Craig Dawson scored the winner as Bolton beat Barnsley to keep the Tykes deep in relegation trouble.

David Ngog opened the scoring for the visitors with a volley and Jay Spearing made it 2-0 from 25 yards out.

Within 90 seconds of the restart, the Tykes were back in it thanks to Tomasz Cywka's curler and they were level when Chris O'Grady scored from close range.

However centre-back Dawson slammed home just before the hour-mark to make it six games unbeaten for Bolton.

The win keeps alive their slim play-off hopes, sitting seven points off the top six, while Barnsley are only one point above Peterborough and the relegation zone.

Barnsley beaten

Barnsley were joint-top of the Championship form table before the game and had not lost a home match in 2013

Bolton scored with their first chance when Chris Eagles took advantage of poor defending to tee up Ngog, who fired home from 12 yards out.

Eagles and former Barnsley striker Craig Davies curled shots just off target before Bolton took control of the game when Spearing fired home after the Tykes failed to clear the ball properly.

However they had hope when Cywka scored early in the second half from O'Grady's ball. And six minutes later they were level when Ryan Tunnicliffe found O'Grady, who slotted home from six yards out.

However just another six minutes on and Bolton were ahead again, Luke Steele spilling Marcos Alonso's free-kick to Dawson, who smashed the rebound in.

Barnsley had further chances to level again but Jim O'Brien, Jacob Mellis and Jason Scotland all failed to convert opportunities.

Barnsley boss David Flitcroft:

"I don't really do interesting games, I do wins. We've got to win football matches and we didn't do enough first half to win that football match.

"We waited, we delayed, we were on our back foot and to win a football match, to win a fight, you've got to be on your front foot. You've got to be throwing the punches, instead of taking them and first half we took too many punches.

"In the second half, we were on the front foot. We showed guile, we showed bravery and we took a Bolton team on that couldn't cope with that dominance and we've only dominated them for 45 minutes."

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"I felt in the first half we went into a deserved lead, played some fantastic football, created more than a few opportunities and had a deserved 2-0 lead. But credit Barnsley; they came out, they changed their shape, we didn't react quick enough, they got a couple of goals back.

"But I just felt that gave us a little bit more determination to go and get another goal at the other end, and we did that.

"Towards the end we dug in there, we hung in and defended very well. If you're going to maintain any sort of interest in this season then you've got to defend well. I felt towards the end we coped very well."

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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Barnsley 2-3 Bolton FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Cywka 47
  • O'Grady 53
  • Ngog 15
  • Spearing 38
  • Dawson 59

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 25 Cranie
  • 33 Kennedy
  • 08 O'Brien (Mellis 65)
  • 11 Perkins
  • 19 Cywka
  • 28 Tunnicliffe (Scotland 67)
  • 13 Dagnall
  • 23 Etuhu yellow card
  • 27 O'Grady (Harewood 60)

Substitutes

  • 30 Lidakevicius,
  • 02 Hassell,
  • 06 Foster,
  • 21 Mellis,
  • 09 Scotland,
  • 16 Harewood,
  • 24 Noble-Lazarus

Bolton

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 03 Alonso
  • 12 Knight
  • 15 Dawson
  • 18 Ricketts
  • 07 Eagles (Medo 65)
  • 20 Spearing
  • 21 Pratley yellow card
  • 27 Lee
  • 09 Ngog
  • 28 C Davies (Wheater 79)

Substitutes

  • 24 Lonergan,
  • 31 Wheater,
  • 22 Holden,
  • 42 De Ridder,
  • 44 Medo,
  • 14 K Davies,
  • 19 Sordell
Ref: CollinsAtt: 10,862
BARNSLEY
BOLTON

