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Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Leeds United

Eidur Gudjohnsen
Eidur Gudjohnsen's last goal for Bolton came against Ipswich on 14 May 2000

Eidur Gudjohnsen's first goal since returning to Bolton gave them a point from an entertaining game with Leeds.

The visitors made a dream start when Rodolph Austin slotted home a third-minute penalty after Sam Byram was fouled by keeper Andy Lonergan.

Luke Murphy fouled Darren Pratley in the area to leave Gudjohnsen to level from the spot with his first goal for Bolton since May 2000.

Gudjohnsen returned in December, over 14 years after leaving for Chelsea.

Bolton boss Neil Lennon had said in the build up to the game that his players must not let the prospect of facing a trip to Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup distract them from the league, but they made a dreadful start.

Austin hammered home from the spot after Lonergan had upended Byram in the area and the hosts were almost 2-0 down inside 10 minutes when Steve Morison drew a fine save from the Bolton keeper.

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Lennon on Bolton v Leeds United

The Trotters started with experienced duo Gudjohnsen and Emile Heskey, both 36, in attack and the Iceland international came close to levelling for the hosts when his 20-yard free-kick went just wide.

Bolton continued to grow into the game as the half progressed and Leeds were indebted to keeper Marco Silvestri for a good save from Liam Trotter's shot.

Gudjohnsen equalised for the hosts after three minutes of the second half after Murphy fouled Pratley in the area.

Wanderers were dominating, but Leeds still looked threatening on the break and Luke Murphy went close from the edge of the area after a swift counter attack.

Gudjohnsen came close to a second, but was denied by a fantastic block by Leeds defender Liam Cooper.

The visitors nearly nicked it themselves when Byram was denied from close range by Lonergan, but they had to settle for a point that means they remain winless since 29 November and are just two points clear of the bottom three.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon:

"It was a fair result. While I'm disappointed, I am sort of satisfied because we didn't play anywhere near our best.

"We got off to a poor start and I'm not convinced it was a penalty - in fact I'm not convinced ours was a penalty either.

"We never really imposed ourselves on the game and we are missing creativity, so we need to get some bodies in and I think it's important we do that this month."

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn:

"We looked more balanced with and without the ball, and I thought we looked a threat going forward.

"Sam Byram and Lewis Cook were excellent and I thought Morison played his part and led the line well for us.

"The ball didn't come straight back like it did at Sunderland (last week), so there were lots of positives."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 25Vela
  • 4Mills
  • 14DerviteSubstituted forWheaterat 67'minutes
  • 5Ream
  • 17TrotterBooked at 14minsSubstituted forDaviesat 72'minutes
  • 18DannsBooked at 90mins
  • 7Feeney
  • 22GudjohnsenSubstituted forWalkerat 90'minutes
  • 21Pratley
  • 19Heskey

Substitutes

  • 1Bogdan
  • 3Moxey
  • 6Spearing
  • 28Davies
  • 31Wheater
  • 35Wilkinson
  • 52Walker

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 12Berardi
  • 5BellusciBooked at 45mins
  • 32Cooper
  • 21Taylor
  • 7Murphy
  • 23L Cook
  • 2Byram
  • 4Austin
  • 33SlothSubstituted forMowattat 86'minutes
  • 19Morison

Substitutes

  • 6Pearce
  • 8Sharp
  • 13Taylor
  • 14Bianchi
  • 26Montenegro
  • 27Mowatt
  • 34Antenucci
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
18,844

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Leeds United 1.

Booking

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gaetano Berardi.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Tom Walker replaces Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Foul by Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers).

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt replaces Casper Sloth.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

Attempt saved. Sam Byram (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Lewis Cook with a through ball.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Attempt missed. Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Byram.

Attempt blocked. Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

Attempt blocked. Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tim Ream with a cross.

Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Davies replaces Liam Trotter.

Attempt missed. Casper Sloth (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gaetano Berardi with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sam Byram (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lewis Cook.

Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. David Wheater replaces Dorian Dervite.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey tries a through ball, but Eidur Gudjohnsen is caught offside.

Hand ball by Steve Morison (Leeds United).

Foul by Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers).

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Leeds United. Charlie Taylor tries a through ball, but Rodolph Austin is caught offside.

Hand ball by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

Foul by Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers).

Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Byram.

Foul by Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers).

goal

As It Stood

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1Bournemouth25146555272848
2Derby25146547232448
3Ipswich25138441231847
4Middlesbrough25128538172144
5Brentford2513484135643
6Watford25125844291541
7Norwich25117746301640
8Sheff Wed2591062021-137
9Wolves2410772833-537
10Blackburn249873533235
11Cardiff259793335-234
12Birmingham259793038-834
13Nottm Forest2571083335-231
14Charlton2561362429-531
15Huddersfield2587103443-931
16Bolton2586112732-530
17Reading2586113040-1030
18Fulham2584133544-928
19Brighton2551192732-526
20Rotherham2551192131-1026
21Leeds2567122637-1125
22Millwall2558122441-1723
23Wigan2548132534-920
24Blackpool2538141941-2217
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