West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • March 21, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton halted their recent losing run with a point away from home after a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Matt Taylor had given Wanderers the lead midway through the second half with a right footed volley from the edge of the area, but a late Robert Koren strike deflected off Danny Shittu to leave the scores level.

The home side started the game brightly, but failed to create any clean cut chances, with Jay Simpson guilty of spending too much time on the ball as Jlloyd Samuel and Jussi Jaaskelainen easily cleared an early opportunity.

James Morrison was next to try his luck, but he flashed a shot wide of goal after Marc-Antoine Fortune had guided a Chris Brunt cross back into his path.

Brunt then went close on 16 minutes, but after cutting in from the flank, flashed his shot inches wide of Jaaskelainen's far post.

That seemed to spark Wanderers into life and Scott Carson had to be alert to deny Taylor on 21 minutes, before the Trotters wide-man once again forced Carson into a save from a free-kick.

From the resulting corner, Kevin Davies sent a header goalwards but Carson was once again on hand to keep the scores level.

Taylor tried his luck once more, but Carson again kept the England hopeful out with a fine save from a 35-yard free kick.

Ricardo Gardner tried a snap shot just after the break, before Gavin McCann also saw a volley deflected wide as Wanderers started the second period well.

Carson denied Taylor again just after the hour after a smart move involving Davies and Johan Elmander, but the Baggies goalkeeper was finally beaten on 67 minutes.

The West Brom defence failed to deal with Jaaskelainen's long free-kick into the area and Taylor volleyed home from just outside the area with his weaker right foot.

Tony Mowbray's side then went in search of an equaliser and got their reward eight minutes from time.

Robert Koren was allowed too much time and after cutting in from the right flank, his shot, which was heading wide, took a deflection off Shittu before heading into the back of the net, past a stranded Jaaskelainen.

Substitute Roman Bednar headed over just a couple of minutes later, before Taylor could have won it for Bolton inside the final five minutes.

Elmander picked the ball up just inside his own half and after shrugging off challenges from a couple of defenders, squared to Taylor who was denied by Carson.

In five added minutes of stoppage time, McCann forced Carson into another smart stop with a dipping volley, before Wanderers boss Gary Megson was sent to the stands.

In an attempt to bring Ebi Smolarek into the field of play, Megson had obviously said something untoward in the assistant referee's ear and was promptly dismissed by match referee Howard Webb.

There were no more chances to speak of and the game ended all square, putting Wanderers 5 points clear of the bottom three.

West Bromwich Albion: Carson, Zuiverloon (Valero 74), Martis, Olsson, Robinson (Dorrans 74), Morrison, Koren, Greening, Brunt, Fortune, Simpson (Bednar 57)
Subs Not Used: Kiely, Cech, Moore, Filipe, Teixeira
Booked: Bednar, Greening
Goals: Shittu 82(og)

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Puygrenier (Shittu 59), Samuel, Taylor, Muamba, McCann, Gardner, Elmander (Smolarek 89), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Hunt, Riga, Makukula, Cohen
Booked: Steinsson
Goals: Taylor 67

Attendance: 25,530
Referee: Howard Webb

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