It's been pretty dire stuff for Bolton at the Reebok so far as the Wanderers go into the half lucky to not be at least a goal down. The best chance for Bolton came from David Ngog who was blocked from close range when he probably should have turned it in. Palace's Wilfred Zaha has been running at the Bolton defense all game and got the better of Stephen Warnock early on but the left back, making his debut, is now back into it. Crystal Palace nearly scored right on the stroke of half time after Owen Garvan crossed the ball to Glenn Murray (who scored a hat trick in his last run out) and the forward's header was just inches wide of Adam Bogdan's left post.
There has been nothing doing for Bolton in the attacking third and the Wanderers will have to click and soon. Bolton had a penalty call for handball turned down after Kevin Davies nodded the ball to Mark Davies, whose shot appeared to hit Mile Jedinak in the hand. Crystal Palace were also denied a similar penalty much earlier on after the ball appeared to hit Zat Knight's hand.