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Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Gary Madine
Gary Madine's leveller was his first goal for Bolton

Gary Madine scored an injury-time header to rescue a point for Bolton against Championship leaders Brighton, who finished the game with 10 men.

Bobby Zamora teed up Dale Stephens for Brighton's opener after Ben Amos failed to deal with a cross, before Jamie Murphy added a second from close range.

Neil Danns pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the area to pull one back.

Murphy was sent off for a heavy tackle on Danns before Madine levelled after having an effort ruled out.

The draw leaves Chris Hughton's Brighton unbeaten after nine Championship games, while Bolton avoided their fourth league defeat of the season to stay 21st in the table.

Bolton's Max Clayton, in his first appearance for nine months after recovering from knee surgery, had a chipped effort tipped over by David Stockdale inside five minutes.

Sam Baldock went close for Brighton while a deflected Liam Feeney shot tested Stockdale at the other end before the visitors stuck twice in four minutes.

Bobby Zamora

Former England international Zamora, making his first start for Brighton in more than 12 years, set Stephens up for the first, collecting Amos' fumble before working it back to the midfielder on the edge of the area.

Liam Rosenior burst into the box and found Murphy, who steered home the second but Gordon Greer failed to add a third with a headed chance.

Danns pulled a goal back after the ball broke kindly for the midfielder following Stephens' tackle on Madine.

After the break, Rosenior had a double chance but was denied by Amos before sending the rebound over.

Stockdale kept Madine out after Murphy's dismissal, and after the striker fouled the goalkeeper in an attempt to level late on, he eventually earned Neil Lennon's side a share of the spoils after meeting a Liam Feeney cross.

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon:

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Lennon on Bolton v Brighton

"I think we got what we deserved and Madine got what he deserved. He has been knocking at the door for weeks to get a goal and that is what he is capable of.

"He got up brilliantly and planted a fantastic header. You could see what it meant to myself and the people in the stadium.

"We showed a bit of character, which is what we didn't show (against Huddersfield) last week. . We are a smidgeon away from being a good side at this level."

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton:

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Hughton on Bolton v Brighton

"I thought we should have had 11 men on the pitch which allows us to apply pressure higher up the park.

"I thought we were the better side, though we made it tougher for ourselves by conceding the goal we did just before half-time.

"But I genuinely felt we were going to hold out. I couldn't see Bolton scoring, which makes it harder to take."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1AmosBooked at 54mins
  • 24Pisano
  • 31Wheater
  • 2Gouano
  • 3Moxey
  • 16Davies
  • 18DannsSubstituted forSpearingat 86'minutes
  • 7Feeney
  • 12ClaytonSubstituted forWalkerat 84'minutes
  • 22WellingtonSubstituted forDobbieat 71'minutes
  • 14Madine

Substitutes

  • 6Vela
  • 8Spearing
  • 13Rachubka
  • 23Dobbie
  • 30Woolery
  • 36Finney
  • 42Walker

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2BrunoSubstituted forMarchat 72'minutes
  • 3GreerBooked at 15mins
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 12Bong
  • 23Rosenior
  • 6Stephens
  • 7KayalBooked at 53mins
  • 15MurphyBooked at 75mins
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forCalderonat 79'minutes
  • 25ZamoraSubstituted forInceat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 5Dunk
  • 8Crofts
  • 14Calderon
  • 19Manu
  • 20March
  • 24Ince
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
13,405

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Attempt missed. Prince (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match David Stockdale (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Francesco Pisano tries a through ball, but Gary Madine is caught offside.

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

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Prince tries a through ball, but David Wheater is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jay Spearing replaces Neil Danns.

Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Walker with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Rohan Ince.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Tom Walker replaces Max Clayton.

Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dean Moxey.

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón replaces Sam Baldock.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Davies.

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Max Clayton.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the red card.

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt saved. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Gary Madine.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Bruno because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Stephen Dobbie replaces Wellington.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Bruno.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Beram Kayal tries a through ball, but Liam Rosenior is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Prince (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mark Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Rohan Ince replaces Bobby Zamora.

Attempt saved. Max Clayton (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wellington with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Attempt saved. Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton9630137621
2Middlesbrough8521145917
3Reading9432147715
4Hull9432127515
5Cardiff94321310315
6Burnley94321210215
7Ipswich94321515015
8Derby9351107314
9Birmingham83321210212
10Nottm Forest933399012
11Sheff Wed93331213-112
12QPR93331417-312
13Fulham83231511411
14Leeds825198111
15Huddersfield92431011-110
16Wolves8233911-29
17Charlton9234912-39
18Blackburn9153101008
19Brentford82241215-38
20Rotherham92251117-68
21Bolton9153612-68
22Preston9144610-47
23MK Dons9216813-57
24Bristol City91351119-86
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