LAWRIE Wilson capped his BOLTON revival with a rare goal as Wanderers eased to a sixth straight win at home to Port Vale on Saturday.
The ex-Charlton and Stevenage right-back was signed by Neil Lennon in the summer 0f 2015 yet the former Bolton boss then transfer-listed Wilson and sent him on loan to Peterborough in January.
After returning to Bolton, the 29-year-old played four times towards the end of last season and still wasn’t a regular at the start of the current campaign under new boss Phil Parkinson.
But Wilson has now started the last six games, helping the Trotters to their best winning run for 40 years, and he even found the net against Vale for his first goal since March (against Ipswich), which was also a volley from outside the box.
He said: “I seem to score once a year and they’re not too bad. I have actually got two this year so I’m quite prolific! Hopefully I can get more. Getting forward is something I like doing and it helps the team too because it doesn’t put as much pressure on the forwards. It’s good that everyone can chip in.
“Football is about taking your opportunities and it’s been great to have a run of games and know there’s some trust from the manager and his staff.
“I think most players are like that – it’s very hard when you’re in, then you’re out. I’ve been fortunate to get that little run and we’ve managed to keep this winning run going.
“The gaffer has mentioned that you get partnerships with people in a settled team, and me and Sammy Ameobi have started to understand how we’re defending and how we attack together.”
Zach Clough opened the scoring on seven minutes by firing in his fifth goal in four games. Four minutes later Ameobi’s low cross was palmed out to Josh Vela, who sidefooted into an empty net, before Clough’s 16th-minute corner was cleared as far as Wilson, who smashed in a 25-yard volley to round off a remarkable start by Wanderers.
Gary Madine missed several chances to extend Bolton’s lead and Vale salvaged some pride when Liverpool loanee Sam Hart, who hails from Horwich, headed home his first senior goal from close range on 75 minutes. That denied Wanderers a sixth straight clean sheet but they remain second in League One, three points behind leaders Scunthorpe.
“You could see some of the lads were disappointed to have conceded a goal when they came back in, even though we won,” Wilson added. “But we’ll move on and we want to keep this run going.
“It’s fantastic to see all these stats come out. You don’t know what you’ve done until you finish your career and then maybe you’ll look back and think ‘that time there was great’. If we keep winning then all these good things will come.
“I just want to tick off wins until Christmas or the New Year and then you probably you do start looking at the table. At the moment I just want to keep the points ticking along.”