MATCHDAY LIVE: Bolton Wanderers 0 Brighton 2
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And that concludes the post-match press conference
DF: "You get that opportunity, it's not offside, then it is just about the rub of the green"
DF: "David Ngog's wages cover the whole five loans"
DF: "I think the scouting department should very proud of themselves with the players we have brought in on loan"
DF:" The plans is to get younger players and make sure the younger players can handle Championship football"
DF: "There is a light at the end of the tunnel, there is a plan there"
DF: "Every football club needs as many supporters as you can"
DF: "When they got the bit of the rub of the green they took their chances"
DF: "Hats off to Brighton"
DF: "We are disappointed with the result"
Freedman enters the press room
Very short press conference from Nathan Jones, mostly answering questions regarding Will Buckley, expecting Freedman very shortly
NJ: "We are very pleased with the position we are in"
NJ: "As a club we have the best defensive record in the league and we are very proud of that"
Nathan Jones, Brighton assistant manager: "A very pleasing win, to come to a very difficult place"
But back here at the Reebok we are still awaiting the arrival of Dougie Freedman in the press box
Sanmi Odelusi played 63 minutes for MK Dons as were defeated 2-0 at home to Peterborough
Tom Eaves came off the bench for final 27 minutes for Shrewsbury Town as they drew 0-0 with Wolves
A quick look on the loan front; Marvin Sordell played 66 minutes for Charlton in a goalless draw away to Millwall
But as we await the managers, why not give Marc Iles' match report a read by clicking the link here
Stick around for live updates from the post-match press conference and hear what the managers have to say before anyone else!
The referee brings the game to an end. A Will Buckley brace sinks Bolton who suffer their first defeat in six match
Danns a bit enthusiastic in that tackle and gives away a cheap free-kick
That signals the end for most Bolton fans as they head for the exits
And it is headded out as far as Hutton who cuts in onto his weaker left-foot before hitting row z
Moritz to have another go...
He plays it short to Danns who has his shot headed behind by Ulloa
Hutton wins a corner, Moritz to take
There will be a minimum of four minutes added time
Baptiste rises the highest to meet Moritz's cross but his header is wide
Danns and Medo struggle to break through the Brighton back line as they look to sit deep and see pout the remainder of the game
Danns has a free header 10-yards out but fails to direct it on target following Medo's lofted pass
Dunk heads Moritz's cross out for a throw
Mason finds himself in space down the right, dinks a ball to the back-post but Hall fouls Saltor in the process of getting to the ball
Spearing with a strong tackle on Ward to break up that attack, and a long ball towards Hall is overhit
And is cleared unchallenged
Hall wins a corner and sprints to retrieve the ball to take the set-piece..
Lingard is replaced by Rodriguez
Last roll of the dice for Freedman; Danns replaces Wheater
13 minutes remaining and Bolton have yet to show what is required to get anything from this game
Medo gives away possession cheaply and Ream is excellent in winning a free-kick off Ulloa to ammend the situation
Ream is overcrowded as he advances, attempting to crank the hosts up a gear
Ward runs the ball out of play down the left touchline
Moritz has scored on the last two occasions he has come off the bench
Chungy is replaced by Moritz
March replaces Buckley
Chungy's overhit cross goes out for a goalkick
Ince clears Hall's cross from the left out for a throw-in
Forster-Caskey set the midfielder away and he wasn't followed by any white shirt leaving the outcome inevitable
That's two for Brighton and two for Buckley
Neat finish from the midfielder who found himself one-on-one with Bogdan and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner from 12-yards
Buckley doubles Brightons lead
From the throw-in Lingard beats Hutton with a smart turn before curling an effort inches past Bogdans upright
Hutton blocks Ulloa's shot out for a throw-in
Medo's lofted ball is too much for Spearing and Brighton have a goalkick
Bogdan saves down low to his left to keep out Stephens' fierce shot
Medo clatters into Buckley in the box but the referee waves away the protests
The goal music was played a bit played abit prematurely too
Pinball in the Brighton penalty area results in the ball canoning off Mason and into the back of the visitors goal but the assistant referee's flag was swiftly raised to silence Bolton's celebrations
Medo is disposessed as he enters the penalty area
Spearing breaks up a Brighton move and gets Bolton moving forwards
Hutton is fouled in the right-back position
The free-kick is lofted into the box and Dunk deals with the danger
Jutkiewicz wins a free-kick after some solid defensive work from Ream
At the other end Ward misjudges his shot and it flies out for a throw-in
Spearings corner is caught by Kuszczak
Baptiste's cross is aimed towards Jutkiewicz but turned over his own crossbar by Dunk
Hutton gets Bolton on the front foot driving and testing the visitors back line
Spearing tackles Ulloa and the ball falls to Stephens who lashes an effort over the crossbar
Sound substitution by Freedman, Trotter been almost non-existant throughout the game
Trotter is being replaced by Rob Hall
Mason drives a shot across the face of goal with Jutkiewicz sliding in at the back-post a fraction too late
Ream finds Trotter is space at the edge of the area and he shhots across goal with the outside of his foot and the ball spins wide
15,336 is todays official attendance
Medo wins a free-kick in the defensive third
Brighton are keeping the ball well without really penetrating, think Bolton have only had three touches in the opening couple of minutes
Wheater's long ball goes out for a throw-in
Brighton get the second-half underway
The referee brings the first-half to an end
There will be a minimum of one minute added time
Medo hits a shot over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area
Wheater clears the ball under pressure from Buckley
Ream nearly got himself is a muddle failing to clear under pressure from Buckley, fortunately for him the midfielder forgot to take the ball with him too
Ream heads Saltor's cross as far as Buckley, but he drives the follow-up wide of goal
The Bolton fans are begining to find their voices as we approach half-time
The ball just seemed to glide goalwards then with no effort at all by Medo, great save mind
Spearing plays a short free-kick to Medo who side-foots the ball towards goal and the 'keeper tips it onto the crossbar, brilliant save!
