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Immediate Reaction: Charlton Athletic 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

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A rare outburst of positivity as Wanderers come home from south east London with a point

Neil Lennon's men came from two goals down to rescue a point at Charlton
Neil Lennon's men came from two goals down to rescue a point at Charlton
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What a rollercoaster of emotions that was. Having conceded after just 27 seconds and then going 2-0 down to another terrible goal Bolton Wanderers looked down and out, destined for a pummelling by a poor Charlton Athletic side.


But Wanderers' players finally pulled their socks up, got stuck in and showed the fans - who were absolutely superb tonight - that they do care about the club and are willing to fight, and nearly went on to win.


With the abysmal first 25 minutes out of the way, Wanderers looked hungry and largely dominated Charlton. We could and maybe should have sealed all three points, and Zach Clough had a great chance to do exactly that late on, but the overall performance certainly gives Neil Lennon something to build on.


That positivity was mainly channelled through the superb Josh Vela, who not only looked composed on the ball and got his foot into tackles, but also scored his first goal for the club. Vela showed why he should be playing in centre midfield, until he was crudely removed from the game by the frankly disgraceful substitute El-Hadji Ba - who should have been sent off for that tackle, which went unpunished by the awful referee, plus his later yellow card.


If you told me I'd be sitting back reflecting on a Bolton first goal created by a Liam Feeney left footed cross converted by Emile Heskey I would have said you're bonkers, but that's exactly what happened. Special mention has to go to Heskey,  who had a thankless task up front but grabbed us the goal to get back in it and put in a really impressive performance. Heskey could also have had earned us two penalties for two wild aerial challenges by Alou Diarra, one of which he burst through three of his own players and near enough rugby tackled Heskey out of the way. Anywhere else on the pitch, both of the challenges would be given as a free-kick.

There were plenty more positives out of tonight too. Mark Davies showed flashes of the player we all want him to be, Jay Spearing was dominant with the exception of his calamity for Charlton's opener, Prince was excellent alongside David Wheater and youngster Rob Holding once again didn't put a foot wrong.

The down side to tonight is that we should be going home with all three points and may well have lost Vela to injury, but we have to take the positives from the response the team showed having been two goals down and hope they build on this beginning with Fulham at home on Saturday.