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The Den (ATT 8,635) 19th December 2014 - Kick off 19:45

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Sky Bet Championship: Bolton beat Millwall thanks to Darren Pratley goal

Last Updated: 21/12/14 7:31pm

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Darren Pratley: Fires home the winner for Bolton

Darren Pratley: Fires home the winner for Bolton

Darren Pratley fired Bolton to a rare away win as Neil Lennon's side won 1-0 at Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship.

The midfielder outshone returning Wanderers hero Eidur Gudjohnsen as the visitors collected only their second victory on the road this season - making it seven matches unbeaten overall - and climbed to 14th in the table.

Gudjohnsen was handed his first start since rejoining the club he left 14 years ago for Chelsea, but the 36-year-old striker had departed the field by the time Pratley crashed in a fine second-half winner.

Gudjohnsen did have half a chance in the opening five minutes, when Lee Chung-Yong's cutback reached him on the edge of the area, but the Icelander could not get his shot away in time.

Instead Lee was Bolton's main attacking threat and he got behind the Lions defence again moments later, only for Pratley to head his cross straight at Millwall goalkeeper David Forde.

Forde also kept out Tim Ream's header from the resulting corner, and denied Rob Hall and then Pratley following another mazy run from Lee.

Yet despite Bolton dominating possession, the best two chances of the first half fell to Millwall. First, winger Magaye Gueye's fine ball sent Lee Gregory between the Bolton centre-halves, but the striker, who hit the Lions' winner at Brighton last week from a similar range, this time dragged his angled shot wide.

As half-time approached Andy Wilkinson's cross from the right found Angel Martinez, but the Spaniard's volley flew inches past Andy Lonergan's left-hand post.

There was controversy just after the interval, when Forde's long clearance sent Gregory racing through again. Gregory got to the ball before Lonergan and touched it towards goal before tumbling over the onrushing keeper's challenge, but referee Stuart Attwell ignored Millwall's claims for a penalty.

There were more penalty appeals moments later, when Scott Malone hit the deck in the area, but Attwell waved play on again.

Bolton winger Hall was somehow denied a goal on the hour mark, when his shot cannoned off the inside of the post, flew along the line and off Forde's leg before rolling to safety.

But Pratley struck in the 68th minute, when he collected Lee's fine pass, beat Danny Shittu on the edge of the area and arrowed his shot past Forde and into the net.

Martyn Woolford could have equalised with five minutes remaining, but Lonergan was out quickly to block his shot as Bolton held on for the three points.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
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 45 54
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 45 25


Match Reaction

Holloway unimpressed by Attwell

Holloway unimpressed by Attwell

Ian Holloway let rip at referee Stuart Attwell after Millwall slipped to a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat at home to Bolton.