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Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Northampton Town: Immediate Reaction

From one goal down, Wanderers pull it back for the win

Bolton Wanderers v Millwall - Sky Bet Championship
4 in 3 for ALF
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Wow. Just wow. What a heart stopping end to that game. Wanderers came from a goal down to mount a 2 goal comeback in the last 15 minutes of the game. Northampton had the ball in the net with the very last kick of the game to give the game one final twist. Thankfully for Wanderers the linesman's flag was up which sent all 3 points to Wanderers and elevates us to second in the table.

The team unsurprisingly remained unchanged from the team that won 0-4 in the previous game. Jay Spearing made in on to the bench after recovering from injury. On the other side we were facing two former Wanderers, Keshi Anderson and Matty Taylor.

The less said about the first half, the better. There were no clear cut chances even though Wanderers saw the better of the chances.

The second half started in much the same vain. Yet after about 10 minutes Northampton seized on a set piece delivery by Matty Taylor and made the score 0-1. There was no immediate reaction from Wanderers who did not look like changing their fortunes. A penalty changed all this however on the 75th. Northampton were adjudged to have handled the ball in the area which meant Adam Le Fondre could convert the resultant penalty. This sparked Wanderers in to to life and a matter of minutes later it was 2-1. Filipe Morais turned scorer this week, scoring from Andrew Taylor's cross. There was a sting in the tail with Northampton getting the ball in the net with the last kick of the game. Luckily it was ruled offside.

What was obvious about this game was that Northampton had done their homework. Filipe Morias was double marked for the whole afternoon. Even when he was successful in whipping in a cross, Northampton had strategies to deal with it. This is something Wanderers are going to have to prepare for in future games, a plan B is a must.

Now for the best part ;we are now 2nd. 2nd with a game in hand against 3rd placed Fleetwood town who drew against Wimbledon today. It may only be a point but this puts our destiny in our own hands. On current form and with the freshness of Pratley, Alf and co' I see no reason to doubt us.

We now face Oxford United who also won 2-1 today. They beat former League 1 leaders Scunthorpe United. This is going to buoy them no end and will no doubt make that game on Tuesday all the harder. That said we're rolling on the back of 10 goals in three games so lets be having them!