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Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Millwall

Bolton's Jermaine Beckford

First-half goals from Rob Hall and Jermaine Beckford helped Bolton record their first home win of the season against Millwall.

Hall scored the first when he slotted in following a good move, before Jermaine Easter fired in the equaliser from Shane Lowry's pass.

Beckford then chipped David Forde to put Bolton back in front two minutes before the break.

Andre Moritz scored a late third when he smashed home from inside the area.

Despite David Ngog scoring in last week's win at Bournemouth, Bolton manager Dougie Freedman opted to start Hall in place of the ex-Liverpool striker in the only change to his starting line-up.

Liam Feeney, who recently returned to Millwall after a loan spell at Bolton, featured on manager Steve Lomas's bench, with Justin Hoyte making his debut after signing on loan from Middlesbrough.

Hall looked dangerous from the off and forced a smart save from Forde after a dazzling run into the box in the fourth minute. Just a minute later, the Wanderers winger then broke the deadlock.

Neil Danns played the ball into Beckford, who produced a delightful flick to Chung-Yong Lee. The South Korea international then found Hall, who stroked the ball past Forde into the bottom right corner to complete a well-worked team goal.

Hall then taunted the travelling Lions fans - and that was not the only thing the visitors were aggrieved about.

At the time of the goal, Nicky Bailey was taken off the pitch after a head injury and was not allowed back on until after the ball was in the back of the net.

Steve Lomas

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Post-match: Millwall boss Lomas

Millwall levelled in the 28th minute as Lowry slid a ball into Easter's feet in the penalty area. Easter then calmly controlled the ball and slotted past Andy Lonergan for the equaliser.

The Bolton fans in the Reebok thought their team had regained the lead moments later. Beckford hit a ball on the bounce which looked to have gone in but just hit the side-netting.

But the Jamaica international was consistently given the space to run in behind by the Millwall defenders. Two minutes before half-time, he punished them.

Tim Ream produced a sublime defence-splitting pass to Beckford, who chipped over Forde to put them back in front.

Beckford and Hall were replaced in the second half, but Bolton continued to be a threat on the counter and Moritz's late goal epitomised that as the Brazilian midfielder stepped over past the backtracking Lions defenders and rocketed the ball past Forde to complete the victory.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman said:

"It's not a relief but I felt that a win was crucial today. It's important to get that first home win but I think that the majority of performances at home have been good recently.

"We've put behind us some bad form at the start of the season which we didn't shy away from because we knew there were areas where we could improve.

"I feel if we can keep our feet on the ground we will start to really pick up points and move up the division."

Millwall manager Steve Lomas said:

"We showed resilience to get back in the game but we shot ourselves in the foot conceding that goal just before half-time.

"We're not far away but we need to tighten up at the back or you're not going to pick up results in games like this."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 17McNaughton
  • 15Baptiste
  • 6Spearing
  • 4Mills
  • 5Ream
  • 11HallSubstituted forMoritzat 60'minutes
  • 44KamaraBooked at 41mins
  • 10BeckfordSubstituted forDaviesat 83'minutes
  • 18Danns
  • 27Lee Chung-yongSubstituted forKnightat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Eagles
  • 9Ngog
  • 12Knight
  • 14Moritz
  • 28Davies
  • 37Lee-Barrett
  • 41Threlkeld

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 25Hoyte
  • 12Lowry
  • 26AbdouSubstituted forMorisonat 75'minutes
  • 5Robinson
  • 3Shittu
  • 10Bailey
  • 6Trotter
  • 8EasterSubstituted forFeeneyat 59'minutes
  • 29Waghorn
  • 11WoolfordSubstituted forL Martinat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 9Morison
  • 13L Martin
  • 16Beevers
  • 18Chaplow
  • 21Smith
  • 43Bywater
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
14,830

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Millwall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Millwall 1.

Paul Robinson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Lee Martin (Millwall).

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Robinson (Millwall).

Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 3, Millwall 1. André Moritz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

Attempt blocked. Martyn Waghorn (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Zat Knight tries a through ball, but Neil Danns is caught offside.

Offside, Millwall. Liam Trotter tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Davies replaces Jermaine Beckford.

Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Paul Robinson (Millwall) because of an injury.

Paul Robinson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Lee Martin replaces Martyn Woolford.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Zat Knight replaces Lee Chung-Yong.

Attempt missed. Nicky Bailey (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Danny Shittu with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Matthew Mills.

Paul Robinson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Steve Morison replaces Nadjim Abdou.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Millwall) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Shane Lowry following a set piece situation.

Nicky Bailey (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Millwall. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

Offside, Millwall. Nicky Bailey tries a through ball, but Liam Feeney is caught offside.

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

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

Foul by Martyn Woolford (Millwall).

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers).

Liam Feeney (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1510411734
2Leicester151023932
3QPR15951932
4Blackpool15762527
5Nottm Forest15753726
6Reading15663524
7Watford15654723
8Leeds15726423
9Derby15645622
10Brighton15564421
11Ipswich15555320
12Wigan13544419
13Blackburn15546119
14Bournemouth15537-918
15Huddersfield15456017
16Middlesbrough15375116
17Bolton15375-516
18Birmingham15429-514
19Charlton14356-614
20Millwall15357-1314
21Doncaster14347-1113
22Sheff Wed14185-611
23Barnsley15258-1511
24Yeovil14239-129
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