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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Southend United 2.

Full Time

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

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

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.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Joshua Earl.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Sonny Graham replaces Thibaud Verlinden.

Foul by Joshua Emmanuel (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Joseph Dodoo (Bolton Wanderers).

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

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

Foul by Tom Hopper (Southend United).

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.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by John White.

Substitution

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

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

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Southend United).

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

Foul by Matt Rush (Southend United).

Foul by Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers).

Mark Milligan (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 3, Southend United 2. Timothee Dieng (Southend United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen McLaughlin with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Matt Rush replaces Brandon Goodship.

Foul by Joshua Earl (Bolton Wanderers).

Tom Hopper (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Stephen Humphrys (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Mantom following a corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Joshua Earl.

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Bolton Wanderers).

Sam Mantom (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Bolton Wanderers).

Stephen Humphrys (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sam Mantom with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Liam Bridcutt.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Joshua Earl.

Booking

Jake Wright (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Wright (Bolton Wanderers).

Tom Hopper (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

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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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