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Immediate Reaction: Brentford 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

Dan offers his thoughts on an extremely good point away to Brentford.

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That's better isn't it!

I've got places to be so I'll try and keep this short and sweet, but what a fantastic result that is.

We went into the game with play-off chasing Brentford with out first choice midfield pair Barry Bannan and Neil Danns, due to their late night antics, and with the injured pairing of Josh Vela and Matt Mills. By being so encumbered before the game had even kicked off, it's safe to say a lot of fans feared the absolute worse. Expecting that we were in for a right pumping.

But surprisingly, we didn't! It may not have been pretty, the defending at times may have been desperately bad, but we earned an excellent away point.

Since the team were up against a side who are playing for their seasons, with us having practically nothing to play for, it wouldn't have been too startling if Bolton let their heads drop once Brentford took the lead, through Alex Pritchard. But they weren't deterred and a few minuted later Emile Heskey played through Adam Le Fondre, who stoked the ball beyond the outrushing goalkeeper for his eight goal in a white shirt.

We were still celebrating, however, when it seemed like the same old story was occurring again. Only moments after ALF had drawn the side level, they were behind again. Andre Grey hit the post, Bolton failed to mark up effectively and when the ball came into the box again Jonathan Douglas nodded home.

The Trotters were down to ten men at the time with the dreaded injury curse striking again, with Dean Moxey being the player having to leave the pitch early. His replacement was Mark Davies.

Going into the second half, Brentford were very much in control of proceedings. Hardly surprising with their quality and position in the table, but Bolton held on, continued to get on the ball and try to make things happen. Then in the 71st minute, disaster struck for Brentford.

A short back pass was closed down vigorously  by Davies, who tackled the goalkeeper and poked the ball into the back of the net.

Thus began a long twenty plus minutes of Bolton digging in deep, with all hands and deck, trying to hold on. The despised injury time board was held aloft, reading five minutes. The Bolton boys must have done a little shat in their pants at the sight. But they didn't succumb to the pressure and held on for the point.

It means almost nothing at this point and the performance still wasn't very good, but that matters little as Bolton finally showed some grit against a top quality side and gave the fans something to smile about.