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Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Northampton Town

Bolton climbed into the top two of League One as a late goal by Filipe Morais secured a dramatic comeback win against Northampton.

Michael Smith's eighth goal of the season after 57 minutes, from a superb free-kick by Bolton old boy Matt Taylor, threatened to give the Cobblers a fourth successive victory.

Taylor was involved again in Bolton's controversial 75th-minute equaliser when adjudged to have handled David Wheater's header by referee Richard Clark.

Adam Le Fondre, earlier denied an equaliser by Adam Smith's fine save, thumped home his fourth goal in three games to bring the teams level.

Smith came to Town's rescue moments later, tipping over Darren Pratley's header.

Bolton, scorer of eight goals in their previous two outings, were not to be denied a third successive success though.

Andrew Taylor, twice involved in the build-up, provided the assist with a fiercely-driven cross and Morais slid in at the far post to register his first goal for the Trotters eight minutes from time.

There was time for even more controversy when John-Joe O'Toole thought he had equalised in the final minute of stoppage time but his effort was disallowed for offside.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 4Dervite
  • 22Morais
  • 15DerikSubstituted forSpearingat 79'minutes
  • 6Vela
  • 21Pratley
  • 20A Taylor
  • 14Madine
  • 45Le Fondre

Substitutes

  • 3Moxey
  • 8Spearing
  • 10Karacan
  • 12Long
  • 19Clayton
  • 24Henry
  • 33Howard

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 18PhillipsSubstituted forMoloneyat 87'minutes
  • 5Diamond
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 3BuchananBooked at 51mins
  • 35Williams
  • 31Taylor
  • 21O'Toole
  • 12McCourtSubstituted forAndersonat 76'minutes
  • 9RichardsBooked at 17mins
  • 24SmithSubstituted forAndersonat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Moloney
  • 4Anderson
  • 7Anderson
  • 11Wylde
  • 16Beautyman
  • 26Cornell
  • 28McDonald
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
14,255

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Northampton Town 1.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Attempt blocked. Filipe Morais (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Keshi Anderson replaces Michael Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Brendon Moloney replaces Aaron Phillips.

(Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Northampton Town 1. Filipe Morais (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Andrew Taylor.

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

Aaron Phillips (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jay Spearing replaces Derik because of an injury.

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Adam Smith.

Attempt saved. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Phillips (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Paul Anderson replaces Jak McCourt because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Northampton Town 1. Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty conceded by Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Lewin Nyatanga.

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewin Nyatanga (Northampton Town).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by David Buchanan.

Attempt blocked. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Adam Smith.

Attempt saved. Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd38239673433078
2Bolton37209856322469
3Fleetwood381911855361968
4Bradford391618552361666
5Scunthorpe3918101166462064
6Southend3816121058471160
7Millwall36161195041959
8Bristol Rovers391512125858057
9Oxford Utd37167144942755
10Rochdale36158135551453
11Walsall391314124749-253
12Peterborough391410155454052
13Wimbledon381215114946351
14Northampton39147185763-649
15Charlton391017124946347
16MK Dons381211154849-147
17Bury39129185764-745
18Gillingham391112165167-1645
19Oldham391014152638-1244
20Shrewsbury381110174153-1243
21Port Vale361011154157-1641
22Swindon3999214059-1936
23Chesterfield3989223763-2633
24Coventry38511223059-2926
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