Leeds striker Luke Varney scored the only goal as Bolton slipped to their fourth successive league defeat.

It was the first time Leeds had opened the scoring in a league match this season as Varney headed home at the near post after just six minutes.

David Ngog and Darren Pratley both went close for the home side, but found Paddy Kenny in the Leeds goal in excellent form.

Defeat leaves Dougie Freedman's side joint bottom of the Championship table.

Bolton started the campaign among the favourites for promotion after just missing out on a place in last season's play-offs on goal difference.

However, so far this season they have managed just two points after draws with Burnley and Reading.

Jermaine Beckford, who scored 72 goals in 115 league starts for Leeds, was left on the bench by Bolton who at times looked devoid of ideas in attack.

Instead Ngog, who has scored only 11 goals in two years at Bolton, led the line.

In comparison Leeds boasted an attacking force of Ross McCormack, Varney and Noel Hunt.

The win for Leeds moves them up to sixth in the table, five points behind joint leaders Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"Have we given up on automatic promotion? We'll never give up. Anything can happen in professional sport.

"Obviously we're disappointed with the result. To concede a goal after seven minutes was disappointing but we didn't have too many clear opportunities and that's the biggest disappointment.

"I'm certainly not worried because this is professional sport. You have your ups and downs but we've really got to start games better."

Leeds manager Brian McDermott:

"To come away and win 1-0 at Bolton is a great result.

"We're trying to get a group together that's difficult to play against but also we're trying to get a group that can control games better with the ball.

"We've been working at our set plays because they've been really important to us and it was a great delivery and a really good header from Luke (Varney)."

Match Stats

Shots

16 11

On target

1 2

Corners

4 7

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:43 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +5:27

Ross McCormack takes a short corner.

90:00 +4:24

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:59

Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:48

Unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by Noel Hunt results in a free kick.

90:00 +2:55

Adam Bogdan manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:11

Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

90:00 +2:05

Clearance made by Tom Lees.

90:00 +2:02

Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee.

90:00 +1:41

Darren Pratley takes a shot. A parry by Patrick Kenny prevents the goal.

90:00 +0:46

Tim Ream manages to make a clearance.

89:58

David Ngog takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

89:48

Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.

89:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Tonge on Jay Spearing.

89:17

Clearance by Matt Mills.

88:41

Free kick taken by Tom Lees.

88:24

Foul by Tim Ream on Tom Lees, free kick awarded.

88:12

Scott Wootton manages to make a clearance.

87:10

Clearance made by Matt Mills.

86:34

Darren Pratley takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

86:15

Tim Ream takes the free kick.

86:10

Ross McCormack gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Ream.

85:40

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

84:58

Mohamed Medo takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

84:50

Clearance made by Scott Wootton.

84:34 Substitution

Substitution Marc Tierney leaves the field to be replaced by Mohamed Medo.

83:57

The ball is sent over by Robert Hall.

83:29

Luke Varney manages to make a clearance.

82:58

Clearance by Marc Tierney.

82:23

David Ngog has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

82:18

Marc Tierney sends in a cross.

81:43

Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.

80:16

Luke Murphy takes a shot and cleared the net.

79:38

Header by Noel Hunt goes to the left of the goal.

79:24

The ball is swung over by Tom Lees.

77:40

Marc Tierney makes a clearance.

76:39

Shot by Michael Tonge went over the crossbar.

76:24

Clearance by Tim Ream.

76:19

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ross McCormack.

75:57

Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.

75:55

Free kick crossed by Ross McCormack.

75:21

Unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Tim Ream results in a free kick.

74:52

Matt Mills makes a clearance.

74:48

Tom Lees takes the free kick.

74:23

Darren Pratley receives a caution.

74:23 Booking

Booking

74:00

Noel Hunt fouled by Darren Pratley, the ref awards a free kick.

72:39

Clearance by Tom Lees.

72:36

Robert Hall crosses the ball.

72:22

Tim Ream makes a clearance.

71:03

Noel Hunt makes a clearance.

70:59

Scott Wootton makes a clearance.

70:25

Tim Ream manages to make a clearance.

69:42

Shot by Jermaine Beckford went over the net.

69:34

Corner taken by Jay Spearing from the left by-line.

69:14

Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Wootton.

