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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 forLeeat 58'minutes
  • 9Mason
  • 28Davies

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 10Beckford
  • 19Garvan
  • 26Hughes
  • 27Lee
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Rotherham United 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Adam Collin (Rotherham United).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Tim Ream.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Medo replaces Mark Davies.

  20. 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.