Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Bristol City

  • August 11, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton were made to settle for a point in their opening home game of the season, as Bristol City came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Leading through second-half efforts from Will Buckley and Josh Magennis, Wanderers were pegged back courtesy of strikes from Andreas Weimann and Jamie Paterson as the two sides shared the spoils.

Having won at West Bromwich Albion last time out, Trotters boss Phil Parkinson made just the one enforced change as Craig Noone came in at the expense of the injured Sammy Ameobi.

With the action underway, there was little to call inside the opening 10 minutes as the two teams cancelled each other out in the middle of the park.

Then, with 14 minutes on the clock, the visitors burst forward down the left-hand side in a move which ended with Josh Brownhill bringing a full-stretch save out of Ben Alnwick with a drive from a narrow angle.

Brownhill had his sights set on the Wanderers goal once again on 20 minutes, dragging wide after David Wheater had blocked an initial attempt from Weimann.

City remained on top at this point and came close to breaking the deadlock again moments later, with Alnwick this time getting down well to deny Lloyd Kelly's cross-cum-shot.

Bolton's first attempt arrived shortly before the half-hour, with a looping header from Mark Beevers nestling comfortably into the arms of goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa.

They were soon on the back foot again, though, as Niclas Eliasson's bending cross clipped the angle of post and crossbar after Andrew Taylor had conceded a free-kick.

It would remain goalless going into the break, with both managers happy to send out the same players for the start of the second period.

It was much of the same following the restart, with City immediately on the attack and Alnwick alert to deny Callum O'Dowda from close range.

The Bolton goalkeeper was required again on 51 minutes, this time denying Weimann after a challenge from Luke Murphy inadvertently sent the ball into the path of the forward.

The visitors saw appeals for a penalty turned down in their next venture forward, with referee John Brooks penalising Eliasson for simulation as he went to ground under a challenge from Wheater.

Then, much against the run of play, Wanderers broke the deadlock on 57 minutes. A corner from Josh Vela was turned goalwards by Wheater and poked over the line by Buckley, with goalline technology confirming the goal.

That lead was doubled on the hour, with Pawel Olkowski's low cross finding Magennis, who turned and fired past Maenpaa to seemingly put the hosts in control.

Wanderers' advantage was halved just four minutes later though, as Weimann ghosted between Wheater and Beevers before calmly clipping the ball beyond Alnwick.

Weimann broke the offside trap again midway through the half and looked set to provide Paterson with an equaliser, but Jason Lowe tracked back superbly to make the challenge and keep Bolton's lead intact.

A similar situation arose at the other end with 13 minutes to play, with Noone getting away from his marker down the right-hand side. He cut the ball back to Vela, but Adam Webster recovered to clear the ball just as the Wanderers midfielder looked set to score.

Bristol City were level on 81 minutes as Bolton switched off following a substitution. In space following the departure of Noone, Paterson received possession and ran at Olkowski before curling a shot into the net via the inside of a post.

Substitute Adam Le Fondre dragged an effort wide as the hosts went in search of restoring their lead, while City came within inches of a late winner as Mo Eisa saw a shot trickle wide of the near post in added time.

The draw means both teams remain unbeaten at the start of the new campaign, with attentions now turning to the Carabao Cup and Tuesday night's trip to Leeds United.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Taylor, Beevers, Wheater, Olkowski, Lowe, Murphy (O'Neil 66), Vela, Buckley (Wildschut 74), Noone (Le Fondre 80), Magennis
Subs Not Used: Williams, Little, Oztumer, Hobbs
Booked: Murphy, Vela, Taylor, Le Fondre, Beevers, O'Neil
Goals: Buckley 57, Magennis 60

Bristol City: Maenpaa, Hunt, Webster, Baker, Kelly, Eliasson (Eisa 90+4), Brownhill, Pack, O'Dowda (Watkins 66), Paterson, Weimann (Taylor 87)
Subs Not Used: O'Leary, Pisano, Smith, Walsh
Booked: Eliasson, Hunt
Goals: Weimann 64, Paterson 81

Referee: John Brooks
Attendance: 14,112

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53.85% Ben Alnwick
13.11% Sammy Ameobi
10.49% Karl Henry
8.39% Antonee Robinson
4.98% David Wheater
3.41% Mark Beevers
2.1% Mark Little
1.84% Josh Vela
1.57% Darren Pratley
0.26% Reece Burke