Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Leeds United

  • October 24, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Shola Ameobi scored on his Bolton debut, but they failed to move off the bottom of the Championship after drawing 1-1 at home to Leeds United.

Ameobi, who joined Wanderers on a free transfer on Friday, started the afternoon as a substitute, but was called into the action after just 12 minutes after Gary Madine left the field through injury.

He fired the hosts ahead just after the half-hour, but Leeds came back to earn a point when Mirco Antenucci drilled home from the penalty spot 19 minutes from time, after Prince-Desir Gouano's foul on the United forward earned him a straight red card.

Neil Lennon made two changes to the Bolton side that started against Birmingham City on Tuesday, with Gouano and Josh Vela coming in for Dorian Dervite, who dropped to the bench here at Macron Stadium, and Emile Heskey, who was left out completely.

Neither side created any shooting chances inside the opening 10 minutes, a task which became all the more difficult for Wanderers when Madine went to ground holding his head. After a couple of minutes of on-field treatment, he left the pitch to be replaced by Ameobi.

The first opportunity of the game arrived within moments of his arrival, as Mark Davies and Jose Manuel Casado combined well to set up Darren Pratley, who headed over at the near post.

Leeds came close to breaking the deadlock on the quarter-hour mark, with Tom Adeyemi left with his head in his hands after seeing his shot come back off the post from a quickly taken corner.

Davies and Liam Feeney were both denied by last ditch challenges from Leeds defenders as the game approached the midway point of the half, while the latter also flashed a shot wide of Marco Silvestri's near post.

Silvestri was on hand to push a goalbound shot from Feeney behind on 32 minutes, but he was beaten from the resulting corner as Ameobi reacted quickest to Casado's ball into the box before drilling the ball low into the net.

Goalscorer then turned provider, as Ameobi played Feeney clean through from the next attack, but the Wanderers winger rushed his shot and was thwarted by the low dive of Silvestri.

Leeds had barely threatened inside the opening 45 minutes and they went in a goal down at the break, but they almost levelled on the stroke of half-time, only for Ben Amos to produce a stunning save to keep out a volley from Chris Wood.

Both sides made a substitution as the players emerged for the start of the second half, with Bolton bringing Stephen Dobbie on for the injured Davies, who had picked up an Achilles problem, while Leeds' change saw Alex Mowatt replace Luke Murphy.

The visitors came close to equalising 10 minutes after the restart, with Antenucci winning a battle with Amos in the air before seeing his shot cleared off the line by David Wheater - only to realise a free-kick had been given for a foul on Amos.

They came even closer 60 seconds later, with Adeyemi working himself into space on the edge of the Wanderers box. After shifting the ball over to his left foot, his long-range strike got the better of Amos but crashed back off the foot of the post.

Antenucci twice took aim at goal as the game ticked over the hour, with Amos alert to tip a cross-cum-shot behind from the second attempt, but it was Bolton who looked set to go double their lead with 20 minutes to go, only for Dobbie's trickery and low shot to be kept out by the outstretched hand of Silvestri.

The visitors were then given the perfect opportunity to get back on level terms, as Antenucci was brought down inside the box and Gouano was dismissed for being the last defender. Antenucci picked himself up, took responsibility for the penalty and smashed the ball directly down the middle to make the score 1-1.

A series of tactical alterations prevented either side from picking up any steam after Wanderers had been reduced to ten men, with Dervite adding to the backline by replacing Neil Danns with 11 minutes to play.

Mowatt hit a speculative 30-yard free-kick towards goal inside three minutes of added time, but Amos made a comfortable save to his right to keep out the United substitute and ensure both teams left the stadium with a point.

Bolton remain bottom of the Championship table, having won just one of their opening 13 league games. They return to action next Saturday, when they face fellow strugglers Preston North End in a televised fixture at Deepdale.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Osede, Gouano, Wheater, Casado, Vela, Danns (Dervite 79), Pratley, Davies (Dobbie 46), Feeney, Madine (Ameobi 12)
Subs Not Used: Clayton, Rachubka, Twardzik, Walker
Sent Off: Gouano
Goals: Ameobi 32

Leeds United: Silvestri, Byram, Bamba, Cooper, Berardi, Dallas (Buckley 74), Murphy (Mowatt 46), Adeyemi, Cook (Phillips 87), Antenucci, Wood
Subs Not Used: Wootton, Bellusci, Doukara, Horton
Booked: Byram
Goals: Antenucci 71(pen)

Referee: Simon Hooper
Attendance: 18,178

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20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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