Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Barnsley

  • December 02, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton moved out of the Championship's relegation zone for the first time since August, after they beat Barnsley 3-1 at Macron Stadium.

Having suffered a humiliating 5-1 reversal at Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out, Phil Parkinson's side responded in perfect fashion - with a brace from Gary Madine, the second a penalty, either side of a spot-kick from Tykes forward Tom Bradshaw, sending the Trotters in 2-1 up at the break.

Mark Little completed the scoring with a superb individual effort on 69 minutes, as Wanderers moved above Birmingham City and into 21st place until Monday at the earliest.

With that aforementioned defeat at Molineux a thing of the past, Parkinson made two changes to the side that started last time out - with Reece Burke replacing the suspended David Wheater in defence, while Will Buckley was handed a rare start on the left-hand side of midfield ahead of the benched Adam Armstrong.

Once the action had got underway, it was Buckley who created the first shooting opportunity for the hosts. With nine minutes played, his cross picked out Josh Vela inside the Barnsley box, but his effort was charged down and the chance was gone.

Vela then turned provider, as his deep cross was headed over the crossbar by Madine, shortly before the Wanderers forward fired into the arms of Adam Davies after getting on the end of a ball from Antonee Robinson.

Madine wasn't to be denied on 20 minutes though - a change of pace from Little saw him race into the Barnsley box, where he crossed low for Madine to bundle home from close range.

The lead would last less than two minutes, however, as the Tykes were awarded a penalty when a Bradshaw was hauled to the ground by a lunging challenge from Burke.

Bradshaw took responsibility for the resulting spot-kick and made no mistake, smashing the ball down the middle from 12 yards to bring the score level at 1-1.

Bolton had penalty appeals of their own turned down on 24 minutes when Buckley went to ground at the other end, but referee Oliver Langford did point to the spot with six minutes of the half to play as the same player was taken down by Liam Lindsay as he looked to capitalise on a blocked shot from Darren Pratley.

With one goal already to his name, Madine stepped up and rolled home the penalty to restore Wanderers' advantage going into the half-time interval.

With the players back out for the start of the second period, it was Barnsley who created the first shooting chance as George Moncur's low effort was parried to safety by Ben Alnwick.

Alnwick was required once again as the clock ticked towards the hour, this time denying Bradshaw from close range before a follow-up was cleared off the line by Burke.

The visitors were kept out once again when Alnwick saved from Jason McCarthy moments later, before Wanderers struck the hammer-blow as they extended their lead in style.

Having received the ball from Sammy Ameobi midway inside the Barnsley half, Little cut inside a challenge from Andy Yiadom and continued his run into the box, where he drilled a low strike past Davies and into the bottom corner.

Armstrong, on as a substitute for Buckley, almost made it four on 71 minutes, firing inches wide of the far post as he looked to net against his former club.

Mamadou Thiam looked to reduce the visitors' deficit with 11 minutes to play, only to find Mark Beevers perfectly placed to make the block with his head, shortly before Wanderers saw appeals for a penalty turned down when Madine appeared to be shoved in the back.

Thiam was determined to get Barnsley back in the game and was denied once again, with Alnwick this time making a stop at his near post, but it wasn't to be for the visitors as seven minutes of added time passed by without incident and Bolton claiming all three points.

Victory moves Wanderers out of the relegation zone by virtue of goals scored, at least until Monday evening. They return to action next Saturday, when they face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Robinson, Beevers, Burke, Little, Pratley, Henry, Vela, Ameobi (Noone 83), Buckley (Armstrong 61), Madine (Wilbraham 87)
Subs Not Used: Howard, Le Fondre, Osede, Darby
Booked: Ameobi, Henry, Vela, Pratley
Goals: Madine 20,39(pen), Little 69

Barnsley: Davies, McCarthy, Pearson, Lindsay, Yiadom, Williams (McGeehan 90+1), Hammill (Thiam 68), Potts, Moncur, Barnes (Hedges 73), Bradshaw
Subs Not Used: Townsend, Pinnock, Ugbo, Gardner
Booked: Bradshaw, Potts, Williams, Thiam, Yiadom
Goals: Bradshaw 22(pen)

Referee: Oliver Langford
Attendance: 14,371

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