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Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Millwall

Bolton's Jermaine Beckford

First-half goals from Rob Hall and Jermaine Beckford helped Bolton record their first home win of the season against Millwall.

Hall scored the first when he slotted in following a good move, before Jermaine Easter fired in the equaliser from Shane Lowry's pass.

Beckford then chipped David Forde to put Bolton back in front two minutes before the break.

Andre Moritz scored a late third when he smashed home from inside the area.

Despite David Ngog scoring in last week's win at Bournemouth, Bolton manager Dougie Freedman opted to start Hall in place of the ex-Liverpool striker in the only change to his starting line-up.

Liam Feeney, who recently returned to Millwall after a loan spell at Bolton, featured on manager Steve Lomas's bench, with Justin Hoyte making his debut after signing on loan from Middlesbrough.

Hall looked dangerous from the off and forced a smart save from Forde after a dazzling run into the box in the fourth minute. Just a minute later, the Wanderers winger then broke the deadlock.

Neil Danns played the ball into Beckford, who produced a delightful flick to Chung-Yong Lee. The South Korea international then found Hall, who stroked the ball past Forde into the bottom right corner to complete a well-worked team goal.

Hall then taunted the travelling Lions fans - and that was not the only thing the visitors were aggrieved about.

At the time of the goal, Nicky Bailey was taken off the pitch after a head injury and was not allowed back on until after the ball was in the back of the net.

Millwall levelled in the 28th minute as Lowry slid a ball into Easter's feet in the penalty area. Easter then calmly controlled the ball and slotted past Andy Lonergan for the equaliser.

The Bolton fans in the Reebok thought their team had regained the lead moments later. Beckford hit a ball on the bounce which looked to have gone in but just hit the side-netting.

But the Jamaica international was consistently given the space to run in behind by the Millwall defenders. Two minutes before half-time, he punished them.

Tim Ream produced a sublime defence-splitting pass to Beckford, who chipped over Forde to put them back in front.

Beckford and Hall were replaced in the second half, but Bolton continued to be a threat on the counter and Moritz's late goal epitomised that as the Brazilian midfielder stepped over past the backtracking Lions defenders and rocketed the ball past Forde to complete the victory.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman said:

"It's not a relief but I felt that a win was crucial today. It's important to get that first home win but I think that the majority of performances at home have been good recently.

"We've put behind us some bad form at the start of the season which we didn't shy away from because we knew there were areas where we could improve.

"I feel if we can keep our feet on the ground we will start to really pick up points and move up the division."

Millwall manager Steve Lomas said:

"We showed resilience to get back in the game but we shot ourselves in the foot conceding that goal just before half-time.

"We're not far away but we need to tighten up at the back or you're not going to pick up results in games like this."

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Lonergan
  • 17McNaughton
  • 15Baptiste
  • 6Spearing
  • 4Mills
  • 5Ream
  • 11HallSubstituted forMoritzat 60'minutes
  • 44KamaraBooked at 41mins
  • 10BeckfordSubstituted forDaviesat 83'minutes
  • 18Danns
  • 27LeeSubstituted forKnightat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Eagles
  • 9Ngog
  • 12Knight
  • 14Moritz
  • 28Davies
  • 37Lee-Barrett
  • 41Threlkeld

Millwall

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Forde
  • 25Hoyte
  • 12Lowry
  • 26AbdouSubstituted forMorisonat 75'minutes
  • 5Robinson
  • 3Shittu
  • 10Bailey
  • 6Trotter
  • 8EasterSubstituted forFeeneyat 59'minutes
  • 29Waghorn
  • 11WoolfordSubstituted forMartinat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 9Morison
  • 13Martin
  • 16Beevers
  • 18Chaplow
  • 21Smith
  • 43Bywater
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
14,830

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Millwall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Millwall 1.

  3. Post update

    Paul Robinson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lee Martin (Millwall).

  6. Post update

    Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Paul Robinson (Millwall).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Bolton Wanderers 3, Millwall 1. André Moritz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Martyn Waghorn (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Zat Knight tries a through ball, but Neil Danns is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Millwall. Liam Trotter tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Davies replaces Jermaine Beckford.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

  15. Post update

    Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Paul Robinson (Millwall) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Paul Robinson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Lee Martin replaces Martyn Woolford.