In quotes: Bristol Rovers v Bolton rounds up manger, player and local press post-match reaction following Wanderers' midweek victory over the Pirates

Wanderers clinched a third successive win to move top of the Sky Bet League One table after beating Bristol Rovers on Wednesday night.

Rounding up the manager, player and local press' post-match reaction alike, offers the final word on the match... 

How saw it...
Bolton Wanderers made it three Sky Bet League One wins from three and maintained their perfect start to the season with victory at Bristol Rovers.

In front of 700 travelling fans, Josh Vela fired Wanderers into an early lead at the Memorial Stadium. Jay Spearing’s wonderful free kick then doubled the advantage before the interval.

The Gas responded through Ellis Harrison early in the second half, but in the end the margin of victory could have been greater as Wanderers secured all three points and leapfrogged to the top of league table.

We’re very pleased. It was a tough game against Bristol Rovers – you only have to look at their record where they’d had 15 out of 16 wins in the league at home leading up to this game to see that.

To take 46 points out of a possible 48, we knew that it was going to be tough but we did well.

It was a very partisan crowd who were right behind the team and that was a real challenge for us tonight, but we came through it with flying colours.

It’s a great feeling and it’s what we wanted at the start of the season. We’ve shown this season that if we go behind or concede that we stick together. We’ve started well and now we just need to keep it going.

Whether they witnessed it in person or not, Wanderers fans will wake up tomorrow morning and rub their eyes in disbelief at the top of the League One table.

Three games, three wins – two of them away – represents the best start to a campaign in 15 years and one barely imaginable considering the club’s circumstances over the last 12 months.

Away wins are apparently like London buses for the Whites. We wait 495 agonising days for one and then two come along in four days.

That Phil Parkinson’s side were able to build on three points at Wimbledon was down to two goals in 20 breathless minutes.

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