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The Keepmoat Stadium (ATT 7,508) 8th April 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Doncaster Doncaster Rovers vs Bolton Wanderers Bolton

Doncaster 1

D Cotterill (18)

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Bolton 2

N Danns (7)
J Mason (15)

Sky Bet Championship: Bolton record 2-1 victory over struggling Doncaster

Last Updated: 08/04/14 10:42pm

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Neil Danns: Opened the scoring for Bolton

Neil Danns: Opened the scoring for Bolton

Bolton withstood a second-half onslaught from Doncaster to earn a 2-1 victory in a pulsating clash at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The visitors flew out of the blocks and led 2-0 after just 15 minutes thanks to goals from Neil Danns and Joe Mason, but Doncaster pulled one back almost immediately through David Cotterill's stunning free-kick.

The home side then dominated the second half and will feel they deserved at least a point for their efforts, but they could not find a way past the outstanding Adam Bogdan in the Bolton goal.

Bolton began at a blistering pace and looked set for a comprehensive victory after racing into a two-goal lead inside the opening quarter of an hour.

They adopted a shoot on sight policy and it paid off when they snatched the lead in the seventh minute.

A low right-wing cross from Alan Hutton was stepped over by a couple of players and Danns charged in to hammer home a superb shot just inside the post from the edge of the box.

Paul Keegan had a close-range header saved following a corner as Rovers tried to hit back before the rampant Wanderers stretched their lead.

Lee Chung-yong headed down a free-kick and Mason slammed the ball home in fine style from a tight angle.

Doncaster looked dazed but Cotterill fired them back in the match with a brilliant 30-yard free-kick that dipped under the bar just three minutes later.

It led to a frantic passage of end-to-end play with both keepers being called on to make some excellent saves.

Sam Johnstone did well to tip a scorching 25-yarder from Lukas Jutkiewicz over the bar and then saved at full stretch from Zat Knight from the resulting corner.

Richie Wellens was then denied an equaliser by a splendid reflex save from Bogdan at the other end.

Doncaster finished the half on top with Keegan and Chris Brown going close - and they continued where they left off after the interval.

It was Bolton's turn to defend as Rovers piled on the pressure with Billy Sharp heading just wide from James Husband's left-wing cross.

Jutkiewicz had a shot saved at the other end after the Rovers' defence had given the ball away before the one-way traffic continued.

Husband should have had a penalty after being brought down by Medo in the 60th minute but the appeals were waved aside.

Doncaster's efforts went unrewarded again in the 80th minute when Bogdan made another fine save from Cotterill.

David Wheater had a header saved following a free-kick in another rare attempt from Bolton and the home side were out of luck again right at the death when Brown just failed to convert with a diving header.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26