U18s: Bolton 1-0 Millwall

Alex Samizadeh fires ninth goal of the season to help young Whites clinch victory

Bolton Wanderers Under-18s clinched their fourth successive victory as they beat Millwall 1-0 at home on Saturday.

In an even contest with limited chances at either end, the Whites enjoyed the better of the second half and were unfortunate not to take the lead on the hour-mark – Alex Samizadeh clipping the bar with a deflected strike.

However, the forward was not to be denied for long as he scored what proved to be the winner soon after with his ninth strike from just six Under-18s outings.

Running onto Jack Earing’s pinpoint through-ball, the 16-year-old made no mistake as he rifled home into the top corner from 25-yards to fire Bolton ahead, and to ultimately seal the points.

"It was a closely-fought game with little between the two sides," Under-18s coach David Lee told bwfc.co.uk after the final whistle. "Having cancelled each other out in the first half, we were much improved in the second half, after a couple of telling tactical decisions.

"We defended well, and got stronger as the game went on. Our shape and discipline was very pleasing with Millwall testing us with some good phases of play.

"We stood up to a different challenge again and were resolute and strong, keeping a clean sheet.

"Four wins back-to-back is pleasing. It shows the players are taking things on board and you can see the development, both technically and tactically."


Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Spooner, Lonsdale, Honeyball, Kale (Brockbank 15), Earing, McKenna (White 55), Marsh, Samizadeh, Palmer, Pearson (Likoy-Elumba 65).

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