The Bolton and Fleetwood match saw players scrap, one fan falls over a railing, and Thomason was spotted in a hilarious shithouse moment.
Carlos Mendes Gomes with some magic in the first half wasn’t enough to earn the hosts anything against their opposition, as the League One fixture ended in a 2-1 win for the visitors courtesy of late goals by Conor Bradley and Oladapo Afolayan.
The game got underway at a very high tempo, the Trotters came out of the traps the faster of the two sides, but Josh Earl and Toto Nsiala were solid at the back for Fleetwood, alongside Harrison Holgate.
The first chance of the game came after 11 minutes with Elias Kachunga driving inside the Cods’ box, but his shot was all too easy for Jay Lynch to receive.
Fleetwood then hit back with an attempt of their own three minutes later when Holgate got his head onto a swinging cross by Danny Andrew.
The Cods however put themselves in the lead when Mendes Gomes hit his shot past James Trafford in the Trotters’ goal.
It was end-to-end for most of the game, Bolton started fast but slowed after Scott Brown’s men found their groove. Josh Earl found his way into the box and sent the ball across the face of goal, but nobody was there to tap it in.
Then it was the turn for Andrew to have an opportunity, though he ended up seeing his shot go over the bar, which was the last chance of the first 45 as more of the same was expected after the break.
Bolton wanted a reaction straight away having gone one down in the first half, but it seemed to be more Fleetwood creating chances. As Mendes Gomes found Earl, wit the defender having a great chance on goal as his effort was very narrowly wide of the target.
Bolton came back with a flurry of efforts, one moment saw the some pinball in and around box, but nothing came of the chances for Ian Evatt’s men.
Some superb defending from Nsiala soon followed as he managed to do enough to deny Bolton’s Dion Charles from doing anything with the ball in the 57th minute.
Lynch pulled off a fantastic save to deny Owen Beck from inside the area, keeping the scoreline in the hosts’ favour.
With 35 minutes remaining, Afolayan powered Bolton forwards but to no prevail as his cross was drilled across the goal with no Bolton forward to make contact.
Most of the second half saw the visitors try to get an equaliser as they piled on the pressure throughout.
Rooney, who was becoming an influential figure in the game, ran down the right flank and struck an effort which hit the post of the goal. Nearly 2-0 Fleetwood.
As the game got down to its final five minutes, Bolton got one back thanks to Bradley who got on the end of a drilled cross by Kieran Sadlier. Then the points were snatched when Afolayan converted from close range to secure the win for Bolton.
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Rooney. The guy that should have a red for elbowing beck. pic.twitter.com/FRP9N85JzT
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Town XI: Lynch (GK), Andrew, Mendes Gomes (Omochere 60’), Vela (C), Morton, Warrington, Holgate, Nsiala, Batty (Lane 87’), Rooney, Earl.
Unused subs: Stolarczyk (GK), Wiredu, J.Garner, G.Garner, Johnston.
Trotters XI: Trafford (GK), Jones, Almeida Santos (C), Johnston, Charles (Bodvarsson 63’), Morley, Afolayan, Bradley, Kachunga (Sheehan 82’), Thomason, Beck (Sadlier 79’).
Unused subs: John, Williams, Iredale, Toal.
Bolton boss Ian Evatt: I’m delighted. I think that’s the best we’ve played for a long time, probably since that run of four successive wins, I thought we were excellent. I thought we completely controlled and dominated the game.
The goal was massively against the run of play, an excellent finish from a good player, but the way we kept on probing, the way we stuck to our principles, the way we constantly asked questions, and yes, we missed chances. We all know the scoreline flattered them today, but it was the way and the mentality and the mindset of the players to not feel sorry for themselves, to get the ball back, go again, stay positive, keep the positive messaging, keep reinforcing what we’re trying to do and eventually we got exactly what we deserved.
Twitter users reacted as Bolton and Fleetwood players scrap, a fan falls over a railing, and Thomason got in a hilarious shithouse moment…
@will_hupton: we never do it easy do we #bwfc
@andybroomeBWFC: Fully together this team, all of them. Time to put a crap month or so behind us and really kick on now. E I E I E I O #bwfc
@TombWomble: I like it when they prove me wrong but why do we have to do it like that! Onwards and upwards! #bwfc
@joeoldfield2000: We are so much better when we overload the wide positions and get low crosses into the box but we only seem to do that when we’re a goal behind #bwfc
@IanEcc01: Well done Evatt substitutions had a massive affect. But please start with Sadlier #bwfc
@LCBWFC92: Mad what happens when you bring your better players on #bwfc
@bwfc_archie5: Utter domination, utter control. The ability to bring on such creative players off the bench gives us these consistent late comebacks. You can argue they should start but maybe they wouldn’t have the same effect. Dapo superb today and once we start utilising him…😍 COYWM
@kianb_: Can we just take a minute to notice how horrific that referee was today, I can think of at least 2 blatant red cards not given #bwfc
@andybroomeBWFC: Two of life’s great mysteries; where that referee got his qualifications and how Fleetwood finished that game with 11 men. Horrible, dirty, cheating little bastards got what they deserved. Should have expected no less from a team managed by that thug Scott Brown 🤮 #bwfc
@bwfc_elliot: Can’t lie started the match in the home end but was in the away end by the end #bwfc
@ktsmith54: Where do they find these refs though? More has got to be done. It’s dire every week. Even the Fleetwood commentators said what was the point in the 4th official today with some of the challenges right in front of him that he ignored. Batty being one of them kicking out! #bwfc
@Jack_BWFC2021: Incredible. TRUST THE PROCESS. Sads, Dapo, Sheehan and JDB have to start games they are the difference. Thank god the chances we missed didn’t cost us. Need to be better in the final third and with set pieces. Evatt stop doing this I’ve almost had a heart attack 😂 #bwfc
@kianb_: Whatever Evatt said at half time worked absolute fucking wonders, that second half couldn’t be further from the first. Exactly what we’re capable of, play 90 like that instead of 45 and we’ll be absolutely fine #bwfc
@NathanDooner: Fucking unbelievable! Work Monday to Friday for days like that😮💨 @OfficialBWFC #bwfc
@CiaranBWFC2002: What a fucking win, massive turnaround and I’ve got to say the best football we’ve played in weeks. Dion Charles however is simply not the answer, Bodvarsson and Sadlier to start at the weekend #bwfc
@BwfcFans: Second half very good. Stop conceding first and we’ll be fine. Sads, Dapo, Sheehan and Jon Dadi have to start next weekend. 👍 #bwfc
@andybroomeBWFC: Thank Christ for that. Thoroughly deserved, brilliant 2nd half performance. So much better than recent weeks, we need to use this now. Fleetwood are a horrible team, should have had 3 red cards. Referees incompetent again. Overall, brilliant 3pts 😍 #bwfc
Bolton score 2 in the last 5 minutes, the winner in the 95th to come from 1-0 down to win away at Fleetwood today.
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