Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Stoke City

  • September 19, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton were let off the hook as Matt Taylor scored a late penalty in a 1-1 draw with Stoke City.

Dave Kitson had given the visitors the lead with a great strike just after the break and it had looked as though Tony Pulis' side would take all three points, until that late blow.

It was the visitors who started the game brightly and could have taken the lead inside two minutes had it not been for Fabrice Muamba's superb last-ditch challenge to deny Matthew Etherington from close range.

Then, with just seven minutes on the clock, Ricardo Fuller went to ground inside the penalty area but referee Mark Clattenburg showed the forward a yellow card for diving.

Chances were few and far between as the half went on, with Gavin McCann and Gary Cahill having the best of the half-chances for Bolton.

Just after the half hour, Glenn Whelan sent a curling free-kick goalwards from distance, but Jussi Jaaskelainen was alert to tip the ball around the post for a corner.

After a poor opening 45 minutes, Gary Megson made a double substition at the interval with Ricardo Gardner and Ivan Klasnic coming on for Fabrice Muamba and Gretar Steinsson.

It didn't take Gardner too long to get involved as just five minutes after the restart, he picked out Taylor who hit his half-volley just wide of Thomas Sorensen's far post.

But less than a minute later Bolton found themselves behind. After receiving a flick from Fuller, Kitson easily turned away from Sam Ricketts before firing across Jaaskelainen and into the far corner of the net.

That prompted Wanderers into action and Klasnic forced Sorensen into a fine save from just inside the area, before Zat Knight fired over from less than six yards from the resulting corner.

Stoke tried to hit Bolton on the counter attack a couple of minutes later, but Fuller failed to trouble Jaaskelainen who made a routine stop.

With just a minute of normal time remaining, Bolton got themselves level through their second penalty in as many games.

Gardner's superb cross-field ball found Ricketts, who skipped past Danny Collins before being brought down by the defender inside the area.

From the resulting spot-kick, Taylor stepped up to send Sorensen the wrong way and bring the scores level.

Five minutes of stoppage time were added and it was the visitors who came closest to grabbing the victory, but Jaaskelainen made a brave stop to deny substitute Liam Lawrence, taking a knock in the process.

However, he recovered to play the final couple of minutes before Clattenburg blew for full time, meaning the two sides shared the spoils.

The point moves Bolton out of the bottom three, with a trip to Birmingham City next up in the league following Tuesday's Carling Cup tie against West Ham United.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Samuel, Steinsson (Gardner 46), McCann, Muamba (Klasnic 46), Cohen, Taylor, K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Elmander, Davis, Chung-Yong, A O'Brien
Booked: K Davies, Samuel
Goals: Taylor 89(pen)

Stoke City: Sorensen, Shawcross, Faye, Huth, Collins, Delap, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington (Lawrence 63), Fuller (Beattie 90), Kitson (Pugh 78)
Subs Not Used: Simonsen, Higginbotham, Cort, Tuncay
Booked: Fuller, Whitehead
Goals: Kitson 53

Attendance: 20,265
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

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7 Derby County 3 6
8 Bolton Wanderers 3 5
9 Portsmouth 3 5
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