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Fleetwood Town 2-4 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson
Phil Parkinson's Bolton side are now up to third place, one point behind Fleetwood

Bolton ended Fleetwood's 18-game unbeaten run with an impressive victory at the Highbury Stadium.

A freak Bolton goal sparked life into the game after an attritional opening period.

Fleetwood had just been foiled in a goalmouth scramble when Bolton launched a quick break down the right.

Adam Le Fondre looked up for support, but seeing none he went for glory himself, finding fortune as the ball struck his standing leg and floated over Alex Cairns and into the far corner.

Three minutes later Bolton looked to be in total control as Filipe Morais floated a free-kick to the back post, and David Wheater stole through the Fleetwood defence to power home.

Uwe Rosler's unlikely promotion candidates have proven themselves to be stubborn opponents this term and Kyle Dempsey showed skill and determination to pick a spot, drilling the ball past Ben Alnwick.

The Trotters could have stretched their advantage before the break as Wheater rattled the frame of the goal from 10 yards.

Fleetwood, a man down as Devante Cole lay injured, could not clear, and Gary Madine forcing Cairns to tip a header over the bar.

They did find the mark minutes after the restart, from another Morais free-kick, which left Fleetwood in disarray as Mark Beevers crept in at the back post to tap home.

And the victory was completed with 12 minutes to spare, Le Fondre applying a firm head to another dazzling Morais centre.

Bobby Grant danced through tired Bolton bodies to claim a consolation for Fleetwood.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 21Cairns
  • 5Eastham
  • 12Bolger
  • 37Davies
  • 15NirennoldSubstituted forGlendonat 51'minutes
  • 34Dempsey
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 11Grant
  • 3BellSubstituted forBrannaganat 71'minutes
  • 10Ball
  • 44ColeSubstituted forHunterat 44'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 4Brannagan
  • 18Glendon
  • 22Hunter
  • 35Ekpolo
  • 38Schwabl
  • 43Maguire

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 4Dervite
  • 5Beevers
  • 31WheaterBooked at 75mins
  • 22Morais
  • 15Derik
  • 21PratleySubstituted forKaracanat 80'minutes
  • 6VelaSubstituted forTrotterat 82'minutes
  • 20Taylor
  • 14Madine
  • 45Le Fondre

Substitutes

  • 3Moxey
  • 10Karacan
  • 11Solomon-Otabor
  • 17Trotter
  • 19Clayton
  • 24Henry
  • 33Howard
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
5,123

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Adam Le Fondre.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Derik.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Fleetwood Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 4. Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Josh Vela.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Filipe Morais (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jem Karacan replaces Darren Pratley.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Fleetwood Town 1, Bolton Wanderers 4. Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Filipe Morais.

  13. Booking

    David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Fleetwood Town).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Cameron Brannagan replaces Amari'i Bell.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd36219667402772
2Fleetwood361810854361864
3Bolton35189850311963
4Bradford371517549341562
5Scunthorpe3717101063432061
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend361412105345854
8Bristol Rovers371412115654254
9Walsall371314104545053
10Oxford Utd35157134639752
11Rochdale34148125048250
12Peterborough37148155050050
13Wimbledon361114114746147
14Charlton371016114743446
15Northampton37137175460-646
16Gillingham371112145059-945
17MK Dons361111144747044
18Shrewsbury371110164051-1143
19Bury37118185464-1041
20Oldham37913152336-1340
21Port Vale34911143854-1638
22Swindon3799193753-1636
23Chesterfield3788213358-2532
24Coventry36511203056-2626
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