Brondby 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • July 10, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton got their pre-season tour of Scandinavia off to a good start, after coming from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Brondby in Denmark.

Former Wanderers forward Johan Elmander opened the scoring with a shot that deceived Andy Lonergan just after the half-hour, but the visitors would have gone in level at the break had Jermaine Beckford not missed from the penalty spot after Mark Davies had been brought down inside the box.

Three minutes after the restart, Craig Davies, who had come on as a half-time substitute for Beckford, won another penalty and made no mistake by slamming the ball right down the middle of Michael Falkesgaard's goal.

Robert Hall was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Dario Dumic inside the final five minutes, but Dougie Freedman's side held on to claim a draw on a warm evening at the Brondby Stadion.

Dean Moxey and Liam Feeney were the only summer arrivals to start for Bolton, who also included youngsters Oscar Threlkeld, Cian Bolger and Josh Vela from the off. Matt Mills took responsibility of the captain's armband.

Brondby had the better of the opening 45 minutes and they came close to breaking the deadlock inside six minutes, as Christian Norgaard curled an effort wide from just inside the box.

Elmander's first attempt arrived at the 20 minute mark, only to be charged down by Bolger, before Wanderers' record signing glanced a header just wide of the target moments later.

Play was halted for a brief cooling period on 25 minutes and when play resumed, it wasn't long until the ball was in the back of the Bolton net.

Elmander received the ball on the angle of the Wanderers box and poked the ball towards goal. The shot seemed harmless enough, but Lonergan appeared to get his positioning wrong and could only watch on as the hosts went into a 1-0 lead.

There was little in the way of an attacking threat as the first-half wore to a close, but a mazy run from Mark Davies resulted in a stoppage time penalty for the visitors. Beckford stepped up to face Falkesgaard, but could only succeed in firing his spot-kick wide of the target as Wanderers went in behind at the break.

Freedman made 10 changes to his Bolton team at the break, with every outfield player replaced. There were debut appearances for Dorian Dervite, Neil Danns, Georg lliev and trialist Modou Barrow, while Joe Riley was back on the field after missing all of last season through injury.

Another one of the substitutes, Craig Davies, had an instant impact on the game, as he took a tumble inside the Brondby box within two minutes of the restart and giving the match referee little option but to award the visitors another penalty.

With Beckford now off the pitch, Davies took responsibility for the penalty and succeeded in slamming the ball down the middle of Falkesgaard's goal to bring the scores level.

Jose Ariel Nunez saw a shot loop on to the roof of Lonergan's net on 57 minutes, before Jay Spearing entered the referee's book for a seemingly innocuous 50/50 challenge.

Ross Fitzsimons replaced Lonergan for the final 18 minutes, but had little to do in his brief time on the pitch.

In fact, the only talking point during his time on the field came three minutes from time as Hall was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Dumic. The decision appeared to be harsh on the former West Ham United midfielder, but the referee's decision stood and the game went on to finish in a 1-1 draw.

Bolton return to action on Sunday, when they face FC Vestsjaelland at the Harboe Arena in Slagelse, Denmark.

Brondby: Falkesgaard, Semb, Albrechtsen, Ornskov, Szymanowski, Makienok, Elmander, Holst, Durmisi, Norgaard, Hasani
Subs: Hradecky, Almeback, Nunez, Thygesen, Phiri, Dumic, da Silva, Crone
Goals: Elmander 33

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan (Fitzsimons 72), Threlkeld (Riley 46), Mills (Ream 46), Bolger (Dervite 46), Moxey (Baptiste 46), Kamara (Spearing 46), Vela (Danns 46), Feeney (Barrow 46), M Davies (Pratley 46), Iliev (Hall 46), Beckford (C Davies 46)
Booked: Spearing, Pratley
Sent Off: Hall
Goals: C Davies 48(pen)

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