Bolton Wanderers 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
A negative Bolton side wasted a two goal lead at home in a result which leaves their Premier League survival hanging in the balance.
Bolton started the match brightly, Chris Eagles attempting a shot from range which hit the side netting, and a long range effort from Martin Petrov forcing Ben Foster to punch the ball clear. Kevin Davies hit the crossbar when he really should have put his side into an early lead, the striker directing the ball onto the top of the crossbar from six yards out, but it took until halfway through the first half for West Brom to threaten the Bolton goal. When they did, it was Shane Long who was the main threat, the striker hitting the post from just a few yards out before sending a couple of speculative efforts on target from distance. Bolton were handed the chance to take the lead when Mark Davies was brought down in the area, and Petrov wasted no time slamming the ball past the helpless Foster to put the home side 1-0 up. Eagles wasted the chance to double their lead just before half time, the midfielder shooting over from six yards out when it perhaps looked easier to score, but the nerves around the Reebok were slightly eased by the time the half time whistle was blown. The second half descended into a display of scrappy, nervy football, with Bolton unable to keep hold of the ball, and West Brom unable to do anything of note with their possession, and it was, inevitably, a scrappy goal that doubled Bolton's lead after 72 minutes. Billy Jones got the final touch on an unfortunate own goal from West Brom, helped on its way by Petrov and Kevin Davies. However, rather than attempt to build on their lead, Bolton sat back and invited pressure from Roy Hodgson's men, and it wasn't long before that tactic proved futile. First, Chris Brunt scored with a low shot towards the far corner of the goal, before substitute James Morrison scrambled the ball home at the far post in the dying seconds of the game. Bolton's fate is now out of their own hands, and they'll need to wait until next Sunday to find out whether they can live to see another day in the Premier League.