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Bolton Wanderers (0) 2 - 2 (1) Ipswich Town

Sky Bet Championship 2015-16

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Referee: M Haywood

Manager: Neil Lennon

Macron Stadium 20:00

Attendance: 12,681 (Town 503)

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3649


 Lawrie Wilson (73)
 Stephen Dobbie (90)
 Kevin Bru (24)
 Christophe Berra (72)


Liam TrotterGary Madine (67)
Zach CloughStephen Dobbie (84)
Darren PratleyWellington Silva (90)


 Jay Spearing (83)
 Wellington Silva (90)



Paul Rachubka

Lawrie Wilson

Osede Prieto

Rob Holding

Dean Moxey

Jay Spearing

Liam Trotter

Darren Pratley

Mark Davies

Zach Clough

Liam Feeney



Harry Campbell

Gary Madine

Neil Danns

Wellington Silva

Stephen Dobbie

Kaiyne Woolery

Alex Finney

Match Report

Last minute penalty earns Bolton point

Substitute Stephen Dobbie's stoppage-time penalty earned Bolton a 2-2 draw with Ipswich and provided some on-field cheer in the week they will look to put an end to their off-the-pitch turmoil.

A protracted takeover fronted by former Wanderers striker Dean Holdsworth is expected to be completed in the coming days as the Sky Bet Championship's bottom club look to solve a cash crisis that has seen them up in front of a High Court judge three times since January.

They looked to be heading for a defeat on the pitch having fallen two goals behind to Town before Dobbie completed a turnaround with a spot-kick seven minutes into time added on.

They may be running out of games to save their Championship status - with a 10-point gap still between them and safety - but Dobbie's effort was the least they deserved after Lawrie Wilson had pulled one back in reply to efforts from Kevin Bru and Christophe Berra.

It would have been barely believable that Bolton fell behind in the first period had this game not followed a pattern similar to so many of their fixtures at the Macron Stadium this term.

They almost scored twice in the opening six minutes, captain Darren Pratley stabbing a good chance high and wide and Mark Davies slipping when driving straight at Bartosz Bialkowski.

Wanderers were denied a number of penalty appeals too, the loudest coming when Zach Clough thought he was upended by Kevin Foley, before the visitors took the lead with some brilliance from Bru at the other end.

From a corner, Berra rolled the ball back to the winger, who lifted an attempt over goalkeeper Paul Rachubka and in to his net via the underside of the crossbar 24 minutes in.

To Bolton's credit, they rallied and somehow failed to find an equaliser despite a flurry of opportunities prior to the interval.

Liam Trotter scuffed what should have been a routine finish six yards out from Mark Davies' cross and Bialkowski then produced a terrific double save to deny Dean Moxey from distance and then Derik Osede from the loose ball.

Neil Lennon's side controlled the second half too without testing Bialkowski again and Town, who had not threatened at all, doubled their advantage with 18 minutes to go when Berra beat Rachubka to substitute Ainsley Maitland-Niles' free-kick and headed home.

Wilson replied 80 seconds later at the other end by rifling in a half-volley that Bialkowski punched straight out to him and substitute Wellington Silva, who had been booked for diving in the box moments after coming on, then won a penalty when Maitland-Niles hacked at him from behind.

Dobbie stepped up and rolled in the penalty to salvage a point which was Bolton's first in four games.

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