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Bolton Wanderers 3-0 Cardiff City

Bolton winger Liam Feeney
Liam Feeney's last goal was for Millwall at Nottingham Forest in August 2013

Liam Feeney's first two goals for Bolton earned Neil Lennon a third win in five matches as manager, though they remain in the relegation zone.

The ex-Millwall winger swept in Lee Chung-Yong's cross to score for the first time since August 2013, before Darren Pratley fed him to add a second.

Matt Mills scuffed in a third, before Cardiff's Ravel Morrison clashed with Pratley as City's frustration grew.

Midfielder Morrison appeared to kick out at Pratley before both were booked.

Lennon, unhappy at the manner of Friday's 2-1 defeat at Norwich, responded by dropping captain Jay Spearing and last season's top scorer Jermaine Beckford to the bench.

Bolton went ahead when Pratley embarked on a drifting cross-field run, playing in Lee to cross for Feeney to beat David Marshall.

Mills, captain for the night in place of Spearing, then nodded over before having a close-range shot cleared off the line by Craig Noone.

But Feeney made it two when Lee kept the ball alive on the left to allow Pratley to hit a far-post cross to Feeney, who struck his shot into the ground and over Marshall.

Mills made victory certain when his mis-hit Max Clayton's low ball from the left into the ground, and it dribbled into the far corner of the net.

Morrison and Pratley were then involved in their late tussle, but both men stayed on the pitch after a lengthy discussion between the officials.

Cardiff, losing for only the second time under manager Russell Slade, stay in mid-table.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon: "It's the best we've played since I've been here against a very good side with a good manager.

"There was a good intensity and tempo to our play and real quality in the final third. We finished the game strongly which pleased me as well, so our fitness levels are improving.

"I think I've got some good footballers here and they've shown that tonight. Now, that's a benchmark. We can't keep going win, loss, win, loss, win and then lose on Friday. We've set a good standard now."

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade: "Sometimes you look at your players in training and you think maybe they're not looking confident but there's been a real confidence about the changing room and preparation has gone as well as ever.

"However, I just felt in that first period we had a little bit of a soft underbelly and you can't do that. And also you can't switch the game on and off like a tap."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 25Vela
  • 4Mills
  • 14Dervite
  • 5Ream
  • 16DaviesSubstituted forSpearingat 52'minutes
  • 18Danns
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forClaytonat 71'minutes
  • 27Lee Chung-yong
  • 21PratleyBooked at 83mins
  • 28DaviesSubstituted forBeckfordat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Moxey
  • 6Spearing
  • 10Beckford
  • 12Clayton
  • 13Kenny
  • 17Trotter
  • 41Threlkeld

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Brayford
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 36Morrison
  • 3Fabio
  • 11Noone
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7Whittingham
  • 21RallsSubstituted forMorrisonat 45'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 14Macheda
  • 10Le FondreSubstituted forMaynardat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Turner
  • 13Kim Bo-kyung
  • 16Connolly
  • 23Maynard
  • 33Moore
  • 38Morrison
  • 39Gabbidon
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
12,961

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home20
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Cardiff City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Cardiff City 0.

Attempt missed. Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Max Clayton.

Attempt blocked. Max Clayton (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

Attempt missed. Ravel Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross.

Attempt missed. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tim Ream.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Fabio.

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jermaine Beckford replaces Craig Davies.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Craig Noone.

Booking

Ravel Morrison (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Ravel Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross.

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

John Brayford (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 3, Cardiff City 0. Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Max Clayton.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Fabio.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Nicky Maynard replaces Adam Le Fondre.

Foul by Federico Macheda (Cardiff City).

Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Max Clayton replaces Liam Feeney.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong tries a through ball, but Liam Feeney is caught offside.

John Brayford (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Davies.

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough1693426121430
3Watford1685330181229
4Derby1685328161229
5Ipswich167632417727
6Wolves167632217527
7Norwich167542417726
8Blackburn167542623326
9Charlton165921918124
10Nottm Forest155732319422
11Cardiff166462121022
12Brentford156451820-222
13Reading166372226-421
14Sheff Wed164841214-220
15Huddersfield165562428-420
16Millwall164661721-418
17Leeds164571723-617
18Rotherham164571524-917
19Wigan163761719-216
20Brighton163761619-316
21Fulham154382228-615
22Birmingham163671429-1515
23Bolton1642101726-914
24Blackpool151311824-166
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