This derby match had everything. Goals, controversy and late, late drama. Adam Bogdan became the Bolton hero as the Whites managed to salvage a 1-1 against Wigan Athletic at the Reebok Stadium.
Lukas Jutkiewicz put Bolton in front just after the half hour mark with the slightest of touches from Rob Hall's in-swinging free-kick. The lead lasted until the 89th minute when Nick Powell fired in from Martyn Waghorn's deflected cross. Alex Baptiste's unnecessary tackle then earned Jordi Gomez the chance to win it for the Latics with virtually the last kick of the game but Adam Bogdan was equal to the task and pushed the penalty kick round the post.
Bolton started the game brightly with Jutkiewicz and Hall bringing two fine stops from the former Whites keeper Ali Al-Habsi. Not many chances followed as both sides kept possession of the ball well without managing to test either goalkeeper. Then, in the 31st minute, Bolton broke the deadlock.
After winning a free-kick on the right hand side of the area, Hall swung the perfect delivery in between the last line of defence and the goalkeeper. Jutkiewicz lost his marker and managed to get the slightest of touches to divert the ball past Al-Habsi. It was a well deserved lead for the Whites as they went into the half time break one goal to the good.
In the 52nd minute, the terrible Liam Trotter was played through one-on-one with Al-Habsi. As he was bearing down on goal, Wigan defender Leon Barnett tripped him just outside the box. With the vast majority of the Wanderers fans wanting him him to be rightly sent off, the referee only produced a yellow card, leaving Barnett feeling incredibly lucky.
Neither team managed to produce any clear-cut chances after the break until the game hit the hour mark. Tim Ream's free-kick was headed away to Jay Spearing, who unleashed a venomous drive from 25 yards out that brought out the best in Al-Habsi as he tipped it over the bar. A Bolton onslaught followed with Ream testing the Omani goalkeeper twice in a period of sustained pressure.
Wigan's manager then made the substitution that changed the game completely with on-loan Manchester United forward Nick Powell replacing James McArthur. This seemed to lift the Wigan team as they started to carve out some chances of their own. Their goal eventually came with one minute of normal time to go. Martyn Waghorn found space on the left and put in a teasing cross which Powell converted with aplomb, sending his half-volley into the roof of Adam Bogdan's net.
The goal lit a spark in the Wigan team as they went in search of a winner, whilst Dougie Freedman seemed to be happy with a point as his team sat back. Powell had another chance with his back-post header being stopped by Bogdan with the rebound being acrobatically cleared by substitute Jermaine Beckford.
In the 3rd minute of added time, Callum McManaman was brought down in the area by another substitute, Alex Baptiste. After quickly consulting with his assistant, referee Darren Drysdale pointed to the spot. This gave Jordi Gomez the opportunity to send the Wigan fans into raptures. Bogdan dived to his right and got a firm hand behind the ball and tipped it around the post to keep the scores level and to earn Bolton a point which really should have been three.