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Summary

  1. John Swift fires Brentford into early lead
  2. Neil Danns replies for Bolton, who draw for seventh time at home
  3. Bees watched by new head coach Dean Smith

Live Reporting

By Nathan Middleton

All times stated are UK

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Good night

FT: Bolton 1-1 Brentford

That is all from over coverage from the Macron Stadium tonight.

If you missed any of the action you can read Steve Marshall's match report on the game, where you will also find reaction from the Neil Lennon and Lee Carsley later on.

Thank you for your company.

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FT: Bolton 1-1 Brentford

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After a fairly timid first half, Bolton really improved after the break, putting pressure on the Brentford backline.

They scored their first goal from open play in over eight hours through Neil Danns but were unable to find a second when they were on top.

Bolton reaction

FT: Bolton 1-1 Brentford

You could see we were committed. We fought till the end and I think a point each was fair. We have to stick together, the fans have been with us throughout. It's tough times but we have to stick together.

Bolton captain Darren PratleySky Sports

The 'tough times' are of course the news that broke this afternoon that the Bolton squad have not been paid in November, as well as sitting bottom of the Championship.

MAN OF THE MATCH

FT: Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Alan Judge
Rex Features

To be honest with you I think a draw was a fair result in the end. I think we maybe had the better chances but they stopped us playing in the second half. The lads would all like to thank Lee Carsley and Paul Williams for what they've done but we're looking forward to it now.

Brentford midfielder Alan JudgeSky Sports

Alan Judge making sure he makes a good first impression with new boss Dean Smith there...

FULL-TIME

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Bolton draw a seventh game at home this season and their winless run stretches to 12 games now. 

Neil Lennon's side battled back well in the second half and got a deserved equaliser through Neil Danns.

Brentford start the Dean Smith era with a draw as John Swift's curling strike in the first-half is they only goal the could muster.

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Last ditch defending as Bolton get a couple of headers inside the box but neither them are clean connections.

Gary Madine tries to force it towards goal but Brentford get bodies in the way to clear.

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Bolton launch it into the box again and again they have a corner. Can they make one count?

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

It comes to nothing as Sergi Canos heads over.

As Bolton try to clear, James Tarkowski throws the ball away and is booked for his troubles.

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Choas in the Bolton defence. 

A cross comes from the left, it falls to Konstantin Kerschbaumer but his shot is deflected over for a corner...

SUBSTITUTION

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Stephen Dobbie comes on for Mark Davies for Bolton to give them some fresh legs in the final third.

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Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Shola Ameobi and Alan McCormack have a few words and a few pushes and shoves towards each other.

The referee has a word before sending them on their way.

A Bolton free-kick from out wide comes to nothing.

GREAT SAVE!

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Ben Amos
Rex Features

Stunning reaching save from Ben Amos to prevent Brentford grabbing a winner.

Suddenly they turn on the style again as Sergi Canos, Alan McCormack and Lasse Vibe all combine and the Danish striker's shot is turned wide.

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Bolton's spell on top has dissipated for now, but neither side is dominating. 

Lots of long clearances and trying to play down the other end of the pitch at the moment.

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Jose Casado's free-kick is a good one but James Tarkowski does just enough on the outstretching Shola Ameobi to prevent the Bolton striker from getting his head to the ball.

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Gary Madine is barged off the ball inside the box but he falls dramatically after taking too many touches.

It is worked into the box again to Darren Pratley and he battles with James Tarkowski to earn a free-kick on the left wing...

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Sam Saunders' first bit of action is to deliver a free-kick which is well defended by Bolton.

Darren Pratley concedes a free-kick but Brentford are keen to get on with it and take it quickly.

SUBSTITUTION

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Final substitution for Brentford as Alan Judge is taken off for Sam Saunders.

He was someone who still looked like creating something for the Bees but perhaps the fresh legs will help take the sting out of this Bolton momentum.

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Jose Casado nearly gifts Brentford a second goal.

Lasse Vibe is putting him under all sorts of pressure but he defends well initially until his back pass is underhit, nearly giving the Bees a sniff of stealing it off Ben Amos.

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Another deep cross into the boss and it's another Bolton corner. They're up to nine in the match.

Brentford eventually hack it away and they're really on the back foot still.

SUBSTITUTION

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Brentford's goalscorer John Swift is taken off and Konstantin Kerschbaumer replaces him.

Moments later Gary Madine strikes towards goal bit it goes wide. Trotters boss Neil Lennon is not happy with that and he and Madine exchange some pleasantries. 

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Bolton v Brentford
Empics

Put a team under pressure and find out how good they are. Bolton have put them under pressure and you can see what is happening now.

Former Bolton striker John McGinlayBBC Radio Manchester

It is all Bolton and another corner is punched away by David Button.

Can they make this pressure count or can Brentford get their passing game going again?

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Constant pressure at the moment by the Wanderers.

