutes as a corner swung into the near post was headed past Bobby Olejnik by West Bromwich Albion loanee Craig DAWSON.

Grant McCann saw a swerving effort from 25-yards clutched by goalkeeper Bogdan moments later as Posh tried to respond immediately to the obvious setback of conceding so early in the encounter.

Bobby Olejnik produced a stunning save to deny the impressive Lee on 20 minutes after Bolton caught Posh out on the counter-attack. Bolton were dealt a blow when the influential Mark Davies was forced off the field with injury. However, despite appearing to need a stretcher, he gave it a go and was reintroduced into the action, albeit for a minute before giving way to Stuart Holden.

Olejnik made a reactionary save from point-blank range to deny Pratley following a left-wing corner before Ngog glanced a header wide from close-range. Petrucci was forced off with a reoccurance of his hamstring injury on 42 minutes with Jack Payne introduced.

On the stroke of half-time, Mendez-Laing squandered a presentable opportunity to score six-yards out, but he scuffed his effort well wide of the target.

Craig Davies replaced the hard-working Marvin Sordell on the hour mark for the Trotters as Dougie Freedman made his first switch.

Swanson fired wide from distance after a good spell of possession from Posh with the home faithful becoming increasingly nervous.
Ngog fired wide of the target on 73 minutes before Joe Newell replaced Swanson. Kevin Davies was introduced by Bolton Wanderers.

Alonso saw a shot blocked before firing a whisker away from the far post with Olejnik rooted to the spot. A trademark burst from Rowe saw him exchange passes with Tomlin, but his left-foot shot was comfortable for Bogdan.

Craig Alcock replaced Little on 86 minutes as Bolton continued to protect their early 1-0 lead.

Final Score: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Posh

Bolton: Bogdan, Rickets, Knight, Dawson, Alonso, Spearing, Pratley, Lee, M. Davies (sub Holden 24min), Sordell (sub C. Davies 60min), Ngog (sub K. Davies 74min). Unused subs: Lonergan, Wheater, Kamara, De Ridder.

Posh: Olejnik, Little (sub Alcock 86min), Rowe, Zakuani, Bostwick, McCann, Petrucci (sub Payne 42min), Swanson (sub Newell 73min), Mendez-Laing, Tomlin, Gayle. Unused subs: Day, Brisley, McDonald, Ferdinand.

Attendance: 15,675 (304 Posh fans)