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Sky Bet Championship: Millwall boss Ian Holloway unimpressed by Stuart Attwell

Ian Holloway let rip at referee Stuart Attwell after Millwall slipped to a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat at home to Bolton.

Darren Pratley struck the winner in the 68th minute on Friday night to condemn the Lions to a third straight home loss.

But Lions boss Holloway was raging after Attwell turned down what appeared to be a clear penalty for his side - and what should have subsequently been a red card for Bolton goalkeeper Andy Lonergan - after he sent Lee Gregory flying in the area shortly after half-time.

Striker Gregory was through on goal and had touched the ball past the onrushing Lonergan before the pair collided, but Attwell bafflingly gave nothing.

And Den boss Holloway said: "The biggest contentious issue of the whole game was very upsetting and very annoying.

"If that's not a foul then Gregory should have been booked for diving. It was clear to Bolton's bench, to be fair, they knew it should have been a penalty and down to 10 men, and that would have changed the complexion of the game.

"Do me a favour, book my man for diving or send their keeper off. Don't just play on!"

Wanderers manager Neil Lennon admitted his heart was in his mouth when Gregory hit the deck.

"It could easily have been given," he said. "Andy maintained Gregory has gone into him, but the referee had a decision to make and thankfully it went our way.

"I can understand Ian's frustration, we're both in same position. Maybe we've had a stroke of luck. I don't think the ref had a great game for either side."

Millwall had the best two chances of the first half but Gregory and Angel Martinez fired both of them wide.

Bolton winger Hall was somehow denied a goal on the hour mark when his shot cannoned off the inside of the post, flew along the line and off Lions goalkeeper David Forde's leg before rolling to safety.

But Pratley struck in the 68th minute when he collected Lee Chung-Yong's fine pass, beat Danny Shittu on the edge of the area and arrowed his shot past Forde and into the net.

Martyn Woolford could have equalised with five minutes remaining but, to add to Millwall's frustration, Lonergan was out quickly to make a fine save.

It was only Bolton's second win on the road this season and lifted them up to 14th.

Lennon added: "That's the best we've played away from home for a while. With the football we played and chances we created I thought we were good value for the win."


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  • Sky Bet Championship: Millwall boss Ian Holloway unimpressed by Stuart Attwell


  • Ian Holloway let rip at referee Stuart Attwell after Millwall slipped to a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat at home to Bolton.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Bolton beat Millwall thanks to Darren Pratley goal


  • Darren Pratley fired Bolton to a rare away win as Neil Lennon's side won 1-0 at Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • Bolton forward Max Clayton out for the season with cruciate damage


  • Bolton forward Max Clayton is out for the season after surgery to repair cruciate ligament damage.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Bolton boss Neil Lennon is struggling with injuries ahead of Millwall clash


  • Bolton head to Millwall on Friday night in the midst of an injury crisis up front, with Emile Heskey set to play for the club's under-21s on Monday.

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: Diego's Utd no-go


  • Man United's plans to sign Atletico Madrid ace Diego Godin have been dealt a blow, while Arsenal are closing on Legia Warsaw's Krystian Bielik.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Bolton loanee Joe Mason picks up hamstring injury


  • Bolton loanee Joe Mason may be out for as long as two months with a hamstring injury, boss Neil Lennon has revealed.

  • Rumours in the Press: Ruddy to end Reds' keeper hell


  • Liverpool want Norwich's John Ruddy to replace Simon Mignolet, Southampton are chasing Wesley Sneijder, and Alex Song may stay at West Ham.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Bolton and Ipswich share 0-0 stalemate


  • Ipswich missed the chance to replace Middlesbrough as Skybet Championship leaders as Eidur Gudjohnsen made his long anticipated comeback for improving Bolton.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Neil Lennon happy after Bolton and Ipswich draw


  • Neil Lennon and Mick McCarthy were both satisfied after a goalless draw at the Macron Stadium extended Bolton's unbeaten run to six games and Ipswich's to 17.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Eidur Gudjohnsen confident Bolton will climb table


  • Eidur Gudjohnsen believes he is rejoining a Bolton side on an upward trajectory under "no-nonsense" manager Neil Lennon.

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