Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Forest Green Rovers: Dion Charles sent off in case of mistaken identity

Dion Charles (center) pleaded his innocence as his Bolton teammate Elias Kachunga remained on the pitch

Dion Charles scored the winner but was later sent off accidentally as Bolton beat bottom of the table Forest Green in League One in their pursuit of promotion.

Top scorer Charles propelled Ian Evatt’s side into a six-minute lead with his 13th goal of the season as Wanderers attempted to bounce straight back from defeat at Derby.

However, the home side then had to play with 10 men after a flash point in the 28th minute in which Charles was wrongly red carded by referee Tom Nield for violent behaviour.

Replays clearly showed team-mate Elias Kachunga had lashed out at Rovers defender Brandon Cooper.

Despite Bolton’s protests, and after a long delay, Charles eventually left the field, although the red card can be reversed on appeal.

Rovers won the reverse game 1-0 last October but struggled to make the most of their numerical advantage.

They dominated possession and shots, but Trotters goalkeeper James Trafford was rarely bothered.

Bolton remain fifth in the table, with Forest Green rooted at the foot of the division.

Match report provided by PA Media.



Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 19Trafford
  • 2Jones
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 18total
  • 21BradleySubstituted forAimsonBee 90+2′minutes
  • 16morleyBooked at 46 minutes
  • 22Dempsey
  • 27WillemsSubstituted forJohnstonBee 67′minutes
  • 17ShorebandSubstituted forLeeBee 72′minutes
  • 10KarelBooked at 28 minutes
  • 24KachungaSubstituted forWillemsBee 73′minutes


  • 3John
  • 4Willems
  • 6Johnston
  • 7Sadder
  • 8Sheehan
  • 15Aimson
  • 20Lee

Forest Green

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 31Doohan
  • 22Godwin-MalifeSubstituted forGarrickBee 78′minutes
  • 23CooperBooked at 45 minutesSubstituted forCaseyBee 78′minutes
  • 6Cargill
  • 2O’Keeffe
  • 8Henry
  • 7stevenson
  • 12Robson
  • 25Peart HarrisSubstituted forStevensBee 58′minutes
  • 28MarchSubstituted forMcAllisterBee 66′minutes
  • 21Bakayoko


  • 3Bernardus
  • 4McGeouch
  • 5Casey
  • 9Stevens
  • 11Garrick
  • 17McAllister
  • 24Thomas

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