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Brentford 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

Mark Davies
Midfielder Mark Davies scored for only the second time this season

Brentford's Championship play-off hopes took a hit as Bolton twice came from behind to draw at Griffin Park.

Emile Heskey wasted an early chance for the visitors and he was punished by Alex Pritchard following a Bees' break.

Adam Le Fondre turned the ball beyond David Button to equalise, but the home side were back in front before the break after Jonathon Douglas' header.

Brentford pushed for a third, but an error at the back let in Mark Davies, who rolled the ball into an empty net.

The Bees leapfrogged Wolves, who drew at home to Ipswich in the day's early kick-off, but remained three points behind the Tractor Boys, who have a superior goal difference.

Bolton, who have secured Championship football for next season, remain in 17th position.

Brentford's remaining games
25 April: Reading (away)
2 May: Wigan (home)

The visitors began on the front-foot and Heskey, one-on-one with goalkeeper Button, should have given them an early lead but his shot went wide of the upright.

Brentford then took the lead in the 35th minute with a speedy counter-attack from Alan Judge, who played in Spurs loanee Pritchard at the back post for this 11th of the season.

Button produced a superb fingertip save to deny Giles Coke's low shot, but the Trotters equalised four minutes later with Le Fondre's calm finish inside the far post.

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Warburton on Brentford v Bolton

In a relentless finish to the half, Andre Gray's shot cannoned against the woodwork, before Judge's cross found Douglas in the area and his looping header back across the keeper put the home side ahead.

Brentford piled on the pressure early in the second half but failed to create any clear-cut chances.

James Tarkowski's short back-pass then left goalkeeper Button scrambling and Davies nicked it off him before slotting into an open goal for Bolton's second equaliser of the match.

Brentford boss Mark Warburton: "We looked good going in at half-time and we'd worked hard to force the game on the front foot. After the break, the loose ball has cost us and we were a little bit sloppy in the final pass, perhaps because the players wanted to force the game a little too much.

"There will be a lot more twists and turns this season. We are far from disappointed because we can still get 78 points this season and if we do, then who knows what might happen?"

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Lennon on Brentford v Bolton

Bolton boss Neil Lennon on suspending Neil Danns and Barry Bannan after an alleged bust-up at the team hotel: "I am not a massive disciplinarian but we set standards at the club and discourage players from going out and socialising.

"I am disappointed with their behaviour - they fell short of what is required of them and have been suspended, but I'm in a good mood today so we'll see how long it's for."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 10Odubajo
  • 6Dean
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3Bidwell
  • 8DouglasBooked at 90mins
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 23Jota
  • 18JudgeSubstituted forToralat 79'minutes
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forDallasat 61'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 19GraySubstituted forSmithat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 12McCormack
  • 15Dallas
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 24Smith
  • 35Udumaga

Bolton

  • 1Bogdan
  • 41ThrelkeldBooked at 37minsSubstituted forJankoat 80'minutes
  • 14Dervite
  • 54McCarthyBooked at 6mins
  • 3MoxeySubstituted forDaviesat 42'minutes
  • 5Ream
  • 7FeeneyBooked at 88mins
  • 52WalkerBooked at 66mins
  • 51CokeSubstituted forGudjohnsenat 67'minutes
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 19Heskey

Substitutes

  • 16Davies
  • 17Trotter
  • 20Costa Rocha
  • 22Gudjohnsen
  • 24Lonergan
  • 27Twardzik
  • 47Janko
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
11,874

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Booking

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jon-Miquel Toral (Brentford).

Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Paddy McCarthy (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Jon-Miquel Toral (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jota.

Attempt saved. Harlee Dean (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Tommy Smith (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Booking

Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Stuart Dallas (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Stuart Dallas (Brentford) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt saved. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.

Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Saidy Janko replaces Oscar Threlkeld because of an injury.

Delay in match Oscar Threlkeld (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Jon-Miquel Toral replaces Alan Judge.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Tommy Smith replaces Andre Gray.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Paddy McCarthy.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stuart Dallas (Brentford) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Attempt blocked. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Bolton Wanderers 2. Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Moses Odubajo.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Dorian Dervite tries a through ball, but Emile Heskey is caught offside.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Eidur Gudjohnsen replaces Giles Coke.

Booking

Tom Walker (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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1Watford442671188493985
2Bournemouth442412892454784
3Middlesbrough442591065333284
4Norwich4424101083453882
5Derby4421131082503276
6Ipswich4421121168501875
7Brentford442191473591472
8Wolves4420121265541172
9Blackburn431515135955460
10Charlton441418125456-260
11Nottm Forest441514156965459
12Sheff Wed441417134146-559
13Cardiff441414165258-656
14Birmingham431315155164-1354
15Huddersfield441314175673-1753
16Leeds441410204860-1252
17Bolton441312195463-951
18Fulham441310215676-2049
19Reading421211194464-2047
20Brighton441016184452-846
21Rotherham431014194365-2244
22Millwall43913213767-3040
23Wigan44912233960-2139
24Blackpool44413273488-5425
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