Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 23, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Mark Davies came back to haunt his former club by scoring a last gasp equaliser for Bolton in a 2-2 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The visitors took the lead midway through the first half at Molineux, with Benik Afobe showing composure in front of goal to fire a Martin Petrov corner past Carl Ikeme.

Jimmy Phillips' side didn't keep their lead for long, however, with a quickfire double from Kevin Doyle turning the game in the favour of Wolves before the break.

Bolton peppered the Wolves goal in the second period, but had to wait until the final minute of normal time to get their reward, with Mark Davies striking into the top corner against his former club and ensure the Trotters left with a point.

After a day dominated by talk that Dougie Freedman was about to take over the managerial reigns at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton had the task of getting the business done on the field.

Interim boss Phillips stuck with the same side that came from behind to beat Bristol City on Saturday and he was rewarded with a performance that was arguably the best the club have produced all season.

After a quiet start to the game, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake brought Adam Bogdan into the first save of the match. One which the Wanderers goalkeeper had little trouble stopping.

The visitors then upped the tempo and shortly after Martin Petrov had blasted narrowly wide of the target, they took the lead, courtesy of Afobe's first league goal for the club.

Petrov's corner found the on-loan Arsenal forward inside the six-yard box and he calmly chested the ball down, before prodding it past Ikeme in the Wolves goal.

Going behind appeared to spark the hosts to life and they were level six minutes later, as Doyle broke the offside trap and fired the ball low and hard past a helpless Bogdan.

Prior to that goal, Roger Johnson had hit the crossbar from a set-piece. Wanderers failed to read the warning signs and found themselves behind on the half-hour, with Doyle reacting quickest to divert the ball into the empty net, after Bogdan had initially done well to deny Bakary Sako.

Wolves would take that lead into the break, but the second half was all about Bolton and the question of when, not if, they would get an equaliser.

Petrov twice took aim at the Wolves goal in the opening periods of the second half. First, he shot narrowly wide of the target, before a second strike from distance was well held by Ikeme.

The Nigerian goalkeeper then pushed a free-kick from Chris Eagles behind for a corner, before he denied Petrov again. This time, with the Bulgarian shooting from close range.

David Ngog and Eagles both shot wide as the game passed the hour mark, before Wolves tried to hit Bolton on the counter attack, with Stephen Ward and Bjorn Sigudarson both shooting wide of the target.

There was an air of disbelief as the game approached stoppage time, with Wolves still holding their lead.

The introduction of Keith Andrews for the final few minutes saw Kevin Davies moved into a central defensive role, with Wanderers adapting to a rarely used 3-5-2 formation.

The change looked like a desperate move from Phillips, but the gamble paid off as Mark Davies pounced in the final minute of normal time to hit an unstoppable strike into the top corner of Ikeme's goal and give Wanderers a deserved point.

Despite the imminent announcement of a new manager at Bolton, Phillips, Sammy Lee and Julian Darby will take charge of the team when they face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Pennant (Edwards 67), Doumbia, Henry, Sako, Doyle (Stearman 81), Ebanks-Blake (Sigurdarson 62)
Subs Not Used: McCarey, Batth, Davis, Forde
Goals: Doyle 27, 30

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears, Mills (Ricketts 72), Ream, Warnock (Andrews 88), Eagles, Spearing, M Davies, Petrov, K Davies, Afobe (Ngog 46)
Subs Not Used: Lynch, Pratley, Riley, Chung-Yong
Goals: Afobe 21, M Davies 90

Referee: Lee Probert
Attendance: 20,915

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