November 17, 2012
Davies 1 Davies 1
Craig Davies marked his return from injury with a valuable goal as struggling Barnsley ended their losing run by coming from behind to grab a 1-1 draw at Bolton.
The visitors, who came into the game on the back of four straight defeats, created several opportunities before the evergreen Kevin Davies made the most of good work from Chris Eagles to give Bolton a first-half lead.
Dougie Freedman's side should arguably have extended their advantage thereafter, with Eagles and Mark Davies prominent.
However, Barnsley refused to give up and levelled when Craig Davies, back from a hamstring problem, fired home via Adam Bogdan's right-hand post in the 65th minute.
Bolton remain unbeaten under Freedman, but will surely view this as two points dropped.
Jacob Butterfield, on loan at the Reebok Stadium from Norwich, was handed a debut against his former club.
Barnsley also included a recent loan capture, Marcus Tudgay, in their line-up for the first time as one of five changes.
Bolton, lining up in a fluid 4-2-3-1 formation, started the brighter, but it was not long before home goalkeeper Bogdan was called upon to deal with 20-yard efforts from Tudgay and Craig Davies.
Tudgay also headed over from Scott Golbourne's left-wing cross and Matt Done's powerful strike from long distance forced Bogdan into further action.
Yet Barnsley fell behind when Eagles broke down the right and picked out the unmarked Kevin Davies, who had time to control the ball before finding the bottom-left corner.
After providing an assist, the lively Eagles had the opportunity to double Bolton's lead eight minutes later, only to shoot tamely at Luke Steele after bursting into the area.
Freedman then introduced Tyrone Mears in place of the injured Stephen Warnock, before Mark Davies robbed Stephen Dawson and tested Steele with a low drive from the edge of the box.
The home crowd were left exasperated moments later as referee Carl Berry blew for a foul against Barnsley when playing advantage would have allowed David Ngog to gallop through on goal.
Berry was booed off at the interval, but Bolton's fans were rising to applaud seven minutes into the second half when a delightful scoop from Eagles led to Mark Davies volleying goalwards and Steele pulling off an acrobatic stop.
The central midfielder was denied again within 60 seconds, yet Barnsley remained a threat and Done fired inches wide following a quick free-kick from substitute Reuben Noble-Lazarus.
Bolton did not heed the warning and Craig Davies duly levelled after being given time to shoot from 25 yards.
Both sides then had chances to snatch all three points in an action-packed finale.
Replacement Keith Andrews headed an Eagles free-kick wide for Bolton, who also saw Kevin Davies bring two saves from Steele after Tudgay had seen a close-range effort scrambled away at the other end.
|1 Adam Bogdan||1 Luke Steele|
|18 Samuel Ricketts||15 Jim McNulty|
|12 Zat Knight||14 Scott Wiseman|
|15 Stephen Warnock||25 Martin Cranie|
|4 Matthew Mills||3 Scott Golbourne|
|7 Chris Eagles||7 Stephen Dawson|
|16 Mark Davies||10 Matt Done|
|29 Jacob Butterfield||8 James O'Brien|
|20 Jay Spearing||21 Jacob Mellis|
|14 Kevin Davies||29 Marcus Tudgay|
|9 David Ngog||9 Craig Davies|
|34 Jay Lynch||Ben Alnwick 12|
|2 Tyrone Mears||Stephen Foster 6|
|5 Tim Ream||Thomas Kennedy 33|
|8 Keith Andrews||Tomasz Cywka 19|
|21 Darren Pratley||Marlon Harewood 16|
|27 Lee Chung-Yong||Chris Dagnall 13|
|17 Benik Afobe||Reuben Noble-Lazarus 24|
|Tyrone Mears for Stephen Warnock (32)||Reuben Noble-Lazarus for James O'Brien (57)|
|Keith Andrews for Jacob Butterfield (56)||Tomasz Cywka for Matt Done (60)|
|Lee Chung-Yong for David Ngog (69)||Stephen Foster for Jacob Mellis (90)|
|Kevin Davies (86)||Martin Cranie (85)|
|Adam Bogdan (90)|
|· Squads: Bolton Wanderers | Barnsley|