Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Birmingham City

  • October 20, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Paul Robinson came back to haunt his former club, as he scored his second goal in as many games to give Birmingham City a 1-0 victory at Bolton.

Robinson, who made 87 appearances for Wanderers between 2010 and 2012, scored his first league goal since November 2007 in the Blues' weekend win over Queens Park Rangers, and his solitary goal at Macron Stadium provided him with strikes in back-to-back games for the first time since November 2001, surpring punters on Bet365.

Despite tasting defeat, the home side did have chances of their own on Tuesday night, with Gary Madine and Darren Pratley both seeing efforts cleared off the line in the second half.

Neil Lennon made two changes to the side that started at Burnley on Saturday, with Emile Heskey and Mark Davies taking the places of Neil Danns and the injured Jay Spearing. Kaiyne Woolery was also included on the teamsheet, as he took up a place amonst the substitutes.

Wanderers started well against Gary Rowett's side, with Liam Feeney firing a shot into the side-netting inside the opening 10 minutes, before Wellington Silva brought a low stop out of Tomasz Kuszczak after cutting in from the left-hand side.

Pratley fired over the top as the game approached 20 minutes, but it was Birmingham who were to break the deadlock as a result of their first attempt on goal.

Demarai Gray's inswinging free-kick from the Blues left caused panic in the Bolton defence, allowing Robinson to run unopposed and prod home at the far post against his former employers.

Ben Amos was called upon to make a number of routine saves in the moments that followed, while Kuszczak was required at the other end to awkwardly parry away a stinging volley from Feeney.

The former Manchester United goalkeeper was alert to keep out a header from Heskey as the half entered the final 10 minutes, before controversy struck as Silva went to ground inside the Blues box and was shown a yellow card for simulation, in an incident which caused the on-loan Arsenal midfielder to leave the field of play with an injury - with Max Clayton coming on to replace him.

Four minutes of time was added for stoppages, during which David Wheater flashed a shot from 30 yards over the bar, as the visitors took their one-goal lead into the interval.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began with Wheater having to be at his best at the other end to deny Andrew Shinnie a clear run on goal.

Heskey rose to get on the end of a Jose Manuel Casado cross from Bolton's next attack, only to see his header deflect behind for a corner, from which Wanderers twice came close to drawing level. First, Madine's goalbound strike was cleared off the line by Paul Caddis, before a follow-up from Pratley was hoofed to safety by the same man.

Shinnie and Clayton Donaldson were next to be denied by Amos, as he produced a remarkable double save to prevent the visitors from extending their advantage, before Bolton were forced into a substitution as Danns came on for Pratley, who had been issued with a final warning by match referee Geoff Eltringham after already being booked for needlessly kicking the ball away in the opening 45 minutes.

Feeney had another strike deflected behind as the clock ticked into the final quarter-hour, but that was as close as either side came in the latter stages - with Robinson shooting over the bar for City as he went in search of a brace.

Bolton had half-hearted appeals for a penalty turned down in stoppage time, as Madine went to ground under pressure from Robinson, who proved to be the match-winner on his return to Macron Stadium as he helped move Rowett's side up to 2nd in the Championship.

Lennon's men, however, remain at the foot of the table, having won just one of their opening 12 league games. They return to action on Saturday, for a match in which you can use this William Hill code for their clash with Leeds United.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Osede, Dervite, Wheater, Casado, Feeney, Davies, Pratley (Danns 68), Silva (Clayton 43), Madine, Heskey (Woolery 76)
Subs Not Used: Gouano, Vela, Rachubka, Dobbie
Booked: Dervite, Pratley, Silva, Casado

Birmingham City: Kuszczak, Caddis, Morrison, Robinson, Grounds, Gleeson, Kieftenbeld, Maghoma (Solomon-Otabor 85), Shinnie (Spector 73), Gray (Toral 88), Donaldson
Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Brown, Lowry, Brock-Madsen
Booked: Grounds, Caddis, Robinson
Goals: Robinson 20

Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Attendance: 13,703

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
15 Shrewsbury Town 26 30
16 Cambridge United 25 30
17 Bolton Wanderers 25 29
18 Lincoln City 25 28
19 Fleetwood Town 25 28
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