Baptiste is brought down one-yard outside the box by Saltor, clever tickery from the full-back to win the free-kick
Stephens attempts a clever through ball to Ulloa but the striker fails to read it and the ball trickles behind for a goalkick
Chungy's pass is aimed for Mason in the Brighton box but falls for Jutkiewicz who was marked tightly by Dunk and he clears
Spearing thunders and effort towards goal and the 'keeper couldn't hold on needing Dunk to mop up the danger
Spearing's delivery evades everybody and out for a Brighton throw-in
Wheater heads Chungy's delivery goalwards and Kuszczak was equal to it tipping over the crossbar
Spearing delivers and Greer heads behind for another corner on the opposite side
Chungy runs at Stephens down the left and wins a corner
Ream beats Stephens to a ball over the top and smashes the ball clear
Spearing gets a telling off for a tackle on Forster-Caskey
Ulloa is caught offside and Wheater aims the free-kick towards Jutkiewicz
Wheater heads clear Ulloa's cross as far as Ince who slices his shot and Bogdan collects comfortably
Bolton break with Trotter who aims a cross towards Mason but Greer is perfectly positioned to deal with the danger
Saltor has acres of space down the right-hand side and Ream comes to the rescue clearing at the feet of Ulloa
Spearing attempts a long-range effort but it is closed down by Ince
From the throw-in Hutton's left-footed delivery is headed clear
And Bolton launch a counter-attack with Medo who slips in Jutkiewicz wide left but his cross is blocked out for a throw-in
Saltor's delivery from the right is headed away by Baptiste
An acrobatic cross from Mason is caught easily by Kuszczak
The Seagulls are keeping the ball well thus far, looking a real danger every time they bring the ball forwards
And Chungy's delivery is caught by the 'keeper
Spearings corner is headed down by Baptiste but cleared by Forster-Caskey
The ball works its way to Baptiste on the left-hand side who bends an effort towards the top far corner of the goal and Kuszczak tips the ball around the post
Trotter wins a throw-in on the right-hand side mid-way into the Brighton half
Ulloa heads Buckley's cross from the right over the crossbar
Baptiste smashes the ball into the stand as Saltor advances down the right flank
Dangerman Ulloa delivered a low cross that Buckley flicked towards goal forcing Bogdan into a brilliant reaction save, before the midfielder picked out the top corner in style from an acute angle to give the visitors the lead
Splendid finish from a tight angle at the second attempt
Buckley scores for Brighton
Spearings corner is caught by Kuszczak
Pressure from Bolton wins the ball back and Chungy finds Jutkiewicz in space who picks out a low cross for Mason but Ward produces a brilliant tackle to turn the ball behind for a corner
Long cross-field ball by Wheater aimed at Chungy is overhit and ends up out of play for a Brighton throw
Ream's corner is played short and cleared by the visitors
The corner finds its way to Ream at the back-posyt who smashes a shot off Ward and out for a corner at the other end
Bolton win a corner and Spearing delivers
Medo drives dwon the right channel and Jutkiewicz opens up space for Mason to receive to ball but Lingard in back to help his defence out and smashed the ball clear
Jutkiewicz drives into the box ignoring the help of Mason to his left but his shot is blocked by a superb recovery tackle by Greer
And Bogdan punts the ball up field and it is headed away by Dunk
Bolton are happy to keep the ball at the back for the time being
Medo mops up a swift Brigton attack before Chungy is fouled in the centre-cirlce
The free-kick is cleared as far as Baptiste, who plays a one-two with Mason before delivering a central cross that is dealt with by Greer
Bolton then break and Jutkiewicz wins a free-kick on the right-hand side of the half-way line
The corner is played to Caskey at the edge of the area who is closed down quickly by Trotter
And out of nothing Brighton nearly take an early lead. Ward's cross catchers Bogdan by suprise and he is forced at full-stretch to tip the ball behind for a corner
Now Brighton have the ball in the left-back position and play it around the defence giving everyone an early touch
And from the right touch line the ball in carried to the left by Chungy, and then back to Medo on the right
And Bolton head straight for the Brighton box with a long pass, headed into touch by Greer
Bolton get the first-half underway
That would explain his complete exlusion from todays squad
A word from the Bolton press office that Davies could have a virus
Spearing tosses the coin and Brighton win the toss, choosing to stay defending their own goal
Well we are about to find out....
