Report: Millwall 2-1 Bolton

DARIUS Henderson scored a late winner to propel Millwall out of the relegation zone and extend the Lions' unbeaten run to three matches.

Henderson drilled in Andy Keogh's pass in the 89th minute – his second goal of the game – to secure a deserved victory for Kenny Jackett's side, just when Bolton looked to have escaped with a point.

Manager Jackett was forced to make one change to his starting line-up from the draw with Bristol City in midweek, handing a debut to loan signing Mark Beevers in place of the suspended Shane Lowry.

Millwall were the better of the two sides in the first half and created a number of chances which could have seen them three or four goals up by the break.

Their first came after James Henry capitalised on Stephen Warnock's error and squared the ball for Chris Wood, who was thwarted by Tyrone Mears as he went to pull the trigger.

The Lions thought they had taken the lead in the eighth minute when Henry's cross picked out the towering figure of Danny Shittu, whose header found the net only to be ruled out for an apparent push on keeper Adam Bogdan.

But the home side's pressure eventually bore fruit on eighteen minutes when Malone – whose overlapping runs caused Bolton problems throughout – played in Henderson, who twisted and turned before firing a deflected shot past Bogdan.

Malone almost went from provider to scorer when Henderson chipped the ball into his path, but pressure from Mears meant the winger fired his shot wide as he burst into the area.

Millwall should have doubled their lead a minute before the interval when Henry delivered another inviting cross which bewildered defender Matt Mills and found Wood, but he nodded inches wide.

That miss seemed costly when Chris Eagles' ferocious free-kick fizzed through the Lions' wall and under keeper David Forde to draw Bolton level just five minutes into the second-half.

The visitors were then awarded a penalty in the 63rd minute when Alan Dunne was penalised for bundling Eagles over in the box – but the winger fired the resulting spot-kick high and wide and the score remained 1-1.

Bogdan had to be at full-stretch to keep out Henderson's driven free-kick as the Lions, buoyed by Eagles' miss, pushed forward in search of a winner.

However, clear-cut chances were few and far between after that and Beevers looked to have passed up a final chance when he headed Jack Smith's looping free-kick only straight into the arms of Bogdan.

But substitute Keogh broke forward and sprayed a pass into the path of Henderson, who crafted space and buried his shot into the far corner to win it at the death.

Millwall:Forde, Dunne, Smith, Abdou, Shittu, Beevers, Malone (Batt 84), Trotter, Henderson, Wood (Keogh 72), Henry (C Taylor 72).

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Eagles, Andrews (Pratley 78), Ngog (Afobe 70), Knight, Davies, Warnock, M.Davies, Spearing.

Conor Sefton

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