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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:

"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:

"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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

  5. 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.

  6. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jay Spearing replaces Neil Danns.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Rohan Ince.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Tom Walker replaces Max Clayton.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

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

  20. Post update

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

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