And back to two up front for the Whites, surely this will guarantee us goals?
After two very satisfactory away performances here we go in front of the home faithful once again
And the players head out of the tunnel and begin their pre-match rituals
Around five minutes to kick-off here at the Reebok as the players begin to spill into the tunnel
A quick look at todays opponents - their key threat coming in the form of Leonardo Ulloa who has 10 goals in 20 appearances this season
Wonder how they'd fare against the current side??
The team that day... Bolton: Al Habsi, Hunt, Cahill, Meite, Samuel, Joey O'Brien, Guthrie, Teymourian (Braaten 71), Giannakopoulos, Vaz Te, Helguson (Woolfe 76).
Subs Not Used: Walker, Harsanyi, Sinclair, Sissons, Jamieson.
Six years to the day since Wanderers went out of the UEFA Cup to Sporting Lisbon. Not a memory or a team selection that fans will remember fondly.
And it is all new surroundings for the man in the middle today having never officiated Bolton or Brighton before
Todays referee is Scott Duncan from Northumberland
The camera work leaves me a bit queasy - but it was the best I could find!
Here's a reminder of the last time the two sides last met here.
Wanderers have only beaten Brighton twice in the league. Ever. And last time they were here a certain Ashley Barnes managed to get himself in hot water.
Yes - definitely nice to see another local lad on the bench. Kellett has been playing midfield for the development squad when I have seen him.
@MarcIles nice to see threlkeld on the bench, is hayden white unavailable? Kellet seems to have gone off of radar— @BwfcCallum 15 March 2014
And wouldn't you know... We give Mark Davies the big build up and he fails to show. Read what Freedman had to say on his midfielder here.
No Beckford (again) today - Read why here
I asked Dougie Freedman whether his targets for this season had changed after the current run of form. Read what he had to say here
Sixties music seems the theme pre-match. Just had a bit of Small Faces, now Cream (Sunshine of Your Love).
2:10pm Sat 15 Mar 14
J J J J says
Davies, caught the ear infection going round?
That would me my guess...
@marciles same formation as brighton it wud seem.. Team on paper lacks creativity. Wot u think marc? An no beckford again— @philduncalf 15 March 2014
@MarcIles no mavies?? Lee in for danns? Was going for a win but dont know now. Trotter too slow and lee not strong enough— @icedgraphics 15 March 2014
@MarcIles two games unchanged then he changes it all again— @peterwilkinso12 15 March 2014
@MarcIles can't say I saw that team coming!— @BwfcCallum 15 March 2014
Youngsters Vela & Threlkeld make the bench
No Davies in the squad altogether
So four changes for the Wanderers; Wheater, Trotter, Chungy & Mason come in for Knight, Danns, Davies & Moritz
BRIGHTON SUBS: Brezovan (GK), Calderon, Chicksen, David, Rodriguez, LuaLua, March.
BRIGHTON: Kuszczak, Bruno, Dunk, Greer, Ward; Ince, Forster-Caskey, Stephens; Lingard, Buckley, Ulloa
BWFC subs: Lee-Barrett, Knight, Threlkeld, Vela, Moritz, Danns, Hall
BWFC: Bogdan, Hutton, Baptiste, Wheater, Ream, Medo, Spearing, Lee, Trotter, Mason, Jutkiewicz
1:42pm Sat 15 Mar 14
J J J J says
Hoping Mason returns to the line-up, no doubt the result at derby was a positive one in my opinion, Do we know If Bolton are considering buying 'The Juke' read he wants to join and feels its a prefect fit, I am very much inclined to agree.
