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Match report: Brentford 2 Bolton Wanderers 2

After a battling home draw against Charlton Athletic, Neil Lennon's Bolton Wanderers side headed to the capital for their penultimate away fixture of the season on a glorious April afternoon.

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Mark Warbuton and his high-flying Brentford were the opponents in front of a sold out Griffin Park as Brentford looked to aid their promotion cause with three points.

The match day build up was dominated by the emerging news that Wanderers stars Barry Bannan and Neil Danns were to be left out of the squad for disciplinary matters and this was confirmed as team news emerged later in the day. Unconfirmed reports suggest the players arrived to the hotel in the early hours of the morning and were rude to hotel staff and speaking after the game, Wanderers manager Lennon spoke with Sky Sports after the game and was less than impressed:

"I am not a massive disciplinarian but we set standards at the club and discourage players from going out and socialising," manager Neil Lennon told Sky Sports News.

"I am disappointed with their behaviour - they fell short of what is required of them and have been suspended, but I'm in a good mood today so we'll see how long it's for

Following on from this, there were surprises within the Wanderers starting XI as Giles Coke and Oscar Threkeld were handed starts while Mark Davies continued his rehabilitation with a place on the Bolton bench.

Bolton, now free from the worries of which division they will be in next season, reassuringly began the game strongly as the influential Bannan was not sorely misserd.

Despite the Wanderers starting strongly and creating a glorius chance for veteran forward Emile Heskey, it was Brentford who took the initiative as Alex Pritchard put the hosts ahead after a swift counter attack.

The setback did not perturb Bolton and they continued to apply pressure on the home side as on-loan midfielder Giles Coke brought out a fingertip save from Brentford goalkeeper David Button, who has excelled since his loan move from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

The Wanderers pressure was soon rewarded however as Adam Le Fondre slotted home his 8th goal in 15 Wanderers games since his loan move from divisional rivals Cardiff City with a trademark curled effort inside the far post.

With just moments remaining untill the half time break, Bolton were unable to retain their position as the highly-motivated hosts were back in front as Johnathan Douglas eventually turned the ball home from an Alan Judge cross shortly after Andre Gray had rattled the Wanderers crossbar and the homeside could take a precarious 2-1 advantage into the halftime break. The goal also saw Wanderers defender Dean Moxey leave the pitch to be replace by Mark Davies.

The second half pressure was applied considerably more by the hosts as they looked to consolidate what would be a vital three points in their promotion push. The once again impressive Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan was called into action early in the half as the Hungarian International saved a low Rommalo Jota effort.

Despite the hosts being on top, Bolton were not impotent as successive Wanderers shots resulted in a corner which Giles Coke fired over the resulting oppurtunity.

It would be a moment of madness at the back for Brentford that would allow Bolton back into the game as Mark Davies latched onto a poor back pass to roll the ball home for Bolton in a goal that will mean the world to the injury plagued midfielder.

For all the huff and puff from Brentford, Davies' goal was enough to secure a hard-earned point for Neil Lennon's side as they look to finish the season strongly with one eye on next season.

Mark Warbuton and his Brentford side now lie three points from the play-off places and personally I wish them the best of luck in the coming weeks and hopefully they can top off a fantastic year with a play-off spot.


Button, Odubajo, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell, Douglas, Diagouraga, Peleteiro Ramallo, Judge, Pritchard, Gray

Substitutes: Craig, McCormack, Dallas, Bonham, Toral, Smith,Udumaga

Bolton Wanderers

Bogdan, Threlkeld, Dervite, McCarthy, Moxey, Ream, Feeney, Walker, Coke, Le Fondre, Heskey,

Substitutes: Davies, Trotter, Costa Rocha, Gudjohnsen, Lonergan, Twardzik, Janko

Ref: Carl Boyeson