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Bolton 0-0 Stoke: Potters fail to break Bolton hoodoo

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland
Jack Butland made two good saves to secure a point for Stoke at Bolton

Stoke's barren run at Bolton was stretched to 10 league matches as they fought out a goalless stalemate with the Championship strugglers.

The Potters, who have now drawn six games in that run, might have left the University of Bolton Stadium empty-handed but for two vital stops from Jack Butland.

The England international managed to tip Christian Doidge's close-range effort over the bar and then kept out a header from Mark Beevers 10 minutes from time.

Butland's opposite number Ben Alnwick was also instrumental in ensuring a share of the spoils as he denied Oghenekaro Etebo in the closing stages.

Stoke took the game to their hosts, with Tom Ince and Tom Edwards combining to good effect on the right flank, but they were unable to find a way through.

Ince set up Sam Clucas for a shot that rolled wide, while James McClean fired another chance over the bar.

At the other end, Butland denied Doidge after the Potters defence failed to clear a throw-in and produced another crucial save when Josh Magennis set up Beevers.

Etebo went close for Stoke, while Tyrese Campbell might have won it in injury time, but his curling drive fizzed wide of Alnwick's goal.

Stoke manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Our performance was not good enough in the final third, it's another game we've had a reasonable amount of control in but it's no good if can't turn it into chances.

"Bolton are a very direct team, they created one chance with a long throw in into our box and another chance with a cross and a header so I didn't think they created much either.

"We've got to be better and start showing our quality very soon."

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson:

"I am so pleased with the manner of the display. It was a really disciplined performance.

"We could have won but there are still a lot of plus points. We have achieved a clean sheet against a side that spent £40 million in the summer.

"I felt the standout performances all had white shirts on.

"Our aim is to still be out of the bottom three by the time the FA Cup third round (at home to Walsall) comes round."

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Alnwick
  • 4Lowe
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 29Grounds
  • 18Wilson
  • 21Williams
  • 8DonaldsonBooked at 60minsSubstituted forMagennisat 65'minutes
  • 6VelaBooked at 69minsSubstituted forNooneat 90'minutes
  • 10Ameobi
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 11Buckley
  • 12Noone
  • 14Hobbs
  • 15Murphy
  • 16Olkowski
  • 20Matthews
  • 28Magennis

Stoke

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Butland
  • 30EdwardsBooked at 82mins
  • 17Shawcross
  • 5Williams
  • 15Martins IndiBooked at 37mins
  • 4AllenBooked at 65mins
  • 38Woods
  • 22ClucasSubstituted forCampbellat 72'minutes
  • 7InceSubstituted forEteboat 72'minutes
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forCrouchat 81'minutes
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 8Etebo
  • 19Berahino
  • 23Martina
  • 24Fletcher
  • 25Crouch
  • 26Campbell
  • 32Federici
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
15,309

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Stoke City 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Marc Wilson (Bolton Wanderers).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Etebo.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Magennis.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Noone replaces Josh Vela.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James McClean (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Joe Williams.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Marc Wilson.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Magennis.

  14. Booking

    Thomas Edwards (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Edwards (Stoke City).

  16. Post update

    Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Benik Afobe.

  18. Post update

    Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Christian Doidge (Bolton Wanderers).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Vela with a headed pass.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds25156442241851
2Norwich25146547331448
3West Brom25137553322146
4Sheff Utd25135742281444
5Middlesbrough25119527171042
6Derby2512673731642
7Birmingham25911537271038
8QPR2511593132-138
9Aston Villa2591064738937
10Nottm Forest2581253527836
11Bristol City259883028235
12Stoke2581163029135
13Swansea2596103130133
14Hull2596103033-333
15Blackburn2571083140-931
16Sheff Wed2587103141-1031
17Preston2578103741-429
18Brentford2569103535027
19Wigan2575132537-1226
20Millwall2567123039-925
21Bolton2557131732-1522
22Rotherham25410112340-1722
23Reading2548132737-1020
24Ipswich2529141943-2415
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