REPORT: BOLTON 1 ALBION 0
- Albion's unbeaten run ends at Bolton
- Zach Clough scores second-half winner
- Bolton keeper Ben Amos makes three important saves
Albion remain six points above drop zone
Both sides began the day level on 37 points but it was the hosts that reached the 40-point mark at full time thanks to Zach Clough’s 64th minute goal.
Wanderers’ keeper Ben Amos made three excellent stops that set the platform for the Trotters to grab a winner; however, one crumb of comfort for Albion was Millwall’s loss at Rotherham, which keeps Chris Hughton’s side six points above the relegation places.
Albion fielded an unchanged line-up from the eleven that comfortably despatched Leeds United 2-0 at the Amex on Tuesday, with Craig Mackail-Smith making his 100th appearance for the Seagulls.
Adam Le Fondre fired wide within the first two minutes while Neil Danns did find the target moments later, driving a low strike down the throat of David Stockdale.
Albion thought they had opened the scoring on six minutes as Mackail-Smith’s pin-point ball was volleyed goalwards by Sam Baldock, only for Bolton keeper Ben Amos to produce a fantastic reaction save.
After a bright start the game then meandered through to half-time with Tim Ream’s fierce 33rd minute drive the only strike of note before the break.
Beram Kayal forced another good stop from Amos after the re-start as the Israeli’s low shot from distance skipped off the surface forcing the Bolton keeper to push the ball around the post.
Albion’s front two of Mackail-Smith and Baldock combined again but Amos thwarted the latter once more before a scramble in the area almost ended with Mackail-Smith putting Albion ahead, however his strike was blocked as Bolton survived.
The Segaulls were left to rue their profligacy in front of goal as Bolton broke and Zach Clough showed tremendous skill to turn inside Albion’s box before executing a sublime finish to give the hosts the lead.
Hughton’s men tried to respond with Teixeira the main threat, hitting one over the bar and seeing two efforts bravely blocked by David Wheater and Tim Ream.
Bolton’s valour in defence continued to frustrate Albion with Wheater getting in the way of a powerful Kazenga LuaLua drive and, despite some late pressure, the Seagulls left the Macron Stadium empty handed.