Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 02, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Wellington Silva and Stephen Dobbie scored inside the final nine minutes, as Bolton came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Bolton fell behind inside the opening three minutes at Molineux, as former loanee Joe Mason prodded past Ben Amos, before substitute James Henry looked to have sealed the points when he curled into the bottom corner with 13 minutes to play.

But, after dominating possession without threatening the Wolves goal, the visitors were back in with a shout when Silva headed home four minutes later, before a deflected free-kick from Dobbie completed an unlikely comeback with two minutes remaining.

Neil Lennon made two enforced changes to the side that started against Leeds United on Saturday, with Darren Pratley and Gary Madine succumbing to back and groin injuries, respectively, with Jay Spearing and Kaiyne Woolery taking their places - the latter of whom was handed a full debut in attack.

Bolton raced out of the blocks at Molineux and came close to taking an early lead when Spearing's shot was pushed around the post by Carl Ikeme, but they were behind just moments later as a former player came back to haunt them.

Mason, who remains the only man to score a hat-trick in Bolton colours since 2002, was the man to open the scoring. After Sigurdarson's initial shot had been blocked by Amos, Mason reacted quickest to roll the ball home from close range.

The visitors dominated possession for a large part of the next 20 minutes, without really threatening the Wolves goalkeeper, with Wellington Silva and Liam Feeney both struggling to find a way through down either flank.

In fact, it was Feeney who was next to have an attempt at goal, lifting a shot over the crossbar from the edge of the box on 26 minutes, moments before Mark Davies headed wide against his old club.

Rajiv van La Parra won a couple of free-kicks for the hosts as the half entered the final 10 minutes, neither of which could be turned into goalscoring opportunities, while Dean Moxey and Silva both saw shots blocked and cleared at the other end.

Ikeme was brought into action as the half drew to a close, making a routine save to prevent Silva's curling effort from going in the top corner, while van La Parra fired high and wide at the end of a break as Wolves went in at the interval with a one-goal advantage.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began with Spearing seeing a shot charged down from the edge of the box, before Liam Trotter suffered similar frustration as the Wolves defenders put their bodies on the line.

Josh Vela was next to try his luck, firing through a host of players but not Ikeme, who did well to hold on to the powerful drive, while Amos was alert to push away a teasing cross from Conor Coady as Kevin McDonald waited at the far post for a simple tap in.

The first change of the evening arrived on 66 minutes, with the ineffective Woolery replaced by Emile Heskey, who was on for his first appearance since Boxing Day.

Bolton continued to push forward after his introduction, with Silva curling over the top with 20 minutes to go, but they soon found themselves two goals down as Henry, just on as a substitute for Sugurdarson, cut in from the wing, eased his way beyond two defenders and curled a shot into the bottom corner.

That looked to have sealed victory for Wolves, but the visitors were back in the game just four minutes later as Silva arrived unmarked at the far post to head past Ikeme and spark a tense finish at Molineux.

Dobbie was introduced in place of Trotter with seven minutes to go and he made the best possible impact, equalising from fully 30 yards with a deflected free-kick that wrong-footed Ikeme and found a way into the net, prompting wild scenes in the away end and a chorus of boos from the home support.

Three minutes of added time passed by without incident, as Bolton produced arguably their greatest comeback of the season to claim a point against their rivals, moving them to within three points of Charlton Athletic and four from safety.

The team occupying the place above the Championship relegation zone are Rotherham United, who visit Macron Stadium on Saturday where a win would see Lennon's side move just a point behind the Millers.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Ikeme, Iorfa, Batth, Ebanks-Landell, Doherty, Coady, McDonald, van La Parra, Mason (Price 86), Rowe (Saville 82), Sigurdarson (Henry 76)
Subs Not Used: McCarey, Byrne, Deslandes, Le Fondre
Goals: Mason 3, Henry 77

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Vela, Dervite, Holding, Moxey, Spearing, Feeney, Trotter (Dobbie 83), Davies, Silva, Woolery (Heskey 66)
Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Osede, Wilson, Twardzik, Walker
Goals: Silva 81, Dobbie 88

Referee: Frederick Graham
Attendance: 17,825

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