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Bolton Wanderers 3-2 Southend United

Bolton's hopes of a great escape from the League One relegation zone were boosted by a controversial 3-2 comeback win over fellow strugglers Southend.

Wanderers, who are now two points behind second-bottom Southend, trailed to Harry Lennon's first goal in almost four years.

But Keith Hill's side rallied with strikes before half-time from Joe Dodoo and Luke Murphy before top scorer Daryl Murphy sealed the points ahead of Timothee Dieng's late consolation.

However, Shrimpers boss Sol Campbell will point to a brace of turning points in the opening period.

Eight minutes after heading in Sam Mantom's corner, Lennon was stretchered off after contesting a ball in Bolton's penalty box.

Dodoo rifled Wanderers level after 36 minutes before Luke Murphy converted a fine left-footed finish in the second minute of stoppage time.

Campbell, though, was booked for protesting after assistant referee, Abbas Khan, indicated offside only to lower his flag early in the build up.

Daryl Murphy scored his fourth goal in five games after 65 minutes following Dieng's mistake.

That proved decisive as Dieng's 81st-minute header proved a mere consolation in the closing stages of the game.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 20Matthews
  • 2Emmanuel
  • 28Bridcutt
  • 6WrightBooked at 71mins
  • 32EarlBooked at 66mins
  • 17VerlindenSubstituted forGrahamat 90+3'minutes
  • 4Lowe
  • 8Murphy
  • 23Dodoo
  • 27DarcySubstituted forO'Gradyat 85'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 10O'Grady
  • 12Chicksen
  • 22Politic
  • 26Edwards
  • 34Senior
  • 35Graham
  • 43Alexander

Southend

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Bishop
  • 2Bwomono
  • 8Dieng
  • 15Kiernan
  • 26LennonSubstituted forWhiteat 18'minutes
  • 5Milligan
  • 11McLaughlin
  • 24DemetriouSubstituted forHopperat 62'minutes
  • 18Mantom
  • 14GoodshipSubstituted forRushat 80'minutes
  • 7Humphrys

Substitutes

  • 1Oxley
  • 9Hopper
  • 10Cox
  • 16Hamilton
  • 36Hutchinson
  • 41Rush
  • 48White
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
12,055

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home19
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Southend United 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mark Milligan (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Timothee Dieng (Southend United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Mantom with a cross following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Joshua Earl.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Sonny Graham replaces Thibaud Verlinden.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Joshua Emmanuel (Bolton Wanderers).

  8. Post update

    Matt Rush (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joseph Dodoo (Bolton Wanderers).

  10. Post update

    Elvis Bwomono (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tom Hopper (Southend United).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thibaud Verlinden with a cross following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by John White.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Chris O'Grady replaces Ronan Darcy.

  16. Post update

    Daryl Murphy (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Timothee Dieng (Southend United).

  18. Post update

    Joshua Emmanuel (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Matt Rush (Southend United).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe21127230151543
2Peterborough21106543251836
3Ipswich20106429161336
4Bristol Rovers2010552925435
5Coventry2181032623334
6Oxford Utd2096538201833
7Blackpool218943024633
8Rotherham2195734231132
9Fleetwood199463326731
10Portsmouth208753024631
11Shrewsbury208751920-131
12Gillingham217772623328
13Sunderland197662521427
14Burton207672423127
15Doncaster186752721625
16Lincoln City2073102123-224
17Accrington215883031-123
18Rochdale2164112336-1322
19Wimbledon2155112532-720
20Tranmere2055102334-1120
21MK Dons2152141833-1517
22Southend2214172462-387
23Bolton184591441-275
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