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Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Barrow

Substitute Shaun Miller scored the winner for a second successive weekend to give in-form Bolton a dramatic late win over relegation-threatened Barrow.

Miller, an 81st-minute replacement for top scorer Eoin Doyle, rifled in a right-footed shot as Wanderers secured a fifth successive victory to move them into the League Two play-off places for the first time this season.

The goal came just minutes after manager Ian Evatt's former club had a strong penalty claim waved away by referee Alan Young.

But caretaker boss Rob Kelly looked destined to mastermind another point for the visitors following a midweek win at Oldham.

They frustrated Bolton for long periods as the home side struggled to break down some resolute defending.

Antoni Sarcevic scored a stoppage-time goal to earn Wanderers a 3-3 draw when the sides met at Holker Street last October.

This time the captain's far-post shot, saved by Joel Dixon after 55 minutes, was the closest Bolton came to breaking the deadlock - until Miller's intervention.

Indeed, the visitors went closest to snatching a win themselves but for veteran keeper Matt Gilks' superb 38th-minute save against midfielder Jason Taylor's close-range attempt.

Scott Quigley, who provided the assist, fired into the side netting late on before Bolton celebrated Miller's goal.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Gilks
  • 2Jones
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 27Baptiste
  • 28John
  • 4Williams
  • 29Lee
  • 23IsgroveSubstituted forDelfounesoat 70'minutes
  • 10Sarcevic
  • 30AfolayanSubstituted forGnahouaat 70'minutes
  • 9DoyleSubstituted forMillerat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Delfouneso
  • 18Tutte
  • 20Miller
  • 24Gnahoua
  • 25Thomason
  • 31Elbouzedi
  • 32Jackson

Barrow

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1DixonBooked at 65mins
  • 29Eardley
  • 14Jones
  • 31Thomas
  • 3BroughBooked at 43mins
  • 27Barry
  • 42BanksSubstituted forDevittat 78'minutes
  • 4Taylor
  • 24NtlheSubstituted forKayat 72'minutes
  • 33James
  • 9Quigley

Substitutes

  • 11Kay
  • 12Lillis
  • 25Goodridge
  • 26Sea
  • 30Bramall
  • 36Devitt
Referee:
Robert Madley

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamBarrow
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home14
Away2
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Barrow 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Barrow 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Barrow 0. Shaun Miller (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Arthur Gnahoua.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Declan John tries a through ball, but Antoni Sarcevic is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Ricardo Santos (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Scott Quigley (Barrow).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Lee (Bolton Wanderers).

  8. Post update

    Bradley Barry (Barrow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Arthur Gnahoua (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jason Taylor (Barrow).

  11. Post update

    Foul by MJ Williams (Bolton Wanderers).

  12. Post update

    Bradley Barry (Barrow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Patrick Brough.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Shaun Miller (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Shaun Miller replaces Eoin Doyle.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Barrow. Jamie Devitt replaces Oliver Banks.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Barrow. Conceded by Arthur Gnahoua.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nathan Delfouneso (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Declan John.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Gethin Jones tries a through ball, but Arthur Gnahoua is caught offside.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Barrow. Josh Kay replaces Kgosi Ntlhe.

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1Cambridge32167948291955
2Forest Green30159643291454
3Cheltenham30158740261453
4Tranmere3015694337651
5Morecambe31147104142-149
6Newport3013983831748
7Bolton31138103940-147
8Exeter291210751371446
9Salford301210839251446
10Carlisle27134103830843
11Bradford29127103432243
12Harrogate31126133537-242
13Crawley29118104037341
14Leyton Orient30116133634239
15Oldham30115144954-538
16Mansfield3081393840-237
17Walsall3081393640-437
18Stevenage32714112431-735
19Scunthorpe29112163139-835
20Port Vale3197154145-434
21Colchester30712113142-1133
22Southend3177172146-2528
23Barrow2968153340-726
24Grimsby2966172248-2624
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