Waghorn spoils Amos hero­ics

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Robert Do­man

MAR­TYN Waghorn’s dra­matic late lev­eller threw Wi­gan a sur­vival life­line but Bolton stop­per Ben Amos was the name on Lat­ics boss Malky Mackay’s lips af­ter­wards.

Waghorn’s over­head kick came right at the death af­ter the Lat­ics had three times been de­nied by the wood­work while Trot­ters stop­per Amos made a string of fine saves as Wan­der­ers took a for­tu­nate lead.

Tom Walker’s de­flected shot had left Ali Al-Habsi help­less be­fore Waghorn struck deep into stop­page time leav­ing MacKay to praise his side’s fight­ing spirit as they con­tinue to flirt with the di­vi­sion’s trap door.

“I think we should have had all three points,” Mackay said. “My team were ter­rific in the first half and even bet­ter in the sec­ond.

“But Ben Amos had a fan­tas­tic game be­tween the posts for Bolton.

“We lost a re­ally un­lucky goal but the boys im­me­di­ately went up the other end, hit the bar and saw two other good ef­forts saved be­fore we got a goal at the end.

“There is a fight­ing spirit in the dress­ing room at the mo­ment and we are go­ing toe-to-toe against who­ever we are play­ing.

“The gap be­tween us and safety is now five points and this group of play­ers are work­ing ex­tremely hard.

“We dom­i­nated and cre­ated chances we just needed that ex­tra lit­tle bit of luck.” Wi­gan’s James Perch’s loop­ing 25-yard shot struck the un­der­side of the cross­bar with Ben Amos sav­ing from Leon Clarke on the re­bound 15 min­utes in.

Jer­maine Pen­nant then tested Amos once more when he took aim from the edge of the Lat­ics’ penalty area.

Al-Habsi saved from Matt Mills as the game swept from end to end but Amos made a ter­rific point-blank stop when Marc-An­toine For­tune met Josh Mur­phy’s cross on the half hour.

Pen­nant’s curl­ing free-kick struck the post as the sec­ond-half be­gan, with Pa­trick McCarthy clear­ing off the line as Josh Mur­phy fol­lowed up.

Mur­phy then sent a strike inches over the bar as Wi­gan pushed for­ward, but it was the Trot­ters who went in front when Walker wrong-footed Al-Habsi cour­tesy of an Em­mer­son Boyce de­flec­tion on 70 min­utes.

Wi­gan sub­sti­tute Sheyi Ojo saw his strike saved at full stretch by Amos be­fore the goal­keeper pushed Leon Clarke’s header onto the bar.

But Waghorn pounced with an ac­ro­batic equaliser to snatch a vi­tal point.

Bolton boss Neil Len­non said: “We had a bit of luck with Tom Walker’s goal and we’ve been due some­thing like that, es­pe­cially away from home.

“I wasn’t re­ally pleased with the per­for­mance some of the play­ers put in.

“But when you play away from home you need your goal­keeper to play well and Ben Amos cer­tainly did that.

“He’s been great for us since he came in and he just keeps get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter.

“But I do think the goal that Wi­gan scored was the least that they de­served be­cause they had a real good go and cre­ated a num­ber of re­ally good chances dur­ing the game.

“They were un­lucky not to get more than their one goal, but from our point of view it was im­por­tant that we stopped the rot away from home.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

WALK­ING AWAY: Tom Walker sends Bolton into the lead 20 min­utes from time with a pow­er­ful left-footed ef­fort

his goal DRAMA: Waghorn cel­e­brates

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