2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Tom Elliott (34')
  • Ben Marshall (63')

Millwall move into play-off places after beating Bolton

Millwall moved into the Sky Bet Championship play-off places and pushed Bolton closer to the drop zone with a 2-0 victory at the Macron Stadium.
Striker Tom Elliott headed Neil Harris' in-form Londoners in front after 34 minutes.
Ben Marshall, who created Elliott's goal, then doubled Millwall's advantage after 62 minutes to stretch his team's unbeaten league run to 16 games and gain a first win at Bolton for 45 years.
In contrast, Wanderers slipped to a fourth successive defeat though Barnsley's defeat at Ipswich leaves Phil Parkinson's strugglers outside the bottom three ahead of Saturday's trip to Oakwell.
Millwall, unbeaten in the league since New Year's Day, showed first. Lee Gregory miskicked in front of goal to prevent Wanderers slipping behind in the first few minutes.
Bolton retaliated with a fierce, angled shot from Sammy Ameobi with Lions keeper Jordan Archer relieved to watch it go behind.
Archer then clutched a Craig Noone shot on his line after an Ameobi cross sparked a six-yard box melee.
The home side continued to seize the initiative and Noone was unfortunate to see a goal-bound shot deflected behind for a corner by Shaun Williams.
A dreadful back pass from Jed Wallace then gave Adam Le Fondre a great opportunity to break the deadlock.
Charging into the area the veteran striker delayed his shot moments too long and Jake Cooper slid in with a superb tackle.
Bolton continued to press and skipper Darren Pratley, restored to the side after a shin injury, unleashed a right foot volley from 20 yards that Archer grabbed at the second time of asking.
It was against the run of play when the visitors hit the front with a simple but well-constructed and finished goal.
Marshall's cross from the Wanderers left was towards the six-yard box and Elliott, preferred in the starting line-up to Steve Morison, rose above Lions old boy Mark Beevers to head in his sixth goal of the campaign.
Noone fired over from just outside the area as the opening period came to an end.
Trotters boss Parkinson finally made a change to try and reverse their decline with Noone and Derik taken off and Filipe Morais and Zach Clough coming on with 30 minutes to go.
Soon Clough was back-tracking in vain as Mahlon Romeo raced 80 metres before pulling the ball back for Marshall to fire home right-footed from 15 yards.
That was the game over as a contest, despite a couple of long-range efforts from Ameobi and Le Fondre, while Marshall was denied a second goal by Ben Alnwick's fingertips.

English League Championship Standings

1 West Bromwich Albion 12 +9 25
2 Leeds United 12 +9 23
3 Swansea City 12 +7 22
4 Nottingham Forest 12 +6 22
5 Queens Park Rangers 12 0 22
6 Preston North End 12 +10 21
7 Charlton Athletic 12 +6 21
8 Sheffield Wednesday 12 +7 20
9 Bristol City 12 +2 20
10 Fulham 12 +8 19
11 Cardiff City 12 0 17
12 Birmingham City 12 -4 16
13 Brentford 12 +1 15
14 Blackburn Rovers 12 -2 15
15 Derby County 12 -3 15
16 Luton Town 12 -2 14
17 Millwall 12 -5 14
18 Wigan Athletic 12 -6 14
19 Hull City 12 -3 13
20 Reading 12 -5 11
21 Middlesbrough 12 -6 10
22 Huddersfield Town 12 -6 9
23 Stoke City 12 -9 8
24 Barnsley 12 -14 7