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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.

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."

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



Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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


Formation 4-1-2-1-2

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


  • 1Grant
  • 3Forsyth
  • 8Hendrick
  • 10Bent
  • 16Pearce
  • 24Weimann
  • 32Shotton
Andy Madley

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Derby County 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Darren Pratley.

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Emile Heskey.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Tom Ince (Derby County).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jason Shackell (Derby County).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Emile Heskey.