COME­BACK WIN IM­PRESSES PHIL

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Dar­ren Devine

JU­BI­LANT Bolton boss Phil Parkin­son praised the im­mense re­sponse that saw his team come from be­hind against Northamp­ton to climb into sec­ond spot.

Cob­blers striker Michael Smith opened the scor­ing for the vis­i­tors be­fore Bolton front­man Adam Le Fon­dre lev­elled from the spot, and wing-back Filipe Mo­rais se­cured the points.

And Parkin­son was de­lighted with the hunger his team showed af­ter go­ing be­hind to a Northamp­ton side that had won three in a row be­fore their trip to the Macron Sta­dium.

He said: “There was a de­ter­mi­na­tion about the lads. Since day one there’s been a great spirit in the camp and we’ve shown it again to­day.

“Spirit is formed on the pitch when it matters most, and we ran those hard yards as we needed to, be­cause Northamp­ton have been on a good run and they’re an ex­cel­lent side.”

Northamp­ton boss Justin Ed­in­burgh felt his team were let down by ref­eree Richard Clark over the penalty awarded against mid­fielder Matt Tay­lor.

“It’s such a shame be­cause our play­ers put their bod­ies on the line,” he said. “They took the lead and if any­thing they looked like they were go­ing to weather the storm and keep the three points.”

Ed­in­burgh in­sisted the ball did not touch Tay­lor’s hand.

He added: “What he thinks he’s seen he hasn’t. That’s the frus­tra­tion and they’re the fine lines of us com­ing away with a fan­tas­tic result.”

David Wheater saw an ef­fort smoth­ered in the six-yard box as the hosts piled on the pres­sure in the open­ing 15 min­utes.

Northamp­ton’s first real goal threat came af­ter 18 min­utes when cen­tre-back Zan­der Di­a­mond’s header from Tay­lor’s cor­ner was turned wide of Bolton goal­keeper Ben Alnwick’s left-hand post.

And be­fore the break Smith fired over fol­low­ing Marc Richards’ lay off, be­fore Tay­lor cleared off the line for the vis­i­tors af­ter the ball struck Le Fon­dre from a cor­ner.

Just af­ter the in­ter­val, Wheater toe-poked Mo­rais’ free-kick straight into the arms of Cob­blers stop­per Adam Smith – a foot ei­ther side of him would have meant a cer­tain opener for Wan­der­ers.

And Smith’s sweetly-struck vol­ley from Tay­lor’s free-kick opened the scor­ing for the vis­i­tors be­fore Bolton cen­tre­back Do­rian Dervite headed over from Mo­rais’ cor­ner.

With the home team des­per­ate for an equaliser, Le Fon­dre fired nar­rowly wide with only Smith to beat, be­fore Bolton mid­fielder Dar­ren Prat­ley saw a shot charged down in the box on 65 min­utes.

Af­ter Le Fon­dre’s lev­eller, Prat­ley saw a header touched over be­fore Bolton wing-back An­drew Tay­lor set up Mo­rais’ win­ner on 82 min­utes. But it was a nervy fin­ish for the home fans as Northamp­ton mid­fielder John-Joe O’Toole saw an ef­fort ruled off­side with the last kick of the game.

PIC­TURES: Craig Galloway/ProS­ports

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