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Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Milton Keynes Dons: Trotters still "in the mire" despite moving to positive points

Daryl Murphy celebrates
Daryl Murphy has scored in all three of Bolton's League One wins this season

Bolton are still "in the mire" despite moving into positive points for the first time this season with a stoppage time win over MK Dons, says boss Keith Hill.

Daryl Murphy made amends for his 90th-minute penalty miss by scoring three minutes later, in stoppage time, to secure Bolton victory against the 10-man visitors.

Murphy's spot-kick was saved by goalkeeper Lee Nicholls after substitute Baily Cargill had handled in the area.

But in the third minute of stoppage time, the striker turned in Luke Murphy's cross from eight yards to earn a third straight League One win for Hill's side, who started the campaign on -12 points after going into administration in May.

"All I can do is support this group of players who have done everything to get to positive points," former Rochdale manager Hill told BBC Radio Manchester.

"The feeling in the changing room is amazing and it's a scoreboard victory today, not a performance victory."

Following the victory, Bolton are 12 points from a position of safety, with three games in hand on the four teams immediately above them - including MK Dons, who remain in the relegation zone on goal difference.

MK Dons, beaten for a fourth successive league game, played for 24 minutes with 10 men after defender George Williams' red card for pushing lively substitute Thibaud Verlinden in the face.

However, Nicholls, who earlier saved a hat-trick of shots from Luke Murphy, looked set to be the Dons hero until the even later drama.

"We're still trying to climb a mountain, and by the way it's a massive mountain," Hill said.

"People seem to have forgotten that - maybe I've created too much of an expectation that we should beat every team in League One now.

"Right here right now we are in the mire, still don't forget that - we are in the mire.

"We're not going to win every game - if we do I think I might be Manchester City's next manager, but that's highly unlikely because I know the football land that I'm operating in."

Dons, seeking a first league win since 14 September, saw former Bolton striker Joe Mason, on his full debut for Russell Martin's team, have an 18th-minute shot pushed against the post by goalkeeper Remi Matthews.

Joe Walsh also skied a late chance to break the deadlock before the late drama consigned them to another defeat.

Match details supplied by PA Media.



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 20Matthews
  • 2EmmanuelBooked at 83mins
  • 6Wright
  • 32Earl
  • 12Chicksen
  • 28Bridcutt
  • 23DodooSubstituted forVerlindenat 56'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 4Lowe
  • 8Murphy
  • 10O'GradySubstituted forPoliticat 78'minutes
  • 9Murphy


  • 17Verlinden
  • 22Politic
  • 27Darcy
  • 30Zouma
  • 34Senior
  • 35Graham
  • 43Alexander

MK Dons

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Nicholls
  • 2WilliamsBooked at 66mins
  • 4Walsh
  • 15Moore-TaylorSubstituted forCargillat 38'minutes
  • 3Lewington
  • 18McGrandles
  • 8Gilbey
  • 25Brittain
  • 20MasonSubstituted forDickensonat 82'minutes
  • 7ReevesSubstituted forBoatengat 71'minutes
  • 9BoweryBooked at 90mins


  • 6Cargill
  • 11Dickenson
  • 22Moore
  • 26Boateng
  • 29Kasumu
  • 37Asonganyi
  • 40Sorinola
Andy Madley

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamMK Dons
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, MK Dons 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, MK Dons 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Baily Cargill (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Conor McGrandles following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Thibaud Verlinden (Bolton Wanderers).

  5. Post update

    Callum Brittain (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hiram Boateng (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Callum Brittain.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, MK Dons 0. Daryl Murphy (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

  8. Booking

    Jordan Bowery (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joshua Emmanuel (Bolton Wanderers).

  10. Post update

    Brennan Dickenson (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Baily Cargill.

  12. Post update

    Penalty saved! Daryl Murphy (Bolton Wanderers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Baily Cargill (MK Dons) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers).

  15. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Dennis Politic.

  16. Booking

    Joshua Emmanuel (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Joshua Emmanuel (Bolton Wanderers).

  18. Post update

    Hiram Boateng (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Brennan Dickenson replaces Joe Mason.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Conor McGrandles.

As It Stood

7Oxford Utd1675433191426
10Bristol Rovers167451919025
17Lincoln City175391822-418
21MK Dons1741121326-1313
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