TROTTERS’TI­TLE TILT’S ON TRACK

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Les Scott

SEC­OND-HALF goals from Mark Beev­ers and Adam Le Fon­dre kept Bolton’s top-two chal­lenge alive – and boss Phil Parkin­son is feel­ing con­fi­dent about their pro­mo­tion prospects.

Vic­tory over the Shrews in­creased the Trotters’ cush­ion over third-placed Fleet­wood to six points.

And Parkin­son in­sists his side will be in the Cham­pi­onship next year, so long as they re­main fo­cused for the run-in.

“I am de­lighted with the three points, the way we ap­plied our­selves and with our po­si­tion at the mo­ment,” he said.

“It was a scrappy af­fair but we were very well or­gan­ised, knocked the ball about well and were al­ways in con­trol

“We are hit­ting a vein of form and now back to full strength squad-wise. If we are to get over the line come the end of the sea­son, it will now be about ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We have the qual­ity, strength and or­gan­i­sa­tion, so the run-in is all about us show­ing the right men­tal­ity. If we show the right at­ti­tude and push our­selves to the limit, we will be OK.”

Bolton have not lost an away game at Shrews­bury since 1983, have won all of the last six meet­ings be­tween the clubs and never looked in dan­ger of los­ing this hotly-con­tested en­counter.

Bolton en­joyed the lion’s share of pos­ses­sion in a first half of few chances. The Shrews de­fence, well mar­shalled by the re­called Adam El-Abd, coped with Wan­der­ers’ aerial threat, though the home side were re­lieved to see Darren Prat­ley head nar­rowly wide.

In the 51st minute Beev­ers met a Filipe Mo­rais throw-in on the right, his back­ward header caught the home de­fence wrong-footed and found the far cor­ner to give the Trotters a de­served lead.

Bolton con­tin­ued to prod and probe and were re­warded for their ef­forts when Mo­rais crossed from the right and Le Fon­dre slammed the ball home.

Bolton lost keeper Ben Al­nwick to in­jury on 69 min­utes but re­place­ment Mark Howard was rarely both­ered by a Shrews side which lacked the qual­ity and guile to trou­ble the mean­est de­fence in the EFL.

The best chance for the home side fell to Tyler Roberts ten min­utes from time. The West Brom loa­nee found him­self in space but blasted over.

“I thought we edged it firsthalf,” said Shrews boss Paul Hurst. “But we lacked that bit of qual­ity to hurt what is a very good Bolton de­fence.

“The first goal was a poor goal to give away. There was no need for Jayson Leutwiler to come, but he did and didn’t gather. We were caught on the wrong foot and from then it was al­ways go­ing to be tough.

“Our des­tiny is still in our own hands. If we show the com­mit­ment we showed in the first-half, we will be all

right.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

ON THE UP: Adam Le Fon­dre cel­e­brates scor­ing Bolton’s sec­ond goal BAT­TLE: Shrews­bury’s Adam El-Abd and Bolton’s Chris Long

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