Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Blackpool

  • November 27, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton emerged from a poor performance with a point after coming from two down to draw 2-2 with Blackpool at the Reebok Stadium.

Goals in either half from Ian Evatt and Luke Varney had Ian Holloway's side 2-0 up before the hour, but late goals from Martin Petrov and Mark Davies completed a dramatic comeback as both sides took a share of the spoils.

Bolton started brightly on a bitter afternoon at the Reebok and brought Blackpool goalkeeper Richard Kingson into action twice in the early exchanges.

First, Matt Taylor shot straight at the Ghana international from a free-kick, before Kevin Davies forced him into a stop down to his left after being played in by Johan Elmander.

Taylor, who was celebrating his 29th birthday, vollyed onto the roof of the net soon afterwards and Lee Chung-Yong had a goalbound strike blocked by a combination of Evatt and Stephen Crainey.

Then, against the run of play, Blackpool pressed forward in a move which would result in them taking the lead.

After DJ Campbell's shot took a double deflection off Gary Cahill and then Zat Knight, the resulting corner from Elliot Grandin found Evatt and he sent a flicked header beyond Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the far corner of the net.

The visitors should have doubled their lead just a couple of minutes later but after being set up by Charlie Adam, Gary Taylor-Fletcher skied his shot into the stands when presented with a clear sight of goal.

Adam was the next to try his luck. Spotting Jaaskelainen off his line, the midfielder tried to lob the Wanderers goalkeeper from fully 50-yards but his strike flew just over the crossbar.

Elmander curled a free-kick into the stands after the break, before the visitors took control and doubled their advantage just before the hour in similar circumstances to the way they opened the scoring in the first half.

After Grandin curled a corner into the box, Varney's near post flick evaded Jaaskelainen and sailed into the net, beating the Wanderers defenders stood on the line.

Chances at either end followed. First, Elmander saw a header clawed away by Kingson, before Jaaskelainen kept Bolton in it by denying Campbell from close range.

Campbell had another chance to seal victory on 69 minutes when he cut inside the Bolton defence, but after clipping the ball over Jaaskelainen, the ball went the wrong side of the post, much to the dispair of the 4,700 travelling supporters behind the goal.

Pool were made to rue that chance as, with 14 minutes remaining, Bolton got one back. After being set up by Mark Davies on the edge of the box, Petrov, on as a substitute for Taylor, lashed a volley into the top corner, leaving Kingson with no chance.

Wanderers pressed forward for an equaliser and Mark Davies was denied when Kingson parried his header, with Kevin Davies somehow putting the rebound wide of the target from just three yards.

Owen Coyle's side continued to press forward and Petrov had a volley cleared off the line by Crainey, before their attacking momentum paid off with a goal in fine style.

After receiving the ball on the right flank from Mark Davies, Rodrigo picked out Kevin Davies. He laid the ball off to Elmander who backheeled it to Klasnic and he rolled it into the path of Mark Davies who made no mistake from close range to level the scores.

Petrov sent a shot into the stands in stoppage time but neither side threatened after that and had to settle for a point a piece, meaning Wanderers complete November unbeaten having collected 11 points out of a possible 15.

Bolton remain in fifth position in the Premier League, with a trip to Manchester City next up for Coyle's side on Saturday afternoon.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong (Rodrigo 60), M Davies, Muamba (Klasnic 70), Taylor (Petrov 60), K Davies, Elmander
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Steinsson, Blake, Cohen
Booked: Robinson, Muamba
Goals: Petrov 76, M Davies 89

Blackpool: Kingson, Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey, Grandin (Carney 88), Vaughan, Adam, Taylor-Fletcher (Ormerod 84), Campbell, Varney (Southern 86)
Subs Not Used: Halstead, Euell, Phillips, Edwards
Booked: Adam, Vaughan
Goals: Evatt 28, Varney 57

Attendance: 25,851
Referee: Mike Dean

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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