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- ALBION 2 BOLTON 1
- SECOND HALF
- Mills heads in against run of play (25)
- CMS hits bar but later levels (37)
- Teixeira scores on home debut (64)
- Bolton keeper Bogdan off injured
- Six pages of coverage in The Argus on Monday
We hope to talk to two of Bennett, Teixeira and CMS after the game.
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By my reckoning, that's only their second come-from-behind win here since the first league game at the Amex against Doncaster in 2011 - and both against Bolton!
Nervous at the end but there were no real scares.
Albion claim a deserved win.
Bolton have been pushing Albion back in the later stages through sheer weight of numbers and increased urgency rather than any great guile.
But Albion would have loved the assurance of that third goal
Bruno was named sponsors’ man of the match, which seemed a popular choice.
But a few moments later he was booked, seemingly for dissent, after Albion conceded a free-kick right on the edge of the box.
The ball was drilled low into the goalmouth and eventually scrambled clear.
As Albion countered, Mackail-Smith shot wide from a narrow angle.
CMS has looked lively today.
Teixeira just happened to be on the far side when his number went up.
So he had a long, slow walk to the technical area and he was accompanied by a standing ovation as he made his way off.
His home debut goal will go down in folklore and was a nice bit of work.
We also saw some lovely little touches from him.
But, from the bits we’ve seen, I don’t think we even witnessed the best of him today.
Ince on for Teixeira.
Bennett's debut was warmly acclaimed by home fans as he went off.
LuaLua teid to settle the contest by cutting side from a free-kick and letting fly but his shot was blocked by a defender.
Chicksen for Bennett (74). Looked like slight groin injury and touch of cramp. Good debut. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 August 2014
It was almost game over when Crofts shot just wide of the far post after lively work by LuaLua and Teixeira.
But Bolton are showing intent to get back into the game now.
They have sent on Trotter and Fenney for Danns and Medo and are getting men forward.
Wanderers' attacking three of Davies, Mason and Feeney have all scored at the Amex - for Barnsley, Cardiff and Millwall respectively.
And Trotter had a good game here once for Millwall too.
Chicksen is on for Bennett for the hosts.
RT @OfficialBHAFC: A crowd of 24,435 at the Amex for #BHAFC v #BWFC with 403 in support of the visitors. Thank you all for your support.— @Mumsafan 23 August 2014
LuaLua is on for Calderon. Which offers a new threat but slightly diappointingly means Bruno goes back to right-back rather than pulling the strings in midfield, were he has been excellent today and at Leeds.
I think there will be criticism of Lonergan on the goal. Would Bogdan have saved it?
But it was just the moment you dream of on your home debut.
And Albion's fans loved it.
He had been a bit quiet. Muscled out of it at times in fact.
We had seen a few flashes of what he can do. No more.
But the potential sensation that is Joao TEIXEIRA has now well and trully landed at the Amex.
Bennett got the all wide left, slid it inside into the path of Teixeira and the little Portuguese took over, standing his defender still, shifting the ball on to his right foot, cutting inside and drilling a low right-foot drive through Lonergan’s legs.
Two games - two bookings.
Yellow for Holla as his foul stops a Bolton counter-attack.
And suddenly the second half comes alive from an Albion viewpoint as the ball is rolled into Mackail-Smith with his back to goal.
He flicks it up and tries an overhead kick as it falls again – but the ball goes wide from about 12 yards out.
We’ve had a couple of moments of slack defending so far which might have cost Albion.
They dealt with a needlessly conceded corner.
But then Davies should have done better than curl wide of the far post after he found himself in space just inside the box.
It was decent movement and control by the ex-Albion striker but the finish lacked precision.
Though not as lacking in precision as the effort he just blazed high and wide!
The home side have not really got going in this second period yet.
My colleague Andy Naylor recorded eight efforts on target by Albion in the first half - plus three off.
Now they attack the North Stand.
Second half is under way...
So all square at half-time.
But Albion should have gone ahead very late in the period.
And it could have happened on any one of a few occasions.
First we had a simple and effective move – Holla pass forward, movement into a central position by Calderon, crisp lay-off by Crofts into Calderon’s path.
Only problem was it was on to Calde’s left foot and he curled high and wide.
