Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Swansea City: Barrie McKay strike gives dogged Swans victory

Barrie McKay’s stunning strike gave Swansea City a first away in six games and just the second in their history at Bolton.

Graham Potter’s men produced a solid first-half display which was lit up by McKay’s rising angled drive after just 15 minutes. Swansea had chances to extend their lead but again did not take them.

However, unlike last week at Rotherham they were able to see the game out and secure a valuable three points that sees them keep pace in the play-off hunt.

There was also the welcome sight of Wilfried Bony and Jefferson Montero making their returns from injury as second-half substitutes.

Swansea showed no ill-effects from their chastening experience at Rotherham, and made a steady and assured start.

Ben Alnwick in the Bolton goal was unconvincing in dealing with crosses from Daniel James and Jay Fulton, while Leroy Fer nearly slipped in McKay with a smart pass.

The Scotsman missed out there, but he certainly did not as he opened his Swans account. Swansea’s short corner routine saw a couple of scuffed efforts, but when the ball rolled out to McKay he slammed home an unerring right-footed effort from the angle of the area into the top corner.Swansea nearly doubled their lead when Alnwick panicked to claw away a James cross which threatened to loop in over his head.

At the other end Sammy Ameobi tested Matt Grimes but saw his shot blocked and Swansea countered. It ended with James finding Bersant Celina, but the Kosovo international lofted over when he should have hit the target.James then failed to pick out Oli McBurnie with the striker waiting for a tap-in.

Swansea were nearly made to pay when Ameobi had the time to get off a shot and Erwin Mulder – back in goal for the first time since September – made a stunning save to divert the former Cardiff winger’s cross onto the bar.

The visitors were then given a big let off early in the second half as Ameobi somehow prodded wide after a cross had found its way through to him. Mulder was soon called into action as the winger cut in to unleash another effort on goal, with the Swans keeper getting down quickly to palm the ball round the post.

Bolton were having the better of proceedings but they struggled to create any meaningful chances as time began to tick away from them.

Potter sent on Bony and Montero for the closing stages but the play was at the opposite end of the field as Swansea held on.

Recap how the game unfolded below.