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Charlton Athletic 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton striker Emile Heskey
Former Leicester and Liverpool striker Heskey won 62 caps for England between 1997 and 2010

Emile Heskey's first goal in almost a year sparked Bolton's fightback as the Championship's bottom side earned a point at fellow strugglers Charlton.

The Addicks led after 27 seconds when Ademola Lookman fired in, before the 18-year-old forward doubled their lead from close range.

Heskey tapped in his first goal since Boxing Day, then Josh Vela smashed in a deflected 25-yard effort to level.

But Wanderers could not go on to claim their first league win since September.

The visitors remain bottom, six points adrift of safety, amid increasing turmoil at the Macron Stadium.

Boss Neil Lennon has questioned his future after only one win in 21 matches, while he admitted players could decide to leave if they are not paid for the second successive month.

Bolton are £172.9m in debt and facing a winding-up petition from HM Revenue and Customs over £600,000 of unpaid taxes.

The mood at Charlton is not rosy either, with fans protesting against the club's owners in recent weeks.

And the failure of Karel Fraeye's side to hold onto their two-goal lead saw the Addicks join their opponents in the bottom three.

Charlton interim head coach Karel Fraeye:

"A point against Bolton at home is useless.

"We played good football up to 32 minutes. Maybe my players were over-confident and we forgot how we managed to get to 2-0 by playing football. And we got punished.

"I am not disappointed - I am angry. When we play Bolton at home, it is up to us to dictate the play. We can't be happy with what we did on the ball."

Bolton manager Neil Lennon:

"I'm disappointed we didn't take all three points but I'm very, very pleased with the character and the quality that the team showed.

"At 2-0 you're looking down the barrel of a gun with the situation that we're in, and they played their way out of it, scored two excellent goals, and really were the stronger team as the game went on.

"It's just how long we can keep Emile Heskey going. If he keeps playing like that then he's still making a valuable contribution.

"It's not just his play, it's his influence around the place as well. We asked a big performance of him and we certainly got that."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Henderson
  • 20Solly
  • 12Diarra
  • 26LennonBooked at 36mins
  • 17Holmes-Dennis
  • 8Cousins
  • 4JacksonSubstituted forAhearne-Grantat 80'minutes
  • 7Berg GudmundssonSubstituted forBaat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16GhoochannejhadBooked at 45mins
  • 37LookmanSubstituted forMakienokat 60'minutes
  • 2Vaz Te

Substitutes

  • 6Sarr
  • 9Makienok
  • 18Ahearne-Grant
  • 19Bergdich
  • 21Fox
  • 22Ba
  • 30Pope

Bolton

  • 1Amos
  • 45Holding
  • 2Gouano
  • 31Wheater
  • 3Moxey
  • 6VelaSubstituted forDannsat 75'minutes
  • 8SpearingBooked at 70mins
  • 7Feeney
  • 10CloughSubstituted forDobbieat 90+4'minutes
  • 16Davies
  • 19HeskeySubstituted forMadineat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Rachubka
  • 14Madine
  • 18Danns
  • 20Casado
  • 23Dobbie
  • 27Twardzik
  • 42Walker
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
12,294

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 2, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 2, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Booking

El-Hadji Ba (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by El-Hadji Ba (Charlton Athletic).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Stephen Dobbie replaces Zach Clough.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Tareiq Holmes-Dennis.

Foul by Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic).

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

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Feeney tries a through ball, but Zach Clough is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross.

Foul by Alou Diarra (Charlton Athletic).

Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Prince (Bolton Wanderers).

Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Wheater with a headed pass.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Chris Solly.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by David Wheater.

Attempt missed. Ricardo Vaz Te (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harry Lennon (Charlton Athletic).

Foul by Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers).

Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karlan Ahearne-Grant.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Harry Lennon.

Attempt missed. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Karlan Ahearne-Grant replaces Johnnie Jackson.

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

Foul by Harry Lennon (Charlton Athletic).

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

Foul by Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic).

Harry Lennon (Charlton Athletic) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Reza Ghoochannejhad with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns replaces Josh Vela because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Gary Madine.

Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).

Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. El-Hadji Ba replaces Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

goal

As It Stood

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1Middlesbrough21134430121843
2Brighton211110031201143
3Derby21118232131941
4Hull20115429131638
5Burnley219842620635
6Ipswich219753128334
7Cardiff218942722533
8Birmingham218672623330
9Sheff Wed217952826230
10Brentford218583030029
11Blackburn2161052218428
12QPR217772627-128
13Reading207672623327
14Wolves206772525025
15Nottm Forest216782020025
16Preston2151061717025
17Fulham215883437-323
18Leeds205871822-423
19Huddersfield2156102230-821
20MK Dons2154121728-1119
21Bristol City2147102037-1719
22Charlton2146111934-1518
23Rotherham2143142238-1615
24Bolton21110101631-1513
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