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Match report: Bolton Wanderers 3 v Wigan Athletic 1

Bolton climb out of the Championship relegation zone after Wigan are dispatched at the Macron.

Gareth Copley

Friday night under the lights, local rivals Wigan Athletic as the visitors. It was a fixture to get excited about and Neil Lennon's Bolton Wanderers delivered a performance to get excited about.

Wigan were swept away by some devastating attacking play in a twelve-minute spell at the start of the second half.

Chung-Yong Lee continued his renaissance under Lennon with an outstanding assist for the opening goal before calmly converting a penalty to give Bolton a 3-0 lead.

The second goal in my opinion was the best of the lot. Starting on half way with some strong hold up play, Craig Davies played it wide to Liam Feeney, sprinted into the box and powered home a far post header.

And to think Dougie Freedman said the squad lacked the required quality. The last three home games have proved there are players more than capable of competing at this level it just needed the right man to coax the best out of them.

Certainly every player played their part on Friday night with some outstanding individual performances. Max Clayton in his first start for the club never gave the Wigan defenders a moments peace, constantly pressing them on the ball and using his pace to run in behind.If he continues to perform to that level we have a real player on our hands.

The defence was again solid enough, Matt Mills and Dorian Dervite are forming a good partnership at centre half and after a nervy start the full backs settled into the game and took care of the threat of McManaman. How he escaped a booking early on for a clear stamp on Josh Vela I don't know but he's not that sort of player is he!

Neil Danns has excelled in a central role under Lennon and Mark Davies is beginning to have more influence on games both on and off the ball. As mentioned previously CYL and Clayton were superb and Liam Feeney continued to be a threat with his pace.

Finally, Craig Davies continued his fine form leading the line and terrorised Leon Barnett who had a shocking evening.

Unfortunately, the international break now interrupts the run of the games. It makes a change to be disappointed as these breaks are usually a welcome relief from the misery of following Bolton over the past few seasons.

Let's hope the momentum continues to build when we return to action in a couple of weeks at Blackpool.

Finally Bolton have climbed out the bottom three and making the victory all the more sweeter is the fact that Wigan have now replaced us in there.