Yeovil Town 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • March 22, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton came from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw at Yeovil Town on Saturday, despite playing the final 10 minutes with ten men.

Wanderers were abysmal in the opening 45 minutes and deservedly went in 2-0 down at the break, as goals from Ishmael Miller and Kevin Dawson had put Gary Johnson's side in total control of the game.

The visitors were much improved after the break, however, and pulled one back eight minutes after the restart courtesy of Lukas Jutkiewicz. Alex Baptiste was shown a straight red card for a professional foul 10 minutes from time, but Miller hit the woodwork from the penalty spot, before Zat Knight equalised two minutes later to complete the comeback.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman made three changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend - as Knight, Mark Davies and Neil Danns came in at the expense of David Wheater, Lee Chung-Yong and Liam Trotter.

The visitors started brightly and could have been ahead inside three minutes, as Jutkiewicz headed narrowly wide of goal from a Baptiste cross.

Baptiste was next to get in on the act, but dragged his shot wide after the ball fell kindly to him from a poor Jay Spearing corner.

Joe Mason had the ball in the net in the 8th minute, but his effort was ruled out for a clear offside long before he lobbed Marek Stech in the Yeovil goal.

Shane Duffy had the hosts' first chance, moments after Mason's offside goal, but his glancing header flashed inches wide of Adam Bogdan's far post.

Bogdan did well to save from Tom Lawrence on the quarter-hour, before the game hit a quiet patch as hailstone began to fall at Huish Park.

Miller and Mason both failed to test the opposition goalkeepers with attacks at each end, before the deadlock was broken just after the half-hour as Yeovil went in front.

Miller was granted too much time and space inside the Wanderers box and after the ball was cut back to him, he made no mistake in slotting the ball beyond Bogdan from close range.

Joe Ralls saw a spectacular strike saved by an even better stop from Bogdan just 60 seconds later, before a curling attempt from Miller flew just past the far post with the Trotters stopper beaten.

Dawson fluffed a shot wide of the target as the game entered the final five minutes of the half, but he made amends for his poor attempt on 42 minutes as he powered a strike past Bogdan from the edge of the box to double Yeovil's lead.

Stech collected a free-kick from Medo Kamara at the second attempt, as Bolton went in search of a way back into the game before the break, but Freedman's side were booed off the field as they went in two goals down at the interval.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second half and it was Wanderers who had the first opportunity, but Danns' strike from distance was easy for Stech.

Kamara twice came close to bringing the visitors back into it, before Bolton did get on the scoresheet with 53 minutes on the clock. Jutkiewicz found half a yard of space inside the Yeovil box and got a shot away at goal, with the ball squeezing underneath Stech and into the net.

That brought life into the previously disappointed travelling fans behind the goal, as they now urged their side on to find an equalising goal. After Baptiste did well to win a corner, there was an almighty scramble inside the six-yard box but the ball somehow failed to find a way over the line and Yeovil survived.

Bolton were hit on the break just after the hour, but superb defending from Alan Hutton denied Miller a one-on-one with Bogdan just as the former West Bromwich Albion forward was shaping to shoot.

Kieffer Moore smashed the ball into the stands at the midway point of the half, before Dawson and Miller appeared to get in each others way with the goal at their mercy.

Tom Lawrence shot wide inside the final 20 minutes, while Jutkiewicz fired just over the top from a narrow angle at the other end moments later.

With 10 minutes to go, the game looked to be over for Bolton as Baptiste was shown a straight red card for a professional foul. Referee Darren Deadman didn't give the initial foul, but pointed to the spot on the advice of his assistant.

Miller stepped up to take the resulting penalty-kick, but his effort canonned crashed back off the post, much to the delight of Trotters goalkeeper Bogdan.

Then, amazingly, Wanderers, now down to ten men, were level just two minutes later. Knight, who had scored against Leeds United earlier in the month, rose highest inside the Yeovil box and planted a header into the corner to send the Bolton supporters into wild celebrations.

Jutkiewicz came agonisingly close to putting Bolton ahead 60 seconds later, only for Stech to make an outstanding goalline save, while Yeovil were also inches away from winning the game as Miller was denied by Bogdan in the final minute of normal time.

A two-on-one situation involving Danns and Jermaine Beckford, who had come on for Mason, should have resulted in a third Bolton goal in stoppage time. With Beckford in space, however, Danns opted for glory himself and wasted the opportunity by dragging his shot wide.

The final whistle was met with applause from both sets of supporters, with all 20 outfield players visibly drained after an end-to-end second-half where both teams desperately went in search of all three points.

Bolton return to action on Tuesday night, when they play host to Lancashire rivals Blackpool at the Reebok Stadium.

Yeovil Town: Stech, Ayling, Webster, Duffy, McAllister, Dawson (Grant 87), Edwards, Ralls, Lawrence, Miller, Moore (Hayter 87)
Subs Not Used: Hoskins, Lanzoni, Dunn, Ofori-Twumasi, Morgan
Goals: Miller 33, Dawson 42

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Hutton, Knight, Ream, Baptiste, Spearing, Kamara, M Davies (Moritz 74), Danns, Jutkiewicz (Wheater 85), Mason (Beckford 66)
Subs Not Used: Hall, Trotter, Lonergan, Chung-Yong
Booked: Baptiste, Moritz, Bogdan
Sent Off: Baptiste
Goals: Jutkiewicz 53, Knight 83

Referee: Darren Deadman
Attendance: 6,344

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