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Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Bristol City

Shola Ameobi
Bolton Wanderers striker Shola Ameobi missed a second-half penalty

Bolton Wanderers's winless run in the Championship continued as they were held to a goalless draw at home by Bristol City.

The visitors almost went ahead when Prince Gouano's clearance rebounded off Kieran Agard and hit the crossbar.

Shola Ameobi then saw his penalty saved by Robins keeper Frank Fielding after Nathan Baker fouled Gary Madine.

Ameobi thought he had sealed a first win in 10 late on but his tap-in from Darren Pratley's cross was offside.

The visitors almost took the lead in strange fashion when Gouano's clearance deflected off Agard and over Wanderers keeper Ben Amos, before hitting the crossbar.

City striker Jonathan Kodjia then sent a looping ball into the box after dispossessing David Wheater but the onrushing Agard struggled to connect.

Against the run of play, Bolton were awarded a penalty when Baker brought down Madine but Fielding saved Ameobi's spot-kick and Madine skied the rebound.

Ameobi almost made up for his penalty miss when he did well to cross to Liam Feeney but his left-foot drive from long range was palmed away by Fielding.

Kodjia struck back for the visitors with a rare chance as he latched onto Joe Bryan's lay off but his header was scooped up by Amos.

Wanderers, who have still only won once this season, thought they had won a rare three points late on as Ameobi tapped in Pratley's right-wing cross but his effort was flagged offside.

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon:

"That's two we have missed this season and as a manager there is not a lot you can do about it. We spoke about penalties at Preston last week and Shola said he'd take them, but he told me after this game it was the first he'd missed in his career. That made me feel a whole lot better.

"I didn't see Bristol City causing us any problems. We had great chances to win the game, none more so than the penalty.

"The fans, who are absolutely brilliant at the minute, got behind them but we need that extra quality in the final third.

"I've known about the financial problems for a long time but not about administration, but I am going to ignore that and trust my own managerial skill to work away with what I have got."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill:

"I think we deserved to win the game. We were the better team over the 90 minutes. They know it wasn't a penalty. We have had three penalties given against us this season; all three are never penalties in a million years.

"Any constructive criticism of our lads would be we didn't take our chances when we created as many as we did in the first half.

"The game was different in the second half; Neil brought on two big strikers and went and played off them. It did become a different game though I wouldn't say it was a better game."

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Amos
  • 6Vela
  • 2Gouano
  • 31Wheater
  • 20CasadoBooked at 63minsSubstituted forTwardzikat 66'minutes
  • 8SpearingBooked at 85mins
  • 21Pratley
  • 16DaviesBooked at 60mins
  • 23DobbieSubstituted forMadineat 45'minutesSubstituted forClaytonat 90+3'minutes
  • 26Ameobi
  • 7Feeney

Substitutes

  • 4Dervite
  • 12Clayton
  • 13Rachubka
  • 14Madine
  • 18Danns
  • 25Wilson
  • 27Twardzik

Bristol City

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Fielding
  • 13BennettSubstituted forLittleat 83'minutes
  • 5Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 17BakerBooked at 78mins
  • 3WilliamsSubstituted forBryanat 73'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 15Freeman
  • 21Pack
  • 10AgardSubstituted forWilbrahamat 81'minutes
  • 22KodjiaBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 9Cox
  • 14Reid
  • 16Moore
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 19Hamer
  • 23Bryan
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
14,239

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Bristol City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Bristol City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shola Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Max Clayton replaces Gary Madine because of an injury.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

  11. Booking

    Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

    Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Mark Little replaces Elliott Bennett.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Kieran Agard.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Darren Pratley tries a through ball, but Shola Ameobi is caught offside.