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Result: Neil Lennon off to winning start at Bolton Wanderers

Neil Lennon wins his first match in charge of Bolton Wanderers with a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City in the Championship.

Neil Lennon's reign as Bolton Wanderers manager got off to a winning start as the Trotters ran out 1-0 victors over Birmingham City at St Andrews.

The Trotters came close to snatching the lead when Dorian Dervite got his head to Jay Spearing's corner with less than 10 minutes on the clock, but the defender's effort flew marginally wide.

Matt Mills of Bolton Wanderers scores a goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers at St Andrews (stadium) on October 18, 2014© Getty Images

Birmingham had early chances through David Cotterill and Demari Gray, but Bolton went ahead via another Spearing corner in the 20th minute, with Matt Mills meeting this one with a powerful header.

The home side's best chance to equalise came in the 43rd minute when Gray unleashed a screamer from the edge of the box, which Bolton goalkeeper Andy Lonergan met with a fingertip save to maintain his side's advantage at the break.

The second half was a scrappy affair as rainfall made for a greasy playing surface, and it as Birmingham who adapted better, almost drawing level through another Gray effort in the 70th minute which Lonergan to be alert at his near post.

Lonergan was the busier of the two goalkeepers, but it was his opposite number, Darren Randolph, who stole the headlines for the wrong reasons when he received a red card for bringing down Craig Davies in the area.

With striker Lee Novak in the Blues goal, Bolton should have made it two from the spot, but were made to settle for a 1-0 Championship win in the end as Davies put his penalty into the stands.

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Matt Mills of Bolton Wanderers scores a goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers at St Andrews (stadium) on October 18, 2014
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