It's that point of the season where other teams' results really matter to Bolton Wanderers fans. Now that the club and its supporters are looking above mid-table mediocrity and to the playoffs, we're taking a look at tonight's matches and what Bolton Wanderers need from them.
There are three fixtures being played out tonight: Barnsley v. Brighton & Hove Albion, Cardiff City v. Leicester City, and Leeds United v. Peterborough United. In each of those three games is a decisive result that would help the Trotters' cause.
Barnsley v. Brighton & Hove Albion
Both of these teams are coming off of losses that contributed to the men in white's five-match win streak. Both teams are coming off loses with Brighton losing to Bolton while Barnsley were taken down to the tune of 5-0 in the FA Cup by Manchester City. Bright will be without forwards Craig Mackail-Smith (injured) and Ashley Barnes (suspended for the late red card against Bolton). As a result, the Seagulls only have one recognized striker that they can employ.
A Barnsley win is what helps Bolton here.
Full time: Barnsley 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion. A Barnsley penalty was the game winner as goalkeeper Luke Steele came up big late on to stop a Brighton penalty at the other end. Perfect result for Bolton as Brighton & Hove Albion remain just two points ahead, in 7th place. Nottingham Forest currently occupy 6th and are 3 points clear of Bolton.
Cardiff City v. Leicester City
Leicester City are coming off a 1-0 loss at home to Sheffield Wednesday while top-of-the-table Cardiff City had drawn Derby last Tuesday and not had a game at the weekend. They are currently 17 points clear of Bolton and that means that we have just about no chance of catching the Bluebirds or Red Dragons or whatever they are by the end of the season. A win against Leicester City will push them further out in front but will keep the Foxes (currently in fifth place) just four points away from Bolton.
We want a Cardiff win.
Full time: Cardiff City 1-1 Leicester City. The Foxes went ahead on 72 minutes thanks to Michael Keane's goal but Cardiff equalized at the death through Rudy Gestede's header inside the area. Leicester City remain in 5th place, five points clear of Bolton.
Leeds United v. Peterborough United
Both teams are coming off of weekend draws with Leeds fighting out a 2-2 with Crystal Palace and Peterborough going scoreless with Ipswich Town. Leeds are creeping up on Bolton Wanderers in the table as they are currently in tenth but three points behind the Trotters. A win for them would see Leeds level with Bolton on 54 points but a place behind on goal difference
Peterborough win, please.
Full time: Leeds United 1-1 Peterborough United. Dwight Gayle put the Posh ahead just 15 minutes into the match but Sam Byram fired home from close range just before the hour mark to equalize. Leeds United remain in 10th place, two points behind Bolton (but with a much worse goal difference).