Wanderers returned to winning ways with a 4-1 victory against Crewe Alexandra in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Amadou Bakayoko gave the Whites an early lead but the visitors got back on level terms when a cross went in off debutant Eoin Toal.

But a brace from Dion Charles, as well as Kieran Sadlier’s late strike, saw Ian Evatt’s men return to winning ways after a difficult week.

Sheehan slots in seamlessly

Wanderers fans were delighted to see Sheehan back in action after around nine months on the sidelines due to a cruciate ligament.

The Welshman had made a promising start to his Bolton career prior to the injury against Stockport County in the FA Cup.

Sheehan’s return further strengthens the Whites’ midfield options and Evatt will certainly have some selection headaches at times.

The former Newport man has the quality to unlock a defence and could still be a big player this season.

Steady start from Toal

Toal has had to be patient for his competitive debut at Wanderers after joining from Derry City over the summer.

The centre-back has been dealing with an ankle injury, which he played through during his final appearance for the Irish club.

Evatt has high hopes that Toal can be a long-term success at the UniBol, and there were plenty of positives to take from his display against Crewe.

The youngster already seems comfortable with the Whites’ possession-based approach and is only going to keep improving.

Charles building momentum

Evatt has previously challenged one of his strikers to step up and push towards 20 goals this season, and Charles has now found the net three times in as many games.

The Northern Ireland international was also on target against Aston Villa and seems to be getting back to his best after recovering from a thigh strain.

He also looked bright against Plymouth at the weekend, causing the Pilgrims’ backline countless problems with his pace and relentless pressing.

Charles will be looking to push on in the coming weeks, and hopefully he can stay injury-free as Wanderers aim to climb the League One table.

Confidence booster

A 4-1 victory, and some brilliant goals, was just what the doctor ordered after a difficult week for Evatt’s men.

Wanderers arguably deserved more from the defeats against Aston Villa and Plymouth Argyle but were left ruing mistakes in both boxes.

It was important to boost morale ahead of another tough fixture against Charlton Athletic at the weekend.

The Addicks have made a positive start to the new season, losing just one of their six matches, and currently sit eighth in the table.