Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Brentford

  • November 30, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton came from behind to claim a point on Monday, as Neil Danns' second-half strike earned Wanderers a 1-1 draw against Brentford at Macron Stadium.

Neil Lennon's side, who, it emerged earlier in the day, hadn't been paid for the month of November, fell behind with just 10 minutes on the clock, when John Swift curled beyond Ben Amos from the edge of the Trotters box.

The Championship's bottom side bounced back, however, with Danns seeing his bouncing volley fly past David Button midway through the second-half, earning the home side a well deserved draw in front of an onlooking television audience.

At the end of a difficult day off-the-field, Lennon named a team that had two changes to the one that started in the defeat at Reading nine days ago. Out went the pair of Prince-Desir Gouano and Jay Spearing, who were both named amongst the substitutes, with Dorian Dervite and Max Clayton coming in at their expense.

Wanderers started brightly under the floodlights, with Button forced to race off his line inside the opening minute to prevent Clayton from latching on to a short backpass.

Button was called into action again moments later, this time to keep out a goalbound header from Darren Pratley, while Jack O'Connell headed into the side netting at the other end with Brentford's first attack of the night.

The net was rustling again with 10 minutes played, but this time the visitors were celebrating the opening goal. Swift worked his way into a yard of space 25 yards from goal and bent an unstoppable strike beyond Amos, providing the travelling Bees supporters with the first cheer of the evening.

Shola Ameobi and Jose Manuel Casado both had attempts on goal as Bolton looked for an immediate response, while Liam Feeney twice came close, the latter of which resulted in him curling a free-kick onto the roof of the net.

Amos had to be at his best to claw away a thunderbolt of a shot from Jake Bidwell on the half-hour, while Davies and Pratley both brought Button into action at the other end in the moments that followed.

Lasse Vibe was granted a perfect opportunity to double the visitors' advantage with 37 minutes gone, having been played clean through on the Wanderers goalkeeper, but Amos stood tall and made the block with his legs to keep the deficit at one.

In the build-up to that attack, Clayton went to ground inside the Brentford half and that forced his withdrawal - with Gary Madine coming on in his place with five minutes of the half left to play.

The final attempt of the opening 45 minutes ended with Dervite forcing Button into a smart save from a Casado corner, with the Brentford stopper ensuring his side took a 1-0 lead into the interval.

Wanderers restarted the game as the two sides emerged for the start of the second period and they created the first shooting chance of the half, with Josh Vela firing over the crossbar after Feeney and Danns had twice put the ball into the danger zone.

Brentford spurned a glorious opportunity to double their lead on 56 minutes, potentially blowing their chances of sealing all three points, as an unmarked Bidwell headed back across the face of goal, with Amos relieved to see the ball flash inches wide of his far post.

Then, on 65 minutes, Bolton hauled themselves level. Danns was left unmarked on the edge of the box and, after the ball fell kindly at his feet, the under-fire midfielder struck a volley into the ground and beyond a helpless Button, who could only watch on as it bounced in off the inside the post.

With their tails now up, Wanderers pushed forward in search of a lead and were denied by Button two minutes later, as he reacted well to keep out Ameobi from close range.

He was beaten with 20 minutes to go, as a well-worked short corner from Casado saw the full-back race into the Brentford area. His shot seemed destined for the far corner, only to be headed off the line and behind to safety.

Sam Saunders thought he had won the game for Brentford in the closing stages, only to see Amos fly to his left to tip his fierce strike over for a corner, while Madine headed wide inside stoppage time to bring an end to a game which started the way it had began - with both sides level.

The 1-1 draw means Bolton remain at the foot of the Championship, with just one win from their 18 games so far. They return to action on Saturday, when they step out at Macron Stadium once again, this time against Cardiff City.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Vela, Dervite, Wheater, Casado, Danns, Davies (Dobbie 90), Feeney, Clayton (Madine 40), Pratley, Ameobi
Subs Not Used: Gouano, Spearing, Rachubka, Twardzik, Holding
Booked: Davies, Feeney, Vela
Goals: Danns 65

Brentford: Button, Yennaris, Tarkowski, O'Connell, Bidwell, McCormack, Diagouraga, Woods (Canos 68), Judge (Saunders 81), Swift (Kerschbaumer 74), Vibe
Subs Not Used: Hofmann, Bonham, Gogia, Barbet
Booked: Swift, Tarkowski
Goals: Swift 10

Referee: Carl Boyeson
Attendance: 12,731

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