Pouring down at London Road - Bryn Lennon

nPower Championship: Peterborough United v. Bolton Wanderers

A Bolton win and a Leeds United loss against third-place Middlesbrough would see Bolton move to 12th in the table. Bolton have not registered back-to-back wins since March of last season. The last time Bolton kept two clean sheets in a row? May 2009 with a pair of 0-0 results against Wigan and Sunderland.

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Man of the Match v Peterborough: Keith Andrews

It was a spectacular match for the neutral but a nightmare for Bolton Wanderers supporters, who rode an emotional roller coaster for 94 wild minutes. Who was the best amongst the players on the losing side? One thing is for sure, it wasn't Zat Knight.


Goals aplenty at London Road make it 3-2 to Posh

Despite getting back into the game right on the stroke of halftime, Bolton's hard work was quickly undone as just two minutes from the whistle again, Peterborough scored. Defender George Thorne powered his way into the box past a few Bolton defenders and his lot shot slotted in at the near post to make it 3-1.

Dougie Freedman made two changes right after that, bringing on Marvin Sordell and Benik Afobe for Chung-Yong Lee and Jacob Butterfield. Suddenly, Bolton felt the urgency and maintained a wonderful spell of possession, pressuring Peterborough everywhere. Benik Afobe would make the difference for Bolton as he worked hard to get the ball back after a heavy touch before being brought down in the box for Bolton's second penalty of the night.

Keith Andrews stepped up to take again and he sent the ball the other way, slotting it home to make it 3-2, pulling it back to a one goal lead again.

Bolton had nearly scored from free play just before that as Kevin Davies played an excellent ball across the face of goal for Marvin Sordell at the far post. Just as it looked like the 21-year-old forward would tap it home, the ball lost all of its pace in the very wet and boggy goal mouth.


Bolton pull one back on the stroke of halftime

Bolton Wanderers have been out-possessed, outshot, and outplayed for the whole of the first half. Peterborough maintained over 60% of the possession and were cruising comfortably until first half stoppage time. With three minutes left on the clock, Bolton managed to convert one well against the run of play.

Bolton had been awarded a corner kick with time running out. Jacob Butterfield put the ball into the box and Chris Eagles slammed it home into the back of the net. Unfortunately for Eagles, the whistle blew and after some confusion, it became clear that the referee was pointing to the penalty spot. Sam Ricketts had been brought down in the box during the corner routine and Bolton were awarded the penalty.

Prior to this chance, Bolton Wanderers had only converted one of their three attempts this season with Chris Eagles missing both of his chances. Keith Andrews stepped up and slotted it comfortably into the corner to give Bolton a goal back right before the halftime whistle blew.

Bolton will have to be careful this second half as they now have four players with yellow cards in this match with Keith Andrews, Sam Ricketts, Jacob Butterfield, and Kevin Davies all in the book.


Poor defending leads to nightmare start for Bolton

Bolton have had a few dream starts this season, goals in the first five minutes and the like. Today would not be one of them as Bolton Wanderers concede twice in the first five minutes and now have a massive mountain to climb.

The first goal came on just two minutes from midfielder Lee Tomlin. A long cross-field ball was misjudged by Zat Knight. What looked a simple interception soon became far from that as it skipped off the wet turf at London Road. The ball put Lee Tomlin calmly in on goal and he draw Adam Bogdan out for a one-on-one opportunity before curling it home to the far post.

The second came only three minutes later after a bit of ping-pong ball in the Bolton area. The deep cross from Tommy Rowe bounced around before Dwight Gayle looped a volley over Adam Bogdan from all of six yards out. With ten minutes gone, it's all Peterborough. Bolton have not yet challenged Robert Olejnik's goal.


Peterborough v Bolton: Lineups and Matchthread

Peterborough are bottom of the table. Bolton are 14th in the table. Points are precious for both, and it will be a battle at London Road today.

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