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Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton stretched their unbeaten away run in the Championship to six matches as they won at relegation-threatened Doncaster Rovers.

Neil Danns fired home the opener from the edge of the box to give Bolton a deserved early lead.

Joe Mason doubled the lead from a tight angle on 15 minutes.

David Cotterill's 30-yard free-kick pulled a goal back three minutes later but, despite heavy second-half pressure, Bolton held on.

Bolton have lost only one of their past 11 games, winning six of them, to move clear of the relegation zone and into mid-table safety.

The defeat though, a third in four matches, leaves Doncaster just four points clear of the drop zone.

Bolton began at a blistering pace and looked set for a comprehensive victory after securing a two-goal lead inside the opening quarter of an hour.

A low right-wing cross from Alan Hutton was stepped over by a couple of players and Danns charged in to fire home a superb shot from the edge of the box.

Lee Chung-Yong then headed down a free-kick and Mason shot into the net from a tight angle, before Cotterill brilliantly curled in a 30-yard free kick for the hosts.

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Post-match: Bolton manager Freedman

The home side dominated the second half and had a penalty appeal rejected by referee Gary Sutton when James Husband appeared to be brought down by Mohamed Kamara in the 60th minute.

But despite their best efforts, Doncaster could not find a way to beat Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan for a second time.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"Why the penalty wasn't given, I haven't a clue. I've seen it back on video and it only confirms what I thought at the time - it was a stonewall penalty.

"That's a defining moment in the game but these decisions just seem to be going against us."

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"It was an excellent three points and I thought we deserved it with the way we imposed ourselves on the game at the start.

"You have to give credit to them for the way they came back at us and we had to make one or two changes to combat that."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 27NeillSubstituted forTamasat 66'minutes
  • 3HusbandBooked at 82mins
  • 18Keegan
  • 2Quinn
  • 20Méité
  • 26Coppinger
  • 19WellensSubstituted forFurmanat 35'minutes
  • 10Sharp
  • 9Brown
  • 11Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 4Furman
  • 7Duffy
  • 13Maxted
  • 17Tamas
  • 21De Val
  • 22Robinson
  • 31Stevens

Bolton

  • 1Bogdan
  • 3Hutton
  • 5Ream
  • 6Spearing
  • 12Knight
  • 31Wheater
  • 44Kamara
  • 18DannsBooked at 81mins
  • 26MasonSubstituted forTrotterat 68'minutes
  • 29Jutkiewicz
  • 27Lee Chung-yongSubstituted forBeckfordat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Mills
  • 10Beckford
  • 11Hall
  • 14Moritz
  • 15Baptiste
  • 17Trotter
  • 24Lonergan
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
7,508

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home17
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away11
Corners
Home11
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.
Foul by Sam Johnstone (Doncaster Rovers).
Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Lukas Jutkiewicz.
James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).
Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Neil Danns following a fast break.
Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Coppinger.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jermaine Beckford replaces Lee Chung-Yong.
Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Gabriel Tamas with a cross.
Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Chris Brown tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jay Spearing.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.
Attempt saved. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tim Ream with a cross.

Booking

James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by James Husband (Doncaster Rovers).
Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).
Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Coppinger.
Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).
Attempt missed. James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Cotterill.
James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).
Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers).
Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers).
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Tim Ream.
Attempt saved. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tim Ream.
Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Husband with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Joe Mason.
Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).
Foul by Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers).
Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Gabriel Tamas replaces Lucas Neill because of an injury.
Delay in match Lucas Neill (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.
James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Medo.
Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Medo.
Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Husband with a cross.
James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).
Foul by Lucas Neill (Doncaster Rovers).
Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Jay Spearing tries a through ball, but Lee Chung-Yong is caught offside.
Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers).
Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Paul Keegan tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.
Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers).
Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Adam Bogdan.
goal

As It Stood

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3Derby41219112572
4QPR412010111270
5Wigan411910121467
6Reading411712121363
7Brighton41161312961
8Ipswich41161312761
9Bournemouth41171014161
10Nottm Forest41141710759
11Blackburn41151412359
12Watford401414121656
13Middlesbrough41131612955
14Bolton41121514-351
15Sheff Wed41121316049
16Leeds4113820-1147
17Huddersfield41121019-746
18Birmingham41111020-1043
19Doncaster41111020-2543
20Blackpool41101219-2442
21Charlton39101118-2041
22Millwall4191220-3039
23Barnsley4081220-2836
24Yeovil4181122-2535
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