Bolton Wanderers 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

  • August 30, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton were made to rue missed chances and bad luck as they drew a stalemate at home to West Bromwich Albion.

Kevin Davies had the ball in the net twice for Wanderers in the closing stages, but both times the goals were chalked off for offside.

Prior to them though, West Brom's Do-Heon Kim hit an unstoppable 30-yard strike against the underside of the Bolton crossbar, with replays proving inconclusive as to whether the ball crossed the line or not.

Wanderers lost Joey O'Brien inside the first quarter-of-an-hour after a clash of heads with Gretar Steinsson, with Mustapha Riga coming on in his place.

Neither side managed to carve out any chances in the opening exchanges, but West Brom's higher rate of possession was almost rewarded within 25 minutes.

James Morrison played a good one-two with Kim before unleashing an effort which was heading for the top corner, only for Jussi Jaaskelainen to show why he is still a top quality goalkeeper by tipping the ball away for a corner.

Then, Albion's Valero tried to curl a shot around Jaaskelainen but the Wanderers 'keeper pulled off a simple stop.

Kevin Nolan was harshly booked for a foul on Jonathan Greening, but could probably find himself lucky to have remained on the field after several more fouls which went unpunished by referee Keith Stroud.

With a poor first half out of the way, the started the second period brightly and should have taken the lead within two mintes of the restart.

Greening's free-kick was played into the danger zone, but Gianni Zuiverloon somehow headed over from six-yards.

Riga went close to breaking the deadlock for Bolton, but Baggies goalkeeper Scott Carson pulled off a remarkable save to keep the scores level.

Tony Mowbray's side almost took the lead soon after, but Kim's 30-yard strike came back off the bar and Jaaskelainen was alert to deny Ishmael Miller from the rebound.

With time running out, Wanderers thought they had won a penalty, but for some reason, referee Stroud gave a free-kick after Greening handled.

From the resulting free-kick, Riga tried his luck again but unlike his earlier effort, he was just off target.

Bolton then thought they had won the game inside the final five minutes, but Davies had two goals correctly ruled out for offside.

First, he reacted quickest as Carson spilled Nolan's shot and volleyed into the top of the net, before he tapped home a minute from time after Danny Shittu's flick.

But neither goal stood and the game ended goalless as Bolton ended a run of two straight defeats, putting them into fifth place in the Premier League table.

With no game next weekend due to international games, Wanderers return to action in two weeks time when they visit Fulham.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, A O'Brien, Shittu, Samuel, J O'Brien (Riga 14), McCann, Muamba, Gardner, Nolan, Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Hunt, Helguson, Vaz Te, Dzemaili, Fojut
Booked: McCann, Nolan

West Bromwich Albion: Carson, Zuiverloon, Meite (Koefkens 46), Barnett, Robinson, Valero (Cech 58), Koren (MacDonald 70), Greening, Morrison, Kim, Miller
Subs Not Used: Kiely, Bednar, Brunt, Moore
Booked: MacDonald, Robinson

Attendance: 20,387
Referee: Keith Stroud

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20 AFC Wimbledon 33 31
21 Tranmere Rovers 31 23
22 Southend United 33 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 30 11
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