Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Leeds United

  • October 02, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Kevin Davies netted a brace for Bolton on Tuesday night, but it was not enough to secure victory as they were held to a 2-2 by Leeds United at the Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers took the lead on 14 minutes, with Davies rising highest to nod a Chris Eagles beyond a stranded Paddy Kenny, who had no chance of stopping a bullet header.

Neil Warnock's side were level just before the break, however, as a free-kick from El-Hadji Diouf was flicked into the bottom corner of Adam Bogdan's goal by Sam Byram.

To compound that killer blow just before the interval, Bolton would concede again within five minutes of the restart as Luciano Becchio converted from the penalty spot, with Matt Mills adjudged to have fouled Byram inside the Wanderers box.

Both sides pushed forward in search of another decisive goal and it arrived 11 minutes from time, with Kevin Davies on hand to pull the hosts level with a carbon copy of his first, ensuring the game ended all square.

Trotters boss Owen Coyle made one change from the side that lost to Crystal Palace at the weekend, with Benik Afobe coming in for David Ngog, who missed the game with a hamstring injury.

Although only one change had been made, Wanderers looked like a far better side than the one that took to the field on Saturday afternoon.

It was the hosts who created the first opportunity of the evening, with Mark Davies finding space inside the Leeds box, only to see his goalbound strike cleared away by a United defender.

Chris Eagles struggled to get involved against Palace, but he had an assist to his name on 14 minutes. After winning a corner, the former Burnley midfielder picked out Kevin Davies from the set-piece, and the Wanderers captain send a thumping header past Kenny from close range.

They almost doubled their lead moments later, but Eagles' strike from 25-yards came crashing back off Kenny's right-hand post and away to danger.

Wanderers were peppering the Leeds goal at this point, with Afobe coming close to his first league goal for the club shortly afterwards. The on-loan Arsenal forward beat Kenny to a loose ball, but his chipped attempt sailed inches wide of the post.

Leeds came back into the game in the latter stages of the first half and after Bryam had curled an effort wide of the target, he found himself on the scoresheet in the final minute of normal time.

Diouf's angled free-kick caused panic in the Bolton defence and Bryam capitalised on some poor marking to head past Bogdan and bring Warnock's side level.

That blow at the end of the first half was compounded five minutes after the restart, with Leeds going ahead in front of their 4,000 strong travelling support.

After Mills had brought down Byram inside the Wanderers box, Becchio stepped up to convert from the penalty spot, sending Bogdan the wrong way in the process.

Bolton responded well to going behind and were inches away from an instant reply, as Afobe directed a deflected shot from Mark Davies narrowly wide of goal.

Zat Knight and substitute Martin Petrov both came close to pulling the hosts level, while Rodolph Austin almost beat Bogdan from distance at the other end.

Wanderers stepped up the pressure in the final 15 minutes and they got their rewards with little over 10 minutes to play as Petrov's corner picked out Kevin Davies, who, yet again, powered an unstoppable header into the back of the Leeds net.

Petrov and Marvin Sordell both came close to adding a third in the latter stages, while Wanderers had strong penalty appeals turned down by referee Phil Dowd as Mills went down inside the area.

Then, with almost the last kick of the game, Bolton's former record signing, Diouf, found space on the left and curled a strike off the Trotters crossbar.

The final whistle was met by boos from a disgruntled home support, as Bolton now occupy 17th place in the Championship with 11 points from their opening nine games.

Next up for Bolton is a trip to Millwall on Saturday afternoon, in what is the final match before a two-week international break.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Warnock, M Davies, Andrews, Spearing (Petrov 62), Eagles, K Davies, Afobe (Sordell 72)
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ream, Ricketts, Pratley, Chung-Yong
Booked: K Davies, Spearing
Goals: K Davies 14,79

Leeds United: Kenny, Lees, Pearce, Peltier, Drury, Byram, Austin, Brown, Tonge, Diouf, Becchio
Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Varney, White, Norris, Gray, Thompson, Poleon
Booked: Peltier, Brown
Goals: Bryam 44, Becchio 50(pen)

Referee: Phil Dowd
Attendance: 21,255

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