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Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Rotherham United: Trotters end 13-game winless run

Phil Parkinson's Bolton had won just once in 19 matches and were on a winless run of 13 games prior to the win against Rotherham
Phil Parkinson's Bolton had won just once in 19 matches and were on a winless run of 13 games before the win against Rotherham

Bolton Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson says beating Rotherham United was a result of not letting their heads drop during their 13-game winless run.

The hosts had been without a league win since September but earned a vital three points after Sammy Ameobi and Gary O'Neil scored either side of Will Vaulks' leveller.

"We needed it. It's been a tough period but not once we've started feeling sorry for ourselves," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"We've stressed that to the lads and unfortunately we've got to keep going."

Bolton led when Ameobi's low shot beat Millers keeper Marek Rodak but the visitors equalised soon after when Vaulks headed home from Joe Newell's free-kick.

Parkinson's side sealed the win midway through the second half when Clayton Donaldson teed up O'Neil to finish from 10 yards.

"I'm so pleased. It's been a tough run for that win to come but we've never let our heads drop," Parkinson continued.

"It's a very tough league we're in, we know that, and we've dug deep to get the result and I'm very pleased with the manner of it."

The result means Bolton are now just a point from safety and move up a place to 22nd, while Rotherham are just above them in 21st.

Going into the game, Bolton had won once in 19 matches, with their most recent victory coming against Derby in September.

The visitors, who had not won themselves in seven games coming into the fixture, could not find a response to O'Neil's winner as Bolton held on.

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson:

"It's been a tough run waiting for this win to come. And we needed it.

"But we have never let our heads drop or started to feel sorry for ourselves and we got our rewards in a tough game.

"We just needed the three points to give everyone a lift. It was edgy at times because everyone knew the importance of the game with Rotherham being in the mini league with us at the bottom.

"I'm pleased for the lads but also pleased for the supporters because they have stuck with us. They were great and really got behind the team."

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne:

"Did we do enough to win the match? I am not sure. I don't think we deserved to lose.

"I couldn't see us losing. But unfortunately we are conceding goals which is something we need to look at.

"We have all got to try and get better because we want to win football matches. But the effort is unquestionable."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Alnwick
  • 4Lowe
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forOlkowskiat 67'minutes
  • 19O'Neil
  • 18WilsonBooked at 51mins
  • 21WilliamsBooked at 90mins
  • 10AmeobiSubstituted forBuckleyat 90+5'minutes
  • 9Doidge
  • 8DonaldsonSubstituted forMagennisat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Vela
  • 11Buckley
  • 12Noone
  • 14Hobbs
  • 16Olkowski
  • 20Matthews
  • 28Magennis

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 5Ajayi
  • 15RobertsonBooked at 13mins
  • 3Mattock
  • 7FordeSubstituted forWilliamsat 66'minutes
  • 13Towell
  • 4Vaulks
  • 22NewellSubstituted forTaylorat 74'minutes
  • 24Smith
  • 9ProctorSubstituted forWilesat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Wood
  • 11Taylor
  • 12Price
  • 17Manning
  • 23Williams
  • 25Wiles
  • 26Raggett
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
15,255

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Rotherham United 1.

Dangerous play by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. William Buckley replaces Sammy Ameobi.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Attempt missed. Clark Robertson (Rotherham United) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jon Taylor with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Pawel Olkowski.

Attempt missed. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jon Taylor with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Sammy Ameobi.

Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Ben Wiles replaces Jamie Proctor.

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Clark Robertson (Rotherham United).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Will Vaulks.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Josh Magennis replaces Clayton Donaldson.

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers).

Michael Smith (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Richard Towell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jon Taylor replaces Joe Newell.

Foul by Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers).

Michael Smith (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers).

Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Offside, Rotherham United. Zak Vyner tries a through ball, but Jamie Proctor is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Pawel Olkowski replaces Andrew Taylor because of an injury.

Delay in match Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Ryan Williams replaces Anthony Forde.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Rotherham United 1. Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Christian Doidge (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jason Lowe with a cross.

Attempt saved. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marek Rodák (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Christian Doidge (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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20Millwall2457122939-1022
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