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06 October 2018 Venue University of Bolton Stadium Attendance

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 0 Rovers 1

First half Bradley Dack goal enough for Rovers to secure a narrow win at the University of Bolton Stadiu

6 October 2018

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A first half Bradley Dack goal was enough for Rovers to record a narrow and ugly win against Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton

A first half Bradley Dack goal was enough for Rovers to record a narrow and ugly win against Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton

Dack bagged his eighth goal of the season midway through the half to win the game for Rovers in what was a gritty game against the Trotters.

Rovers clung on, despite the home side having the better second half in a game that saw few chances for either side.

But we'll head into the East Lancashire with another three points and a clean sheet on the road.

Tony Mowbray made four changes to the lineup, with Charlie Mulgrew, Jack Rodwell, Joe Rothwell and Kasey Palmer all coming in and replacing Amari’i Bell, Corry Evans, Richie Smallwood and Adam Armstrong.

Ex-Rovers captain Jason Lowe started against his old club for the hosts, playing in a five-man midfield unit.

Rovers had plenty of the play in the opening stages, but it was Bolton who went closest when Josh Magennis slammed a free kick over the upright via a deflection and then Joe Williams volleyed wide soon after.

But with Rovers’ first real chance of the game came the first goal. After Remi Matthews had denied Harrison Reed, the ball fell to Joe Rothwell who saw his shot cleared into the path of Dack, who slammed into the bottom corner from close range.

Phil Parkinson’s side searched for a response and after turning a curled Will Buckley shot behind, Spanish stopper was on hand to react sharply to turn over a Magennis header from the resulting corner kick.

Bolton kept putting the pressure on but Rovers were holding firm, with Danny Graham thankful for Mulgrew being in the right place at the right time to hook off the line after his attempted clearance found Magennis, whose header looped over Raya but not the skipper.

And that was to be that in a half of few chances for both teams, with Dack - as he so oftern does - doing the damage to give Rovers a narrow but probably deserved lead.

A change in system saw Mowbray opt for three at the back, with Harrison Reed and Elliott Bennett filling in in the wing back positions.

Things didn't seem to be clicking with Rovers, and although Wanderers weren't peppering Raya's goal, they had most of the ball.

Ex-Wanderer Armstrong entered the action with 20 minutes remaining and he went close to getting a second for his current club soon after when he stung Matthews' palms from an acute angle.

Time was running out for the hosts, and with seven minutes to go David Wheater headed wide before Parkinson's charges thought they were awarded a penalty when Williams hauled down substitute Christian Doidge.

But the flag was up for offside and Rovers lived to fight another day with only three minutes remaining.

And that was to be that as Rovers held on to what they had and earn themselves what can best be described as an ugly win.
Rovers: Raya, Bennett, Lenihan, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Rodwell (Smallwood, 59), Reed, Rothwell (Evans, 59), Dack, Palmer (Armstrong, 70), Graham.

Substitutes: Leutwiler, Bell, Brereton, Conway.

Goal: Dack, 21.

Booked: Williams, 45, Reed, 66, Raya, 86.

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Lowe, Oztumer, Buckley (Wildschut, 46), Noone (Dyer, 67), Hobbs, Olkowski, Williams, Magennis, Grounds (Doidge, 78), Wheater (c).

Substitutes: Williams, Vela, Wilson, O'Neil.

Booked: Magennis, 49, Lowe, 81, Williams, 89.

Attendance: 15,461 (2,482 away)

 

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