The players were told after the game – the club’s first since Fabrice Muamba’s collapse at Tottenham – that their team-mate would get a chance to watch their victory on a TV screen brought into the intensive care unit at the London Chest Hospital.
And Wheater joked with the Bolton News: “Fabrice won’t believe I’ve scored twice, I don’t think anyone will.
“That was the one person we wanted to play for today. Win, lose or draw doesn’t really matter when one of your best friends is in that condition.
“But hopefully this will have cheered him up a bit.”