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Bolton Show Good And Bad Traits in Burton Draw


Bolton picked up their fifth away point of the season last night as they drew 2-2 with Burton.

It was a game in which Bolton showed what they are capable of in patches, leading not once but twice, but also still showed some defensive lapses which allowed Jamie Murphy to pull the deficit back twice for the Brewers.

Ryan Delaney, off the back of a decent performance at Wimbledon, scored his first goal for the club to open the scoring. That wouldn’t last long though, with Murphy also scoring from a corner to level things up. Bolton cracked on though, playing some good football at times, and the second goal showed some of that. Ali Crawford played an excellent through ball to Ethan Hamilton who had got forward and finished to make it 2-1. Crawford showed signs of getting back to pre-injury form, while Josh Emmanuel looked assured too. Some time out of the side might not have been a bad thing for him, at one stage he had played every single game under Keith Hill and being taken out of the firing line for a bit might have just given a bit of spark back.

Joe Dodoo will hopefully be kicking himself for not putting the match to bed in the second half, Crawford was again involved as he put in an excellent cross but the striker, playing up front in the absence of Daryl Murphy, somehow managed to put it wide, which proved costly when Murphy would turn in an equaliser as we conceded from a cross down our right.

That was the last goal of the game but not the last chance, Dodoo would hit the target and at least test the Burton keeper before Crawford’s rebound was booked. Scott Fraser then nearly won it for them, but his effort went just wide.

Dennis Politic was upset after the game with his contribution to the second goal being conceded, but it’s not the end of the world, especially for a younger player. He cares and hopefully he’ll learn from it. Overall though, a better performance, even if we’re still waiting for a second win in 2020.

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