Late hammer blow for Millers
Chris Burke’s second goal in as many games cancelled out Jay Spearing’s early strike and looked like earning a point until sub Kaiyne Woolery struck from close range to hand the bottom-of-the-table side a 2-1 win.
The Millers had been caught cold after less than two minutes, Spearing arrowing a shot home after they failed to deal with a corner.
Both teams looked nervous at the back in an even first half, with Mark Davies’ header sending Lee Camp scrambling while Andrew Shnnie should have done better from ten yards.
Wellington Silva had an effort chalked off for a disputed offside call and it proved important because the Millers escaped to level just before the break. Danny Ward hustled forward and squared for Burke to finish off from close range.
The second half was nip and tuck, both sides realising the importance of the match but unable to break through. Shinnnie had another decent chance that forced an unconvincing parry from Ben Amos while Richard Wood, in for his first start of the season, just couldn’t get enough purchase on an overhead kick.
Rotherham finished the stronger but were rocked when Woolery pounced to steer in after Camp had beaten out an effort from Davies.
Bolton: Amos, Moxey, Dervitte, Vela, Spearing, Davies, Pratley (Dobbie 84), Feeney, Silva (Woolery 81), Holding, Heskey (Trotter 64)
Millers: Camp, Richardson, Mattock, Broadfoot, Wood, Grant Ward, Smallwood, Newell, Burke, Shinnie, Danny Ward (Clarke-Harris 76)
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
Attendance: 14,641 (1,348 visitors)