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Match Report: Middlesbrough 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

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Bolton slip to third straight defeat despite an improved performance at Middlesbrough.

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After recent defensive disasters most Bolton supporters expecting nothing but a comfortable Boro win this evening.

Facing arguably the best side the in the division Bolton can take some confidence from their performance after recent efforts and had we shown a little more guile in the final third could have come away with a point.

Neil Lennon made six changes from the side that rolled over at Forest on Saturday, Amos, Moxey, Wheater, Janko, Gudjohnsen and Heskey came into the starting line up resulting in the whites looking far more organised than they have done for a number of weeks.

Despite tightening up at the back it was only after the introduction of Zach Clough as a sub with 20 minutes to go that Bolton looked like they might snatch an equaliser.

Boro were looking to get their promotion push back on track after a surprise defeat at home to Leeds at the weekend and it was a tentative start from them. Patrick Bamford had the first real attempt when he forced stand in goalkeeper Ben Amos into a good save around the 30th minute.

They were to take the lead on 34 mins when a Lee Tomlin pass caught out a flat footed Bolton defence and Albert Adomah finished easily past Amos.

Having made an assured start to the game it looked as though Bolton might fold just as they had at Forest, Derby and Rotherham. However Bamford would waste a great chance just before half time when he blazed over with the goal at his mercy and the sides went in with just a goal separating them.

The second half started as the first ended with Boro on the front foot, Bamford again wasted a chance to double the lead after a Dervite mistake.

As the second half went on Boro began to sit back and settle for what they had and this allowed Bolton to come into the game. Clough was introduced and immediately started to cause problems with his direct running.

The best chance for a late equaliser fell to Liam Feeney who failed to hit the target with a header from a Barry Bannan cross. Further half chances of note fell to Dervite who's effort from a corner was cleared off the line, late substitute Adam Le Fondre also put a shot wide just moments after Tomlin had hit the bar from a free kick.

After this evenings result Bolton slip to 19th in the table but with Millwall losing again are still 6 points clear of the final relegation place.

With the defensive troubles now hopefully behind them the whites should now be looking forward to climbing the table rather than over their shoulders. Looking at the remaining fixtures, all home games, other than Norwich are very winnable. The run starts when Brighton are the visitors to the Macron on Saturday.