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Bolton Wanderers 3-0 Doncaster Rovers

Neil Danns

Joe Mason scored on his debut as Bolton beat Doncaster to secure only their second home win of the season.

The 22-year-old, on loan from Cardiff City, collected Andre Moritz's pass to fire a deflected effort on 33 minutes.

Moritz crashed the second in off the post minutes later, before Matt Mills saw his header chalked off for a push as Bolton dominated the second-half.

Substitute Neil Danns added the third to seal a biggest win of the season for Dougie Freedman's side.

After going eight games unbeaten, Wanderers went into the match off the back of 1-0 defeats at Middlesbrough and at home to Huddersfield.

Despite the set-backs, they controlled the majority of the match, though almost fell behind early on when Bongani Khumalo headed against the post.

The scare roused the home side, and after Darren Pratley had a strong penalty claim turned down, Mason scored his first goal since April.

His deflected strike proved a catalyst as Bolton seized complete control when Moritz's drilled strike rattled in off the inside of the post with former Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull helpless.

Paul Dickov's side have scored just six times on the road this season and failed to muster any meaningful pressure in the second period, leaving them without a win in six away from home.

Mills saw his header from Moritz's corner ruled out for pushing, before Danns replaced the recalled Chris Eagles to fire low into the bottom corner and move Bolton up to 15th.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"It's a credit to the lads and how they've stuck together. We worked as a whole team and we saw a Bolton team at their best today.

"We sent the fans home happy today as well and the fans and the players stuck together well and everything came off right for us in the end.

"I think the big challenge for me is getting some consistency. Once we start to do that then we'll move up this league quickly."

Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov:

"When we hit the post, it was a defining moment in the game and if that had gone in then it could have been different.

"But I certainly don't feel that we should have won the game. Even at that point when we hit the post, Bolton were by far the better of the two teams.

"I felt that we just looked a little leggy today having played a lot of games in quick succession.

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-5-1

  • 24Lonergan
  • 17McNaughton
  • 15Baptiste
  • 6Spearing
  • 4Mills
  • 5Ream
  • 27Lee
  • 21PratleyBooked at 71minsSubstituted forKamaraat 84'minutes
  • 26Mason
  • 14MoritzSubstituted forHallat 86'minutes
  • 7EaglesSubstituted forDannsat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ngog
  • 10Beckford
  • 11Hall
  • 12Knight
  • 18Danns
  • 37Lee-Barrett
  • 44Kamara

Doncaster

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Turnbull
  • 2Quinn
  • 31Stevens
  • 19Wellens
  • 14Khumalo
  • 12McCullough
  • 7DuffySubstituted forBrownat 45'minutes
  • 4Furman
  • 10MachedaSubstituted forPaynterat 70'minutes
  • 22Robinson
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forCoppingerat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Paynter
  • 9Brown
  • 13Maxted
  • 15Wakefield
  • 17Woods
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 26Coppinger
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
15,471

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home19
Away3
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 3, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dean Furman.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Bolton Wanderers 3, Doncaster Rovers 0. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Billy Paynter (Doncaster Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Robert Hall (Bolton Wanderers).

  10. Post update

    Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Billy Paynter (Doncaster Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Robert Hall (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Robert Hall replaces André Moritz.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

  16. Post update

    Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Medo replaces Darren Pratley.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Darren Pratley.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley19116230131739
2QPR19116222101239
3Leicester19122531211038
4Derby19104540261434
5Nottm Forest198742922731
6Reading198742822631
7Blackpool198742321231
8Leeds199372923630
9Ipswich198563024629
10Brighton197752418628
11Huddersfield197572523226
12Watford196763027325
13Blackburn196672222024
14Wigan186481920-122
15Bolton195772023-322
16Bournemouth196492436-1222
17Millwall195682337-1421
18Middlesbrough194873030020
19Birmingham195592426-220
20Doncaster195591731-1420
21Charlton194691623-718
22Yeovil1944111626-1016
23Sheff Wed182882029-914
24Barnsley1935111837-1914
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