Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Sunderland

  • May 09, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton fired a blank for the second week running as they had to settle for a point against Sunderland.

Sunderland had the better of the first half and should have taken a lead into the break, but Wanderers improved after the restart and Gary Cahill came close in stoppage time, but neither side could find the breakthrough.

The visitors began the game firmly on the front foot and should have broken the deadlock on numerous occasions early on.

First, Kieran Richardson fired over after being teed up by Kenwyne Jones, before Dean Whitehead, Grant Leadbitter and another Richardson effort all failed to test Jussi Jaaskelainen in the Wanderers goal.

That was all both teams could find in the first half, prompting the home fans to boo their team off the pitch at half time.

Mark Davies was introduced for the second half, taking the place of an injured Tamir Cohen, and he was soon involved, seeing a bullet strike come back off Calum Davenport.

Richardson soon fired a free-kick over the bar at the other end, before seeing a great chance from 12-yards fly wide of goal.

Djibril Cisse was brought on to replace an injured Jones and he brought Jaaskelainen into action within minutes, as the Finn stuck out a foot to divert the Frenchman's cross away from danger.

After being largely second best for most of the game, it was Gary Megson's side who looked the more likely winners in the closing stages.

Mark Davies fired over after a knockdown from namesake Kevin, before fellow substitute Mustapha Riga drove a volley into the ground when he should have hit the target.

Three minutes of stoppage time were added and Sunderland had their goalkeeper to thank for earning them a point.

Matt Taylor's corner was headed goalwards by Cahill, but just as the ball looked goalbound, Marton Fulop pulled off a fantastic stop to claw the ball away.

The fans reaction at the full time whistle was the same as it was at the break, with Wanderers booed off the pitch again.

The result means Bolton drop one to 13th in the Premier League table, with relegation threatened Hull City next up at the Reebok Stadium next weekend.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel, K Davies, Muamba, McCann, Cohen (M Davies 46), Taylor, Elmander (Riga 67)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Smolarek, Puygrenier, Makukula, Basham

Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Davenport, Ferdinand, Collins, Whitehead, Tainio (Reid 80), Malbranque, Leadbitter, Richardson, Jones (Cisse 72)
Subs Not Used: Colgan, Edwards, Murphy, Healy, McShane
Booked: Cohen, M Davies

Attendance: 24,005
Referee: Rob Styles

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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