Half Agony, Half Ecstasy - Alnwick on Career Best Moment

  • August 24, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Ben Alnwick lists Bolton's final-day survival of last season as the greatest day of his career, but says he hopes to avoid being in that position again.

Wanderers, trailing 2-1 at home to Nottingham Forest with just four minutes of the campaign to go and seemingly set for relegation to League One, somehow managed to complete the most unlikely of comebacks as goals from David Wheater and Aaron Wilbraham secured a 3-2 victory and their Championship status.

Alnwick, who has been in outstanding form in the Trotters' unbeaten start to the current season, was replaced at half-time in that game against Forest and while he admits the memories will remain, the 31-year-old is aiming a little higher this time around.

"Staying up on the last day of last season when we scored twice in the final minutes, that even topped the promotion we had at Bolton the year before," Alnwick told the Daily Mail.

"Just the manner in which we stayed in the league. That's probably the most exciting thing that's happened to me in football for drama. Scoring the two goals so late on was probably the best feeling I can remember.

"We had done our bit in defence, but I had been carried off with my back earlier in the game. I got injured, so it was even worse for me not being able to do anything. I played virtually every game in the season, so I felt I had played a big part in getting us to that point, so when the whistle went, it was just unbelievable.

"I was half in agony and half in ecstasy. I had people jumping on my back and I was yelping every time, but I gladly took it for the three points and staying up. So mixed emotions, but something I'll always remember.

"To do it in that manner with how much stress and everything that went on that season (Bolton began the season under a transfer embargo) made it special. We got promoted the season before on the last day of the season but staying up like that topped it for me.

"Hopefully we won't be in that position this year. We've given ourselves the best chance of staying up because we've started brilliantly.

"We've got a good set of lads and no-one's getting too carried away even though we've had an excellent start. If we keep on doing what we're doing, I think we'll be fine. We've got a top manager and top staff as well."

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