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Bolton Concede Late Equaliser

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Was this a good point gained, or two points dropped? A bit of both, ultimately, Bolton are still out of the drop zone, and even moved up a place in the league following yesterday`s 1-1 draw with Ipswich, but to be leading with 10 minutes to go, and then manage to concede an equaliser, one as which as the move started I could see resulting in them scoring, and Joe Garner duly obliging, will always be annoying.

There were a few changes from last week`s loss at Brentford – Mark Beevers was taken ill, which gave Dorian Dervite to get a start, while the midfield was yet again rejigged. Karl Henry, two days after resuming training, came back in. He partnered Derik, and Josh Vela pushed further forward, while Harry Charsley dropped out of the squad altogether. While he was poor last week, unless he was injured, dropping him altogether seemed harsh on the kid.

On the pitch, we were the slightly better team in a dreadful first half. Shortly after the break, Gary Madine nipped in, as Josh Vela flicked Antonee Robinson`s cross into his path. It was one of those goals where your eye goes straight over to the linesman, but mercifully, his flag was down and Bolton were ahead.

We had chances to put the game to bed too. Filipe Morais` shot ended up swerving wide when it looked to be going in, Madine forced a save out of Bartosz Bialkowski from a free-kick, while even though the flag had gone up Madine also headed against the post.

During the autumn though, we had a real problem in conceding late goals, and that issue would rear its ugly head again. Bolton seemed to tire as the midfield struggled to impose themsleves, and in the 82nd minute. Martyn Waghorn and David McGoldrick linked up, and Joe Garner was inevitably given a tap-in as Wanderers were opened up. A few minutes later, it could have got worse, but Waghorn could only hit the bar. A final frustration for a lot of home fans came when Aaron Wilbraham was brought on rather than Adam Le Fondre. A defeat would have been harsh, a draw perhaps fair.

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