STAGS BAG WEMBLEY TREASURE
NEW Doncaster Rovers striker Lynden Gooch has told supporters to expect goals during his month at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The 20-year-old made his first-team debut for Sunderland as a second-half substitute in their Capital One Cup demolition of Exeter City in August.
But with the chance to enjoy an extended run in the team, Gooch is promising to deliver.
“I’m really happy to get out on loan and get some more games under my belt,” he said.
“I hope I can bring quality to the team with lots of goals, that’s what my game is.” IT’S been almost five years since Mansfield Town were last at Wembley – but now the National Stadium is coming to them.
The Stags, who lost in the final of the FA Trophy in 2011 to Darlington, will see a scoreboard which was previously used at the home of English football erected at their One Call stadium.
The scoreboard is set to be up and running in time for next season, with the League Two club’s previous scoreboard inactive for some time.
Stadium director Paul Broughton said:“Knowing that any apparatus that comes from the home of football is bound to be of premium quality.”
BELEAGUERED Bolton boss Neil Lennon hailed his side’s best performance of the season after they shrugged off the club’s continuing financial crisis to beat fellow strugglers MK Dons at the Macron Stadium.
A rotten week off the field saw Wanderers hit the headlines after it was revealed that Lennon and his players had dipped into their own pockets to help pay staff.
But after registering two consecutive wins for the first time in over a year, and with the club securing some much-needed finances from the sale of their car park, Lennon was able to relish a win that takes Bolton to within four points of safety.
He said: “It was one of the best performances I’ve had in my time here and what we got was two halves of attacking football and we could have won the game more comfortably.
“It was a must-win game and the players responded absolutely brilliantly so I’ve got nothing but praise for them.
“There was a lot of pressure going into the game and they handled it really well considering everything that they have had to deal with over the last few weeks.”
The hosts showed attacking intent from the off and it took just seven minutes for them to race into a deserved lead after Gary Madine rose with a flat-footed David Martin and planted a header against the bar, with the ball falling to a grateful Rob Holding who swept in the rebound.
On 33 minutes, Madine went close again when his powerful header was cleared off the line by Jake ForsterCaskey, before Wellington Silva saw his shot beaten away at the near post by Martin.
The all-important second goal finally came five minutes before the break when Joe Walsh denied Silva with a desperate sliding tackle only for the ball to break to Bolton skipper Darren Pratley, who stroked home via a deflection for his third goal in four games.
There was little to encourage MK Dons after the break until substitute Dean Bowditch saw his lob clawed away by the previously redundant Ben Amos midway through the second half.With Bolton seemingly in control but unable to score a third, MK Dons grabbed a glimmer of hope in the dying minutes when Josh Murphy threaded a 35-yard shot into the bottom right hand corner of Amos’s net.
But the Buckinghamshire outfit’s joy was shortlived as substitute Shola Ameobi scored an excellent individual goal in injury time in what was largely expected to be his farewell appearance.
“It would have been a travesty had we dropped points here,” added Lennon. “If we’d have got beat here we would have been cast adrift but now we have given ourselves a fighting chance.”
Meanwhile, MK Dons boss Karl Robinson was under no illusions that his side are in for a long hard battle against relegation.
Robinson said:“We weren’t good enough and looked lethargic. Bolton have a better squad than us and when they fancy it this is a difficult place to play, but we allowed them to get at it and we weren’t good enough.
“Internally things have been said between the players. They were harsh with each other at the end of the game and that is about them reflecting and coming back stronger. Hopefully they will all learn lessons from this and become better players.
“The players are equally as embarrassed as me but it is a hard, lonely place when you care as much as me and I apologise for the performance and the result.”
TWO GOOD: MK Dons keeper David Martin is unable to stop Bolton’s second goal while inset, Shola Ameobi scores the third and celebrates