Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Wigan Athletic

  • January 05, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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A late spell of pressure from Bolton wasn't enough as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wigan Athletic at the Reebok Stadium, in a match marred by an injury to Latics goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

With Wanderers leading through a 54th minute strike from Rodrigo Moreno, Kirkland was stretchered off the field just after the hour following a collision with Johan Elmander. The goalkeeper left the field in a neck brace and strapped to a back board.

From that point on, both sides looked short of any momentum and when Ronnie Stam equalised ten minutes from time, it looked like both sides would have to settle for a point.

Despite playing through eight minutes of stoppage time, neither side managed to find a breakthrough, with Wigan having substitute goalkeeper Mike Pollitt to thank as they left the Reebok with a draw.

In a slow start to the game, the first turning point came on 12 minutes when Tom Cleverley, on loan from Manchester United, left the field with a hamstring injury.

Hugo Rodallega brought Jussi Jaaskelainen into action for the first time on 32 minutes, striking a 25-yard free-kick at goal which the Finn could only parry to safety.

That proved to be the only major strike on goal during the entire first half, bringing about a chorus of boos from supporters of both sides at the interval.

During the half time break, five supporters were selected at random to win £188, courtesy of 188Bet, principle sponsor of both clubs. After the first half proceedings, you could have been forgiven for thinking that was as eventful as the night would get.

Thankfully, the second period started on a brighter note, with Gary Cahill heading a Matt Taylor free-kick narrowly wide within two minutes of the restart.

Moments later, a corner from Taylor once again found the head of Cahill, but this time the defender headed over the crossbar when it looked easier to score.

Bolton's dominance in the final third finally paid off on 54 minutes. A superb flowing move from the hosts ended with Mark Davies threading the ball through to Rodrigo and he clipped the ball beyond Kirkland to score his first goal in English football.

Owen Coyle's side were boosted by that goal and went in search of a second, but any momentum they had was soon squashed when Latics goalkeeper Kirkland was involved in a clash with Elmander just before the hour.

It looked as though Elmander's leg had caught the goalkeeper, but on closer inspection, the Sweden striker's arm appeared to make contact with Kirkland, knocking him unconscious in the process.

After lengthly treatment, Kirkland left the field to a standing applause from both sets of supporters, with Pollitt coming on to replace the unfortunate 'keeper.

Neither side created any chances in the immediate aftermath of that incident, until the Roberto Martinez's side levelled ten minutes from time.

After being picked out by Rodallega, Steve Gohouri's low cross from the right beat the Bolton defence and Stam prodded home from close range.

Bolton pressed for a winner in eight minutes of stoppage time, with substitute Martin Petrov bringing Pollitt into action, before the Farnworth born goalkeeper denied Elmander late on with a superb stop from close range.

The result gives Bolton their first point since the Boxing Day win over West Bromwich Albion, meaning they still occupy 7th spot in the Premier League table ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie against non-league York City.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Rodrigo (Petrov 83), Muamba, M Davies, Taylor (Blake 90), K Davies, Elmander
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Alonso
Goals: Rodrigo 54

Wigan Athletic: Kirkland (Pollitt 62), Gohouri, Alcaraz, G Caldwell, Stam (McManaman 90), Figueroa, Thomas, Watson, Cleverley (Diame 12), McArthur, Rodallega
Subs Not Used: Gomez, S Caldwell, Lopez, Robinson
Booked: Figueroa, G Caldwell, Diame, Stam
Goals: Stam 80

Attendance: 18,852
Referee: Phil Dowd

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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