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Charles: Fans Keep Spurring Us On

Striker hungry for more next season after ending with double blast

30 April 2022

Dion Charles thanked the fans for their backing as he got back amongst the goals to help Wanderers finish on a high.

Charles struck twice as the Whites beat Fleetwood Town 4-2 to secure a ninth-place finish in League One.

After the Cods took an early lead through midfielder Barry Baggley, Charles coolly slotted under Alex Cairns to pull Bolton level with his first goal since February.

Declan John put the Whites in front with an effort from the edge of the area before Joe Garner flicked in an equaliser.

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But Northern Ireland international Charles then scored with an incredible tackle-cum-shot from close to 50 yards out to regain the lead for Wanderers before Jon Dadi Bodvarsson guaranteed the points in injury-time.

And after an ideal end to the campaign for Ian Evatt’s side, Charles was full of praise for the ‘12th man’ in Wanderers’ supporters.

“My time at the club so far has been brilliant,” said Charles, who took his goal tally to eight since joining the Whites in January.

“The fans are brilliant every single game and that’s what spurs us on.

“They really can be our extra man here and I think when they are on it, we can intimidate teams and it’s brilliant.

“I was very pleased to get a goal as I can take that momentum into next season.

“It (the second goal) was very lucky, but that’s the thing as a striker, when your luck is in, it’s in and that showed today.”

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Wanderers clinched ninth spot thanks to Bodvarsson’s last-gasp strike after ending the campaign with a four-match winning, and eight-game unbeaten run.

The hard-working Charles bagged his first goals since a 4-0 thrashing of AFC Wimbledon at a snowy University of Bolton Stadium back in February.

Since that victory, the Whites have lost only two games, and that is form the 26-year-old is looking to take into next season.

“We know what we can achieve as a group, so hopefully we can carry this run into next season,” added Charles.

“We’ve got a few weeks off now and some time to rest up before pre-season.

“I think if you go on a run like we have, through the whole season, you’re looking at promotion, so we have to carry that on now.”

 


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