Report: Albion 3 Bolton 1Three goals in five second-half minutes helped Albion dispose of bottom club Bolton Wanderers at the Amex.
Oscar Garcia’s side struggled to dismantle a solid Bolton defence in the opening 45 minutes, but the Spaniard’s team produced an excellent display after the break to compound the struggling Trotters to defeat.
Albion trailed at half-time but an intense start to the second half was the catalyst for a rapid comeback as the Seagulls extended their unbeaten run to six games.
Tomasz Kuszczak had produced a terrific early save to deny David Ngog but the Pole was helpless to prevent an unfortunate deflection off David Lopez on 28 minutes; the ball cruelly trickling over the line.
Albion responded although some brave defending saw strikes from Kazenga LuaLua and Rohan Ince blocked, but there was nobody standing in the way of LuaLua’s next effort which cannoned off the bar.
Wanderers were content to sit back and hit on the break but Albion flew out the blocks in the second half and provided a magnificent turnaround within the first 12 minutes.
LuaLua’s excellent delivery from a wide free-kick caused Jay Spearing to inadvertently flick the ball past his own keeper to bring the Seagulls level.
Three minutes later Oscar’s side seized the initiative as Will Buckley picked out Inigo Calderon who stylishly swept home into the bottom corner.
Buckley then added a third to complete an astounding period of play; the winger skilfully cutting inside from the right before driving a left-foot shot past Adam Bogdan.
Alex Baptiste fired wildly over the bar as the visitors searched for a route back into the game before LuaLua tried his luck with a trademark strike from distance.
For all the tremendous defensive work in the first half, Bolton were now struggling to contain an Albion side playing with confidence and potency; LuaLua once again powerfully striking at goal, this time flashing his effort wide.
Craig Conway replaced Ashley Barnes to make his home debut, and it was the Scot’s eloquent chipped cross that nearly led to a fourth goal, but David’s volley crashed against the outside of the post.
Kuszczak had endured a relatively quiet second half but the Polish international was alert to push a daisy cutter from Robert Hall away, and to later punch a Spearing strike to safety as Albion collected the points.