Bolton Wanderers 0:1 Leicester City
Leicester City claimed the Championship title with two games remaining thanks to a win at Bolton on Tuesday night. Substitute Lloyd Dyer’s 63rd minute rocket was the only goal of the game…
Nigel Pearson brought Konchesky and James in for Schlupp and Hammond and City started the game in determined fashion. Mahrez caused the home side some problems leading to narrowly off-target efforts from King and Knockaert.
Mahrez then had a go himself and almost caught Bogdan out in the Trotters’ goal.
After Nugent headed another Mahrez cross wide, the game entered a calmer spell, with only a long range effort from Drinkwater seriously testing Bogdan up to the break.
Dougie Freedman introduced Beckford for the second half, but it was Nigel Pearson’s 56th minute reshuffle that changed the game. With Wood and Dyer on for King and Mahrez, City had to weather one off target effort from Jutkiewicz, before they took a 63rd minute lead.
Cutting in from the left Dyer fired home a fantastic right-footer that gave Bogdan no chance and got the party started.
Bolton rarely threatened after that, and although Knockaert and Wood were denied by Bogdan, a single goal proved to be enough.
Leicester were now out of Burnley’s reach and were crowned worthy League Champions, coming top of this division for the first time in 34 years.
All that was left to do was crack open the champagne and celebrate with their ecstatic 2,300 followers…
Bolton: Bogdan, White (Beckford 46), Wheater, Mills, Knight, Ream, Spearing, Trotter, Lee, Hall (Kellett 71), Jutkiewicz. Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Threlkeld, Robinson, Lester, Iliev.
Leicester: Schmeichel De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Koncheksy, King (Wood 56), Drinkwater, James, Mahrez (Dyer 56), Knockaert (Hammond 80), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Logan, Moore, Taylor-Fletcher, Phillips
Referee: David Webb. Attendance: 16,569.
All photos: Simon Kimber
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