Millwall 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 06, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's miserable start to the season continued as a late Darius Henderson strike condemned them to a 2-1 defeat at Millwall.

Henderson gave the Lions a first half lead at the Den when his shot squirmed through a pack of players and past Adam Bogdan in the Wanderers goal.

Chris Eagles pulled the visitors level with a free-kick five minutes after the break, but soon turned into the villain, blasting a 62nd minute penalty well over the top of the crossbar, much to the delight of the Millwall fans, who had earlier began to taunt the former Burnley man.

With the game seemingly heading for a draw, Henderson took aim at the Bolton goal in the final minute of normal time. His shot beat Bogdan and nestled in the bottom corner of his net to give Kenny Jackett's side the three points.

Wanderers struggled to get going in the opening 45 minutes in London and they should have been behind within eight minutes, but Matt Mills did superbly well to deny Chris Wood a shot on goal, after Stephen Warnock had cheaply lost possession.

From the resulting corner, former Bolton defender Danny Shittu rose highest to nod the ball into the net, but the goal was disallowed for a push on Trotters goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Millwall had the ball in the net again on 17 minutes, but there was no controversy about this one and the goal was allowed to stand.

Henderson received the ball on the edge of the Bolton box and, although he slightly scuffed his shot, the ball took a couple of deflections and beat a wrong-footed Bogdan to give the Lions the lead.

Going behind seemed to spark Wanderers into life and they had appeals for a penalty turned down midway through the half, as Kevin Davies' goalbound strike appeared to hit the hand of Millwall defender Mark Beevers. Gavin Ward, the match referee, rejected the appeals and awarded Bolton a corner.

The closing moments of the half saw Eagles and Wood go close at each end, but Millwall took their slender advantage into the break.

Bolton disappointed in the opening 45 minutes, but quickly got a foothold in the game after interval and they were level within five minutes of the restart.

Liam Trotter was adjudged to have fouled Mark Davies on the edge of the Millwall box and Eagles' resulting free-kick found its way under the defending wall and into the bottom corner of David Forde's net.

The game would then turn on the basis of two penalty decisions within a matter of minutes. First, Trotter went down inside the Bolton area under a challenge from David Ngog, before Eagles went down at the other end whilst under pressure from Jimmy Abdou.

Millwall's appeals were turned down by match referee Ward, but Wanderers, who had conceded penalties in each of their previous four games, were granted a spot-kick just after the hour.

Eagles stepped up to take the penalty, but somehow succeeded in blazing his shot high over the top of the crossbar, much to the delight of the home supporters, who had earlier been giving grief to the former Burnley midfielder.

With Bolton still rocking from that miss, Bogdan was on hand to prevent Henderson from putting Millwall back in front with a free-kick as the visitors desperately tried to hold on.

As the game entered the final five minutes, substitute Darren Pratley had the chance to win the game for the Trotters, but Alan Dunne saved his side after the Wanderers midfielder had taken the ball around Forde.

Pratley's inability to put the ball over the line came back to haunt Bolton, as they fell behind in the final minute of normal time.

Henderson had already scored once and with little pressure around him on the edge of the box, he shot across Bogdan and into the far corner to send the home crowd into raptures, signalling defeat for Bolton and possibly the end of Owen Coyle's reign as manager.

Bolton occupy 18th position in the Championship going into the international break, with 11 points from their 10 games. They return to action in a fortnight, when Bristol City are the visitors to the Reebok Stadium.

Millwall: Forde, Shittu, Dunne, Beevers, Smith, Henry (Taylor 73), Trotter, Abdou, Malone (Batt 84), Henderson, Wood (Keogh 73)
Subs Not Used: Taylor, Wright, Racon, Mkandawire
Booked: Trotter
Goals: Henderson 17,90

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Warnock, Eagles, Andrews (Pratley 79), Spearing (Chung-Yong 90), M Davies, K Davies, Ngog (Afobe 70)
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ream, Ricketts, Sordell
Booked: Andrews, Eagles, Pratley
Goals: Eagles 50

Referee: Gavin Ward
Attendance: 10,116

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