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Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Queens Park Rangers

Darren Pratley (left) and Luke Freeman
Darren Pratley became only Bolton's fifth goalscorer of the season

Idrissa Sylla scored a stylish equaliser as QPR denied bottom side Bolton Wanderers a second straight win.

Wanderers led when Gary Madine knocked down Josh Vela's corner into the path of Darren Pratley, who headed in.

Vela missed a good chance to double the lead when he shot straight at Alex Smithies from a tight angle.

Rangers pressed hard for an equaliser and were finally rewarded thanks to Sylla's flicked finish from Luke Freeman's cross.

Buoyed by their first win of the season and their first goals in seven league matches the previous weekend, Bolton deservedly led at half-time.

Newcastle United loanee Adam Armstrong drilled an early shot over the bar, and was then sent clear by Madine's flick, but Hoops defender Pawel Wszolek recovered to make a last-ditch challenge.

Ian Holloway's side started the second half on top with Jamie Mackie's header forcing Jak Alnwick to save, but clear chances remained few and far between.

The visitors, who have scored a single goal in each of their past nine visits to Bolton, increased the pressure, with Sylla's flick forcing a good sprawling save from Alnwick before finding the net when he repeated the trick from Freeman's sixth assist of the season.

The equaliser denied Bolton back-to-back Championship wins for the first time since December 2014, and they remain bottom, but with four points from their last two matches, having picked up only two from their opening 11 outings of the season.

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson:

"It was a difficult game and the conditions played a massive part, but we adapted well first half. It was a good, solid performance.

"I feel that from where we were prior to the Sheffield Wednesday game, four points from six, we would have taken that.

"Of course there's some frustration because when you're 1-0 up you feel like you should keep hold of the lead, but we don't look like a team who are short on confidence any more."

QPR boss Ian Holloway:

"They got two free headers in our box and scored. Our players should have dealt with it, but it was against the run of play.

"In the second half I thought we were very professional. I want them to have more belief in themselves, and with the stats on what we created, we're more than happy with that.

"I think after our goal, there was only one team that was going on to win it and I think any Bolton fan watching would agree."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 2Little
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 3Taylor
  • 21Pratley
  • 24Henry
  • 10AmeobiSubstituted forMoraisat 62'minutes
  • 6VelaSubstituted forLe Fondreat 83'minutes
  • 20ArmstrongSubstituted forNooneat 66'minutes
  • 14Madine

Substitutes

  • 9Le Fondre
  • 12Noone
  • 15Robinson
  • 16Cullen
  • 22Morais
  • 32Burke
  • 33Howard

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 20Baptiste
  • 6Lynch
  • 3Bidwell
  • 22Wszolek
  • 11Scowen
  • 21Luongo
  • 14ManningSubstituted forWashingtonat 38'minutes
  • 12MackieSubstituted forSmithat 61'minutes
  • 7Freeman
  • 40SyllaSubstituted forWheelerat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 8Cousins
  • 9Washington
  • 17Smith
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 26Lumley
  • 36Wheeler
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
14,243

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Attempt blocked. David Wheeler (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Washington.

Attempt missed. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Filipe Morais with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

Attempt blocked. Filipe Morais (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Madine with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Andrew Taylor tries a through ball, but Gary Madine is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. David Wheeler replaces Idrissa Sylla.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Adam Le Fondre replaces Josh Vela.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Luke Freeman tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Washington.

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Filipe Morais (Bolton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Queens Park Rangers 1. Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Filipe Morais.

Alex Baptiste (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Karl Henry.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Attempt blocked. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek.

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

Attempt saved. Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Darren Pratley tries a through ball, but Josh Vela is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Noone replaces Adam Armstrong.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

goal

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4Leeds137242112923
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6Bristol City135622014621
7Preston135621711621
8Derby125431713419
9Norwich125431214-219
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12Nottm Forest136071721-418
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14Hull134452420416
15Millwall134451614216
16Sheff Wed134451616016
17QPR133641617-115
18Brentford132741718-113
19Barnsley123361518-312
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21Birmingham13328821-1311
22Burton13247625-1910
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