Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Barrow 0.
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.
- 5Almeida Santos
- 23IsgroveSubstituted forDelfounesoat 70'minutes
- 30AfolayanSubstituted forGnahouaat 70'minutes
- 9DoyleSubstituted forMillerat 81'minutes
- 1DixonBooked at 65mins
- 3BroughBooked at 43mins
- 42BanksSubstituted forDevittat 78'minutes
- 24NtlheSubstituted forKayat 72'minutes
- Robert Madley
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Barrow 0.
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.
Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Declan John tries a through ball, but Antoni Sarcevic is caught offside.
Ricardo Santos (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Quigley (Barrow).
Foul by Kieran Lee (Bolton Wanderers).
Bradley Barry (Barrow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Arthur Gnahoua (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jason Taylor (Barrow).
Foul by MJ Williams (Bolton Wanderers).
Bradley Barry (Barrow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Patrick Brough.
Attempt blocked. Shaun Miller (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Shaun Miller replaces Eoin Doyle.
Substitution, Barrow. Jamie Devitt replaces Oliver Banks.
Corner, Barrow. Conceded by Arthur Gnahoua.
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.
Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Gethin Jones tries a through ball, but Arthur Gnahoua is caught offside.
Substitution, Barrow. Josh Kay replaces Kgosi Ntlhe.
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