Match ends, Southend United 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.
A calamitous mistake from Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley handed Bolton a 1-0 League Two win at Roots Hall.
A poor game seemed set to end without a goal until Oxley somehow spilled a high ball in the six-yard box, enabling substitute Shaun Miller to fire home from close range just eight minutes from time.
Bolton, who have now recorded three successive wins, were on top for most of the first half with Eoin Doyle seeing a low effort cleared off the line by Elvis Bwomono and Marcus Maddison firing inches over from long range.
The second half was short of chances but Bolton managed to secure all three points late on when Oxley failed to collect a looping ball and Miller made the most of the opportunity by firing home from close range.
The victory pushed Bolton up to 10th in the table while Southend remain in 22nd, just one point and one place above the relegation zone.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 2BwomonoBooked at 83mins
- 12CliffordSubstituted forHartat 78'minutes
- 24DemetriouSubstituted forTaylorat 85'minutes
- 17Hackett-FairchildSubstituted forHolmesat 67'minutes
- 44FergusonBooked at 32minsSubstituted forAcquahat 78'minutes
- 5Almeida Santos
- 28JohnBooked at 85mins
- 4WilliamsBooked at 75mins
- 14MaddisonSubstituted forIsgroveat 63'minutes
- 7DelfounesoSubstituted forGnahouaat 63'minutes
- 30AfolayanSubstituted forSarcevicat 63'minutes
- 9DoyleSubstituted forMillerat 75'minutes
- Declan Bourne
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southend United 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.
Attempt missed. Shaun Hobson (Southend United) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ricky Holmes with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Declan John.
MJ Williams (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Hart (Southend United).
Foul by Kieran Lee (Bolton Wanderers).
Ricky Holmes (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Declan John tries a through ball, but Shaun Miller is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Emile Acquah (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by John White with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
Substitution, Southend United. Kyle Taylor replaces Jason Demetriou.
Declan John (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Declan John (Bolton Wanderers).
Elvis Bwomono (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Elvis Bwomono (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Southend United 0, Bolton Wanderers 1. Shaun Miller (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt blocked. Antoni Sarcevic (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arthur Gnahoua.
Foul by Lloyd Isgrove (Bolton Wanderers).
Sam Hart (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.