Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Bournemouth

  • February 08, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton ended a run of four successive defeats but were booed off, after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Bournemouth.

First-half goals from Lee Chung-Yong and Lukas Jutkiewicz looked to have put Wanderers on course for three points against the Cherries, but a stunning goal from Lewis Grabban and a second-half leveller from Simon Francis gave the visitors a point their performance deserved.

The result sees Bolton put another point between themselves and the bottom three, but supporters were left bemoaning the fact that their side had thrown away an early lead and extend their winless league run at home to two months.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman made four changes to the side that was beaten at Ipswich Town last weekend, as Liam Trotter, Chris Eagles and Lee Chung-Yong came in at the expense of Medo Kamara, Darren Pratley and Neil Danns. Adam Bogdan also returned in goal, with Andy Lonergan dropping to the bench.

Bournemouth started the game brightly and almost took the lead inside 90 seconds, as Harry Arter's 30-yard strike moved in the air and flashed inches wide of the target, with Bogdan routed to the spot.

Bolton stepped up their game in the minutes that followed, with Trotter flashing a cross-cum-shot across the face of goal and Eagles shooting into the side netting of Lee Camp's goal.

Andrew Surman came close to turning home a Francis cross on 13 minutes, before Wanderers were thankful to Bogdan as he denied Grabban in a one-on-one situation. The Cherries forward broke clear of the Bolton defence and tried to round the goalkeeper, but he stuck out a hand and claimed the ball.

Alex Baptiste should have done better when he turned an Eagles cross over the bar from six yards, but Wanderers did take the lead on 21 minutes as Chung-Yong claimed his first goal of the season.

Mark Davies picked out the South Korea international inside the box. Chung-Yong controlled expertly, kept his composure and found the back of Camp's net to put Bolton ahead.

Grabban was denied a clear sight of goal by a superb sliding challenge from Zat Knight on the half-hour, a tackle which took much more importance two minutes later - as Wanderers doubled their advantage.

A pin-point ball forward from Knight picked out Jutkiewicz. The on-loan Middlesbrough forward brought the ball down on his chest before lobbing the ball over Camp and into the corner of the net for a simply outstanding goal.

Bournemouth were back in the game two minutes later, albeit with a hint of controversy. With a Cherries player down on the ground with a head injury, referee Andrew Madley appeared to put his whistle to his mouth to stop play. Grabban, with the ball at his feet, hit an unstoppable strike into the top corner, much to the delight of the travelling fans. There was confusion in the stands as to what had just happened, but the goal was allowed to stand the the scores were now at 2-1.

A volley from Davies was the best either side had to offer in the closing stages of the first-half, as Wanderers took their lead into the break.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, as both sides started the half with plenty of attacking intent.

Eagles was the first to try his luck, firing into the side netting from a narrow angle, before former Bournemouth defender Matt Mills got up to deny Surman an equalising goal.

Half-chances for Davies and Jutkiewicz passed by as the game approached the hour, while Grabban and then Steve Cook came close for the Cherries.

The visitors introduced Yann Kermorgant and Tokelo Rantie at the midway point of the half and their impact paid off instantly, as Ian Harte's corner was glanced beyond Bogdan by Francis to bring the scores level.

Boosted by their leveller, the visitors continued to press forward and would have gone in front but for a stunning save from Bogdan. Kermorgant got on the end of a cross into the Bolton box and directed the ball goalwards with his heel. He was preparing to turn away in celebration, only to be denied by the outstretched right arm of the Trotters goalkeeper.

Grabban was agonisingly close to turning home a cross from Rantie inside the final 20 minutes, before the latter was denied a certain goal by yet another fantastic stop from Bogdan.

Bournemouth were well on top at this stage, with Knight on-hand to deny Arter, with half-chances for Andre Moritz and Jay Spearing the best Bolton had to offer.

Baptiste fired over the bar in the latter stages, while Danns curled a shot wide of the target in the final minute, but Wanderers failed to find a way through and were booed off the pitch after failing to add to their three home wins all season.

They return to action with another home game on Tuesday night, when near-neighbours Burnley are the visitors to the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Baptiste, Mills, Knight, Ream, Spearing, M Davies (Kamara 58), Trotter (Moritz 72), Eagles (Danns 83), Chung-Yong, Jutkiewicz
Subs Not Used: Hall, Pratley, Lonergan, White
Booked: Ream
Goals: Chung-Yong 21, Jutkiewicz 32

Bournemouth: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Harte, Ritchie, Arter, O'Kane, Pugh (Kermorgant 66), Surman (Rantie 66), Grabban (MacDonald 90)
Subs Not Used: Allsop, Pitman, Smith, Fraser
Booked: Francis
Goals: Grabban 34, Francis 66

Referee: Andrew Madley
Attendance: 14,336

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