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Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Preston North End: Lilywhites extend unbeaten run

Preston go 1-0 ahead at Bolton
Alan Browne (second from right) broke the deadlock to put Preston 1-0 ahead in the first half

Preston stretched their unbeaten run to five Championship games and extended struggling Bolton's wait for a win in the process.

Alan Browne put Preston ahead as he found the back of the net with a low shot in the closing stages of the first half after combining with Tom Barkhuizen.

Barkhuizen doubled the visitors' lead in the second half when he raced on to Sean Maguire's through ball before slotting past Remi Matthews.

Clayton Donaldson swept in a 90th-minute consolation for Bolton after Callum Connolly headed back across goal before Josh Magennis was denied a stoppage time leveller soon after by Declan Rudd's save.

Bolton's last league victory was against Rotherham on 26 December.

Preston's margin of victory could have been more emphatic had Matthews not tipped a Brad Potts second-half shot on to his crossbar or raced off his line in time to block Lukas Nmecha when through on goal.

Marc Wilson also had to make a last-ditch clearance on his own goal line from Browne with the score at 0-0.

Bolton are now without a win in their past seven Championship games and have lost five of their past six. They stay second-from-bottom, four points adrift of safety while Preston climb four places to 14th.

Bolton Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson:

"We have got to find a way of playing and stick to it. We didn't get any control like we have in recent games.

"Before their second goal we were having a good period in the game but a basic mistake cost us again.

"We can't afford to give cheap goals away. We are up against decent sides and we have got to give ourselves a chance."

Preston North End manager Alex Neil:

"If we are being fair to ourselves it probably should have been four - and that's being reasonable.

"We created six or seven golden opportunities. But I was here when Bolton played Reading.

"Reading were winning 1-0 and were quite comfortable in the game but Bolton rallied to get a goal at the end.

"That's why I had some frustrations because I knew when you get those opportunities you need to take them. If you do you can kill the game and kill the momentum."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 20Matthews
  • 4Lowe
  • 18Wilson
  • 31Wheater
  • 29GroundsSubstituted forDonaldsonat 62'minutes
  • 12NooneSubstituted forPritchardat 77'minutes
  • 19O'Neil
  • 17Connolly
  • 48ConnellSubstituted forVelaat 23'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 10Ameobi
  • 28MagennisBooked at 60mins

Substitutes

  • 1Alnwick
  • 6Vela
  • 8Donaldson
  • 11Buckley
  • 16Olkowski
  • 22Dyer
  • 34Pritchard

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2Fisher
  • 14Storey
  • 6Davies
  • 16Hughes
  • 4PearsonSubstituted forLedsonat 87'minutes
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 8BrowneSubstituted forJohnsonat 90'minutes
  • 44Potts
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forNmechaat 77'minutes
  • 24Maguire

Substitutes

  • 3Earl
  • 5Clarke
  • 11Johnson
  • 13Crowe
  • 18Ledson
  • 20Stockley
  • 45Nmecha
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
17,381

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home7
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home13
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Preston North End 2.

Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Wilson (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Preston North End 2. Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Callum Connolly with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson replaces Alan Browne.

Foul by Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End).

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

Attempt blocked. Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary O'Neil.

Attempt saved. Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean Maguire.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Brad Potts.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Ryan Ledson replaces Ben Pearson because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ben Pearson (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Booking

Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

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

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 0, Preston North End 2. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean Maguire with a through ball.

Foul by Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End).

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Josh Vela.

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Brad Potts with a headed pass.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Wheater.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Lukas Nmecha replaces Paul Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Joe Pritchard replaces Craig Noone.

Hand ball by Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Brad Potts (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan Browne.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Josh Magennis tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Clayton Donaldson replaces Jonathan Grounds.

Booking

Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds.

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Pearson.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

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