Bolton recorded their first league win of 2019 last night. The 1-0 victory over Birmingham sees Wanderers win for the first time since boxing day and gives a huge boost to their survival hopes.
Everton loanee Callum Connolly scored the only goal of the game in the 71st minute to give Wanderers their slender lead. Thankfully, they were able to stave off several attacks by the home side in the dying minutes to claim a much-needed win.
Goalkeeper Remi Matthews was on hand right at the death to thwart Birmingham’s advances in a man-of-the-match-worthy performance.
The result doesn’t improve Bolton’s position in the league sadly. They remain in 23rd place. However, the win has moved them level with Reading and sees the Trotters now just two points from safety.
Beating Birmingham not only gives Bolton their first away win since August, but it’s also the first time Wanderers have done the double over a Championship team since beating Cardiff home and away in 2014/15.
The win could not have come at a better time for Phil Parkinson’s men and their survival bid. The Trotters are set to face Norwich City at the weekend and Leeds the following week. Although after Wanderers’ spirited performance at Carrow Road earlier this season, could they get a more positive result against Norwich?
Either way, a few more results like last night’s and Wanderers could just about pull off another relegation-beating miracle. Fingers crossed.