League One
Bolton2Fleetwood1

Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Fleetwood Town

Strikers Chris O'Grady and Daryl Murphy scored first-half goals as bottom side Bolton beat League One high-flyers Fleetwood at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Wanderers' third successive win was their first home league success since a 2-1 Championship win over Millwall on March 9.

Joey Barton's visitors might have taken a first minute lead but Wes Burns steered wide from close range after a Ched Evans cross.

Bolton, who began the afternoon with only five league goals to their credit, made it six after O'Grady punished sloppy defending with a fortuitous right foot shot after 28 minutes.

Wanderers' second goal four minutes later was far more pleasing on the eye.

Murphy collected Joe Dodoo's through ball and rounded keeper Alex Cairns before gliding home a right foot effort from a tight angle.

Town top scorer Paddy Madden headed over just before the break and was one of three players substituted on the hour as Barton went for broke.

Bolton replacement Dennis Politic put one match clincher wide and Cairns saved from O'Grady.

Sub Josh Morris gave Fleetwood late hope with a 20-yard left-foot drive after 86 minutes but Bolton held on though they remain 15 points from safety.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 20Matthews
  • 2Emmanuel
  • 30Zouma
  • 6WrightBooked at 4mins
  • 12Chicksen
  • 23Dodoo
  • 8MurphyBooked at 11mins
  • 4Lowe
  • 17VerlindenSubstituted forPoliticat 55'minutesSubstituted forGrahamat 89'minutes
  • 10O'Grady
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 14Weir
  • 22Politic
  • 24Hall
  • 31Boon
  • 34Senior
  • 35Graham
  • 43Alexander

Fleetwood

  • 1Cairns
  • 2CoyleBooked at 30mins
  • 6Souttar
  • 12Dunne
  • 3Andrew
  • 15Coutts
  • 16RossiterSubstituted forMcAlenyat 60'minutes
  • 8DempseyBooked at 26mins
  • 7BurnsSubstituted forHunterat 60'minutes
  • 9Evans
  • 17MaddenBooked at 49minsSubstituted forMorrisat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Clarke
  • 10McAleny
  • 11Morris
  • 22Hunter
  • 27Biggins
  • 31Crellin
  • 40Mooney
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
12,756

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Fleetwood Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Fleetwood Town 1.

Attempt saved. Danny Andrew (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Souttar.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Chris O'Grady.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Jake Wright.

Foul by Danny Andrew (Fleetwood Town).

Joseph Dodoo (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Paul Coutts (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Hunter.

Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Yoan Zouma (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Sonny Graham replaces Dennis Politic.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Fleetwood Town 1. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kyle Dempsey.

Foul by Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town).

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

Foul by Conor McAleny (Fleetwood Town).

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

Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Chicksen (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Jimmy Dunne.

Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Jake Wright.

Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chicksen (Bolton Wanderers).

Conor McAleny (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Chicksen (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris O'Grady following a fast break.

Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Bolton Wanderers).

Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Chicksen (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Dennis Politic.

Conor McAleny (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Josh Morris replaces Paddy Madden.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Ashley Hunter replaces Wes Burns.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Conor McAleny replaces Jordan Rossiter.

Attempt blocked. Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Dennis Politic replaces Thibaud Verlinden.

Attempt missed. Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Wes Burns.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe1696125141133
2Ipswich1493224101430
3Peterborough1684439221728
4Oxford Utd1675433191426
5Fleetwood158252719826
6Coventry166822018226
7Sunderland157442216625
8Blackpool166732219325
9Bristol Rovers167451919025
10Rotherham1573524131124
11Doncaster146532416823
12Shrewsbury155641215-321
13Burton145541815320
14Rochdale165472027-719
15Portsmouth144641615118
16Gillingham164662020018
17Lincoln City165381821-318
18Tranmere154472028-816
19Accrington163671726-915
20Wimbledon163492026-613
21MK Dons1641111325-1213
22Southend1612131644-285
23Bolton13247729-22-2
View full League One table

Top Stories