Zach Clough is a real talent and is emerging as Bolton’s key player

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Bolton Wanderers moved clear of relegation danger with a hard-fought win over Brighton & Hove Albion thanks to a winner from youngster Zach Clough.

Since Neil Lennon became Bolton Wanderers manager back in October, their home form in the Championship makes for impressive reading. The Northern Irishman has turned the Macron Stadium into a fortress, winning seven of his 11 home games and losing just once, in a chaotic 4-3 defeat to Watford.

Lennon has also had faith in the club’s youth system, bringing through youngster Zach Clough, who has established himself as a key member of the first team in 2015.

Clough bagged the winner in Bolton’s latest home triumph, a 1-0 success over fellow strugglers Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. In a hard-fought game with very few clear cut opportunities for either side, the 19-year-old produced a moment of magic in the second half to secure three points for his side.

Having burst onto the scene with a winning goal on his debut in the FA Cup third round tie against rivals Wigan Athletic, Clough was unfortunate to pick up a knock which forced him to miss almost a month’s worth of action.

However, since his return, Clough has flourished in his five starts in the Championship and has managed to find the net six times in nine appearances for the club he has played for since the age of eight.

Although Bolton’s academy is hardly known for its rampant production, the emergence of Clough in 2015 has come as a welcome relief for a club starved of entertainment in the final year of Dougie Freedman’s reign.

Lennon’s faith in the 19-year-old has proved to be rather fruitful in recent weeks and Bolton are hoping Clough’s fine form can continue at home to Reading on Tuesday night.

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