Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Swansea City

  • April 21, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have dropped to 19th in the Premier League after being held to a 1-1 draw by Swansea City at the Reebok Stadium.

Scott Sinclair put the Swans in front with just six minutes on the clock, after cutting inside Gretar Steinsson on the left flank and curling a superb shot into the top corner of Adam Bogdan's goal.

Their lead lasted just eight minutes, however, as Martin Petrov's cross from the left allowed Chris Eagles to prod home from close range.

Both sides came close to winning the game in the second half, but neither could find a decisive goal as they were both made to settle for a point.

After almost a fortnight without a game, Wanderers made just one change to the side that lost at Newcastle United on Easter Monday, with Ryo Miyaichi coming in for Darren Pratley, who missed the game through illness.

Despite their extended break, Bolton were sluggish from the start and the visitors took the lead with their first attack of the game.

Sinclair received the ball on the left wing, cut inside and evaded the challenge of Steinsson, before curling a stunning strike into the top corner.

The lead lasted just eight minutes, however, as Eagles found space inside the Swans' penalty area and sent a neat half-volley past Michel Vorm after being teed up by Petrov.

Swansea could have retaken the lead on 20 minutes, only for Steinsson to make amends for his earlier error. Gylfi Sigurdsson's close range shot looked destined for the Bolton net, only for a timely block from Steinsson, which sent the ball up and over the crossbar and behind for a corner.

The visitors were forced into a change midway through the half, with Luke Moore coming on for the injured Nathan Dyer.

Steinsson got in the way of another Sigurdsson shot soon after, before Vorm did well to keep out a bending free-kick from Petrov, which looked set to fly into the bottom corner.

Steven Caulker should have put the Swans ahead ten minutes before the break. Bogdan could only parry a Sigurdsson free-kick and the ball fell kindly at the feet of the defender, who somehow managed to fire the ball over the crossbar.

Ashley Williams then came inches away from scoring in the final minute of the first half, heading just wide after Bogdan had flapped at a corner, as the two sides went in level at the break.

The first real chance of the second period arrived ten minutes after the restart and it came the way of the visitors. Sigurdsson and Danny Graham combined well, but the latter failed to trouble Bogdan, who made a comfortable stop with his legs.

Graham was involved again just after the hour mark, cutting inside from the left, before curling a shot narrowly wide of the target in a move that drew similarities to the game's opening goal.

Wanderers made a change midway through the half, with David Ngog coming on for the ineffective Miyaichi, but it was Brendan Rodgers' side that continued to carry the biggest threat.

Moments after that change, a cross-cum-shot from Graham caused havoc in the Bolton six-yard box, before David Wheater managed to clear the loose ball.

Wanderers were desperately hanging on and they somehow survived with 16 minutes to go as Bogdan spilled a shot from Graham, before follow up shots from Sigurdsson and Sinclair somehow failed to find a way into the Bolton goal.

The visitors came even closer a minute later, as Graham was afforded too much time on the edge of the box and he unleashed a rasping shot that cannoned back off the bar and away to safety.

After spending the majority of the second half trying to hold on to a point, Bolton were inches away from taking all three when Eagles shot just wide of Vorm's right-hand post seven minutes from time.

With injury ending Mark Davies' afternoon, Josh Vela was handed his Bolton debut in stoppage time, but he was given little time to impress as the game drew to a close, with Wanderers picking up only their third league draw of the campaign.

The result means Bolton drop below Blackburn Rovers and into 19th position in the Premier League, ahead of Tuesday night's game with Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Steinsson, Ream, Wheater, Ricketts, Eagles, M Davies (Vela 90), Miyaichi (Ngog 65), Reo-Coker, Petrov, K Davies (Klasnic 79)
Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Knight, Sordell
Booked: M Davies, Steinsson
Goals: Eagles 14

Swansea City: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Sigurdsson, Britton, Allen, Dyer (Moore 29), Graham (Lita 79), Sinclair
Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Routledge, Monk, McEachran, Bessone
Booked: Williams
Goals: Sinclair 6

Referee: Phil Dowd
Attendance: 25,401

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13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
14 Accrington Stanley 19 24
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