@MarcIles Simple answer - no. It's been tried and failed.— @BeckettDaniel 15 March 2014
@MarcIles I was hoping it wouldn't have to.— @Monkbythesea 15 March 2014
@MarcIles Surely it has to be 4 4 2— @thewanderer58 15 March 2014
@MarcIles well it hasn't worked whatsoever this season so no.— @JamesBWFC22 15 March 2014
My pre-match question: Can DF play 4-5-1 at home?
Lukas Jutkiewicz played up front on his own on Tuesday night - can Freedman get away with doing that again?
I fall very much in the latter camp. But why deny people a chance to moan, eh?
That result seems to have split people's opinion - some feeling it was a 90-minute snoozefest, others that it was a valid point against a team riding high in the Championship.
Dougie Freedman wishes Stu Holden all the best in his programme notes and also praises "determination and resilience" in the draw at Derby.
Kiudos to Wanderers for the food today. Hadn't been in the press room five minutes by the time they produced some chicken and ham pie for the assembled journos. Very nice it was too.
That spring weather I keep reading about obviously hasn't spread to this part of Horwich. It's windy and grey at the Reebok.
Good afternoon folks - and welcome to Matchday Live!
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vs Brighton (league only)
PLAYED - 11
WON - 2
DRAWN - 4
LOST - 5
FOR - 10
AGAINST - 14
PLAYED - 4
WON - 3
DRAWN - 0
LOST - 1
FOR - 12
AGAINST - 4
Biggest win: 6-1 (FA Cup game in 1934)
Biggest defeat: 3-1 in the Championship earlier this season.
Brighton 1 Wanderers 1
DAVID Ngog performed a stoppage time rescue act after Wanderers had been pummelled at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton hit the woodwork three times over the course of 90 minutes and saw a penalty saved by Adam Bogdan.
Defender Bruno opened the scoring on 54 minutes with a low strike from the edge of the box and looked to have handed Gus Poyet’s three points.
Ngog, pictured, saved the day with a strike six minutes into injury time.
Brighton 1 Wanderers 2
IAN Greaves’ Wanderers returned to top spot with a hard-earned win at the old Goldstone Ground.
The Super Whites had lost just once in their first 10 games and leapfrogged Tottenham at the top of the table thanks to goals from Peter Reid and Roy Greaves.
By the end of the season, Brighton were controversially denied promotion by a single goal, as Spurs and Southampton played out a draw on the final day that meant both teams gained promotion, alongside champions Wanderers.
FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS
The Scottish midfielder joined Wanderers for £250,000 from Spurs and he made 34 appearances, scoring four goals.
He moved on to Brighton for £220,000 in 1980 and made more than a century of appearances for the Seagulls before signing for Manchester City.
Jet-heeled winger who played 165 times for Wanderers, scoring 15 goals, and was part of Phil Neal’s side that lifted the Sherpa Van Trophy, playing as the substitute at Wembley.
Signing for Brighton in 1995, he became the last-ever goalscorer at the Goldstone Ground as he hit the winner against Doncaster Rovers to help keep the Seagulls in the Football League. His goal is still shown before every home game.
ONE TO WATCH
The Manchester United winger has yet to really sparkle for Brighton since signing on loan a month ago but is rated highly in these parts.
The 21-year-old has already featured against Wanderers once this season, playing for Birmingham City in their 2-1 defeat at St Andrew’s back in October.
He is expected to play wide on the left for Oscar Garcia’s side, linking with full-back Stephen Ward.
WANDERERS TEAM NEWS
WANDERERS are sweating on the fitness of Joe Mason, pictured, ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Brighton.
The striker was unwell in midweek, which forced him to sit out the 0-0 draw at Derby, and now has an ear infection.
The same complaint will sideline Andy Lonergan, although Dougie Freedman says he is “hopeful” that Mason will be able to play some part at the Reebok.
Matt Mills is still a week away from returning to training, while Jermaine Beckford is still doubtful.
Longer-term absentees Joe Riley (knee), Marc Tierney (broken leg), Stu Holden (knee) and Darren Pratley (shoulder) are definitely out.
BRIGHTON TEAM NEWS
Keith Andrews, pictured, is ineligible to play against his parent club, which should mean a start for former Bury midfielder Dale Stephens who missed the 2-0 win over QPR with a foot injury.
Captain Gordon Greer is also set to come back into the team at centre-half after suspension, with Lewis Dunk likely to make way.
Craig Mackail-Smith is out with a hamstring problem, while Andrew Crofts and Will Hoskins are both missing with knee injuries.
Andrea Orlandi is also a major doubt with a thigh problem.
Like line-up (4-1-2-3): Kuszczak; Bruno, Greer, Upson, Ward; Ince; Stephens, Caskey; Lingaard, Ulloa, Buckley.
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