69:09

Marc Tierney crosses the ball.

68:43

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

68:33

Clearance by Jason Pearce.

68:28

Robert Hall produces a cross.

68:01

Luke Varney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Adam Bogdan makes a block.

67:18 Substitution

Substitution Chris Eagles goes off and Robert Hall comes on.

66:16

Michael Tonge has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

65:43

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

65:01

The ball is crossed by Chris Eagles.

64:43

Matt Mills makes a clearance.

64:36

Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

63:59

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jermaine Beckford.

63:36

Tim Ream takes the free kick.

63:28

Foul by Luke Varney on Darren Pratley, free kick awarded.

62:35

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

61:17 Substitution

Substitution Jermaine Beckford replaces Zat Knight.

60:13

Stephen Warnock manages to make a clearance.

60:09

A cross is delivered by Chris Eagles.

60:07

Scott Wootton makes a clearance.

60:04

Clearance made by Luke Varney.

59:59

Centre by Tim Ream.

59:41

Matt Mills takes the free kick.

59:30

The referee blows for offside against Noel Hunt.

59:00

Clearance by Zat Knight.

58:47

Scott Wootton restarts play with the free kick.

58:35

Jay Spearing booked for unsporting behaviour.

58:35 Booking

Booking

58:22

Unfair challenge on Rodolph Austin by Jay Spearing results in a free kick.

57:42

Clearance by Matt Mills.

57:21

Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.

57:19

Tom Lees sends in a cross.

56:59

Clearance made by Marc Tierney.

56:05

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

55:31

Jay Spearing manages to make a clearance.

54:38

Matt Mills is cautioned.

54:38 Booking

Booking

54:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Mills on Ross McCormack.

53:51

Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.

53:48

Clearance by Jason Pearce.

53:26

Ross McCormack makes a clearance.

53:07 Substitution

Substitution (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Tom Lees coming on for Lee Peltier.

51:36

Clearance by Luke Varney.

51:27

Chris Eagles takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Pearce.

50:59

Marc Tierney takes the free kick.

49:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodolph Austin on Chris Eagles.

49:07

A cross is delivered by Michael Tonge.

48:34

Matt Mills makes a clearance.

48:11

Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

47:44

Alex Baptiste is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

46:52

Rodolph Austin takes the free kick.

46:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodolph Austin by Jay Spearing.

46:36

Michael Tonge makes a clearance.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:31 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

44:52

Luke Varney has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

44:42

Clearance by Stephen Warnock.

44:37

The ball is sent over by Marc Tierney.

44:33

Clearance by Jason Pearce.

43:03

The ball is sent over by Michael Tonge.

43:03

Clearance made by Marc Tierney.

42:39

Marc Tierney manages to make a clearance.

42:06

Rodolph Austin manages to make a clearance.

41:53

Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.

40:35

Clearance made by Alex Baptiste.

40:07

Jay Spearing has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

39:46

Clearance by Luke Varney.

39:10

Clearance by Zat Knight.

39:06

Clearance by Alex Baptiste.

38:21

Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.

38:17

Clearance by Jason Pearce.

37:42

Noel Hunt takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

37:29

Lee Peltier manages to make a clearance.

37:26

Scott Wootton makes a clearance.

37:20

Stephen Warnock manages to make a clearance.

36:40

Rodolph Austin makes a clearance.

36:07

Stephen Warnock delivers the ball.

35:28

Jay Spearing takes a shot.

35:28

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

35:25

Chris Eagles crosses the ball.

35:00

Free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.

34:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Baptiste by Luke Varney.

34:52

Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

34:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Ngog on Stephen Warnock.

34:22

Luke Murphy makes a clearance.

34:18

Chris Eagles produces a cross.

34:09

Clearance made by Jason Pearce.

33:28

Ross McCormack takes a shot and cleared the net.

33:23

The ball is swung over by Noel Hunt.

32:09

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

32:07

Jason Pearce makes a clearance.

31:59

Marc Tierney crosses the ball.

31:29

Clearance made by Scott Wootton.

30:12

Darren Pratley takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

29:47

The ball is sent over by Marc Tierney.

29:21

Scott Wootton makes a clearance.

29:17

Jay Spearing crosses the ball.

