Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Charlton Athletic

  • December 21, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's reputation as draw specialists rung true on Saturday afternoon, as they were held to a 1-1 stalemate by Charlton Athletic at the Reebok Stadium.

It was Wanderers' sixth home draw of a campaign which has yielded just two victories, but they had to come from behind to earn a point after Yann Kermorgant put the Addicks in front after 11 minutes.

Kevin McNaughton pulled Dougie Freedman's side level in first-half stoppage time, with a superb solo effort. Bolton desperately went in search of a winning goal after the break, but failed to find a way through the Charlton defence as the two sides were made to settle for a point apiece.

Freedman made one change to the side that was beaten at Wigan Athletic last weekend, with Chris Eagles taking the place of Darren Pratley in midfield.

After a slow start to the game, the first chance fell the way of the visitors as Lawrie Wilson volleyed wide from a Kermorgant knockdown.

Not content with setting up chances for his side, Kermorgant fancied his chances with 10 minutes played but his shot was straight at Andy Lonergan in the Bolton goal.

Kermorgant was central to everything the Addicks had in the opening exchanges and he got the goal he was treatening just 60 seconds later. Rhoys Wiggins got away from McNaughton and Eagles down the Charlton left and cut the ball back for an unmarked Kermorgant, who fired past Lonergan from 12 yards.

Jay Spearing headed a looping cross off his own line shortly afterwards, before Wilson volleyed over the bar when it looked easier to score.

Bolton's first chance arrived at the midway stage of the half, but Neil Danns sliced his shot wide of the target after the referee had played an advantage after a foul on Andre Moritz.

Eagles was next to try his luck, as he twisted and turned away from three Charlton defenders before bringing a smart low save out of Ben Alnwick.

Eagles then turned provider, as his cross from the right picked out Lee Chung-Yong. His header back across goal beat Alnwick, but was cleared off the line as the Trotters continued to be frustrated.

Lonergan was required to stop a 30-yard strike from Kermorgant as the first-half started to draw to a close, while Chung-Yong skied an effort well over the crossbar at the other end after working himself into space on the edge of the box.

Alnwick did well to prevent a cheeky backheel from Joe Mason from going into his net after 42 minutes, but he was beaten in stoppage time by a somewhat unfamiliar goalscorer.

A neat ball from Eagles picked out McNaughton just inside the Charlton box. He looked set to shoot but dummied his way past two defenders, before coming back onto his right foot and bending a shot into the top corner.

McNaughton's goal, his first since netting for Cardiff City in May 2008, ensured the two sides went in level at the break.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second half, but this time it was Bolton who came out the quicker of the two teams.

Mason was unlucky to see a goalbound header clawed away by Alnwick, before a dangerous run from Moritz was brought to an end by a fantastic challenge from Chris Solly.

With their focus in getting forward, Bolton left themselves open at the back and would have fallen behind but for a superb Lonergan save to deny Kermorgant a second goal.

Charlton saw penalty appeals turned down when the ball struck Alex Baptiste just after the hour, before play was halted for a few moments for an injury to Lonergan.

The Bolton goalkeeper returned to the action and was soon joined by Mark Davies, who replaced Chung-Yong for his first appearance at the Reebok since February.

Solly almost quietened the crowd with a shot that whistled past the post, with 15 minutes to go, while Moritz's free-kick at the other end was charged down by the Addicks wall.

Wilson was denied a late winner by a smothering Lonergan stop, before substitute Jermaine Beckford looked set to score at the other end - only to kick thin-air as the ball flashed across the face of goal.

Matt Mills and Spearing both saw efforts fly over the bar in stoppage time, as Wanderers were booed off the field after drawing at home for the sixth time this season.

Freedman's side return to action on Boxing Day, when they face bottom club Barnsley at Oakwell.

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, McNaughton, Mills, Ream, Baptiste, Spearing, Danns (Hall 86), Eagles, Moritz, Chung-Yong (M Davies 73), Mason (Beckford 79)
Subs Not Used: Knight, Pratley, Kamara, Lee-Barrett
Booked: Spearing, Hall
Goals: McNaughton 45

Charlton Athletic: Alnwick, Solly, Morrison, Wood, Wiggins, Cousins, Stephens, Wilson, Church (Evina 83), Stewart (Dervite 90), Kermorgant
Subs Not Used: Hughes, Green, Pritchard, Cook, Pope
Booked: Wilson, Morrison
Goals: Kermorgant 11

Referee: Philip Gibbs
Attendance: 14,923

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