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Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Millwall

Millwall's Ben Marshall
Ben Marshall scored the second goal of the game as Millwall took their unbeaten run in the Championship to 16 games

Millwall moved into the play-off places and extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches with victory at struggling Bolton Wanderers.

Tom Elliott's first goal since January opened the scoring for the visitors in the first half, after a cagey start at the Macron Stadium.

Ben Marshall wrapped up the points in the second period, finishing smartly after a 70-yard run from Mahlon Romeo.

The defeat leaves Bolton one point above the Championship relegation zone.

Elliott opened the scoring after 34 minutes, heading in after meeting a well-directed Marshall cross at the back post.

The Lions doubled their lead after Romeo dribbled the ball from deep within his own half, before squaring for Marshall, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Middlesbrough's defeat at Sheffield United saw Neil Harris' side climb into the top six for the first time this season, a remarkable rise for a team who were 15th when they were last beaten on New Year's Day.

It consigned Bolton to their fourth consecutive defeat, before a huge game at relegation rivals Barnsley on Saturday.

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"In the first half we had some good opportunities to get a goal and we created more in that first half than we've done for a while.

"You need to get that goal to take the pressure of you defensively. There were chances at both ends, in fairness.

"In the second half during the first 10 minutes, they were physically sharper than us and more aggressive in challenges all over the pitch. The second goal really killed us."

Millwall boss Neil Harris told BBC Radio London:

"I was a little bit disappointed at half-time, but second half we were outstanding. The game management, energy in the legs - it was summed up in the second goal.

"None of my players are going to let me down through effort, motivation and desire. It was a truly professional away performance.

"The football club should be proud of where we are. At the start of the season, nobody expected us to be near the play-offs, including me, and now we can just enjoy it.

"We are in the play-offs because over 42 games we have been one of the best teams in the division, and we have to remember that."

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Alnwick
  • 14Flanagan
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 3Taylor
  • 17DerikSubstituted forCloughat 61'minutes
  • 24Henry
  • 12NooneSubstituted forMoraisat 61'minutes
  • 21PratleySubstituted forVelaat 76'minutes
  • 10Ameobi
  • 9Le Fondre

Substitutes

  • 6Vela
  • 11Buckley
  • 15Robinson
  • 22Morais
  • 32Burke
  • 33Howard
  • 40Clough

Millwall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Archer
  • 12Romeo
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 35Cooper
  • 3Meredith
  • 14J Wallace
  • 23Saville
  • 6Williams
  • 44MarshallSubstituted forOnyedinmaat 90'minutes
  • 9GregorySubstituted forCahillat 86'minutes
  • 19ElliottSubstituted forMorisonat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cahill
  • 10Onyedinma
  • 16Martin
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 20Morison
  • 22O'Brien
  • 24Shackell
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
13,810

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Millwall 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Millwall 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by George Saville (Millwall).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

  6. Post update

    Jon Flanagan (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Fred Onyedinma (Millwall).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers).

  9. Post update

    George Saville (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Fred Onyedinma replaces Ben Marshall.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by George Saville (Millwall).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Tim Cahill replaces Lee Gregory.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jon Flanagan.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves41278674363889
2Fulham422312772413181
3Cardiff41248962352780
4Aston Villa4222101066402676
5Derby401814860382268
6Millwall4218141054391568
7Middlesbrough421991459411866
8Bristol City4217141159481165
9Sheff Utd42198155749865
10Brentford4217131258471164
11Preston421615115244863
12Ipswich42168185052-256
13Norwich421414144652-656
14Leeds42159185460-654
15QPR421411175363-1053
16Hull421114176461347
17Sheff Wed421114175059-947
18Nottm Forest41137214359-1646
19Reading421012204661-1542
20Birmingham42117243261-2940
21Bolton42912213464-3039
22Barnsley41813204261-1937
23Sunderland42615214574-2933
24Burton42711243077-4732
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