BOLTON GLORY

A look back to League One’s fi­nal day – and the Trot­ters’ pro­mo­tion

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By John Lyons

BOLTON Wan­der­ers man­ager Phil Parkin­son told The FLP he was con­fi­dent his play­ers would fin­ish the job by se­cur­ing pro­mo­tion against Peter­bor­ough last Sun­day – and he was spot on.

A year af­ter the Trot­ters were rel­e­gated to League One in ig­nominy, they sealed an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship in style with a 3-0 vic­tory over Posh at an ec­static Macron Sta­dium.

Goals from Jem Kara­can, David Wheater and Adam Le Fon­dre al­lowed Bolton to ease to pro­mo­tion be­hind League One cham­pi­ons Sh­effield United and hold off the chal­lenge of Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood Town.

A de­lighted Parkin­son, who made the switch from Brad­ford City last sum­mer, said: “It’s a dif­fi­cult league to get out of, so it’s a great achieve­ment to do it at the first at­tempt.

“It’s been a great turn­around for us. I think we will look at it as a start for what we want to achieve and for re­build­ing the club .

“What a great day for the club – and to do it in the man­ner we did makes me re­ally pleased.

“When the pres­sure is on and you pro­duce a per­for­mance like that, there isn’t much more you can ask for.” Sh­effield United had al­ready wrapped up pro­mo­tion and the ti­tle, but they had one more goal last Sun­day – to reach the land­mark of 100 points. Al­ready-rel­e­gated Ch­ester­field made the Blades work hard, but, typ­i­cally, Chris Wilder’s men came out on top to hit the cen­tury mark.

Daniel Laf­ferty struck the win­ner with eight min­utes left as United ran out 3-2 win­ners in a Bra­mall Lane thriller.

Dis­missed

Kieron Free­man and skip­per Billy Sharp, with his 30th goal of the sea­son, twice put Sh­effield United ahead, but Kris­tian Den­nis, from the spot, and Paul McGinn lev­elled for the Spire­ites, who had Dan Gard­ner dis­missed for clash­ing with Sharp just af­ter the sec­ond equaliser.

Fleetwood had to set­tle for fourth place af­ter be­ing held to a 0-0 draw by Port Vale, a re­sult which wasn’t good enough to save Vale from rel­e­ga­tion. Scun­thorpe United leapfrogged Fleetwood into third with a 3-1 home win against al­ready-de­moted

Coven­try. Neal Bishop and sub Ha­keeb Ade­lakun both net­ted in the fi­nal six min­utes to earn the Iron max­i­mum points and

put them in good heart go­ing into the play-offs.

Ear­lier, Vladimir Gadzhev had put the Sky Blues in front, only for a Kevin van Veen spe­cial to level things ups.

Brad­ford City re­mained fifth af­ter a 1-1 draw at

Rochdale, a re­sult which ended Dale’s slim play-off hopes. Alex Jones gave a much-changed Ban­tams side an early lead, but Matty Lund equalised for the hosts mid­way through the sec­ond half. Stephen McLaugh­lin net­ted the only goal as

Southend beat Bury at Roots Hall, but it was the vis­i­tors who were hap­pier at the fin­ish.

The Shak­ers es­caped rel­e­ga­tion to League Two, but Southend missed out on the play-offs.

That was be­cause Mill­wall, who started the day a point ahead of the Shrimpers, won 4-3 in an ex­tra­or­di­nary game at Bris­tol Rovers.

It looked as though it would be plain sail­ing for the Lions when they led 3-1 af­ter 35 min­utes, thanks to two goals from Lee Gre­gory and an­other from skip­per Tony Craig, with Jer­maine Easter re­ply­ing for Rovers.

Rubbed

How­ever, Chris Lines cut the deficit be­fore the break and Billy Bodin struck a su­perb free-kick on 74 min­utes to level things up and put the Lions on the brink.

How­ever, cen­tre-back Shaun Hutchin­son headed home an 85th-minute corner to en­sure Mill­wall’s place in the post­sea­son – and ruin Southend’s chances.

Gilling­ham’s 0-0 draw at Northamp­ton was just enough for them to re­tain their League One sta­tus. Josh Wright saw an early spot-kick saved by Cob­blers keeper David Cor­nell, but it didn’t prove costly.

Josh Ma­gen­nis, Jake ForsterCaskey and Ricky Holmes were all on tar­get as Charl­ton rubbed salt into Swin­don’s rel­e­ga­tion wounds with a 3-0 win, while goals from Ox­ford

United’s Curtis Nel­son and Rob Hall en­abled the U’s to beat

Shrews­bury 2-0 and make it 100 goals for the sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions.

MK Dons romped to a 4-1 win at Wal­sall, cour­tesy of goals from Rob­bie Muir­head, Ben Reeves, Stu­art O’Keefe and Har­vey Barnes. Erhun Oz­tumer replied for the Sad­dlers.

AFC Wim­ble­don failed to hit the net for the sixth game in a row as they were held at home by Old­ham.

It meant Lat­ics keeper Con­nor Ri­p­ley, 24, on loan from Mid­dles­brough, kept the most clean sheets in League One this term with 18, equalling a club record in the process.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

BLADE RUN­NER: Daniel Laf­ferty, right, struck the win­ner with eight min­utes left for Sh­effield United IT’S A WRAP: Adam Le Fon­dre scores Bolton’s third against Peter­bor­ough In­set: Shaun Hutchin­son cel­e­brates his late Mill­wall win­ner and Sh­effield Utd and Bolton both lift their tro­phies

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