West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 02, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton drew for the fifth time this season as they were held 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion.

Johan Elmander gave Wanderers the lead midway through the second half, before James Morrison equalised late on at the Hawthorns.

It was the hosts who started brightly and they would have been in front just two minutes in had Morrison been a couple of inches taller. Chris Brunt crossed to the far post, only for the ball to just evade the outstretched leg of Brunt.

At the other end, Kevin Davies got on the end of a Lee Chung-Yong cross, but his header lacked power and gave Scott Carson his first comfortable save of the afternoon.

Gary Cahill should have given Wanderers the lead on 12 minutes. The defender, returning from suspension, found himself unmarked at a Martin Petrov corner, but only succeeded in sending his header over the crossbar.

In an end-to-end affair, Brunt then tried his luck for the Baggies. However, his left footed strike from distance was clawed away by Jussi Jaaskelainen as both sides pressed for the advantage.

Peter Odemwingie, West Brom's summer signing, sent a shot narrowly wide soon after, before the Nigeria international headed over the bar from close range just moments later.

Brunt saw another effort saved by Jaaskelainen as the half reached it's conclusion and Gretar Steinsson sent a header into the arms of Carson as the sides went in at the break with the deadlock yet to be broken.

Wanderers fired out of the blocks after the interval and were almost in front within just fifteen seconds of the restart. Latching on to a fine pass from Stuart Holden, Petrov sent a curling effort towards the top corner, but Carson reacted well and tipped the ball behind for a corner.

A few minutes later, Cahill once again rose highest from a Petrov corner. However, unlike his last attempt, this time it was goalbound but for the interception of Nicky Shorey, who headed the ball off the line.

Kevin Davies' smart turn and shot on 64 minutes brought another stop out of Carson, but Wanderers were ahead just seconds later, with the skipper once again involved.

Receiving the ball on the edge of the area, Davies flicked the ball beyond the West Brom defence for Elmander to fire low past Carson to give Bolton the lead, infront of the visiting support.

The lead was almost cut out just moments later as Odemwingie capitalised on a mistake from Zat Knight, but like he had in the first half, he dragged his shot wide and the chance was wasted.

Midway through the half, Bolton could and should have sealed the points. After receiving the ball from Jaaskelainen's long throw, Petrov outran the home defence, but with only Carson to beat, he somehow sent his shot wide of the target.

That miss proved to be very costly as a home equaliser came with just 12 minutes remaining. Despite appearing to come back from an offside position, play was allowed to continue and Odemwingie crossed for Morrison to head past Jaaskelainen from close range, much to the frustration of Wanderers boss Owen Coyle.

Smelling blood after their equaliser, West Brom went in search of the win and Bolton were thankful to Jaaskelainen as he pulled off a superb save to deny Brunt.

Substitute Matt Taylor came close to winning it for the visitors inside the final six minutes, but he sent his shot just wide of goal and both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.

With the Premier League taking a break for the international fixtures next weekend, Bolton return to action in a fortnight when they host Stoke City at the Reebok Stadium.

West Bromwich Albion: Carson, Jara, Tamas, Olsson, Shorey, Morrison (Tchoyi 90), Dorrans (Barnes 60), Mulumbu, Scharner (Cox 71), Brunt, Odemwingie
Subs Not Used: Myhill, Ibanez, Reid, Fortune
Booked: Morrison, Jara, Tamas
Goals: Morrison 78

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Chung-Yong (Taylor 76), Muamba, Holden, Petrov, K Davies, Elmander (M Davies 81)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Klasnic, Ricketts, Rodrigo, Blake
Booked: Elmander, M Davies
Goals: Elmander 64

Attendance: 22,846
Referee: Peter Walton

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