In quotes: Millwall v Bolton

The final word on Wanderers' victory over the Lions as rounds up manager, player and local press post-match reaction

Wanderers clinched their fourth win and fourth clean sheet in a row courtesy of a 2-0 win away at Millwall on Tuesday 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 four wins and four clean sheets on the spin as goals in each half from Sammy Ameobi and David Wheater sealed victory against Millwall at the New Den.

Phil Parkinson’s men continued their fine run of form to embolden their pursuit of automatic promotion.

It was a polished display from the men in yellow who showed a solidity in defence and finesse in their finishing.

Both goals were of the highest which sent the small but vociferous travelling battalion of Wanderers fans back up north in great spirits

How Phil Parkinson saw it...
We’re very pleased. It’s a real test coming to Millwall, especially on a Tuesday night. A test of the resolve and character of the group and I think we came through it with flying colours. 

It was a great start for us. We probably took our foot off the gas for a short period after that, but we showed all the characteristics you need to win at Millwall. 

I’m so pleased with the way the lads went about their business. We stood up to everything. 

Winning football games is very tough. It takes on incredible effort from everybody. That’s what we saw tonight and that’s why we got the points.

I love games like these. They were putting balls in the box and Mark and I were just heading them away – it’s meat and drink for us. We can do that all day. 

We could have been playing all night, heading the ball out and clearing it. It’s brilliant but all the team tonight were tremendous. The two midfielders in front of us helped us out a lot and it was a great team performance.

It’s a long journey, coming to Millwall, but getting the win always makes it worthwhile. 

The manager and coaching staff were telling us before the game that if you can get a win on a cold Tuesday night in London, then games like this can set you up for the season. It’s a top victory.

Phil Parkinson wanted his side to be “horrible” at Millwall – but what he got was something quite beautiful.

For all the dogged defending Wanderers got through at The Den, it was two moments of magic which shone through as they earned an incredibly hard-fought three points.

Sammy Ameobi’s intricate skill to curl the first goal early on was bookended by a volley of Ivan Klasnic-esque instinct by David Wheater four minutes from the end as the Whites claimed a fourth straight win and a fourth successive clean sheet.

The big defender had joked at the weekend that his former team-mate Klasnic would have recovered from the kidney problems which left him hospitalised by the time he got a goal. Little did he know, he didn’t have long to wait.

Millwall suffered a fifth defeat in six League One matches as Bolton produced a defensive masterclass at The Den.

Mark Beevers epitomised the defensive resilience from Wanderers on his first return to his old South London employers.

The Lions fell behind just over two minutes into the contest as Sammy Ameobi smashed home a fine strike from distance.

It was a match of few chances and the hosts built up a sustained period of pressure in the second half but could not translate that into overworking Bolton keeper Mark Howard.

And Millwall had run out of ideas when David Wheater added a second in the 86th minute, cleanly meeting the ball first time when a corner popped out to him inside the box.

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