Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

  • September 13, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton began a hectic September schedule with a point, as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium.

Liam Feeney had Wanderers' best chance of the game, in fact, their only chance, as he shot straight at Keiren Westwood early in the second-half, but it was the visitors who could count themselves very unfortunate not to have walked away with all three points.

Chris Maguire had a shot cleared off the line midway through the first-half and the Owls were left to rue their luck as, miraculously, Bolton survived another goalline scare inside second-half stoppage time to claim an unlikely point.

Dougie Freedman made six changes to the side that was beaten at Leeds United a fortnight ago, with Andy Lonergan, Dorian Dervite, Dean Moxey, Liam Feeney, Owen Garvan and Mark Davies all coming into the starting line-up.

Two of those changes were enforced, with David Wheater out with a slipped disc in his back and Adam Bogdan feeling the effects of a broken finger he suffered in training on Friday.

Sheffield Wednesday had the better of the early play, with Atdhe Nuhiu providing a constant threat to the Bolton backline.

Wanderers' first attack of the game arrived at the 13 minute mark, but the returning Mark Davies was outmuscled at the death as he prepared to get a shot in on goal.

Dervite headed a corner from Garvan straight at Westwood five minutes later, before the visitors were denied a goal by the assistant's flag - as Nuhiu smashed the ball past Lonergan from close range.

Intent on breaking the deadlock, Wednesday continued to press forward and were unfortunate not to take the lead on 25 minutes, as Mills got back to clear a goalbound strike from Maguire off the line.

Nihiu and Stevie May both failed to trouble Lonergan as the half entered the final 10 minutes, while a deflected strike from Maguire, which could have gone anywhere, flashed wide of the Wanderers' goal.

Wednesday fans were appealing for a penalty when Nuhiu went down inside the Bolton box in stoppage time, but the referee turned down the protests after clearly seeing Lonergan win the ball ahead of the big centre forward - as the two sides went in level at the break.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which started with a bang - literally - as Mills and Nuhiu went down inside the opening 30 seconds, following an aerial collision.

Feeney drilled a shot wide once play had resumed, before Joe Mattock headed wide of the target from a corner at the other end.

A neat move involving Mark Davies and Jay Spearing provided the latter with a shooting opportunity on 56 minutes, but his piledriver from the edge of the box flew straight into the arms of the waiting Westwood.

Wednesday introduced Royston Drenthe just after the hour, in the place of Maguire, and he almost had an instant impact on the game, laying the ball off for Nuhiu to bring a good save out of Lonergan.

Jermaine Beckford and Darren Pratley were then brought on for Wanderers, taking the places of Mark Davies and Garvan, and Beckford was inches away from connecting with a Spearing cross into the box at the midway point of the half.

A looping cross from Feeney was well gathered by Westwood as the game entered the final 20 minutes, before a drive from May flashed agonisingly wide of the Bolton goal at the other end.

Nuhiu and Giles Coke both brought Lonergan into action from the next attacks, before Coke and May both wasted opportunities by slicing wide of the target.

Jacques Maghoma, Drenthe and May all failed to test Lonergan in the final stages of normal time, although a strike from Liam Palmer required the Bolton goalkeeper to tip the ball over the crossbar in the first of three added minutes - in an attack which also saw the Owls have an effort cleared off the line.

Wednesday were the only team likely to score at this stage and they had one final chance, through Drenthe, but he couldn't keep his shot on target and the two sides ended the game as they started it - with a 0-0 draw.

Bolton were booed off the field at full-time, after starting the season with a return of two points from their opening six games, and return to action with the visit of Rotherham United on Tuesday evening.

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Dervite, Mills, Ream, Moxey, Feeney, Spearing, Garvan (Beckford 66), Chung-Yong, M Davies (Pratley 65), Mason (C Davies 76)
Subs Not Used: Danns, Hughes, Fitzsimons, Kamara
Booked: Moxey, Mills

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Lees, Zayatte, Mattock, Maguire (Drenthe 61), Semedo, Coke, Maghoma, May, Nuhiu
Subs Not Used: Buxton, McCabe, Helan, Madine, Dielna, Kirkland

Referee: Andy Haines
Attendance: 15,799

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