Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Bristol City

  • November 07, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Shola Ameobi missed a second-half penalty and had another effort disallowed, as Bolton were made to rue missed chances in a goalless draw against Bristol City.

Having failed to find the net in nine of their opening 15 Championship matches this season, the game looked set to be heading the same way until seven minutes after the break when Gary Madine was barged to the ground inside the City box.

Ameobi took responsibility for the kick, but his scuffed effort to the bottom-right of Frank Fielding's goal was comfortably saved, before the same player later had a goal ruled out for offside on an afternoon which ended in frustration for the home supporters.

Neil Lennon made three changes to the team that started against Ipswich Town on Tuesday night, with Darren Mark Davies, Stephen Dobbie and Ameobi came in at the expense of Dorian Dervite, Max Clayton and Gary Madine, who all dropped down to the substitutes' bench. Josh Vela retained his place, but moved from his natural midfield position to take up a place at right-back.

Neither side managed to create a chance of note in the early stages, but the deadlock was almost broken in the most bizarre of circumstances on the quarter-hour.

A mix-up in communication between Ben Amos and Prince-Desir Gouano ended with the latter slamming a clearance against Kieran Agard. As a result, the ball looped up and over Amos, who scrambled back towards his line, only to see it clip the top of the crossbar before being cleared to safety.

Marlon Pack was the next to try his luck for the visitors, at this stage with 38 minutes on the clock, but he could only find the seats behind Amos' goal, as the two sides went in level at the break after a disappointing half of football largely played in the middle of the park.

After receiving treatment for an injury late in the first half, Dobbie failed to emerge for the start of the second period as his place was taken by Madine.

Jonathan Kodjia has been in superb form since joining Bristol City in the summer, but he failed to add to his goal collection four minutes after the restart, as he failed to connect with Agard's cross at the far post and Bolton were left to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Then, after failing to threaten throughout the game until that point, Wanderers were awarded a penalty when Nathan Baker was adjudged to have barged into the back of Madine inside the City box.

Ameobi collected the ball and took responsibility for the resulting spot-kick, but his strike low to Fielding's right was kept out by the former Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper, who ensured the game remained scoreless.

Bolton thought they should have been awarded a second chance to score from the spot just before the hour, as Darren Pratley appeared to have his heels clipped, but referee Stuart Attwell ordered play to continue.

Frustrated by a number of heavy challenges directed his way, Davies entered the referee's book for a poorly tackle on Luke Ayling shortly afterwards, before Jose Manuel Casado was also fortunate only to receive a yellow card for a slide on Elliott Bennett.

Kodjia was denied a clear run on goal by some superb last-ditch defending from David Wheater midway through the half, moments before Liam Feeney was thwarted by Fielding after Ameobi had picked out the wide-man inside the City area.

Feeney then turned provider with 18 minutes to go, standing a ball up at the far post for Madine, who headed back across goal but ultimately the wrong side of the post.

Madine missed a mirror image of that opportunity three minutes later, with Ameobi this time putting the cross into the box, while a trickling shot from Kodjia just rolled wide of Amos' post at the other end.

Ameobi looked to have broken the deadlock with 10 minutes left to play, as he tapped home a low cross from Pratley, but the celebrations were cut short as he turned around to discover the referee's assistant had raised his flag to signal an offside against the former Newcastle United forward.

Pratley was agonisingly close to prodding in at the far post from the next attack, but the angle was too tight for a player on the stretch, while Kodjia saw a deflected free-kick easily gathered by Amos as Bristol City looked to steal a late winner at the other end.

Four minutes of time were added for stoppages at the end of the game, during which Ameobi sent a tame header straight into the waiting arms of Fielding, as neither side managed to find the elusive goal and were made to settle for a point apiece.

As a result of Charlton Athletic's 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, Bolton drop one place to 23rd in the Championship table and will remain there for at least a fortnight, as domestic football takes a break due to the upcoming international fixtures.

Lennon's side return to action at the Madejski Stadium on November 21, when they face Reading.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Vela, Gouano, Wheater, Casado (Twardzik 66), Spearing, Pratley, Davies, Dobbie (Madine 45 (Clayton 90+3)), Ameobi, Feeney
Subs Not Used: Dervite, Rachubka, Danns, Wilson
Booked: Davies, Casado, Spearing

Bristol City: Fielding, E Bennett (Little 83), Ayling, Flint, Baker, Williams (Bryan 73), Smith, Freeman, Pack, Agard (Wilbraham 81), Kodjia
Subs Not Used: Cox, Reid, Moore, Hamer
Booked: Kodjia, Baker

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Attendance: 14,239

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