Millwall 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 18, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton moved to within three points of the League One summit on Tuesday, after securing a 2-0 victory away at Millwall.

After three successive victories and clean sheets in all competitions, Wanderers went in search of a fourth at The Den for the first time since December 2014, when they last achieved such a record coincidentally on the same ground.

Any early nerves were settled inside three minutes as Sammy Ameobi broke the deadlock with an outstanding 25 yard drive, before David Wheater sealed all three points four minutes from time by volleying home following a knockdown from former Lions defender Mark Beevers.

Phil Parkinson opted to name the same team that started the victory over Oldham Athletic on Saturday, boosted by news that Tom Thorpe was fit to feature after struggling in recent days with a chest infection.

Wanderers made the perfect start in the capital, taking the lead inside three minutes as Ameobi took control of the ball 25 yards from goal before unleashing a rocket of a shot that found the top corner of Jordan Archer's net.

Thorpe went to ground soon after and required treatment for a knock before coming on to resume the action, shortly before appeals for a Bolton penalty were ignored when the ball appeared to strike Byron Webster on the arm.

Zach Clough became the first player to receive a yellow card on 20 minutes, as he conceded a free-kick from which Mark Howard was called into action for the first time - making an outstanding reflex save to deny Steve Morison from close range.

After failing to recover from his earlier knock, Thorpe's evening came to an end on the half-hour and he was replaced by Derik Osede.

With the action back underway, Ameobi drilled a low cross into the Millwall box that had to be scrambled away by Tony Craig, before an unmarked Calum Butcher headed over for the hosts as they looked for an equalising goal.

A stray pass towards his own goal from Webster almost presented Josh Vela with an opportunity he couldn't miss with 10 minutes of the half remaining, but Archer raced off his line to clear at the second attempt, moments before making a fine save to keep Clough's out another effort from Clough.

Vela had the ball in the Millwall net with the final attack of the half, but referee Darren Deadman called the play back for an earlier infringement, as Wanderers went in at the break with their one-goal advantage.

There were no changes to either side as the players emerged for the start of the second period, which began with Vela and Clough combining. The academy graduates linked up well just outside the Millwall box, before a dangerous low ball from Clough was cleared to safety by Craig.

Ben Thompson sent an acrobatic effort over the top moments later for the hosts, while Clough was unable to repeat his heroics of the weekend as he saw a free-kick in a dangerous position fly aimlessly over the crossbar.

Millwall came close to drawing level on the hour, but Shaun Williams was unable to direct his shot on target following a square ball from Morison, while Beevers was required to head onto the roof of his own net after Fred Onyedinma whipped a corner into the near post area.

Onyedinma was presented with another chance midway through the half and looked certain to score, only for a last-ditch sliding challenge from Spearing denying him at the death.

Bolton entered the final 20 minutes content without possession, with a stubborn defensive set-up keeping Millwall chances to a minimum.

It remained that way until 86 minutes, when Wanderers sent the big men up for a corner. Beevers headed the ball to Wheater, who was located on the edge of the Millwall box, and he made no mistake in firing a low volley past a helpless Archer to wrap up victory for Parkinson's side.

Wheater revealed a message to Ivan Klasnic in celebration of his goal, as the former Wanderers forward battles against kidney failure in a German hospital, and that proved to be the final act of a comfortable evening's worth, as Bolton made if four wins in succession.

They return to action next Monday, when they hit the road once again. Their journey will be a little shorter, however, with a televised local derby against Bury in the offing at Gigg Lane.

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Webster, Craig, J Martin (Ferguson 74), Onyedinma (Worrall 74), Butcher, Williams, Thompson (O'Brien 59), Gregory, Morison
Subs Not Used: King, Nelson, Abdou, Pavey

Bolton Wanderers: Howard, A Taylor, Beevers, Wheater, Wilson, Spearing, Thorpe (Osede 30), Vela, Ameobi (Henry 69), Clough (Proctor 89), Madine
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Dervite, Anderson, Trotter
Booked: Clough
Goals: Ameobi 3, Wheater 86

Referee: Darren Deadman
Attendance: 7,898

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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