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Millwall 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

Darren Pratley
Darren Pratley's goal capped a fourth straight clean sheet for Bolton.

Bolton extended their unbeaten run to seven games with Darren Pratley's second-half winner at Millwall.

The midfielder fired in off the bar midway through the second half moments after Rob Hall hit the Millwall post.

Earlier, Millwall's Lee Gregory saw a penalty appeal turned down and Angel Martinez volleyed wide from six yards before the break.

The Lions have one win in eight and sit 20th, six places and three points behind Bolton.

Wanderers' latest win included a fourth-straight clean sheet and maintained their impressive run of form since Neil Lennon became manager on 12 October.

Since then, they have jumped from bottom spot in the table to 14th with just two defeats in 11 games.

At The Den, their victory was richly deserved as though Millwall rallied late on, the Trotters managed 14 shots to their hosts' eight.

Darren Pratley and Andy Lonergan
Darren Pratley's winner came moments after goalkeeper Andy Lonergan survived a penalty appeal against him

Eidur Gudjohnsen was handed a first start for Bolton since 2000 after agreeing a return until the end of the season.

His team-mates Pratley and Tim Ream worked home goalkeeper David Forde in the early exchanges, either side of a glorious opening for Gregory, who shot wide of the Bolton goal after collecting a long ball.

Magaye Gueye fed Andy Wilkinson to deliver accurately for Martinez to miss the target with his volley before the break, but it was moments after the restart when the game's contentious moment arrived.

Neil Lennon makes mark at Bolton
League gamesWinsDrawsLosses
Bolton in 2013-14 before Lennon arrived11128
Bolton since Lennon took charge11632

Again it was Gregory - the matchwinner in Millwall's 1-0 win at Brighton last week - who tested the visiting defence and he appeared to be pulled down by Bolton goalkeeper Andy Lonergan but referee Stuart Attwell waved away appeals.

If given, the penalty would likely have seen the keeper sent off but his side capitalised when Pratley raced on to Chung-Yong Lee's pass to steady himself and fire a second goal of the season.

Lonergan denied Martyn Woolford with a smart save in the closing stages as Bolton held on for a second away win of the season.

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 29WilkinsonSubstituted forAbdouat 77'minutes
  • 2DunneBooked at 38mins
  • 3ShittuBooked at 54mins
  • 28Malone
  • 18GueyeSubstituted forMartinat 57'minutes
  • 31Martinez Cervera
  • 6Williams
  • 11Woolford
  • 27McDonaldSubstituted forFullerat 55'minutes
  • 9Gregory

Substitutes

  • 7Martin
  • 8Easter
  • 14Briggs
  • 17Webster
  • 19Fuller
  • 26Abdou
  • 41King

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 25Vela
  • 4MillsBooked at 82mins
  • 14Dervite
  • 5Ream
  • 18DannsBooked at 22mins
  • 21PratleyBooked at 90mins
  • 7Feeney
  • 27Lee
  • 11HallSubstituted forWilkinsonat 83'minutes
  • 22GudjohnsenSubstituted forTrotterat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bogdan
  • 3Moxey
  • 6Spearing
  • 17Trotter
  • 31Wheater
  • 35Wilkinson
  • 40Clough
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
8,635

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers).

  4. Post update

    Alan Dunne (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Danny Shittu.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers).

  7. Post update

    Alan Dunne (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Nadjim Abdou.

  9. Booking

    Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Feeney tries a through ball, but Darren Pratley is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Conor Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Tim Ream.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ricardo Fuller with a headed pass.

  14. Post update

    Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Alan Dunne (Millwall).

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lee Martin (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Conor Wilkinson replaces Robert Hall.

  18. Booking

    Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

  20. Post update

    Martyn Woolford (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 19th December 2014

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth21116444242039
2Middlesbrough21116435152039
3Derby21115538211738
4Ipswich21108332201238
5Brentford2111463427737
6Watford21105638231535
7Norwich2196635241133
8Blackburn218763231131
9Nottm Forest217953126530
10Charlton2161232322130
11Cardiff218672727030
12Wolves218672431-730
13Sheff Wed2161051617-128
14Bolton2275102328-526
15Fulham2174103139-825
16Birmingham216782332-925
17Reading2174102636-1025
18Huddersfield216692738-1124
19Leeds2165102431-723
20Millwall225892332-923
21Rotherham214981626-1021
22Brighton213992129-818
23Wigan2138102128-717
24Blackpool2127121633-1713
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