Match ratings: Bolton v Middlesbrough

SPOT KICK: Bolton's Craig Davies is brought down by Seb Hines to concede a penalty

SPOT KICK: Bolton's Craig Davies is brought down by Seb Hines to concede a penalty

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Goals: 1-0: Davies pen (26, powered the spot-kick and sent Mejias the wrong way after Hines brought him down)

1-1: Leadbitter pen (45, clinically sent Bogdan the wrong way after silly Wheater handball)

1-2: Kike (78, latched on to Reach’s flick to knock beyond Bogdan)

Bookings: Omeruo (11, foul); Hines (25, foul); Feeney (51, foul); Friend (61, foul); Wheater (68, foul)

Referee: Steven Martin (Staffordshire) – got both penalty decisions correct even if he could have sent off Hines. 7

Attendance: 13, 847

Entertainment: 3/5

Bolt Boro

Shots on 2 6

Shots off 9 14

Corners 3 3

Offsides 3 3

Fouls 15 8

BOLTON (4-1-4-1): Bogdan 7; McNaughton 6 (White 90), Wheater 5, Mills 6, Ream 7; FEENEY 7, Trotter 6 (Danns 81), Spearing 6, Lee 6; Mason 6, C Davies 7 (Beckford 81). Subs (not used): Lonergan (gk), Dervite, Pratley , Medo

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-2-3-1):

6 Mejias: Could do nothing about the penalty and hardly had another save to make all night despite Bolton pressure;

7 Abella: Didn’t do much wrong for the second outing in a row since his move from Osasuna

6 Hines: Unfortunate to be the man to trip Davies for the penalty on an otherwise productive evening for him

7 Omeruo: Never seems to put a foot wrong in a Middlesbrough shirt at the heart of the defence

7 Friend: Kept any dangers at bay even if he was booked for a wild tackle on Lee in the second half;

6 Clayton: Decent enough first start in the middle for the former Huddersfield midfielder even if he faded after the restart

8 LEADBITTER: Struck his penalty well enough to equalise and looked keen to be on the ball and get the team moving;

5 Adomah: Unable to cause problems for the Bolton defence on either flank

7 Tomlin: After a lively start he faded after a first half problem with his knee but he still proved a threat

5 Nsue: Did not have the impact he would have liked on his full Championship debut down the right;

7 Kike: His flick earned the penalty and, on an otherwise quiet night, he pounced to score the second

Subs: Reach (for Nsue 62): Went close with a brilliant drive and set up Kike’s goal. 7

Ayala (for Clayton 78)

Whitehead (for Tomlin 90)

(not used): Konstantopoulos (gk), Husband, Williams, Fewster.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Grant Leadbitter – was always at the hub of everything and tried to get Boro going all night.

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