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Immediate Reaction: Mansfield Town 2-3 Bolton Wanderers

King Arthur

Mansfield Town v Bolton Wanderers - Sky Bet League Two Photo by Mick Walker - CameraSport via Getty Images

With just over ten minutes to go, it looked as if Bolton Wanderers were going to suffer another disappointing defeat away from home.

A calamitous error from Matt Gilks allowed the hosts a soft opening goal, before a bit of poor defending allowed The Stags to double their advantage.

Although, the game was far from over.

In the 79th minute, Declan John’s cross somehow flew into the top corner to half the deficit. 2-1 Mansfield.

The game was amazingly level with five minutes to go, with the Welsh left back involved again. His low cross was turned into the goal by a Mansfield player. 2-2.

Then - King Arthur ‘he lives down the road’ delivered a crushing blow to Nigel Clough’s team with a minute to play.

Eoin Doyle latched onto MJ Williams’ long pass, knocked it back to Arthur who majestically curled the ball into the corner to give Wanderers a priceless win.

All seemed lost, but this really seems like it could be a turning point in Boltons season. Earlier this campaign, heads would have dropped and we’d have struggled to get back into a game like that.


This is the first time Wanderers have come from two behind to win a game away from home since beating Blackburn Rovers 4-3 all the way back in 2004.

Wanderers are up to 11th with a trip to Southend this Saturday.