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Football: Fish puts Bolton on line again; Swindon 3 Bolton 3.

MARK Fish's spectacular acrobatic score sparked Bolton's thrilling second-half fight-back.

Two down and all at sea, the South African World Cup centre-back netted an overhead special on the hour which would have adorned Mark Hughes' collection.

"I used to be a striker for Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg. So, when there is a chance to join in the attack, I take it," joked 24 year-old Fish, a pounds 2.5m capture from Lazio in September 1997.

Bolton had moved strongly into the promotion equation following a 15- match unbeaten run, but it veered off the rails against Crewe and Huddersfield and, despite Fish's wonder goal, Mark Walters left them 3-1 down eight minutes later.

But goals from Claus Jensen and substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen earned Bolton a point.

Fish said: "I did not think our midfield did us justice today. Defenders were winning headers, but Swindon were picking up the second phase ball.

"Yet, as a team, it is not as if inexperience is letting us down, so it has got to be rectified quickly."

A downward header from Bobby Howe and Chris Hay's run and shot, his third in four games, had Swindon in command.

When a blistering free- kick screamed in from the recalled Mark Walters made it 3-1 with 22 minutes left, a welcome home win, the first since Boxing Day, looked certain.

But Bolton rallied and their fluent passing game put Swindon on the back foot and looking vulnerable. The nine goals conceded in their last three home games tells the tale.

"Obviously, as a unit, we were not defending properly. We were getting overrun back there," said Walters.

The 34-year-old, signed by Steve McMahon, denied afterwards that he had issued a "play me or else" ultimatum to manager, Jimmy Quinn.

"I was just frustrated because I got suspended and then could not get back in the team. But I'm happy here."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 8, 1999
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