Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Leeds United

  • January 10, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton came from behind to preserve Neil Lennon's unbeaten home record at Macron Stadium, by taking a point from a 1-1 draw with Leeds United.

The visitors went ahead with less than three minutes on the clock, as Rodolph Austin fired home from the penalty spot after Andy Lonergan had brought down Sam Byram inside the Wanderers box.

Lennon's side took a share of the spoils thanks to a penalty of their own, however, which was converted by Eidur Gudjohnsen after Darren Pratley had been taken out just inside the area.

There were three changes to the Bolton side that started against Wigan Athletic last time out, with Andy Lonergan, Matt Mills and Eidur Gudjohnsen all returning at the expense of Adam Bogdan, David Wheater and Zach Clough.

Lonergan, who had been in fine form until being rested for that FA Cup victory over the Latics, was at the centre of controversy just 90 seconds into the game, as Byram went down under a challenge from the Wanderers goalkeeper inside the box. Lonergan appeared to pull out of the challenge, but referee Andy Woolmer had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Austin took responsibility for the penalty and made no mistake in putting Leeds ahead, sending Lonergan the wrong way in the process.

A lack of communication in the Bolton defence almost provided the away side with a second goal with just nine minutes played, as a harmless cross from the right went over Mills and Dorian Dervite. An unmarked Steve Morison got his head to the ball, with only the reflexes of Lonergan keeping the score at 1-0.

Moments after being booked, Liam Trotter was denied an equaliser after he latched on to a through ball from Gudjohnsen.

Mills came forward for the resulting corner, but could only succeed in heading the ball wide of the target, moments before a curling free-kick from Gudjohnsen struck the side netting.

Dervite did well to get in the way of a goalbound volley from Byram at the midway point of the half, before Liam Feeney's long-range drive flashed over the top of the Leeds crossbar.

Trotter was then denied a certain goal by Marco Silvestri, after he got on the end of a flick from Mills, moments before a goalmouth scramble couldn't be converted into a goal by either Dervite or Feeney.

Some last-ditch defending from Mills denied Morison a clear run on goal as the half drew to a close, with the visitors taking their one-goal advantage into the break.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began in the exact same fashion as the opening 45 minutes.

Less than two minutes after play had resumed, Pratley went down inside the Leeds penalty box and referee Woolton pointed directly to the spot.

Gudjohnsen, whose last goal for Bolton came against Ipswich Town in May 2000, stepped up to take the kick and found the top corner of Silvestri's net to bring the scores level.

Luke Murphy fired wide as Leeds looked to go back in front, while Mills and Gudjohnsen failed to make the most of opportunities at the other end.

Craig Davies replaced Trotter with 18 minutes to go and his first involvement came with 10 minutes left on the referee's watch, as his cross-cum-shot forced Silvestri into parrying the ball away from danger.

Byram was denied a one-on-one with Lonergan by a last-ditch tackle from Tim Ream on 84 minutes, with what proved to be the final attack of a gritty game at Macron Stadium.

It was a day to remember for Tom Walker, though, who came on to replace Gudjohnsen in stoppage time to make his senior Bolton debut - just seven days removed from Clough's dream first outing for the club.

Wanderers return to action next Saturday, when they travel over the Pennines for a game at Sheffield Wednesday.

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Vela, Mills, Dervite (Wheater 67), Ream, Trotter (C Davies 72), Danns, Feeney, Gudjohnsen (Walker 90), Pratley, Heskey
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Moxey, Spearing, Wilkinson
Booked: Trotter, Danns
Goals: Gudjohnsen 48(pen)

Leeds United: Silvestri, Berardi, Bellusci, Cooper, Taylor, Murphy, Cook, Byram, Austin, Sloth (Mowatt 86), Morison
Subs Not Used: Pearce, Sharp, Taylor, Bianchi, Montenegro, Antenucci
Booked: Bellusci
Goals: Austin 3(pen)

Referee: Andy Woolmer
Attendance: 18,844

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