What seemed like a dull first half made it look like Bolton could escape with a point, which would have been a great result all things considered. But mid way through the second half Sol Bamba decided to handle the ball in the box. Gary Madine was more than happy to grab his seventh goal of the season with an accomplished spot kick.
Game on, but could Bolton withstand what would surely now be a fierce onslaught by the Bluebirds? Yes as it happens and some.
Former Cardiff man Craig Noone combined with Gary Madine Goal Machine and Josh Vela was on hand to finish off the move and send Bolton 2-0 up with two minutes of normal time left.
Six minutes of added time would add a little apprehension but Bolton held on to grab an all important win.
Although that result leaves the club where they started the day, second bottom, its importance cannot be over stated. We are now only one point adrift of safety where Burton Albion currently preside. Two points ahead of us are now moneybags Barnsley who have been sliding for a while. A point ahead of them are Hull City who have made an uninspiring managerial appointment and will be worried. Further up the league the likes of Millwall are not a million miles away.
Slowly yet surely Bolton and co are dragging more teams into the dog fight at the bottom of the league. The more teams down there, the more chance we can drag ourselves kicking and screaming clear.
After that result the lads deserve a Christmas drink, but lets hope they don’t have too many pigs in blankets as we prepare to travel to misfiring Middlesbrough on Boxing Day.