HARRY Brockbank believes he may be “cursed” in front of goal for Wanderers but doesn’t mind while the points column continues to tick over.

The homegrown defender was initially awarded the opening goal of the day against Leyton Orient but it soon became clear that O’s full-back Josh Brophy had got the decisive touch.

Brockbank – making his 26th senior appearance – has yet to score for Bolton and changed his mind about laying claim to Saturday’s own goal.

“I watched it back just then and I was going to claim it but the lads were having a laugh about it, and I just can’t, it’s an obvious own goal.

“I think I’m cursed this season, what with the one disallowed against Cambridge, this one… It doesn’t look like I am going to get one!

“But the result makes up for it. Everyone from Gillo to Doyler gave it 100 per cent and we could have been two or three up but I was just happy to get a clean sheet and three points.”

Wanderers failed to score in the first half for the fifth game running but Brockbank was pleased to report that the team’s frustrating habit of conceding the first goal was not continued.

“We said before the game that we had to be resolute and make sure we didn’t concede anything cheap,” he said. “I think previously we have lost goals early in games so we wanted to start bright and make sure we didn’t give them any chances.

“We could build on that and work our way into the game. We had Nathan’s chance in the first half but when we got the two in quick succession it was a massive relief, and we could have had two or three after that as well.

“I don’t think there was concern at half time. I felt like we needed to carry on doing what we was doing. We felt like we were going to get three points and if you start thinking like that then you are just putting pressure on yourself. We wanted to carry on that way.”

Ian Evatt made six changes on the day, including bringing Arthur Gnahoua in for his first start since October.

Brockbank was pleased to see the winger given his opportunity after a few bright cameos from the bench in the last few weeks.

“I hate playing against him in training, you don’t know whether he’s going to go right foot, left foot, and he works hard off the ball as well,” he said. “I don’t think people see that. When he is playing in front of you he can give you a real breather when he is running up and down.

“He deserved his chance. He’d come on against Exeter and got his goal and he worked hard to get a start.”