BOLTON 2-1 WOLVES
By Sky Sports Staff
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Holdsworth taunted Wolves defender Tony Dinning on the edge of the box before rifling a shot into the far corner, leaving keeper Michael Oakes helpless.
Gradually the home side, keen to get back to winning ways, worked themselves into the game with Per Frandsen working chances for Kevin Nolan and Holdsworth but both strikers headed wide.
In the 17th minute Wolves were denied what might have been the lead when Holdsworth cleared a fine effort from Frenchman Ludovic Pollet off the line.
Within seconds Pollet went close again but this time it was Finnish keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen who dived full length to fist clear.
Ten minutes later the key moment of the first half came with Holdsworth's goal which seemed to settle the nerves of third-placed Bolton who went on to dominate the later stages.
On 34 minutes Bo Hansen fired a cross ball into the box, Holdsworth got on the end but his point-blank header went in off Oakes.
In the final minute Bolton's hero Holdsworth was forced to leave the pitch with an injury and was replaced by Mark Fish.
It was left to Bolton skipper Gudni Bergsson to lead by example and secure three points for a lacklustre side who struggled.
In a scrappy ill-tempered final period Bergsson lit up affairs with a well-worked goal on 67 minutes. He came from his own half to find space, freed Ian Marshall, who stood his defender up and flicked the ball through to Bergsson who had continued his run.
The wily skipper chipped the advancing Oakes to settle the issue. It was a fairly poor performance but manager Sam Allardyce will be pleased to get back to winning ways.
For their part Wolves had few chances although Carl Robinson and Darren Peacock both went close in the final minute.