Kieran Lee popped up with a second half brace as Bolton Wanderers comfortably beat Charlton Athletic 4-1 at The Valley on Tuesday evening.
Ian Evatt’s men ran riot in South London and sit just two points off of the play-off places as a result. Lee has been in and out of the side of late but made his presence felt with two goals and an assist on Tuesday evening, giving Evatt a selection headache for the Trotters’ next match in the process.
Lee shared his reaction with The Bolton News: “The first one I saw everyone running in and I held my position, it came straight to me and luckily got a little deflection which took it past the keeper.
“The second one fell perfectly. You couldn’t miss, and I’ll take that.”
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There was an aspect of fortune in both of Lee’s goals but he was rewarded for gambling and getting himself into dangerous positions. The 33-year-old replaced summer signing Josh Sheehan in the side, the Welshman has chipped in with three goals and one assist this term and boasts dead ball specialities.
Evatt will be gunning for another victory when they host 21st placed Shrewsbury Town on Saturday where we will find out if Lee has done enough to keep his place.
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Lee’s performance demonstrates the strength in depth of this Bolton squad and presents good problems for Evatt to have ahead of the visit of the Shrews.
The Wanderers were a few people’s dark horses in League One this term considering how well they performed in the second half of 2020/21 but even their own supporters cannot have expected such a promising start.
Oladapo Afolayan is looking like one of the best in the third tier after taking some time to get settled at Bolton and with Eoin Doyle’s experience knitting it all together up top, a sustained play-off push should become a reality.