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Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Bolton teenager Zach Clough
Bolton teenager Zach Clough has scored six goals since making his debut in January 2015.

Zach Clough scored his sixth goal in nine matches as Bolton ended a three-match losing run with victory over Brighton.

Clough, 19, slotted home from 12 yards after Josh Vela's through ball as Bolton scored on the counter-attack.

Bolton were indebted to keeper Ben Amos - on loan from Manchester United - for a series of saves.

The win lifted Bolton to 17th and above Brighton, who suffered their first defeat in five matches.

Chris Hughton's visitors started confidently and should have taken the lead in the first five minutes. Sam Baldock escaped his markers at the far post but his close range effort was superbly turned aside by Amos.

After the break, Amos saved to deny Craig Mackail-Smith, getting the ball and team-mate Liam Feeney at the same time.

Feeney needed treatment before being able to briefly continue and the stoppage appeared to upset the visitors' concentration as Wanderers broke and snatched the winning goal.

Vela, moved into midfield from full-back at half-time, threaded the ball through and Clough finished.

Brighton threw plenty of men forward in the final 20 minutes and Bolton had to defend well, but Neil Lennon's side held on to their narrow lead.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon:

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Lennon on Bolton v Brighton

"[Losing] is something I have not been used to so it's a test of character as a manager to see what you have got.

"So, I am glad we won. I wasn't overly enamoured with the performance but the result was the most important thing.

"You could tell we were edgy because of the run we have been on but second half we were a lot better and I thought we deserved to win the game.

"It was a great finish, from Zach. He is probably not had a look where the keeper was. But it is instinctive; it is natural and it is something you cannot coach."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

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Chris Hughton: Brighton boss after defeat by Bolton

"I don't feel it is a game we deserved to lose. But we probably had to do more to go and win it.

"The clear-cut chances were minimal for both sides. We had a period where I didn't think we were going to concede and it was going to be the team that showed a bit of quality would turn the game in their favour.

"And it was one real bit of quality that changed the game. It is disappointing because we didn't reach the heights, especially in front of goal, we have in the last couple of games.

"I certainly don't think Bolton were any better than us but they got the break when it counted."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 13Amos
  • 25Vela
  • 31Wheater
  • 4Mills
  • 5Ream
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forMcNaughtonat 65'minutes
  • 18DannsSubstituted forMoxeyat 88'minutes
  • 40Clough
  • 29Bannan
  • 19HeskeyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forGudjohnsenat 79'minutes
  • 9Le Fondre

Substitutes

  • 2McNaughton
  • 3Moxey
  • 14Dervite
  • 22Gudjohnsen
  • 34Fitzsimons
  • 47Janko
  • 52Walker

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2BrunoSubstituted forStephensat 60'minutes
  • 3GreerBooked at 74mins
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Bennett
  • 24Ince
  • 28KayalSubstituted forO'Gradyat 82'minutes
  • 14Calderon
  • 17J TeixeiraBooked at 45mins
  • 9Baldock
  • 12Mackail-SmithSubstituted forLua Luaat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hughes
  • 6Stephens
  • 11O'Grady
  • 19Best
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 31Walton
  • 32Ledesma
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
14,115

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Dean Moxey replaces Neil Danns.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón.

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Chris O'Grady replaces Beram Kayal.

Attempt missed. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

Attempt blocked. João Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Bennett with a cross.

Attempt saved. Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Eidur Gudjohnsen replaces Emile Heskey.

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Josh Vela tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Vela.

Booking

Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Craig Mackail-Smith.

Attempt blocked. João Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Bennett with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Danns.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. João Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Kevin McNaughton replaces Liam Feeney because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Vela.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. João Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Attempt blocked. Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens replaces Bruno.

Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers).

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