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Just like yesterdays dying seconds winner the promotion race looks like going to the wire, none of the teams look like slipping up under the mounting pressure. City came within seconds of  dropping valuable points until Gary Hooper became the saviour and hero with a deft lob over the keeper after Jerome nodded on a long ball from Bassong.

The scenes in the  City following in the stands and the City bench looked as if they had just clinched the ticket to the promised land.

Dorrans had given City the lead with a deflected free kick before Le Fonde had scored a stikers tap in, City huffed and puffed but could not blow the Bolton defence down until Hooper found the touch needed.   It was not as if Alex Neil did not go all out for it, by having three strikers on the pitch, Jerome Hooper and surprise inclusion Grabban who returned from injury a lot sooner than many expected. 

There seemed to be some discussion on the touchline between the 4th official Neil and Lennon over added time,  Bryan Gunn on Radio Norfolk called it spot on. 

He implied that there was not going to be that much added time, even after injuries, delays etc during the game.  Alex Neil clearly said something to the 4th official and the board went up with 5 minutes:  post game Alex Neil confirmed this was much the case,  he jokingly said after Hooper scored he turned and cracked OK that time must be up now. But  there were still the best part of two minutes remaining during which City held on to claim a late,late victory.

If this all sounds slighty familiar you would not be wrong,  late goasl became a little bit of a trade mark under the last manager to push for promotion to the Premier League riches. 

Nobody can ask more of Alex Neil and his squad, they have fought their way back to be rightfully involved in what has become the closest and most exciting Championship finish in years.  Yesterday showed that the belief, passion fight and steel show no sign of failing. 

On to another difficult looking game at Leeds who lost at home yesterday to Cardiff,  many will expect a City victory as a forgone conclusion, if Cardiff can win there City should.  But every team no matter what their position in the league will be out to  be party spoilers Bolton tried and nearly succeeded,  but  as in every game City will have to fight for what they get.

Another victory is really a must, while the other teams keeps racking up the points,  we also need an injury free game with the big one following a few days later at Carrow Road with Middlesbrough visiting.

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