STAGS BAG WEM­B­LEY TREA­SURE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jamie Bow­man

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.”

PIC­TURES: Richard Parke

TWO GOOD: MK Dons keeper David Martin is un­able to stop Bolton’s se­cond goal while in­set, Shola Ameobi scores the third and cel­e­brates

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