BOLTON clinched their first away victory since August as they put a shock dent in Sheffield United’s promotion problem.
Gary Madine’s first-half aim was sufficient to destroy the Blades’ hopes of breaking a document as three factors would have taken them to their highest factors tally ever in a calendar 12 months.
United started to probe early on as Mark Duffy labored his method round Reece Burke within the Bolton defence. His cross discovered Billy Sharp within the space, however the probability got here to nothing as he headed extensive.
Former Sheffield Wednesday participant Madine returned to town hang-out United followers after he broke the impasse 21 minutes in.
A low cross was drilled via the United defence and onto the toes of the Bolton striker, who tucked away the shut-vary effort.
Blades supervisor Chris Wilder determined after 31 minutes it was time to change issues up, introducing George Baldock for Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Leon Clarke squandered an opportunity to stage the scores for United when Duffy’s via ball set him although however he couldn’t divert the ball previous Ben Alnwick, who rushed out to meet him.
Clarke got here into the second half wanting to flip issues spherical sooner quite than later. The striker created quite a few probabilities however struggled to discover the again of the web.
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An amazing show of trickery from Madine on the left flank, touching the ball via the legs of a defender and surging into the field, ended when his shot went straight to the toes of the keeper.
United’s greatest probability of the half glanced extensive of the put up off Jack O’Connell’s head after Fleck’s free-kick was whipped in.
United’s second substitution of the day noticed captain Sharp retire to the bench as Will Buckley, who missed the beginning line-up due to considerations over his health, was launched.
Bolton keeper Alnwick then produced an excellent save to deny the house aspect an equaliser on 66 minutes when he dived to beat away a fierce effort from Baldock.
And then the Blades had been left holding their heads in stoppage time when Clarke someway despatched his effort over the bar from contained in the six-yard field.