Then we saw skills from Greer to chest down an angled pass and unleash a fabulous volley which Lonergan saved.
As the pressure continued, Dunk had a header cleared off the line. Greer teed him up from the rebound and this time Dunk drilled low across goal.
But the ball seemed to hit Crofts as much as him hitting it, cannoned off the grounded Lonergan and was scrambled to safety.
Lonergan was rather more comfortable as he held a Crofts volley right on half-time.
So Albion have wiped out a deficit. But they should be at least one goal up.
Albion kept their patience, kept playing their football and it paid off with that equaliser.
Lonergan's first action was to catch a gentle Crofts header from another Calderon cross.
Bogdan was injured in the incident and replaced by Lonergan before play re-started.
Super move – and Albion have the leveller they deserve.
Again Bruno and Calderon were involved down the right. The former sent the latter away with another of those carefully rolled passes, Caldeorn crossed hard and low and MACKAIL-SMITH was desperate to get there. He beat a defender and Bogdan to the ball and prodded home from point-blank range.
Just like 2012!
Remember that onslaught towards the South Stand goal which Bogdan and the woodwork repelled in the 1-1 draw here two years ago?
We’ve just had a vivid reminder as Mackail-Smith’s curler, hit right-footed and across Bogdan from the edge of the box, was tipped by the keeper against the bar and over.
Great effort, superb save.
Free-kick for the Bolton goal was conceded by JFC for a tug in a threatening area, outside the right of the box.#bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 August 2014
The mood has changed now - and Albion have played themselves into trouble a couple of times since the goal.
The seond of those saw Bruno's pass picked off by Medo, who shot wide.
There were shouts for a penalty at the other end as Mackail-Smith went down under pressure from Wheater as they both tried to get to a cross but ref Graham Scott saw nothing wrong.
There was a minor alarm for Albion as White charged to the byline and got in a low cross which had to be cleared away from Lee at the far post.
Then Bruno rolled another of those clever little passes which persuaded the recipient to move into a good area. He slid Mackail-Smith into a wide position and the latter’s ball in was eventually forced wide by Teixeira at the near post under pressure.
Bolton are coming more into this game though and Wheater might have done better than head over from a corner.
Then it was back down the right at the other end with Bruno putting Calderon away down the touchline, then shooting over when his compatriot’s cutback reached him on the edge of the box.
But Albion allowed Bolton another set-piece chance in the 24th minute and a free-kick from the right was headed in by MILLS.
Having offered nothing up until the 15th minute, Bolton should then have gone ahead. Davies’ low cross from the left was deflected away from goal by a combination of a couple of players and fell for Chung-Yong Lee near the penalty spot. But he drilled his shot just too high as he fell.
That led to a bit of unease in the crowd, which was matched by the unease in Bolton’s defence a minute later as Bruno’s cross curled between Bogdan and defender Mills with Mackail-Smith unable to get a touch.
A lot is going through Bruno. His clever little pass persuaded Crofts to turn on to his left foot just inside the box - but the resulting shot curled onto Bogdan's midriff.
Positive start from #bhafc and Bruno in particular.— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 August 2014
Terrific move and a super strike to bring Albion’s first on-target attempt.
It was tight, close passing on the right until Bruno opened things up with a clever pass inside.
That picked out Forster-Caskey 25 yards out and his left-foot drive was well struck – but Bogdan moved his feet quickly and was able to save over towards his top corner without diving.
It has been a really bright start by the hosts and their fans have responded enthusiastically.
Now they just need to turn into something tangible.
Inigo Calderon is making his 150th league appearance for #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 August 2014
We wondered how Crofts would fit into this team and he is getting well forward early on, in support of Mackail-Smith and Teixeira.
It has been a bright start by the hosts and Bruno lashed a half-volley not too far wide from outside the box.
Bruno also won a free-kick which Holla clipped into the box. But there seemed to be a breakdown in communication and no one was making the far-post run he was looking to pick out.
Albion going North to South.
We are up and running....
There's a bit of a feelgood factor back at the Amex.
That's thanks to a midweek win at Leeds and some exciting additions to the squad.
There's a warm welcome for Joao Teixeria, Danny Holla, Joe Bennett and sub Paddy McCourt as the teams are read out.
We are almost set to go...