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Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Derby County

Liam Feeney and Jason Shackell
Derby avoided defeat on the opening day for the seventh consecutive season

Paul Clement took a point from his first game in charge of Derby County as they were held to a goalless draw at 10-man Bolton.

There were few chances in the first half but Johnny Russell's side-footed shot clipped the crossbar for the Rams.

After Chris Martin and Andreas Weimann wasted close-range opportunities, Bolton hit the crossbar three times through Emile Heskey and Gary Madine.

Jay Spearing was dismissed late on, his second booking being for simulation.

Opening-day debutants
Bolton - Prince-Desir Gouano, Lawrie Wilson and Gary Madine
Derby - Scott Carson, Chris Baird, Jason Shackell and Andreas Weimann

Derby, who missed out on the play-offs last season, were disrupted by two injuries inside the first 35 minutes as Jeff Hendrick replaced Craig Bryson and Ryan Shotton came on for Will Hughes.

Despite that, Hendrick set up Russell for a rising shot that ricocheted off the crossbar in the only meaningful effort of the first 45 minutes.

After Thomas Ince's free-kick nearly crept in at the far post, Martin and Weimann could not find the finishing touches to well-worked moves.

Bolton improved and hit the crossbar three times looking for a winner - Madine's two powerful headers and another from former England forward Heskey, who had come on as a substitute.

Having already been booked for a late challenge on Martin, midfielder Spearing was sent off late off for simulation in the opposition penalty area.

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Lennon on Bolton v Derby

Bolton manager Neil Lennon: "I am going to have a word with the groundsman about the size of the crossbar. It looked a foot long in the second half.

"We were very good against an excellent side who are one of the favourites for the title.

"A lot of people thought we were cannon fodder but some of the players put in exceptional performances, and we were unlucky not to have won the game."

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Clement on Bolton v Derby

Derby head coach Paul Clement: "In the end it was a fair result. We didn't deserve to win but we probably didn't deserve to lose.

"Maybe they will be more disappointed because they hit the woodwork three times in the second half.

"Overall, I enjoyed it. I would have liked us to play better but we have got to be patient. I have only been here for six weeks and it takes time to get across ideas and new ways of playing."

Paul Clement and Neil Lennon
Derby boss Paul Clement greets Bolton counterpart Neil Lennon before the game
Gary Madine
Gary Madine (left) joined Bolton in the summer on a free transfer after leaving Sheffield Wednesday
Zach Clough
Zach Clough (left) played at the top of a diamond formation for Bolton

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Amos
  • 25WilsonBooked at 16mins
  • 4Dervite
  • 2Gouano
  • 3Moxey
  • 8SpearingBooked at 86mins
  • 21PratleySubstituted forTrotterat 90+2'minutes
  • 7Feeney
  • 10CloughSubstituted forHeskeyat 73'minutes
  • 18Danns
  • 14Madine

Substitutes

  • 6Vela
  • 16Davies
  • 17Trotter
  • 19Heskey
  • 23Dobbie
  • 34Fitzsimons
  • 45Holding

Derby

  • 17Carson
  • 12Baird
  • 6Keogh
  • 14Shackell
  • 37Warnock
  • 34ThorneBooked at 90mins
  • 4BrysonSubstituted forHendrickat 21'minutes
  • 19HughesSubstituted forShottonat 33'minutes
  • 23Ince
  • 9Martin
  • 11RussellSubstituted forWeimannat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Grant
  • 3Forsyth
  • 8Hendrick
  • 10Bent
  • 16Pearce
  • 24Weimann
  • 32Shotton
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
17,162

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Derby County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Derby County 0.

Attempt blocked. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Darren Pratley.

Booking

George Thorne (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

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

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Emile Heskey.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Foul by Tom Ince (Derby County).

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

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt blocked. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) header from the right side of the box is blocked.

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.

Foul by Jason Shackell (Derby County).

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

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Emile Heskey.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Dean Moxey.

George Thorne (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

Foul by Chris Baird (Derby County).

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

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Lawrie Wilson with a cross.

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Lawrie Wilson (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Neil Danns with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey replaces Zach Clough.

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

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

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Ince with a cross.

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Tom Ince (Derby County).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Andreas Weimann replaces Johnny Russell.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1MK Dons11004133
2Charlton11002023
3Hull11002023
4Sheff Wed11002023
5Birmingham11002113
6Wolves11002113
7Brighton11001013
8Brentford10102201
9Ipswich10102201
10Burnley10101101
11Cardiff10101101
12Fulham10101101
13Leeds10101101
14Bolton10100001
15Derby10100001
16Middlesbrough00000000
17Preston00000000
18Blackburn100112-10
19Reading100112-10
20Nottm Forest100101-10
21Bristol City100102-20
22Huddersfield100102-20
23QPR100102-20
24Rotherham100114-30
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