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Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Burton Albion

Lloyd Dyer
Lloyd Dyer became Burton's leading scorer in the league with his third goal of the season

Lloyd Dyer's goal lifted Burton off the bottom of the table and dragged Bolton back into the relegation zone.

The Brewers went ahead when a headed clearance fell to Dyer whose 25-yard volley sneaked into the bottom corner.

Bolton almost levelled when David Wheater's header bounced down off the crossbar and goalkeeper Stephen Bywater blocked Darren Pratley's follow-up.

The visitors held out against second-half pressure to claim only their second win in 14 matches.

Goals looked on the cards in the first-ever league meeting between the sides, who shared the Championship's worst defensive records at kick-off, having leaked 80 goals between them this season.

Burton had found the net just three times in 10 previous attempts away from home but, despite allowing Bolton most of the possession, the visitors had the greater share of the first-half chances with Dyer forcing Jak Alnwick into a good save.

Will Buckley missed Wanderers' best effort when he volleyed straight at Albion keeper Bywater.

Burton were content to protect their lead after the break as the Trotters dominated the second half, with Sammy Ameobi flashing a shot just wide and forcing a save from 30 yards.

But Nigel Clough's side looked solid and almost added a late second, with Alnwick saving from Marvin Sordell, as they held out for only their second away win of the season.

Burton move up two places to 22nd and within a point of escaping the bottom three, while Bolton, who have followed a seven-match unbeaten run with three defeats in four, slip to 23rd, level on points with bottom side Birmingham.

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson:

"Even before they scored we had a chance through Will Buckley. We had other opportunities, too, but we didn't make the keeper work enough, or if we did hit the target the shot went straight at him.

"We just needed someone to be calm and stick the ball in the back of the net to settle everyone down again. After the goal it was going to be a game of few chances but we needed to take one of the ones we had.

"It is a huge disappointment because it's a game we came in expecting to win. It's three points dropped against one of our rivals so we haven't done ourselves any favours at all."

Burton assistant manager Andy Garner:

"I said before the game we didn't want to lose, but we said at half-time 'there is a chance to win a football match if you want to'.

"The importance of getting the first goal is vital. To get the lead gives you something to fight for and we held on strongly towards the end. Man-for-man we defended superbly.

"There was something in the air today that I just fancied it, and over the 90 minutes I think we deserved it."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 23DarbySubstituted forNooneat 74'minutes
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 15Robinson
  • 21PratleySubstituted forMoraisat 59'minutes
  • 24HenrySubstituted forWilbrahamat 83'minutes
  • 10Ameobi
  • 6Vela
  • 11Buckley
  • 14Madine

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 12Noone
  • 16Cullen
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 22Morais
  • 32Burke
  • 33Howard

Burton

  • 1Bywater
  • 2Brayford
  • 23Buxton
  • 6Turner
  • 12Flanagan
  • 15Naylor
  • 7Murphy
  • 10Akins
  • 18MillerSubstituted forMcFadzeanat 79'minutes
  • 11Dyer
  • 17SordellSubstituted forScannellat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Warnock
  • 4Allen
  • 5McFadzean
  • 9Scannell
  • 13Ripley
  • 19Palmer
  • 26Sbarra
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
13,632

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Burton Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Burton Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Luke Murphy.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

  10. Post update

    Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Burton Albion. Tom Naylor tries a through ball, but Lloyd Dyer is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Foul by William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

    Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by William Buckley following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Turner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Filipe Morais (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jake Buxton (Burton Albion).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Sean Scannell replaces Marvin Sordell.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

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4Derby22125535211441
5Aston Villa2210752920937
6Sheff Utd2212193427737
7Leeds2211383426836
8Ipswich2211293732535
9Preston229852622435
10Middlesbrough229582822632
11Nottm Forest22100123237-530
12Fulham227872728-129
13Brentford2261063330328
14Reading227692828027
15Sheff Wed226972627-127
16Norwich227692128-727
17Millwall226882422226
18QPR226792533-825
19Hull2257103740-322
20Barnsley2256112434-1021
21Sunderland2239102738-1118
22Burton2245131440-2617
23Bolton2237122141-2016
24Birmingham2244141132-2116
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