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Bolton 0-2 Millwall: Tom Elliott and Ben Marshall score at Macron Stadium to send visitors into play-off spots

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 10/04/2018 Glen Williams

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.  

a group of football players on a field: Tom Elliot's header helped Millwall beat Bolton to climb into the promotion play-off spots © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tom Elliot's header helped Millwall beat Bolton to climb into the promotion play-off spots

Tom Elliot's header helped Millwall beat Bolton to climb into the promotion play-off spots

a group of football players on a field: The forward flew through the air and beat Bolton's Mark Beevers to the header to score © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The forward flew through the air and beat Bolton's Mark Beevers to the header to score

The forward flew through the air and beat Bolton's Mark Beevers to the header to score

a group of football players on a field: Ben Marshall, who created Elliott's goal, then doubled Millwall's advantage after 62 minutes © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ben Marshall, who created Elliott's goal, then doubled Millwall's advantage after 62 minutes

Ben Marshall, who created Elliott's goal, then doubled Millwall's advantage after 62 minutes

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.  

MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE 

BOLTON: Alnwick, Flanagan, Wheater, Beevers, A Taylor, Derik (Clough 61), Henry, Ameobi, Pratley (Vela 76), Noone (Morais 61), Le Fondre

Subs not used: Buckley, Robinson, Burke, Howard,  

MILLWALL: Archer, Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith, Wallace, Saville, Williams, Marshall (Onyedinma 90), Gregory (Cahill 86), Elliott (Morrison 78)

Subs not used: Martin, Tunnicliffe, O'Brien, Shackell

Goals: Elliott 34, Marshall 63

Referee: Robert Jones

Attendance: 13,810

a group of football players on a field: Marshall wheels off to celebrate after doubling Millwall's lead at Macron Stadium © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Marshall wheels off to celebrate after doubling Millwall's lead at Macron Stadium

Marshall wheels off to celebrate after doubling Millwall's lead at Macron Stadium

Tim Cahill holding a sign: Elliott of Millwall and Tim Cahill celebrate at full time after the Lions secure the win © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Elliott of Millwall and Tim Cahill celebrate at full time after the Lions secure the win

Elliott of Millwall and Tim Cahill celebrate at full time after the Lions secure the win

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.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Manager Neil Harris makes his way to the travelling fans to acknowledge them at full-time © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Manager Neil Harris makes his way to the travelling fans to acknowledge them at full-time

Manager Neil Harris makes his way to the travelling fans to acknowledge them at full-time

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.

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