A short corner worked by Bolton and as the cross comes in, James Tarkowski gets infront of Shola Ameobi from a yard out to prevent him nodding into an empty net.

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Suddenly Bolton look like a transformed team. 

They're using their physicality and Gary Madine and Shola Ameobi are leading the charge up front.

Madine has an effort blocked by James Tarkowski and the hosts have a corner...

SUBSTITUTION

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Sergi Canos comes on for Ryan Williams for Brentford. Can the on-loan Liverpool midfielder do anything to stop this Bolton momentum?

GREAT SAVE!

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Where has this come?!

Shola Ameobi nearly puts Bolton ahead. Holding off his marker, he turns on the six-yard box but David Button does well to stay low and keep it out with his feet.

GOAL (Danns)

Bolton 1-1 Brentford

Neil Danns
Rex Features

Bolton have not had much luck with their shots outside the area but finally they get one on target.

A cross from the right is only half-cleared the edge of the area and on the bounce Danns strikes it into the ground - it bounces a couple of times before nestling into the far corner.

Not the cleanest looking strike but Neil Lennon looks delighted.

YELLOW CARD

Bolton 0-1 Brentford

Another booking for Bolton.

Josh Vela mistimes a sliding challenge and the Wanderers have three people on yellow cards now.

Bolton 0-1 Brentford

Alan Judge's free-kick is struck well and dips towards the bottom right-hand corner, but the Bolton keeper Ben Amos has it well covered to take it into this chest.

YELLOW CARD

Bolton 0-1 Brentford

Liam Feeney
Rex Features

Liam Feeney is the next one in the referee's book.

Tracking back, he trips Alan Judge as he attempts to go forward and Brentford have a free-kick 10 yards outside the penalty area.

Bolton 0-1 Brentford

Brentford waste another counter attack.

From a Bolton foward move, the Bees win the ball and the black shirts swarm forward. Credit to Neil Lennon's side who eventually get back in numbers and stop the momentum of the attack before a long shot goes over.

Bolton 0-1 Brentford

He keeps it simple. He knows he's a defender and doesn't do something he can't do - he looks a real up-and-coming player.

Former Bolton striker John McGinlay on Jack O'ConnellBBC Radio Manchester

John McGinlay should know about facing difficult defenders and he's been impressed with Brentford's 21-year-old centre-back.

Along with James Tarkowski, 23, the Bees have looked very untroubled at the back for the majority of the game so far despite their fresh-faced pair in the heart of defence.

CLOSE!

Bolton 0-1 Brentford

So, so close for the Brentford captain Jake Bidwell.

Alan Judge with a superb curling cross to overlapping Bidwell who, with the ball bouncing up, tries to direct his header into the far corner but it goes inches wide of the post.

His wait for a first senior goal goes on.

Bolton 0-1 Brentford

Another good couple of phases for Bolton but they're restricted to a long shot again - Neil Danns is falling over as he blasts the ball with his weaker left foot over.

Bolton 0-1 Brentford

Better again from Bolton.

Josh Vela on the overlap fizzes a low cross into the box causing momentary confusion in the Brentford box before they sweep it away.

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Bolton 0-1 Brentford

Watching Bees v Bolton in dark corner of a bar in Madrid. Getting funny looks from Inter/Napoli fans. #bbcfootball

Watching Bees v Bolton in dark corner of a bar in Madrid. Getting funny looks from Inter/Napoli fans. #bbcfootball

Nice to have you along for the ride, Andy.

#bbcfootball worst part about Swift's goal? Chelsea will send him back out on loan no matter how good he is.

Bolton 0-1 Brentford

Bolton v Brentford
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Now Bolton show a bit more going forward.

With Shola Ameobi and Gary Madine now up top they can throw more balls into the box and that is what they do. It falls to Josh Vela on the edge of the area but the full-back never really looks confident of scoring and it drifts over.

Bolton 0-1 Brentford

Brentford look so comfortable and composed on the ball.

Neat, quick passing gets them into the area but eventually David Wheater plays the ball off Lasse Vibe for a Bolton goal kick.

Bolton 0-1 Brentford

Bolton not helping themselves at the start of second half as they look to get level. 

They win an early free-kick but Jose Casado's delivery is a poor one and barely reaches the first Brentford defender before being cleared. Even worse when you look at the numbers the hosts put into the box.

KICK-OFF

Bolton 0-1 Brentford

Neil Lennon
Empics

Bolton gets us going in the second-half at the Macron Stadium.

Still a dry, mild night in Lancashire. Perfect for free-flowing football with lots of goals... we hope.

Where are ya?

HT: Bolton 0-1 Brentford

I'm looking at the bigger players to show up and I tell you what, there are a lot of people that don’t want to get the ball and don't want to get into the game.

Former Bolton striker John McGinlayBBC Radio Manchester

'Super' John McGinlay is not particularly happy with the effort of some of the Bolton players in that first half.

It's hard to disagree. Although no one has played particularly poorly no one has really stood up for the Wanderers so far.