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Result: Cardiff City strike late to beat Bolton Wanderers in five-goal thriller

Cardiff City emerge victorious against Bolton Wanderers in a five-goal thriller, as Anthony Pilkington's volley wins the tie for the Bluebirds.

A late Anthony Pilkington volley has given Cardiff City all three points against Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium.

Cardiff took the lead after 13 minutes through Charlton Athletic loanee Tony Watt's first goal for the club.

Watt outfoxed Dorian Dervite on the left-hand side before cutting in to beat Ben Amos at his near post.

Wanderers were level five minutes later as Gary Madine, who replaced the injured Max Clayton in Neil Lennon's lineup, scored a fine solo effort.

The forward mirrored Watt by ghosting past a Cardiff defender wide on the left but his curled effort found the far corner of David Marshall's goal, seeing the sides head into half time on level terms.

Scott Malone, who assisted Watt's opener, put the Bluebirds back in the lead after 53 minutes.

After playing a one-two on the edge of Bolton's box, Malone's shot struck Ben Amos before trickling into the net.

A combination from two Bolton substitutes, in the form of Emile Heskey and Stephen Dobbie, saw the Trotters level the scoreline once more.

Heskey got a flick on Dobbie's pass which found Dervite, who rifled home from 10 yards out after 72 minutes.

Birthday boy Dobbie had the chance to put Bolton into the lead for the first time in the tie but dragged his shot wide from Madine's knockdown.

Kenwyne Jones found Pilkington in the box in the 80th minute, the Ireland international volleying in from close range to hand the Bluebirds the advantage once more.

Jose Maunel Casado saw red for a second bookable offence with a minute of injury time played as Russell Slade's side recorded an away victory.

Bolton remain at the foot of the Championship table, while Cardiff move into the playoff positions in sixth.

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Russell Slade, Manager of Cardiff City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic at the Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2015
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