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Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Millwall

Adam Le Fondre nets Bolton's first goal against Millwall
On-loan Adam Le Fondre has netted five goals for Bolton but had not scored in the previous four games

Adam Le Fondre's two first-half goals proved enough to ease Bolton Wanderers further clear of Championship danger, while pushing Millwall nearer the drop.

Le Fondre put Bolton ahead with a nice finish from Tim Ream's pass, before finishing equally impressively when set up by strike partner Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Millwall were playing their first game since Ian Holloway's midweek sacking.

But caretaker Lions boss Neil Harris was left to rue a batch of missed second-half chances.

Unhappy hunting ground for Lions
Bolton Wanderers' unbeaten home record against Millwall stretches back over 40 years. Bolton have won nine of the last 10 meetings at home, drawing the other. The Lions' last away win there was a 2-1 victory in the League Cup at Burnden Park in January 1974.

Millwall's sixth defeat in their last seven games leaves them nine points clear of trouble.

Bolton, by contrast, are now 10 points clear of danger, having gained one of the three victories that manager Neil Lennon believes will banish any outside chance of them dropping down back into the third tier for the first time since 1992.

On-loan Cardiff City striker Le Fondre's two goals helped Bolton, who had won only one of their previous six games, gain their first double of the season, having won 1-0 at The Den in December.

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Lennon on Bolton v Millwall

Bolton manager Neil Lennon on Le Fondre:

"They were two great finishes and 'Alf' is our second-joint top scorer and he has only been in the building since late January.

"He is a goal scorer and his record has always been good. When the opportunity came to bring him here I thought he would make us better.

"He has already repaid that but I want him to get double figures between now and the end of the season. There are bits of his game he needs to improve on and I am going to keep pushing him on that.

"But it is a priceless commodity being a goal scorer and he has done that his whole career."

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Neil Harris on Bolton v Millwall

Millwall caretaker manager Neil Harris:

"I am disappointed we lost but there were plenty of positives, including the chances we created and the manner in which we had a right good go in the second half.

"The difference was Adam Le Fondre scores two good goals while Lee and Aiden didn't score. The moves to get them in were really good and both hit the target but certainly one of them should have gone in the net.

"We are in a difficult position and there are no promises from anyone in the dressing room as to what we are going to do between now and the end of the season. The target is to win games and see where it takes us. We can try and improve in every game we play.

"Yes we are looking at a nine-game season but the bigger future for the club is we have to compete and play in the right manner."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 13Amos
  • 25Vela
  • 4Mills
  • 54McCarthy
  • 5Ream
  • 52Walker
  • 18DannsBooked at 32minsSubstituted forCokeat 45'minutes
  • 29BannanSubstituted forTrotterat 87'minutes
  • 7Feeney
  • 22GudjohnsenSubstituted forDaviesat 72'minutes
  • 9Le Fondre

Substitutes

  • 11Hall
  • 17Trotter
  • 19Heskey
  • 24Lonergan
  • 27Twardzik
  • 28Davies
  • 51Coke

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 4Cummings
  • 2DunneBooked at 90mins
  • 5Hooiveld
  • 21Harding
  • 26Abdou
  • 6Williams
  • 15UpsonSubstituted forCowan-Hallat 66'minutes
  • 22O'BrienSubstituted forGueyeat 81'minutes
  • 9Gregory
  • 29Taylor-FletcherSubstituted forFullerat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Cowan-Hall
  • 16Beevers
  • 18Gueye
  • 19Fuller
  • 23Powell
  • 27Archer
  • 42Maierhofer
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
14,719

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Millwall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Millwall 0.

Attempt blocked. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shaun Williams with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alan Dunne.

Shaun Cummings (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by David Forde.

Attempt saved. Tom Walker (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

Alan Dunne (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Alan Dunne (Millwall).

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

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Barry Bannan.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tim Ream.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Magaye Gueye replaces Aiden O'Brien.

Paris Cowan-Hall (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Paris Cowan-Hall (Millwall) because of an injury.

Foul by Dan Harding (Millwall).

Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

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

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Tom Walker tries a through ball, but Craig Davies is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ricardo Fuller with a headed pass.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Paddy McCarthy.

Attempt blocked. Jos Hooiveld (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Gregory with a headed pass.

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Davies replaces Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Giles Coke (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Fuller with a headed pass.

Foul by Jos Hooiveld (Millwall).

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

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Shaun Williams with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth37209878393969
2Watford372161076453169
3Middlesbrough37209858273169
4Derby371910869402967
5Norwich37199971403166
6Brentford371951359481162
7Ipswich3717101057431461
8Wolves371611105145659
9Nottm Forest371412115951854
10Blackburn371412114946354
11Sheff Wed371214113335-250
12Charlton371115114248-648
13Leeds37139153946-748
14Cardiff371211144549-447
15Birmingham371114124353-1047
16Bolton37128174555-1044
17Reading37128174058-1844
18Huddersfield371110164663-1743
19Brighton37914144246-441
20Fulham37117194865-1740
21Rotherham37913153855-1740
22Wigan37810193449-1534
23Millwall37710203162-3131
24Blackpool37410232974-4522
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