A superb first-half strike by Marcos Alonso was enough to give Bolton a fifth straight victory at the expense of fellow play-off chasers Brighton.

The Seagulls started well and a low effort from Andrew Crofts went behind via the base of Andy Lonergan's post.

Against the run of play, Alonso then struck a drive into the far corner.

Brighton pushed for an equaliser and David Lopez volleyed over the bar, but Ashley Barnes was sent off for dissent as Wanderers held on for the points.

In-form Wanderers

A fifth successive Championship victory sees Bolton achieve their longest winning streak since December 2006 in the Premier League

The result sees Albion fall out of the Championship's top six, while Bolton have now gone eight matches without defeat.

Gus Poyet's side drop to seventh, one point behind a resurgent Nottingham Forest, with Bolton two points further back in eighth.

The visitors had arrived on a run of four wins from six unbeaten games and Barnes flashed an early header over the bar as they looked to consolidate their top-six credentials.

Wanderers midfielder Darren Pratley then brought down Vicente and from the resulting free-kick Lopez found Crofts unmarked and Bolton keeper Lonergan stretched to push his strike away from the top corner.

More slack marking from a Lopez set-piece allowed Leonardo Ulloa to head goalwards and it took Lonergan's boot and the woodwork to deny Crofts.

That miss proved costly when Alonso strode towards the left-hand corner of the area and brilliantly drilled his third goal of the season.

Brighton again displayed the greater industry early in the second half and Lopez sweetly caught a 20-yard volley that flew narrowly off target.

Wanderers responded as Alonso found David Ngog to draw a fine stop from Tomasz Kuszczak. A frantic melee ensued, but Brighton held firm.

At the other end, Matthew Upson headed over from a corner and Vicente warmed Lonergan's palms from the edge of the box.

Ulloa should have done better from another dangerous Lopez delivery and substitute Andrea Orlandi cut in from the left to flash past the far post.

But Brighton's frantic late push proved fruitless and Barnes's red card only added to their troubles.

Brighton manager Gus Poyet:

"That was our best game away from home in a while, absolutely no doubt. Control, passing the ball, more shorts. We really wanted to win the game. The only disappointing part is the result. The rest is very good.

"Sometimes when you are in control and have the chances you have to be careful. We lost a great chance of winning this game.

"You need to give credit to the opposition. Games like today I go home and think 'this is my team'."

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman: "I know it's an old cliche but I'm not interested in what's up or down.

"I said that a few weeks ago when a few people were questioning me about relegation - I thought they were crazy. I didn't think it was a question I should have had."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Bolton

  • 24 Lonergan
  • 03 Alonso
  • 12 Knight
  • 15 Dawson
  • 18 Ricketts
  • 07 Eagles (Medo - 70' )
  • 20 Spearing
  • 21 Pratley
  • 27 Lee Booked
  • 09 Ngog (Wheater - 86' )
  • 14 K Davies (C Davies - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 26 Lainton
  • 31 Wheater
  • 22 Holden
  • 44 Medo
  • 19 Sordell
  • 28 C Davies
  • 38 Odelusi

Brighton

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 20 Upson
  • 28 Bridge (Orlandi - 66' )
  • 08 Crofts (Buckley - 58' )
  • 15 Vicente
  • 21 David Lopez
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 09 Barnes Dismissed
  • 19 Ulloa

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 03 Greer
  • 14 Calderon
  • 04 Hammond
  • 11 Orlandi
  • 18 Dicker
  • 30 Buckley
Ref: Miller
Att: 17,599

Match Stats

Shots

13 21

On target

8 12

Corners

5 14

Fouls

11 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:27 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:35 Dismissal

Dismissal Ashley Barnes shown a red card for foul and abusive language.

90:00 +2:34

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andrea Orlandi, save by Andy Lonergan.

90:00 +1:49

Corner taken by Andrea Orlandi.

90:00 +0:42

Adam El-Abd produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

90:00 +0:21

Corner taken left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente, clearance by Darren Pratley.

88:34

Craig Davies takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

87:26

Shot by Liam Bridcutt. Andy Lonergan makes a save.

85:34 Substitution

Substitution David Ngog goes off and David Wheater comes on.

85:34

Shot by Andrea Orlandi from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

82:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Liam Bridcutt. Shot comes in from Marcos Alonso from the free kick, Tomasz Kuszczak makes a comfortable save.

80:20

Outswinging corner taken by Jay Spearing from the right by-line, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

80:05

Darren Pratley takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson.

79:49

Short corner taken by Andrea Orlandi from the left by-line.

79:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt by Jay Spearing. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

78:46

Craig Davies has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

77:25

Headed effort from inside the area by Matthew Upson misses to the left of the target.

