Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman

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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4127863589
2Burnley41231443283
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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