First loss in 19 for the hosts

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Hale

BOLTON Wan­der­ers boss Phil Parkin­son in­sists it’s ‘game-on’ in the race for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion after end­ing Fleet­wood’s 18-game un­beaten league run to move within a point of their sec­ond­placed hosts.

Adam Le Fon­dre’s way­ward cross and a David Wheater vol­ley put Bolton ahead, but Kyle Dempsey pulled one back mid­way through the first half.

The sec­ond half was a re­peat, how­ever, as Mark Beev­ers’ vol­ley was added to by Le Fon­dre’s sec­ond be­fore Bobby Grant’s late fin­ish halved the deficit.

And Parkin­son be­lieves his play­ers have put out a state­ment of in­tent for the fi­nal run-in while be­ing full of praise for Filipe Morais, who earned a hat-trick of as­sists.

He said: “We knew that Fleet­wood were above us and if they won the gap would in­crease, although it wouldn’t be over, but it’s game on now.

“We said to the lads it’s a 12game sea­son which starts now – and we’ve started it well. This was a com­mit­ted, dis­ci­plined dis­play with some qual­ity in there too.

“Morais was up against a very good player as well. Amari’i Bell is one of the best wing backs in this divi­sion but Fil had him on toast.

“In the fi­nal third, you just felt Fil was go­ing to pro­duce some­thing and his set-play de­liv­ery was ex­cel­lent.”

There was more than an el­e­ment of luck for Bolton’s opener as Le Fon­dre’s cross looped over Alex Cairns and into the far cor­ner.

The Trot­ters were cel­e­brat­ing again just four min­utes later as Wheater volleyed in Morais’ free­kick for his sixth goal of the sea­son.

Un­be­liev­ably, there was to be a third goal in the pro­mo­tion six­pointer just three min­utes later de­spite nei­ther goal­keeper making a save.

Rather than the Wan­der­ers killing the game off, how­ever, it was Fleet­wood get­ting them­selves back in con­tention, as Dempsey curled into the cor­ner from the edge of the box.

Cairns fi­nally got a touch of the ball – out­side of pick­ing it out of

“The only dis­ap­point­ing thing about the whole day was that we didn’t de­fend from in-swing­ing free-kicks.

“Their play­ers didn’t even have to head the ball, they could use it with their foot.

“We had the sec­ond-best home de­fen­sive record and par­tic­u­larly from set-pieces. But here we con­ceded. We marked body spa­ces but we need to mark the man. From that point we had an off-day.” winger chipped wide. Although his fin­ish let him down on that oc­ca­sion, there was no let-up in his fan­tas­tic de­liv­er­ies into the box as Le Fon­dre headed in at the near post to seal the game.

The Cod Army did pull one back through Grant with a com­posed fin­ish into the bot­tom cor­ner but boss Uwe Rosler ad­mit­ted his play­ers were too ‘nice’ after their first de­feat since Novem­ber.

Rosler said: “We need to take more body con­tact. My play­ers are re­ally nice, some­times we need to be more bru­tal in those sit­u­a­tions.

“We have to give credit to Bolton. Whether you like their way of play­ing or not, they’ve been ef­fec­tive for sure. his net – as he palmed Le Fon­dre’s drive around the post be­fore Gary Ma­dine headed nar­rowly wide from the re­sult­ing cor­ner.

Bolton and Wheater’s aerial dom­i­nance con­tin­ued as the cen­tre-back headed against the bar be­fore Ma­dine’s ef­fort was tipped over by Cairns.

Fleet­wood didn’t heed the mul­ti­ple warn­ings, how­ever, as an­other set-piece brought an­other Wan­der­ers goal in the sec­ond half with Beev­ers turn­ing in Morais’ back post free-kick.

Morais could have sealed the game him­self mo­ments later after Cairns had been caught with the ball, 30 yards out from goal by Le Fon­dre, but the for­mer Brad­ford

CLIN­I­CAL: Mark Beev­ers gives Bolton a 3-1 lead at the back post

PIC­TURE: Me­dia Im­age

HOW’S THAT? Adam Le Fon­dre cel­e­brates scor­ing his first and, in­set, Fleet­wood’s Kyle Dempsey pulls one back

HUGS ALL ROUND: David Wheater cel­e­brates

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