Nine matches without a win. Nine matches without a goal from a striker. That is what Bolton Wanderers have gone through ahead of Tuesday's match at Blackpool after drawing late against Yeovil Town, having gone undeservedly behind. It was not a good performance for the Trotters by any stretch of the imagination but they did, for once this season, show some fight to quite literally rescue a draw.
The Trotters started out the match really well, bossing the first 25 minutes but once again failing to do anything with their possession or chances. On 14 minutes, Medo Kamara's scuffed effort from range dribbled past Wayne Hennessey and hit the inside of the near post but unfortunately bounced the wrong way and did not end up in the back of the net. Not long after that, Rob Hall crossed in from the left for David Ngog, who got the shot off but it was not a good effort.
Just before the break, Chung-Yong Lee had a glorious opportunity of his own as he broke into the area on his own, front and center, with no defenders around him. The South Korean probably could have taken another touch or two forward and absolutely let rip, leaving goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey with no chance, but be didn't. Chungy decided to shoot from the edge of the area, sidefooting the chance rather than hitting it with his laces, and sending it right to the goalkeeper in the center of the net. Saved.
Yeovil Town had their chances as well, having their way on a few occasions with a group of Bolton defenders who were all too happy to stand off of their marks. After a half-clearance in the second half, Yeovil's man of the match, Joel Grant, had a shot from a tight angle inside the area, forcing Adam Bogdan into a good save. Not long after that, Jermaine Beckford had a very good chance on the break, supplied by Chris Eagles. Beckford was in alone and attempted to send a curling effort to the far post, missing by the tightest of margins.
Then, came the breakthrough. Yeovil Town broke forward with numbers with Ed Upson getting the ball on the edge of the area. Jay Spearing was the man closing him down but he had enough time and space to let a scuffed, dribbling shot go. Adam Bogdan got his body in front of of the shot but it somehow went through his arms, under his body, through his legs, and into the back of the net.
It required a fight back from Bolton after a good move saw Liam Feeney put in a long cross from the right hand flank. Zat Knight did well to keep the ball in on the touchline, playing it back first time towards goal with Matt Mills getting a head on it but hitting the crossbar with his attempt. Luckily for Bolton, Alex Baptiste was there to clean it up, heading home from close range for his third goal of the season.
Bolton nearly won it late thanks to a header from Zat Knight that was low, in the center of goal, and forced a save from Wayne Hennessey. That was all before the final whistle and the resulting boos rang out.
It was not a good performance from Bolton. In fact, there were very few Trotters that can hold their heads up after that one. They now face a tough match at Blackpool on Tuesday after spurning their best opportunity to win a match.