29:06

Clearance made by Alex Baptiste.

28:16

David Ngog takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

28:11

Chung-Yong Lee takes the free kick.

28:05

Rodolph Austin challenges Alex Baptiste unfairly and gives away a free kick.

27:43

Marc Tierney manages to make a clearance.

27:06

Clearance made by Matt Mills.

26:31

Clearance made by Tim Ream.

26:25

Corner taken by Stephen Warnock.

25:53

Luke Varney takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Mills.

25:35

Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

25:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Murphy by Jay Spearing.

24:53

Clearance by Stephen Warnock.

24:51

Chris Eagles sends in a cross.

24:45

Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.

24:07

Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

23:42

Foul by Chris Eagles on Stephen Warnock, free kick awarded.

23:30

Clearance by Stephen Warnock.

23:13

Luke Murphy makes a clearance.

23:04

Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.

22:42

Noel Hunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Mills.

22:20

Rodolph Austin restarts play with the free kick.

22:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Pratley on Luke Murphy.

21:31

Clearance by Jason Pearce.

21:19

Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

21:09

Clearance made by Tim Ream.

21:09

A cross is delivered by Lee Peltier.

20:55

Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

20:09

The referee blows for offside against David Ngog.

19:52

Rodolph Austin makes a clearance.

18:55

Shot by Chris Eagles went wide of the left-hand post.

18:43

Scott Wootton makes a clearance.

18:36

Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.

18:21

Luke Varney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Bogdan.

18:16

Clearance by Matt Mills.

18:08

Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

17:42

Chris Eagles is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

17:35

Jay Spearing takes the free kick.

17:20

Alex Baptiste fouled by Luke Varney, the ref awards a free kick.

17:13

Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

16:37

David Ngog challenges Lee Peltier unfairly and gives away a free kick.

16:29

Corner taken by Chris Eagles from the right by-line.

16:18

Clearance by Jason Pearce.

16:06

The ball is sent over by Marc Tierney.

16:04

Clearance by Jason Pearce.

15:59

Clearance made by Jason Pearce.

15:58

The ball is delivered by Chris Eagles.

15:21

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

15:05

Luke Varney sends in a cross.

15:04

Clearance by Tim Ream.

14:38

Clearance made by Lee Peltier.

14:05

Corner taken by Luke Murphy from the left by-line.

13:47

Matt Mills makes a clearance.

13:39

A cross is delivered by Rodolph Austin.

13:07

Matt Mills makes a clearance.

13:04

Corner taken by Luke Murphy.

12:38

Matt Mills makes a clearance.

12:33

Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

12:16

David Ngog is adjudged to have handled the ball.

11:51

Clearance by Matt Mills.

11:07

David Ngog takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.

10:10

The ball is crossed by Luke Varney.

9:44

Shot by Chris Eagles went wide of the right-hand upright.

9:35

Clearance made by Scott Wootton.

9:21

Clearance made by Luke Varney.

9:12

Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.

8:54

Foul by Luke Murphy on Jay Spearing, free kick awarded.

8:44

Tim Ream manages to make a clearance.

8:36

Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

8:25

Scott Wootton fouled by David Ngog, the ref awards a free kick.

7:37

The ball is crossed by Lee Peltier.

7:30

Clearance by Marc Tierney.

7:05

Clearance made by Zat Knight.

6:00

Luke Murphy provided the assist for the goal.

6:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Varney - Bolton 0 - 1 Leeds Luke Varney scores a headed goal. Bolton 0-1 Leeds.

5:54

Corner taken by Luke Murphy.

5:37

Clearance made by Zat Knight.

5:28

Corner from the right by-line taken by Stephen Warnock.

4:49

Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.

4:19

Corner taken by Jay Spearing.

4:01

Clearance by Lee Peltier.

3:58

The ball is sent over by Marc Tierney.

3:46

Jay Spearing takes the free kick.

3:45

Unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by Luke Murphy results in a free kick.

2:05

Shot by Michael Tonge. Blocked by Tim Ream.

1:51

Tim Ream manages to make a clearance.

1:41

Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

1:20

Foul by David Ngog on Rodolph Austin, free kick awarded.

0:24

Marc Tierney restarts play with the free kick.

0:09

Foul by Michael Tonge on David Ngog, free kick awarded.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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