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Bolton Wanderers 3-2 Rotherham United

Bolton v Rotherham
This was Bolton's first home league win since 12 April

Joe Mason scored a 24-minute second-half hat-trick to propel Bolton Wanderers to their first Championship win of the season against Rotherham.

The 23-year-old, on loan from Cardiff, equalised with a right-foot finish after Anthony Wordsworth had fired the visitors ahead from a free-kick.

Mason headed Bolton 2-1 ahead only for substitute Jordan Bowery to bring the Millers level.

Hat-trick hero
Joe Mason's hat-trick is the first by a Wanderers player since German Fredi Bobic in April 2002.

But Bolton secured all three points when Mason fired home from close range.

Bolton's first win since 26 April lifted Dougie Freedman's side to 21st in the table on five points from seven matches.

Rotherham, now without a win in three games, are down to 19th with seven points from seven fixtures.

Mason, who is on a season-long loan from Cardiff City, proved the difference between the two teams as his clinical finishing settled an absorbing game.

It helped pacify restless home supporters, with some unfurling a 'Freedman Out' banner before kick-off after a poor start to the campaign.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"I do believe the kid [Joe Mason] has a big future.

"He is still learning his trade and unfortunately for him Cardiff are blessed with lots of strikers. But we can guarantee him game time and in my opinion Joe will get you a fair share of goals.

"In the end it could have been more than the scoreline suggests. The second half was a fantastic display from everyone in the team to get back in the game."

Rotherham assistant boss Paul Raynor:

"We pride ourselves on our character.

"We have come into a difficult division with some massive clubs and acquitted ourselves very well.

"We set up with more of an adventurous shape in our side because we thought we could cause Bolton problems and that's how it proved."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 5Ream
  • 3Moxey
  • 4Mills
  • 14Dervite
  • 16DaviesSubstituted forKamaraat 85'minutes
  • 6Spearing
  • 21PratleyBooked at 35minsSubstituted forFeeneyat 59'minutes
  • 18DannsSubstituted forLee Chung-yongat 58'minutes
  • 9Mason
  • 28Davies

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 10Beckford
  • 19Garvan
  • 26Hughes
  • 27Lee Chung-yong
  • 34Fitzsimons
  • 44Kamara

Rotherham

  • 21CollinBooked at 90mins
  • 20Morgan
  • 16Richardson
  • 3Skarz
  • 4Arnason
  • 26TaylorSubstituted forBoweryat 78'minutes
  • 33Smallwood
  • 11Green
  • 28Wordsworth
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 67'minutes
  • 22BecchioSubstituted forRevellat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 8Frecklington
  • 9Revell
  • 10Bowery
  • 18Pringle
  • 29Clarke-Harris
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
13,630

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home20
Away14
Shots on Target
Home9
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Rotherham United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Rotherham United 2.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Andy Lonergan (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Booking

Adam Collin (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andy Lonergan (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Collin (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Tim Ream.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

Attempt saved. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

Offside, Rotherham United. Paul Green tries a through ball, but Jonson Clarke-Harris is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Skarz.

Attempt missed. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

Attempt saved. Joe Skarz (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonson Clarke-Harris with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Wordsworth (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Wordsworth (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Medo replaces Mark Davies.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 3, Rotherham United 2. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross.

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Rotherham United 2. Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Revell with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Rotherham United 1. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

Offside, Rotherham United. Anthony Wordsworth tries a through ball, but Jonson Clarke-Harris is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jordan Bowery replaces Paul Taylor.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Adam Collin.

Attempt saved. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong with a cross.

Attempt missed. Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Anthony Wordsworth (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Andy Lonergan tries a through ball, but Craig Davies is caught offside.

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Paul Green (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Matt Derbyshire.

Attempt saved. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich75111551016
2Watford7502147715
3Nottm Forest6420124814
4Wolves742173414
5Charlton7340118313
6Reading74121110113
7Sheff Wed733174312
8Middlesbrough740397212
9Ipswich732296311
10Brentford732299011
11Blackburn63121111010
12Millwall731388010
13Leeds7313710-310
14Derby623110649
15Bournemouth7223111018
16Wigan72239818
17Cardiff722389-18
18Brighton7214810-27
19Rotherham721459-47
20Birmingham7133512-76
21Bolton7124712-55
22Huddersfield7124715-85
23Blackpool7016310-71
24Fulham6015313-101
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