Burton Albion 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • March 10, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton claimed a point for the third match in succession, as they held Burton Albion to a 2-2 draw at the Pirelli Stadium.

After two consecutive goalless draws, Wanderers took the lead on 20 minutes as Ryan Delaney headed home his first goal for the club from an Ali Crawford corner, only for Jamie Murphy to equalise eight minutes later.

Ethan Hamilton fired the visitors back in front seven minutes before the break, but Murphy ensured the game ended all-square by equalising for a second time on 65 minutes - as Albion secured a fifth-straight draw on home turf.

With Jason Lowe and Daryl Murphy unavailable due to injury, Keith Hill was forced into making two changes to the side that drew at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday as Kean Bryan and Josh Emmanuel made their respective returns.

Both teams had early chances to break the deadlock, with Stephen Quinn seeing a dangerous cross cleared by Delaney inside two minutes, while Brandon Fleming's ball in towards Joe Dodoo at the other end was dealt with by Jake Buxton.

The first shooting opportunity arrived with seven minutes on the clock as Joe Powell's corner was headed just wide by Albion's John Brayford, shortly before Remi Matthews came racing off his line to collect a cross from Reece Hutchinson.

Wanderers took the lead with their first effort on goal, as Crawford's 20th-minute corner was headed goalwards by Delaney and beyond Ben Garratt to make it 1-0.

Hamilton came close to doubling the advantage midway through the half, only to see his strike blocked by a defender, and he was left to rue that five minutes later as the home side got themselves back on level terms.

A corner from Oliver Sarkic was nodded towards goal by John-Joe O'Toole, where Murphy was alert to turn home from close range for 1-1.

The visitors were back ahead with seven minutes of the half to play, however, as Crawford played Hamilton through on goal. After taking the ball under control and keeping his composure, the on-loan Manchester United midfielder rolled it into the bottom corner to send Hill's side in 2-1 up at the break.

With the players back on the pitch for the start of the second period, Wanderers came close to adding to their lead when a deflected cross from Hamilton dropped just wide of the post inside 60 seconds of the restart.

Toto Nsiala and Luke Murphy also threatened from corners moments later as the visitors maintained their pressure, shortly before the former put his body on the line to deny Murphy at the other end.

Hamilton thought he had made it 3-1 with a strike from distance on 51 minutes, with Garratt clutching at thin air as the ball whistled past his goal.

Dodoo poked wide from close range just before the hour as he got on the end of a cross from Crawford - a miss that would prove costly as Burton soon got themselves back on level terms for a second time.

After missing two guilt-edged chances, Murphy grabbed his second of the evening on 65 minutes as he gambled on a cutback from Hutchinson to slot in beyond a helpless Matthews.

Despite that setback, Bolton continued to look the more likely winners at this point and would have gone ahead for a third time with 15 minutes to play but for the intervention of Hutchinson, who headed a goalbound strike from Crawford over the bar after Dodoo's initial shot had been parried back into dangerous terrority by Garratt.

Lucas Akins was twice denied at the other end - with the first forcing some excellent defending from Nsiala - while Hamilton flashed a low drive narrowly off-target as Bolton struck on the counter-attack.

Bryan wasn't quite tall enough to make a telling touch to Anthony Georgiou's near-post flick on 84 minutes, while Burton squandered numerous chances in the latter stages as Akins and Murphy both failed to find a winner for the home side.

A 2-2 draw, Wanderers' third stalemate in succession, leaves Hill's side 21 points from safety with 10 games left to play - potentially extending their stay in League One for another week, with relegation set to be confirmed by the end of March.

They return to action on Saturday, when Peterborough United are the visitors to the University of Bolton Stadium.

Burton Albion: Garratt, Brayford, Buxton, O'Toole, Akins, Edwards, Quinn (Fraser 60), Powell (Wallace 85), Hutchinson, Sarkic (Sbarra 82), Murphy
Subs Not Used: Hawkins, Daniel, Fox, Thomas
Booked: Sbarra
Goals: Murphy 28,65

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Fleming, Delaney, Nsiala, Emmanuel, Bryan, L Murphy, Hamilton (Mellis 90+3), Crawford (Darcy 79), Politic (Georgiou 68), Dodoo
Subs Not Used: Alexander, Bunney, Faal, Brockbank
Booked: Nsiala
Goals: Delaney 20, Hamilton 38

Referee: Thomas Bramall
Attendance: 2,034

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