Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Charlton Athletic

  • April 14, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton bounced back from their weekend defeat to Norwich City by coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.

Wanderers started brightly at Macron Stadium, but fell behind with nine minutes on the clock as Frederic Bulot pounced on a poor clearance from Dorian Dervite to volley the ball past a helpless Adam Bogdan from close range.

For long periods, that goal appeared destined to settle the game but the home side levelled 11 minutes from time as Barry Bannan stole possession from Alou Diarra and played in Adam Le Fondre, who rolled the ball past Stephen Henderson to ensure the game ended all square.

Neil Lennon made three changes to the team that started against Norwich at the weekend, with Matt Mills, Neil Danns and Rochinha taking the places of Dean Moxey, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Emile Heskey, who all dropped to the bench.

Bolton started well, with Bannan and Rochinha having early efforts on goal, while Danns came close to opening the scoring by drilling a shot narrowly wide inside the first eight minutes.

Having soaked up the early pressure, Charlton took the lead with their first attack of the game. A ball to the far post was only half cleared by Dervite and Bulot was left unmarked inside the box to volley past Bogdan from close range.

Le Fondre was denied an equaliser by a challenge from Diarra, moments before Danns saw a deflected shot flash wide, while Liam Feeney's acrobatics from the resulting corner failed to produce a shot on target.

The Addicks should have doubled their lead on 27 minutes, only for Tony Watt to head over a Bulot cross from three yards out, before a curling shot from Bannan was well held by Henderson in the opposition goal.

Rochinha, Le Fondre and Josh Vela all came close to levelling as the half drew to a close, with the latter firing high over the bar from six yards, as Charlton took their one-goal advantage into the interval.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second half, which began with Bannan firing over the crossbar after a shot from Feeney had been charged down.

Feeney was involved again shortly afterwards, knocking the ball down for Le Fondre who saw his shot deflect behind for a corner.

Rochinha was next to try his luck, only to shoot high and wide on the hour, while Charlton reminded Bolton that they were in a game when Bulot was denied a second by a near-post reaction save from Bogdan.

At this stage, supporters had become frustrated with their team's inability to test the opposition goalkeeper and resorted to using flash lights on their mobile phones in an attempt to drum up some atmosphere.

Heskey and Mark Davies came on in place of Tom Walker and Rochinha moments later, before Charlton made a double change that saw Simon Church and former Wanderers midfielder Chris Eagles replace Watt and Igor Vetokele.

The introduction of Davies and Heskey worked in Bolton's favour, as their renewed attacking approach paid off with an equalising goal on 79 minutes.

After appearing to lose possession, Bannan capitalised on a slip from Diarra to win the ball back and play Le Fondre in behind the Charlton defence. He took one look at goal and responded by rolling a shot into the far corner of Henderson's net.

Appeals for a penalty were turned down when a shot from Feeney was blocked two minutes later, moments before Mills spurned a glorious opportunity to put the hosts ahead by kicking thin air when the ball fell to him inside the box.

Despite that miss, Bolton should have secured all three points in the final minute of normal time as Davies played the ball back to Feeney. The former Millwall winger had the simple task of stroking the ball into the corner, but instead opted for power and saw his shot fly over the crossbar from eight yards.

Superb defending from the Addicks backline denied Le Fondre a stoppage time winner, as Charlton left Macron Stadium with a 1-1 draw from a game that saw Bolton register just two of their 23 shots on target.

Wanderers return to action on Saturday, when they face promotion-chasing Brentford at Griffin Park.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Vela (Janko 90), Mills, Dervite, Ream, Bannan, Danns, Feeney, Rochinha (Heskey 68), Walker (M Davies 68), Le Fondre
Subs Not Used: Moxey, Gudjohnsen, Lonergan, McCarthy
Goals: Le Fondre 79

Charlton Athletic: Henderson, Solly, Diarra, Johnson, Wiggins, Gudmundsson, Buyens, Cousins, Bulot, Vetokele (Church 72), Watt (Eagles 72)
Subs Not Used: Fox, Ben Haim, Lennon, Dmitrovic, Lepoint
Goals: Bulot 9

Referee: Kevin Wright
Attendance: 12,994

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