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TOP TEN WINS: Wanderers 3-2 Nottingham Forest

25 May 2018

After Wanderers secured their place in the Sky Bet Championship for another season, bwfc.co.uk are counting down the Whites' ten best victories from the 2017/18 campaign.

It had to be, didn't it? An obvious choice, Bolton's survival-securing, late comeback, final day victory over Nottingham Forest was our best win of the season. 

In the bottom three before kick-off having picked up just one point from their last seven outings, the Trotters knew they had to win and see Barnsley and Burton Albion drop points to stand any chance of staying up on the last day of the season.

After a goalless first half, Adam Le Fondre's volley midway through the second half would have been enough for Wanderers with results elsewhere going their way.

However, goals from Ben Osborn and Jack Colback in quick-succession seemed certain to doom the Whites to an instant return to Sky Bet League One with just ten minutes left on the clock.

Phil Parkinson's men had other ideas as David Wheater grabbed his first goal of the season to equalise in the 86th minute before Aaron Wilbraham wrote his name into the Bolton record books a minute later to secure the most famous of wins!

Macron Stadium erupted in scenes that eclipised the Trotters' promotion-clinching victory against Peterborough United as Sky Bet Championship football was secured for another year!  

HOW BWFC.CO.UK SAW IT...

"Bolton Wanderers secured their Sky Bet Championship status in dramatic fashion at Macron Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Adam Le Fondre scored in the second half to give the hosts the lead but Nottingham Forest turned the game on its head with goals from Ben Osborn and Jack Colback.

With ten minutes to go plus added time, Wanderers were heading for the drop to Sky Bet League One but two goals in a minute from David Wheater and Aaron Wilbraham meant that it was a day no fan will ever forget."

HOW THE MANAGER SAW IT...

"It’s just amazing feeling. It almost hasn’t sunk in yet. When the whistle went, me and Steve (Parkin) just grabbed each other and said, ‘We’ve done it!’ and I had to ask if he was sure.

Because, you never know until the last minute, a goal could have gone in elsewhere or something, but what a feeling.

We’ve been on a poor run and we know that, but when it mattered most, we have come up with the performance to keep us up in the division.

I said in the press that we had to keep going and with five minutes to go, we were getting beat and we just had to go and win today.

We didn’t feel like we’d done that in recent games and let the pressure get to us and it sometimes looks like the lads aren’t giving their all.

But it’s just the pressure of the situation and we put it all to one side and ran our hearts out.

We should have scored goals before we did, but in the end, we got the important goals to keep us in the division."

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