Ethan Hamilton scored a vital goal as Accrington Stanley celebrated a crucial win at Play-Off chasing Bolton Wanderers and boosted their hopes of survival.
Burnley loan keeper Lukas Jensen had a superb game, and Stanley’s players threw their bodies in front of everything, keeping out Wanderers who were hoping to cement their place in the top six.
Stanley are in 22nd place, level with Morecambe, and their final two games are against relegation rivals Cambridge and Oxford.
John Coleman made four changes to the side which lost at Portsmouth bringing in Doug Tharme, Dan Martin, Seamus Conneely and Aaron Pressley.
In the early stages, it was pretty even.
Jensen superbly denied ex-Red Dion Charles on 13 minutes while Aaron Pressley shot narrowly off-target two minutes later.
Josh Sheehan had a close range effort smothered by Jensen while both Hamilton and Sean McConville fired over at the other end.
Kyle Dempsey came close for Bolton on 27 minutes, meeting a Declan John cross, while Conor Bradley tested Jensen from a tight angle.
Stanley scored the crucial goal on 42 minutes when McConville’s ball in was headed down by Matt Lowe and Hamilton’s shot tucked into the far corner, with James Trafford only able to help it into the net.
Bolton could have equalised immediately when Josh Sheehan was clean through but Jensen did superbly well to deny him.
The Reds led into the break but lost McConville to injury on 52 minutes, replaced by Rosaire Longelo.
Ex-Bolton midfielder Hamilton had a good chance soon after, racing into the area but Trafford held onto his close range strike.
Jensen collected a dangerous George Johnston cross while Conneely cleared a Johnston shot almost off the line after the ball bounced around the box following a Bolton corner on the hour mark.
Bolton were forcing the pressure without testing Jensen, with the Reds putting their bodies on the line, with Stanley dangerous on the counter attacks.
Shaun Whalley and Seb Quirk came on for the Reds on 72 minutes.
Bolton kept pressing with Kyle Dempsey’s fierce strike kept out by Jensen on 80 minutes and it fell to Randell Williams and the Burnley loan keeper denied him from close range.
It was a nervous last ten minutes but Stanley’s defence remained calm under pressure with Jensen not really tested as they held out for what could be a crucial victory.
Stanley: Jensen, McConville (Longelo), Rodgers, Nottingham, Tharme, Clark, Martin, Conneely (Quirk) Hamilton, Lowe (Whalley), Pressley
Subs: Savin, Sangare, Nolan, Butler
Attendance: 17,406 (257)