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Highlights of Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Sunderland: Fine Craig Gardner strike levels it

Mark Thompson

It was a fun day of football at the Reebok Stadium as Bolton Wanderers took a commanding lead against visitors Sunderland before the black cats pulled both goals back in order to force a replay. We know that not many of you were at the at the Reebok because, well, just about no one was there.

The two major story lines in this one were some of the brilliant saves that Andy Lonergan was forced to make and the fantastic strike late on to equalize from Sunderland's Craig Gardner.

Bolton opened the scoring off early thanks to Chung-Yong Lee in the 12th minute. A poor clearance attempt from Carlos Cuellar saw the Spanish center half play a low ball to the edge of the penalty area with Simon Mignolet still out of his net after gathering the ball. A collected first-time finish from Chungy into the open net gave Bolton a dream start.

Marvin Sordell doubled the home side's advantage just after the second half started. Simon Mignolet punched Martin Petrov's cross clear but it only went as far as the edge of the box. Keith Andrews headed the ball back into the area and Marvin Sordell rose highest to head home into the far post for his second goal in a Bolton shirt.

Sunderland would soon answer through substitute Connor Wickham. The ball fell to the young forward in the box and it was a relatively simple finish for him as he fired it right at Andy Lonergan with the ball eventually going through the goalkeeper's legs.

The game's best goal was yet to come though and this one hit 15 minutes from full time. Another half clearance, this time from Bolton's goalkeeper, saw the ball fall just outside the area. Craig Gardner gathered in space, took it a few steps forward, and absolutely leathered it into the roof of the net from some 20 yards out.