Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Millwall

  • January 12, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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It was a tale of two penalties on Saturday as Bolton and Millwall played out a 1-1 draw at the Reebok Stadium.

Andy Keogh opened the scoring for the visitors with a cheeky dinked finish on nine minutes, before Keith Andrews levelled for Wanderers 11 minutes before the break - after Lee Chung-Yong had been brought down inside the Lions area.

Both sides had chances to win the game in the second half, but neither Adam Bogdan nor David Forde had much to worry about on a bitterly cold afternoon in the north west.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman made five changes to the side that drew with Sunderland in the FA Cup last Saturday, with Adam Bogdan, Tim Ream, Jay Spearing, Chris Eagles and Kevin Davies all recalled to the side, while former Wanderers defender Danny Shittu took his place in the Millwall defence.

In what was a slow start to the game, Millwall opened the scoring with their first shot of the game after just nine minutes.

A terrible pass from Tim Ream placed Andrews under huge pressure and once the Republic of Ireland international had conceded possession, Zat Knight had little option but to concede a penalty for a foul on Keogh.

The Millwall forward picked himself up and chipped the ball straight down the middle of the goal to give the visitors an early lead, with Bogdan having gone low to his right.

Bolton had a couple of half-chances inside the next ten minutes. First, David Ngog brought a decent save out of David Forde with a strike from distance, before Chung-Yong dragged a strike wide of the post with 20 minutes on the clock.

Chris Eagles was denied an almost certain goal shortly afterwards, with Shittu alert to the danger of a Kevin Davies cross, moments before Ngog fired high and wide after more good play from the Wanderers captain.

Millwall came close to adding a second goal on 25 minutes, but Liam Trotter's bending strike from 30 yards was always curling narrowly wide of Bogdan's right-hand post.

With half-an-hour gone, James Henry came even closer. The Lions midfielder took aim at goal from a similar distance to Trotter, with his shot flying inches over the top of the crossbar.

Four minutes later, Bolton were level. A neat set-piece involving Eagles and Davies eventually led to Shittu bringing down Chung-Yong inside the area, leaving referee Andrew Madley with little option but to point to the spot.

Andrews had scored three penalties in Bolton's previous four league outings and he added to that tally by sending Forde the wrong way and levelling the scores.

Aside from a dangerous cross from Sam Ricketts, neither side threatened in the latter stages of the half - with the two teams going in level at the break.

Both sides came out unchanged for the start of the second half and the first chance arrived five minutes after the restart, with Eagles bringing another smart stop out of Forde with a strike from all of 30 yards.

The former Manchester United academy player was involved in Wanderers' next attacking move, five minutes later, but he failed to keep his volley down after Ricketts had done well to get a cross into the box from the right flank.

Ngog came close to putting the hosts ahead on the hour. After tricking his way past a couple of Millwall defenders, he took aim at goal - only to see his strike sail narrowly over the top.

Kenny Jackett's side came close to restoring their lead at the midway point of the half, but Dany N'Guessan just couldn't grow enough to head a teasing cross from Henry into the Wanderers net, as the ball went behind for a goal-kick.

N'Guessan came even closer just moments later, but he shot over the top from 25 yards - with Bogdan routed on his line.

Fine play from Henry resulted in him getting the better of both Eagles and Marcos Alonso down the Millwall right, but his low cross was put behind by a Bolton man - with Freedman responding by bringing Benik Afobe on for Chung-Yong.

Bolton were soon back on the attack and Andrews looked set to put them ahead, but for the timely interception of Shittu, who threw himself at the Irishman's feet and deflect the ball behind.

With five minutes left to play, Kevin Davies thought he had won the game for Bolton. After rising highest to meet a Jay Spearing corner, the Wanderers captain had many of the home fans on their feet, only to turn around and see the ball hooked off the line by N'Guessan.

Marvin Sordell had replaced Eagles for the final 10 minutes and he saw a turn and shot fly narrowly wide of the target in the latter stages, but that was as close as either side would come - as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

The result means Bolton stay 16th in the Championship, with Jackett's Millwall falling out of the play-off places and down to 7th.

Wanderers return to action on Tuesday evening when they face Sunderland in an FA Cup replay at the Stadium of Light. Their next league fixture is next Saturday, when they face Freedman's old club, Crystal Palace, at Selhurst Park.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Ricketts, Knight, Ream, Alonso, Chung-Yong (Afobe 72), Andrews, Spearing, Eagles (Sordell 80), K Davies, Ngog
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Mears, Pratley, Vela, Eaves
Booked: Alonso
Goals: Andrews 34(pen)

Millwall: Forde, Smith, Shittu, Beevers, Trotter, Lowry, Abdou, Henry, Woolford, Keogh (Henderson 80), N'Guessan
Subs Not Used: Taylor, Wright, Marquis, Batt, Smith, Osborne
Booked: Lowry, Forde
Goals: Keogh 9(pen)

Referee: Andrew Madley
Attendance: 16,985

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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