Bolton win puts Tykes in trou­ble

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Si­mon Smed­ley

GARY Madine’s dou­ble helped fire Bolton out of the Cham­pi­onship drop zone at the ex­pense of stut­ter­ing Barns­ley.

The hosts notched only their third vic­tory of the sea­son, but it was a fully de­served one against a Tykes out­fit who have now lost four on the spin.

Wan­der­ers boss Phil Parkin­son, who cel­e­brated his 50th birth­day on Fri­day, was de­lighted with the ‘bounce­back­a­bil­ity’ shown by his team, who re­sponded per­fectly to a mid­week maul­ing at Wolves.

“All the lads showed ter­rific char­ac­ter,” he said. “We had been frus­trated af­ter the loss at Wolves and hav­ing thrown away a two-goal lead the last time we were here, to win in style like this is very pleas­ing.

“We stood strong against a good Barns­ley side, and this should pro­vide ev­ery­one with a huge boost. We can start to build a bit of mo­men­tum now.”

Parkin­son added that fir­ing them­selves out of the bot­tom three should give ev­ery­one at Bolton a lift.

“It’s a good feel­ing, def­i­nitely,” he said. “We looked like cre­at­ing and we looked like scor­ing a few more goals.

“I’m de­lighted the play­ers have bounced back so well. We spoke about the Wolves de­feat at length, and train­ing has been good all week since then.”

Af­ter a dis­mal open­ing 20 min­utes the game burst into life at a rather sub­dued Macron Sta­dium.

The Trot­ters opened the scor­ing when Mark Lit­tle scorched pur­pose­fully down the right flank be­fore cross­ing in for Gary Madine, who slid in to con­vert from close range.

The Tykes were swiftly back on terms, how­ever. Tom Brad­shaw was up­ended in the Bolton box by Reece Burke, and ref­eree Oliver Lang­ford pointed straight to the spot.

Barns­ley’s lead­ing scorer hopped off the deck be­fore slot­ting home his tenth goal of the sea­son past Ben Al­nwick.

Bolton re­stored their lead be­fore the break, also from the spot. Madine did the busi­ness af­ter Liam Lind­say had tripped Will Buck­ley.

Bolton’s vic­tory was wrapped up with 20 min­utes to go. Mark Lit­tle scorched down the right flank, leav­ing Andy Yi­adom trail­ing in his wake, be­fore drilling low past Tykes keeper Adam Davies.

Within a minute it was al­most 4-1. Sub­sti­tute Adam Arm­strong fired in a crack­ing strike which clipped the out­side of a post.

Barns­ley boss Paul Heck­ing­bot­tom aimed a swipe at some dis­ap­point­ing de­fend­ing from his team which has left them look­ing over their shoul­ders at the drop zone.

“We got what we de­served for some re­ally poor de­fend­ing,” said the Tykes boss. “All three of the goals were shock­ing from our point of view.

“They were all ter­ri­ble, and that’s the most dis­ap­point­ing thing for me. We work hard all week in train­ing and I can’t fault the lads for ef­fort, but we’ve been pun­ished at the back while we were also waste­ful go­ing for­ward.

“We were naive at both ends and that’s a prob­lem we’ve got to pay a lot of at­ten­tion to.

“The con­fi­dence won’t be af­fected. Some of these young lads are still find­ing their way in the Cham­pi­onship, but we’ve got to put the hard yards in if we’re go­ing to get our­selves out of this lit­tle rut.

“We know we’ve got enough in the squad to get re­sults. We’ve proved that of­ten enough this sea­son.”


MAD FOR IT: Bolton play­ers sur­round Gary Madine af­ter his first goal, inset

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