KEITH Hill wants to keep expectations in check after seeing his Bolton side romp away with three points against MK Dons.

Daryl Murphy’s late winner sealed a third successive league win and put the club into positive equity for the first time this season after a 12-point deduction for going into administration.

The mood among fans leaving the UniBol was jubilant – but Hill wants players and fans to keep emotions in check for the time being.

“It is a scoreboard day, today,” he said. “The good thing about the performance was the clean sheet.

“You have always got a chance. Sometimes it’s just not your day and my players have given everything. The massive mountain we are still trying to climb – people seem to have forgotten that.

“Maybe I have created too much of an expectation that we should be beating every team in League One now. That’s not fair, it’s not just.

“That group of players are working their socks off to try and win a football match. If we hadn’t won that one there would have been a little bit of frustration but all I can do is support this group, who have done everything to get to positive points.

“The feeling in the dressing room is amazing. It’s a scoreboard victory, not a performance victory, but what was good about the performance was the clean sheet.

Wanderers had endured a tough afternoon against a Dons side reduced to 10 men after a red card issued to George Williams on 66 minutes for pushing Thibaud Verlinden in the face.

The visitors hit the post in the first half through Bolton old boy Joe Mason and though Bolton improved after the break, a missed penalty from Daryl Murphy in the 90th minute suggested a point was as good as it was going to get.

The same player pounced to turn in Luke Murphy’s low cross two minutes later, meaning Wanderers have now achieved Hill’s first target – plus points – ahead of schedule.

The manager reiterated, however, that people must remember how far the club has come in such a short space of time.

“There are a lot of psychological barriers we have to break down. This is a massive football club and it should have massive ambition in the future but right here, right now, we are in the mire. Don’t forget that we are still in the mire,” he said.

“We haven’t cobbled a team together, we have brought a group together who have character and want to fight. Sometimes they get it wrong, they will make mistakes, they are not going to win every game. If we do, I think I might be Manchester City’s next manager.

“But that’s highly unlikely because I know the footballing land we are operating in. I have been working in League One for the last six years and I know what other clubs are operating within.”