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Macron Stadium (ATT 18,420) 20th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Deadman

Bolton Bolton Wanderers vs Middlesbrough M'boro

Bolton 2

C Eagles (50)
M Sordell (pen 59)

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M'boro 1

K Dyer (56)
J Woodgate (S/O 64)

Bolton are back in the play-off places after a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough

Last Updated: 20/04/13 7:10pm

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Marvin Sordell: Spot on for Bolton

Marvin Sordell: Spot on for Bolton

Bolton are back in the play-off places in the Championship after beating 10-man Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium.

A Marvin Sordell penalty secured the points while Jonathan Woodgate was dismissed for the visitors.

The Boro defence were nearly breached within the first two minutes when Bolton's Craig Davies tried a speculative 18-yard shot that Jason Steele did well to tip around the post.

Bolton looked the more likely to break through and after 27 minutes Darren Pratley went close again from distance before Davies tried his luck again.

The visitors were the first to show after the interval when a shot from Mustapha Carayol from 20 yards brought a desperate stop from Adam Bogdan, but the Trotters broke the deadlock on their next foray upfield.

Chung-Yong Lee's pass provided the opportunity and from 12 yards out, Chris Eagles made no mistake for his 10th goal of the season to make it 1-0 after 50 minutes.

But if the hosts expected Tony Mowbray's men to roll over they were proved way off the mark six minutes later when Scott McDonald crossed from the left and Kieron Dyer headed home from six yards out for the equaliser.

Parity lasted a mere three minutes, though. Woodgate's foul on Lee resulted in a booking for the former Leeds man and a penalty, from which Sordell restored the hosts' lead.

Five minutes later another Woodgate foul - this time on Sordell - saw the Boro man dismissed and the visitors' hopes effectively disappear.

Bolton almost added to their tally with 10 minutes left but Steele did well to keep out another effort from distance by Sordell.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23