Will Buckley scored twice as Brighton continued their match towards the Championship play-offs with an accomplished victory over at Bolton.

The 24-year-old winger struck in either half as Brighton moved to within a point of Nottingham Forest, who occupy the final play-off spot in sixth.

Lee Chung-Yong went closest for Wanderers when he put the ball in the net but was ruled to be offside.

The result also ended Bolton's four-match unbeaten sequence.

Post-match: Brighton coach Jones

Brighton, who beat Bolton 3-1 at home earlier in the season, threatened first when Leonardo Ulloa's cross almost unintentionally crept into the top-right corner before Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan parried it.

Bolton went close when Lee and Lukas Jutkiewicz combined in the Seagulls area but defender Lewis Dunk managed to block striker Jutkiewicz's effort.

The visitors took the lead in the 13th minute when Ulloa curled a ball into the box at pace.

Miserly Brighton

Brighton have conceded only 12 goals in their 17 league away games - the fewest in the Championship.

Buckley connected perfectly at point blank range and although Bogdan somehow managed to parry the ball, Wanderers were sluggish to the rebound and Buckley fired into the bottom corner on the turn.

That forced Wanderers into a more attack-minded approach and Lee shot from range but it was tipped over by Tomasz Kuszczak.

The former Manchester United keeper, who is yet to sign a new contract with Brighton, was then on hand to save David Wheater's bullet header from a corner delivered by South Korea international Lee.

The hosts came even closer to equalising just before half-time. Medo Kamara's free-kick from just outside the box clipped the top of the wall and hit the cross bar, to the relief of Kuszack.

The Trotters came out on the front foot again after the break and, with Brighton defending for their lives, it looked as though they had grabbed the equaliser.

Lee got a shot away in a crowded area which deflected off Joe Mason into the back of the net but the assistant referee had his flag up for offside.

That disallowed goal seemed to deflate the home team and in the 65th minute Oscar Garcia's Brighton side doubled their lead.

A mistake from Kamara in midfield put Buckley one-on-one with Bogdan and he curled the ball into the bottom-left corner of the net.

Bolton had a few half chances late on, but never really threatened to get back in the game, with Brighton securing their eighth clean sheet in their last eight wins.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman said:

Post-match: Bolton manager Freedman

"We're disappointed with the result but if you break the game down it boiled down to not taking our opportunities.

"I think that Brighton had the rub of the green but they were two really fantastic finishes from them and you have to take your hat off to them.

"The simple facts were when we got the ball into the box we just didn't take our opportunities."

Brighton assistant head coach Nathan Jones said:

"The target is to finish as high as we possibly can. Realistically, we're very pleased of the position that we are in.

"We had a very difficult start but we've managed to rally and we're in a good position.

"We're not getting carried away, we've got 11 games left."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Bolton Wanderers

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 03 Hutton
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 06 Spearing
  • 31 Wheater (Danns - 80' )
  • 05 Ream
  • 44 Kamara
  • 17 Trotter (Hall - 52' )
  • 29 Jutkiewicz
  • 26 Mason
  • 27 Lee Chung-yong (Moritz - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Hall
  • 12 Knight
  • 14 Moritz
  • 18 Danns
  • 25 Vela
  • 37 Lee-Barrett
  • 41 Threlkeld

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno
  • 17 Ward
  • 38 Ince
  • 03 Greer
  • 05 Dunk
  • 06 Stephens
  • 18 Forster-Caskey
  • 19 Ulloa
  • 30 Buckley (March - 70' )
  • 35 Lingard (Rodríguez Sánchez - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 09 Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 14 Calderón
  • 15 Chicksen
  • 21 D. López
  • 25 Lua Lua
  • 27 March
Ref: Scott Duncan
Att: 15,336

Match Stats

Shots

21 14

On target

3 5

Corners

12 1

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

90:00 +4:22 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

90:00 +3:55

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:55

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

90:00 +3:24

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +3:24

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:53

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:53

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

90:00 +1:46

Attempt missed. Alan Hutton (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by André Moritz.

90:00 +1:05

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Leonardo Ulloa.

90:00 +1:03

Attempt blocked. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Moritz.

90:00 +0:53

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Leonardo Ulloa.

89:49

Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by André Moritz with a cross.

87:47

Attempt blocked. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Danns.

87:39

Attempt blocked. André Moritz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mason.

85:41

Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Medo.

84:28

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:28

Foul by Robert Hall (Bolton Wanderers).

80:45

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

80:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Rodríguez replaces Jesse Lingard because of an injury.

79:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns replaces David Wheater.

79:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:46

Delay in match Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

76:41

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:41

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers).

75:45

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

75:45

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. André Moritz replaces Lee Chung-Yong.

70:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces William Buckley.

66:41

Hand ball by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

64:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

63:49

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rohan Ince.

63:23

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:06

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

62:06

Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:06

Attempt saved. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

59:34

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

59:30

Attempt blocked. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

59:24

Attempt blocked. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

59:24

Attempt blocked. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

58:38

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

58:38

Robert Hall (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:46

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

57:46

Alan Hutton (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:02

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

57:02

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:07

Attempt missed. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

55:23

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

55:22

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Baptiste with a cross.

53:03

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

53:00

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

51:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Robert Hall replaces Liam Trotter.

50:52

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

50:52

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

50:00

Attempt missed. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

48:39

Attempt missed. Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tim Ream.

47:11

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

47:11

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

45:00

Second Half begins Bolton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

44:21

Attempt missed. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Baptiste.

39:50

Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

36:36

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

36:34

Attempt blocked. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

35:32

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

35:32

Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:53

Attempt saved. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

30:55

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

30:50

Attempt saved. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong with a cross.

30:22

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

29:58

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Dale Stephens.

27:37

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:37

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

26:55

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

26:37

Attempt saved. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

25:08

Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:08

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

23:29

Attempt blocked. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Baptiste.

18:19

Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a corner.

17:51

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

17:50

Attempt saved. Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

15:26

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by William Buckley with a cross.

14:18

Foul by Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers).

14:18

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner.

12:37

Attempt saved. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

12:34

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

11:09

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

8:56

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

8:55

Attempt blocked. Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

8:18

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

5:58

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Liam Trotter.

4:39

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

4:39

Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:21

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

3:21

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:47

Attempt blocked. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a cross.

2:17

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Adam Bogdan.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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