76:52

Zat Knight concedes a free kick for a foul on Will Buckley. Moreno David Lopez takes the direct free kick.

76:00

Bruno Saltor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Davies. Free kick crossed by Jay Spearing, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

74:47 Substitution

Substitution Craig Davies on for Kevin Davies.

73:42

The free kick is delivered left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente from right wing, Zat Knight makes a clearance.

73:42 Booking

Booking Chung-Yong Lee is cautioned.

73:29

Rodriguez Vicente fouled by Chung-Yong Lee, the ref awards a free kick.

73:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chung-Yong Lee on Will Buckley. Moreno David Lopez takes the free kick.

71:04

Drilled right-footed shot by Rodriguez Vicente. Save made by Andy Lonergan.

69:39 Substitution

Substitution Chris Eagles goes off and Mohamed Medo comes on.

67:56

Matthew Upson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Ngog. Free kick taken by Jay Spearing.

66:44

Corner taken right-footed by Moreno David Lopez, Header from deep inside the area by Matthew Upson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

65:55 Substitution

Substitution Wayne Bridge goes off and Andrea Orlandi comes on.

64:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Spearing on Liam Bridcutt. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

64:17

Moreno David Lopez produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

62:28

Foul by Craig Dawson on Moreno David Lopez, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Rodriguez Vicente, clearance made by Samuel Ricketts. Short corner taken by Rodriguez Vicente.

61:24

Will Buckley takes a shot. Andy Lonergan makes a save.

58:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam El-Abd on Kevin Davies. Marcos Alonso has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

57:20 Substitution

Substitution Will Buckley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Crofts.

56:24

The assistant referee signals for offside against Wayne Bridge. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Lonergan. Chris Eagles is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Bruno Saltor takes the direct free kick.

55:46

Effort on goal by Moreno David Lopez from 30 yards. Blocked by Wayne Bridge. Short corner worked by Rodriguez Vicente.

54:28

Darren Pratley takes a shot. Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Wayne Bridge gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Jay Spearing from the right by-line.

50:43

Corner taken by Jay Spearing played to the near post, clearance by Adam El-Abd.

49:06

Shot from outside the area by Moreno David Lopez misses to the left of the goal.

47:08

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente from the left by-line to the near post, Zat Knight makes a clearance.

45:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcos Alonso on Moreno David Lopez. Free kick taken by Moreno David Lopez.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

44:46

Ashley Barnes takes a shot. Samuel Ricketts gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Moreno David Lopez, Ashley Barnes takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan.

42:08

Effort on goal by Moreno David Lopez from 20 yards. Craig Dawson gets a block in.

41:38

Effort from 20 yards by Ashley Barnes. Samuel Ricketts gets a block in.

40:14

Shot by David Ngog from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

38:42

Ashley Barnes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.

37:27

Rodriguez Vicente decides to take a short corner.

35:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodriguez Vicente on Chung-Yong Lee. Jay Spearing takes the direct free kick.

34:47

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jay Spearing from the right by-line to the near post, Jose Ulloa manages to make a clearance.

33:56

Moreno David Lopez takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan.

31:35

Corner taken right-footed by Jay Spearing, Shot by Marcos Alonso from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

30:24

Bruno Saltor produces a drilled right-footed shot from 35 yards and went wide right of the net.

27:30

Rodriguez Vicente fouled by Jay Spearing, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Rodriguez Vicente. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Bruno Saltor, clearance made by Darren Pratley.

24:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Crofts on Chris Eagles. Jay Spearing takes the free kick.

21:51

Chris Eagles takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

19:52

Assist on the goal came from Chung-Yong Lee.

19:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Marcos Alonso - Bolton 1 - 0 Brighton Marcos Alonso finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 1-0 Brighton.

19:01

Shot from 12 yards by Ashley Barnes. Andy Lonergan makes a save. Short corner worked by Moreno David Lopez.

18:15

Darren Pratley concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Barnes. Moreno David Lopez restarts play with the free kick.

14:50

Effort from outside the area by Darren Pratley goes wide right of the goal.

13:40

Jose Ulloa concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Dawson. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

9:35

Foul by Jay Spearing on Rodriguez Vicente, free kick awarded. Moreno David Lopez takes the free kick, Andrew Crofts takes a shot. Save made by Andy Lonergan. Corner taken by Bruno Saltor, Andy Lonergan fouled by Adam El-Abd, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

8:13

Headed effort from inside the area by Ashley Barnes misses to the right of the goal.

7:43

Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bruno Saltor. Rodriguez Vicente takes the free kick.

6:19

David Ngog takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

3:41

Ashley Barnes takes a shot. Samuel Ricketts gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente from the left by-line to the near post.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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