Enrique Garcia scored a late winner as Middlesbrough came from behind to leave Bolton Wanderers still searching for a first Championship win.

Forward Craig Davies had fired the Trotters ahead from the spot after he had been fouled by defender Seb Hines.

Grant Leadbitter equalised from the penalty spot when David Wheater handled inside his own area

The game was heading for a draw when Garcia, nicknamed Kike, fired home his third goal in four games.

Bolton pay the penalty

Grant Leadbitter's penalty was Middlesbrough's first of 2014 and the first Boro have scored away from home in 21 months.

With two wins out of three, Boro are up to eighth in the early-season table.

In contrast, Dougie Freedman's Bolton are third-from-bottom with one point from a possible nine.

Boro, who gave a full debut to Adam Clayton following his move from Huddersfield, were full value for the win.

But they were fortunate when Hines escaped a red card for hauling down Davies - the former Barnsley player picking himself up to fire Bolton into a 27th-minute lead.

But the hosts gifted their opponents a way back in as Leadbitter took full advantage of Wheater's handball on the stroke of half-time.

Freedman on Bolton v Boro

Bolton had chances to retake the lead after the break with Lee Chung-yong and then Liam Feeney seeing their attempts go just wide.

And they were made to pay as Garcia struck after being put clean through.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"We then gave them a present just before half-time and then in the second half we gave it a right good go and gave it our all.

"But the brutal truth is, if you don't take your opportunities when they come your way and you don't concentrate on defending, you're not going to win games of football.

"Right now we cannot afford to give teams gifts and I think that's what we gave them to let them back in the game."

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka on goalscorer Kike:

"Kike is very important for the team but I said the same thing after our first game at home to Birmingham. Today the most important thing was the performance of the team.

"Without the work of all the lads it would have been impossible for him to score that goal.

"He's very important and the other lads know that when we work and create a chance, he's going to be there and he's going to score. We have to now keep going in the same way and keep working.

"It's the same for Kike. He's only been here one month and he has to keep working to improve every day because we know how difficult this competition is."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Bolton Wanderers

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 02 McNaughton (White - 94' )
  • 05 Ream
  • 06 Spearing
  • 04 Mills
  • 31 Wheater Booked
  • 07 Feeney Booked
  • 17 Trotter (Danns - 83' )
  • 28 Davies (Beckford - 83' )
  • 09 Mason
  • 27 Lee Chung-yong

Substitutes

  • 10 Beckford
  • 14 Dervite
  • 18 Danns
  • 21 Pratley
  • 24 Lonergan
  • 33 White
  • 44 Kamara

Middlesbrough

  • 40 Mejias Osorio
  • 02 Abella Perez
  • 03 Friend Booked
  • 07 Leadbitter
  • 22 Omeruo Booked
  • 15 Hines Booked
  • 24 Nsue Lopez (Reach - 63' )
  • 08 Clayton (Ayala - 79' )
  • 09 Garcia Martinez
  • 10 Tomlin (Whitehead - 89' )
  • 27 Adomah

Substitutes

  • 04 Ayala
  • 13 Konstantopoulos
  • 14 Williams
  • 17 Husband
  • 18 Whitehead
  • 20 Reach
  • 30 Fewster
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 13,847

Match Stats

Shots

11 19

On target

1 6

Corners

3 3

Fouls

15 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 2.

90:00 +4:31 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 2.

90:00 +3:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Hayden White replaces Kevin McNaughton.

90:00 +3:39

Offside, Middlesbrough. Grant Leadbitter tries a through ball, but Adam Reach is caught offside.

90:00 +1:32

Attempt saved. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jermaine Beckford.

90:00 +1:13

Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

90:00 +0:21

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Kevin McNaughton tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.

88:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Dean Whitehead replaces Lee Tomlin.

84:58

Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:58

Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers).

83:50

Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Wheater with a headed pass.

82:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jermaine Beckford replaces Craig Davies.

82:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns replaces Liam Trotter.

81:39

Foul by Adam Reach (Middlesbrough).

81:39

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Daniel Ayala replaces Adam Clayton.

77:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 2. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Reach.

76:10

Attempt saved. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kike.

74:16

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:16

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

73:26

Attempt saved. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kike.

71:54

Attempt missed. Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

71:41

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Adam Bogdan.

71:27

Attempt saved. Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

69:47

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Jay Spearing tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

68:40

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

68:11 Booking

Booking David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

67:47

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:47

Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

66:56

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:56

Foul by Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers).

66:18

Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

65:29

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

65:27

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

62:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Reach replaces Emilio Nsue Lopez.

61:46

Attempt missed. Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

61:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

60:52

Delay in match Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

60:45 Booking

Booking George Friend (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:05

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

60:05

Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:13

Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

57:50

Damiá (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:50

Foul by Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers).

56:33

Attempt missed. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

56:04

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Emilio Nsue Lopez.

55:34

Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough).

55:34

Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:23

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.

53:26

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

51:35 Booking

Booking Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

47:37

Damiá (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:37

Foul by Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers).

45:49

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:49

Foul by Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers).

45:00

Second Half begins Bolton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 1.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 1.

45:00 +1:53

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:53

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

45:00 +0:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 1. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

44:37

Penalty conceded by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

41:40

Kike (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:40

Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

40:21

Offside, Middlesbrough. Sebastian Hines tries a through ball, but Emilio Nsue Lopez is caught offside.

38:36

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Kevin McNaughton tries a through ball, but Liam Feeney is caught offside.

37:57

Attempt missed. Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter following a corner.

37:52

Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez.

37:36

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Liam Trotter.

36:34

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

36:34

Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:34

Damiá (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:34

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

33:52

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by George Friend with a cross.

32:49

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

32:49

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

30:24

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:24

Foul by Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers).

30:10

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez.

29:30

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:30

Foul by Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers).

28:38

Foul by Emilio Nsue Lopez (Middlesbrough).

28:38

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

27:39

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:39

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

26:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 0. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

25:31 Booking

Booking Sebastian Hines (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:05

Penalty conceded by Sebastian Hines (Middlesbrough) after a foul in the penalty area.

25:05

Penalty Bolton Wanderers. Craig Davies draws a foul in the penalty area.

23:01

Offside, Middlesbrough. Kenneth Omeruo tries a through ball, but Emilio Nsue Lopez is caught offside.

22:36

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:36

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

21:46

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by George Friend.

18:56

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

17:16

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

15:17

Attempt missed. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Liam Trotter.

14:58

Attempt blocked. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

12:07

Attempt missed. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

11:32 Booking

Booking Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

11:15

Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough).

11:15

Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:27

Attempt blocked. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez.

7:57

Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

5:20

Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Mason.

4:00

Attempt saved. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

2:14

Attempt missed. Emilio Nsue Lopez (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Kike.

1:33

Offside, Middlesbrough. Emilio Nsue Lopez tries a through ball, but Kike is caught offside.

0:38

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by George Friend with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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