Possession

  • Barnsley 47%
  • Bolton 53%

Attempts on target

  • Barnsley 9
  • Bolton 7

Attempts off target

  • Barnsley 7
  • Bolton 1

Corners

  • Barnsley 12
  • Bolton 6

Fouls

  • Barnsley 9
  • Bolton 18
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:06 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+4:17 Tomasz Cywka produces a cross, save by Adam Bogdan.
  • 90:00+2:52 Foul by David Ngog on Martin Cranie, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Etuhu.
  • 90:00+2:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jacob Mellis by Darren Pratley. Direct free kick taken by David Perkins.
  • 88:24 Shot by Scott Wiseman from outside the box goes over the net.
  • 87:53 Corner taken by Tom Kennedy, Craig Dawson manages to make a clearance.
  • 84:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcos Alonso on Kelvin Etuhu. Martin Cranie takes the direct free kick.
  • 83:26 Foul by Scott Wiseman on David Ngog, free kick awarded. Marcos Alonso restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:54 Tomasz Cywka takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.
  • 79:40 Foul by Kelvin Etuhu on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.
  • 78:30 Substitution David Wheater comes on in place of Craig Davies.
  • 78:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Ngog on Scott Wiseman. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.
  • 77:27 Outswinging corner taken by Jacob Mellis from the right by-line, clearance made by Marcos Alonso.
  • 75:37 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Kennedy, Marcos Alonso makes a clearance.
  • 74:02 Mohamed Medo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jacob Mellis. Tom Kennedy takes the free kick.
  • 72:40 Martin Cranie concedes a free kick for a foul on Mohamed Medo. Adam Bogdan takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:13 Tom Kennedy takes the outswinging corner, Chung-Yong Lee makes a clearance.
  • 71:42 Craig Davies is caught offside. Scott Wiseman takes the direct free kick.
  • 70:48 Shot from just outside the box by Jason Scotland goes over the bar.
  • 69:47 Jacob Mellis takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.
  • 66:44 Substitution Ryan Tunnicliffe leaves the field to be replaced by Jason Scotland.
  • 66:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Pratley on Jacob Mellis. Tom Kennedy takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:42 Substitution Jacob Mellis replaces Jim O'Brien.
  • 63:42 Substitution Mohamed Medo replaces Chris Eagles.
  • 63:42 Inswinging corner taken by Jay Spearing from the left by-line, Marcos Alonso challenges Tom Kennedy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.
  • 62:47 Chris Eagles shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Luke Steele.
  • 62:47 Booking Kelvin Etuhu is given a yellow card.
  • 62:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Ngog by Kelvin Etuhu.
  • 61:58 Jay Spearing takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 61:42 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Clearance by Martin Cranie.
  • 60:34 Jim O'Brien takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.
  • 58:50 Substitution Marlon Harewood joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris O'Grady.
  • 58:50 Marcos Alonso provided the assist for the goal.
  • 58:50 GOAL - Craig DawsonBarnsley 2 - 3 Bolton Craig Dawson fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Barnsley 2-3 Bolton.
  • 57:39 Martin Cranie challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 55:37 Craig Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jim O'Brien. Luke Steele takes the direct free kick.
  • 55:10 Chris Dagnall challenges Samuel Ricketts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jay Spearing crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 54:30 Shot from outside the area by Chris Dagnall misses to the left of the goal.
  • 52:28 Assist on the goal came from Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 52:28 GOAL - Chris O'GradyBarnsley 2 - 2 Bolton Goal scored by Chris O'Grady from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barnsley 2-2 Bolton.
  • 51:01 Tomasz Cywka takes a shot. Craig Dawson gets a block in.
  • 50:20 Booking The referee shows Darren Pratley a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 50:08 Darren Pratley concedes a free kick for a foul on Jim O'Brien. Direct free kick taken by Jim O'Brien.
  • 49:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Cranie by Craig Davies. Luke Steele takes the direct free kick.
  • 47:03 Darren Pratley takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.
  • 46:01 Assist on the goal came from Chris O'Grady.
  • 46:01 GOAL - Tomasz CywkaBarnsley 1 - 2 Bolton Tomasz Cywka scores a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barnsley 1-2 Bolton.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:02 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+2:29 Inswinging corner taken by Jay Spearing.
  • 45:00+1:30 The offside flag is raised against Chris Dagnall. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:59 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jim O'Brien from the right by-line to the near post, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
  • 44:36 Shot by Tomasz Cywka from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 44:00 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Tom Kennedy, Craig Dawson makes a clearance.
  • 43:09 Unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien by Chung-Yong Lee results in a free kick. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
  • 41:24 Foul by David Perkins on Jay Spearing, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
  • 40:37 Corner taken right-footed by Jim O'Brien, Adam Bogdan makes a save.
  • 40:06 Craig Davies challenges David Perkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Kennedy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Zat Knight.
  • 38:42 Corner taken by Jim O'Brien from the left by-line, save by Adam Bogdan.
  • 38:24 David Perkins takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.
  • 37:21 GOAL - Jay SpearingBarnsley 0 - 2 Bolton Goal scored by Jay Spearing from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barnsley 0-2 Bolton.
  • 33:49 Shot by Craig Davies from outside the box goes high over the target.
  • 30:37 Inswinging corner taken by Jim O'Brien, clearance made by Zat Knight.
  • 27:58 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jay Spearing from the left by-line, David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Kennedy. Direct free kick taken by Luke Steele.
  • 27:38 Curled right-footed shot by Chris Eagles. Luke Steele makes a save.
  • 26:59 David Perkins takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
  • 26:07 Foul by Zat Knight on Chris O'Grady, free kick awarded. Jim O'Brien produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:20 Darren Pratley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Tunnicliffe. Tom Kennedy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, David Ngog manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris O'Grady by Darren Pratley. Direct free kick taken by Tom Kennedy.
  • 16:31 Corner taken right-footed by Jim O'Brien from the left by-line, Adam Bogdan makes a save.
  • 16:18 Jim O'Brien takes a shot.
  • 15:37 Samuel Ricketts concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomasz Cywka. Jim O'Brien shoots direct from the free kick, clearance by Craig Davies.
  • 14:18 GOAL - David NgogBarnsley 0 - 1 Bolton David Ngog finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barnsley 0-1 Bolton.
  • 12:31 Corner from the left by-line taken by Jim O'Brien, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Bogdan by Chris O'Grady. Adam Bogdan takes the direct free kick.
  • 9:52 Ryan Tunnicliffe takes a shot. Craig Dawson gets a block in.
  • 8:33 Foul by David Perkins on David Ngog, free kick awarded. Zat Knight takes the direct free kick.
  • 6:37 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jay Spearing from the left by-line, clearance by Kelvin Etuhu.
  • 5:12 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jim O'Brien, clearance made by Zat Knight.
  • 4:47 Foul by Darren Pratley on Tomasz Cywka, free kick awarded. Tom Kennedy takes the free kick.
  • 1:01 Outswinging corner taken by Jay Spearing from the right by-line, Jim O'Brien manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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