Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Barnsley

  • November 17, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton were made to pay for a lack of cutting edge as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Barnsley at the Reebok Stadium.

Kevin Davies had put Wanderers ahead midway through the first half, but Craig Davies earned the visitors a point with a long range strike which beat Adam Bogdan with 25 minutes to go.

Bolton had chances to win the game in the latter stages, but couldn't break down a resilient Barnsley defence, as the game ended all square.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman made two changes to the side that drew at Blackpool last weekend, with Jacob Butterfield and Kevin Davies starting at the expense of Keith Andrews and Martin Petrov.

The first chance of the game arrived with just two minutes on the clock, with Chris Eagles cutting in from the left flank before drilling a shot wide of the target.

Kevin Davies was next to try his luck for the hosts, but a mis-hit clearance from a Barnsley defender caught the Bolton captain off guard and his tame effort rolled straight into the gloves of Luke Steele.

Marcus Tudgay had Barnsley's first effort, after 10 minutes, but Bogdan was equal to his long range strike, keeping the scores level.

Davies then had two chances in a matter of moments for the visitors. Bogdan did well to stop a long-range strike, before the Barnsley striker headed over the bar after being given too much time inside the Bolton box.

After seeing Tudgay and Davies take aim from distance, Matt Done did exactly the same on 21 minutes, but Bogdan was once again equal to the strike and parried it wide of the target.

Then, just after the midway point of the half, Bolton took the lead. A superb ball from the right by Eagles picked out Kevin Davies, who took one touch before lashing the ball low and hard past the helpless Steele for his fifth goal of the season.

After a few moments of inactivity, Wanderers pressed forward again and Sam Ricketts saw a left-footed shot easily gathered by Steele.

Mark Davies and David Ngog both had chances as the first half drew to a close, but the two sides went in at the break with Bolton leading 1-0.

Both sides came out unchanged for the second half and it was Bolton who had the first chance of the half, with Mark Davies' speculative bicycle-kick well saved by Steele.

Davies had another chance just moments later, but the Barnsley goalkeeper was alert to the danger once more, this time diving low to his right to deny the Wanderers midfielder.

A quick free-kick from Done caught Bolton napping on the hour mark, but the ball flew inches wide of the target, with Bogdan a relieved man. The Wanderers players showed their disgust at the decision to allow the quickly taken shot, but referee Carl Berry had made the right call.

Bolton were struggling to cope with the increased pressure on their goal and Keith Hill's side drew level with 65 minutes on the clock, as Davies took aim from 25 yards and beating Bogdan via the aid of a post.

Goalmouth action was few and far between in the final quarter of the game, with Keith Andrews' flick header from an Eagles free-kick on 73 minutes about as close as Bolton got.

Although they looked more than happy to defend and settle for a point, Barnsley continued to threaten on the counter attack and came close to taking the lead inside the final 10 minutes, only for Reuben Noble-Lazarus' 30-yard effort to fly narrowly wide.

The visitors had a golden chance to win the game two minutes later, but Tudgay's goalbound shot was blocked after Bogdan had failed to gather a strike from Stephen Dawson.

Bolton also spurned golden opportunities to claim the three points, with Kevin Davies twice finding the gloves of the goalkeeper in the latter stages.

With six minutes to go, the Wanderers striker sent a thumping volley straight into the arms of the Barnsley goalkeeper, before Steele was in the right place at the right time to stop a header from the Bolton captain in stoppage time.

The full time whistle was greeted by jeers from the home support, who would have expected their side to have picked up maximum points, with trips to Brighton & Hove Albion and Blackburn Rovers on the horizon.

On the positive side for Wanderers, they remain unbeaten under the management of Freedman and have lost just two of their last nine games, although they have only won twice in that same period.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Ricketts, Mills, Knight, Warnock (Mears 32), Butterfield (Andrews 56), M Davies, Spearing, Eagles, Ngog (Chung-Yong 69), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Lynch, Ream, Afobe, Pratley
Booked: K Davies, Bogdan
Goals: K Davies 24

Barnsley: Steele, Cranie, Wiseman, McNulty, Golbourne, O'Brien (Noble-Lazarus 57), Mellis (Foster 90), Dawson, Done (Cywka 60), Davies, Tudgay
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Dagnall, Harewood, Kennedy
Booked: Cranie
Goals: Davies 65

Referee: Carl Berry
Attendance: 16,965

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