Wan­der­ers are res­cued by Dob­bie goal

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Mikael McKen­zie

BOLTON Wan­der­ers boss Neil Len­non be­lieves the league ta­ble is ly­ing af­ter su­per-sub Stephen Dob­bie’s last-minute goal ended one of the worst records in the club’s history at home to Not­ting­ham For­est.

Gary Ma­dine missed a penalty in the 51st minute as Wan­der­ers searched for their first goal in over ten hours of football.

And David Vaughan’s block­buster strike nine min­utes from time looked to give the visi­tors all three points, but in­jury-time sub­sti­tute Dob­bie struck an equaliser with his first touch four min­utes into added time.

“We should have won the game,” said Len­non. “Last throw of the dice you throw Stephen on be­cause he is a very, very good fin­isher and he had one sight of the goal and took it bril­liantly. It was a very, very clever fin­ish.

“Psy­cho­log­i­cally it was a huge lift and we did more than enough to win the game again and that has been the story of our sea­son so far.We cer­tainly don't look like a team that are sec­ond bot­tom in the ta­ble.”

Bolton thought they should have had a penalty when Ma­dine was hacked to the floor by Jack Hobbs two min­utes be­fore the break, but ref­eree Carl Boye­son waved away the protests.

But they were awarded a penalty min­utes af­ter the break when Matt Mills was ad­judged to have han­dled sub­sti­tute Liam Feeney's cross. But Dorus de Vries got down low to his right to deny Ma­dine and ex­tend Wan­der­ers' goal­less run.

The men­ac­ing Michail An­to­nio should have put the visi­tors one up on the hour mark when he raced onto the end of Tyler Walker's through ball but shot straight down the throat of Ben Amos.

But nine min­utes from time the visi­tors led. Sub­sti­tute Vaughan picked the ball up 25 yards out, turned, and smashed a shot straight into the top right-hand cor­ner.

Len­non in­tro­duced Dob­bie as the ref­eree in­di­cated there would be five min­utes added time and the for­ward wasted no time in mak­ing an im­pact – strik­ing a low shot from the edge of the box into the bot­tom cor­ner to end Wan­der­ers' worst ever goal­less run that to­talled 650 min­utes.

“Of course we are dis­ap­pointed with a late goal equaliser.” For­est boss Freedman said.

“Over­all I thought it was a good per­for­mance. I thought it was the right re­sult so I have no com­plaints.

“When we got our goal I thought we were go­ing to win the game.

“We looked rea­son­ably com­fort­able un­til they got the equaliser.”

DE­NIED: For­est’s Dorus de Vries saves Gary Ma­dine’s penalty

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