Callum Connolly made the most of some lenient refereeing to fire struggling Bolton to 1-0 victory against Birmingham at St Andrew’s.

Wanderers recorded their first win in eight Sky Bet Championship outings after the 21-year-old was shown a yellow card for only one of two late challenges in as many second-half minutes, before heading the only goal of the game moments later.

A dreary contest was short of both quality and chances but the visitors were deservedly rewarded for a gutsy and disciplined display.

The hosts were unchanged from their dramatic 4-3 victory at QPR on Saturday, while Bolton made three changes from the side that suffered a fifth defeat in six league outings against Preston, with Mark Beevers returning from injury and Pawel Olkowski and Clayton Donaldson recalled.

Lukas Jutkiewicz fired the first shot of note straight at Bolton goalkeeper Remi Matthews after 13 minutes, and seven minutes later Blues midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld blazed a 25-yard effort narrowly wide.

Bolton front two Donaldson and Josh Magennis made a nuisance of themselves from a long ball in the 36th minute and Craig Noone’s shot from the edge of the box had to be smartly saved by Lee Camp before the former Cardiff man curled a follow-up effort wide.

Che Adams found Jutkiewicz with a fine cross six minutes before the break, but the 28-year-old could only deflect the ball onto the roof of the net as he stretched to make contact.

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