Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Rotherham United

  • February 06, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Kaiyne Woolery scored his first senior goal, helping lift Bolton move off the bottom of the Championship with a 2-1 victory over Rotherham United.

Woolery struck in the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the game, as Neil Lennon's side moved off the foot of the table for the first time since November 21 - when they were beaten 2-1 at Reading.

Jay Spearing had given Wanderers a lead inside two minutes at Macron Stadium, volleying home from the edge of the box after Mark Davies had done well to keep the ball in play, before Chris Burke pulled the Millers level shortly before the break.

Bolton were wasteful in possession and operated without a recognised centre-forward following Emile Heskey's departure to injury, but Woolery was introduced for the final nine minutes and took full advantage of the opportunity, as the Trotters move above Charlton Athletic after their defeat at home to fellow strugglers Bristol City.

Lennon made two changes to the team that started against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night, with Darren Pratley and Emile Heskey returning to the side at the expense of Liam Trotter and Woolery, both of whom had to settle for places amongst the substitutes.

Billed as a mustn't lose game beforehand, Bolton made the perfect start as they took the lead inside two minutes through Spearing's first of the season.

After failing to deal with a corner from Liam Feeney, Davies kept the ball in play at the far post and laid it off to Spearing. He took control with his left foot, before firing a volley into the top corner with his right to settle the early nerves inside the stadium.

Rotherham's first chance arrived on 13 minutes, with Burke dispossessing Dorian Dervite midway inside the Wanderers half. He granted Andrew Shinnie the ball, who ran towards goal before prodding a shot wide of the target.

Davies headed wide soon after, following neat play from Feeney and Josh Vela down the right-flank, before the hosts were denied a second after the referee's assistant raised his flag for an offside.

Heskey did well to control and turn from a Feeney cross into the box, before bringing a smart low save out of Lee Camp in the Rotherham goal. Wellington Silva pounced to slot home the rebound, only to have his celebrations cut short by the officials.

A one-two between Shinnie and Joe Newell then put the latter clean through on goal, but he was denied by an onrushing Ben Amos, who spread himself well at the feet of the midfielder, but Rotherham were level two minutes before the break.

Newell won possession 30 yards from the Bolton goal and played it out wide to Ward. His return pass looked to have missed the run of it's original target, but Burke stole in at the far post to slot home the easiest of equalisers from close range to ensure the sides went in level at half-time.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began with Rotherham on top but failing to convert possession into attacking chances. In fact, it was Bolton who had the first chance after the restart, with Dervite heading wide from a Feeney corner.

The Millers should have taken the lead on the hour, as Shinnie escaped the attention of Dervite and Rob Holding inside the box, but Amos made an outstanding save low to his left to parry the ball behind and keep the scores level.

Feeney then dragged a shot wide after running through one-on-one with Camp, only to have his blushes spared by the assistant's offside flag, before an unmarked Richard Wood guided an overhead kick straight into the arms of Amos.

Goalkeepers and defences appeared to be on top as the game entered five added minutes for stoppages, but the Rotherham defence was breached during that time.

Trotter, earlier on for the injured Heskey, put Davies clear on goal. His shot was expertly blocked by Camp, but the ball fell kindly at the feet of Woolery who had the simple task of slotting home his first senior goal and sealing all three points.

Victory moves Bolton off the foot of the division for the first time in 14 matches, whilst also moving them to within three points of safety. Rotherham, meanwhile, drop into the bottom three, with Charlton now propping up the table.

Wanderers return to action next Saturday, when they make the long trip to high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Vela, Dervite, Holding, Moxey, Spearing, Feeney, Pratley (Dobbie 84), Davies, Silva (Woolery 81), Heskey (Trotter 64)
Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Osede, Danns, Twardzik
Goals: Spearing 2, Woolery 90+2

Rotherham United: Camp, Richardson, Broadfoot, Wood, Mattock, Burke (Green 69), Smallwood, G Ward, Newell, Shinnie (Derbyshire 90+4), D Ward (Clarke-Harris 76)
Subs Not Used: Cairns, Rawson, Dawson, Belaid
Booked: Mattock, Newell
Goals: Burke 43

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Attendance: 14,641

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