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Immediate Reaction: Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Brighton

Bolton grabbed a late goal to secure a point at home to top of the league Brighton

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It was a mild Saturday afternoon in late September, and Bolton Wanderers welcomed to of the league Brighton & Hove Albion to the Reebok Stadium keen to right the wrongs of last week's 1-4 away defeat to Huddersfield Town.

Wanderers brought in Italian right-back and full-time Paul Robinson impersonator Francesco Pisano for his full Bolton debut, with ex-Middlesbrough man David Wheater replacing the suspended Derik Osede who himself had been drafted in to replace the brainless Dorian Dervite.

Midfield saw Max Clayton make his long-awaited return from a serious knee injury but with the former Crewe Alexandra man sporting a bizarre Shooting Stars Mark Lamarr style combover thing on his bonce, whilst Gary Madine came in up front still in search of his first goal.

Wanderers started in the ascendancy, with Wellington Silva continuing his one-man quest to be the most Arsenal player of all time, as he continually rinsed geriatric Tommaso Ciampa lookalike Bruno Salter in the Brighton defence.

However as usual it was a litany of missed chances and wasted moments that saw few in the crowd surprised when the visitors took the lead. Bolton-born Dale Stephens struck home from the edge of the box following an uncharacteristic error from goalkeeper Ben Amos. Just four minutes had passed before the visitors struck again as the hapless Dean Moxey, struggling with a lack of support from the previously mentioned Silva, lost his man who crossed for Murphy to slot home.

It was a four minute smash and grab, and it left Bolton hearts deflated.

However, we struck back in a bizarre moment of genius as Neil Danns slow-motion shot eluded former Fulham man David Stockdale to keep Wanderers in the game at half time.

A fairly even first 20mins of the second half gave chances to both sides, until the tide turned when Brighton's goalscorer Murphy was dismissed for a heinous foul on Danns, and was deservedly sent off.

Wanderers then dominated and despite missing a host of chances managed to level the game when Madine rose like a salmon to nod home in the 90th minute.

It was a good performance by Bolton and we should have won. We were by far the better team. It was great to see Clayton back and looking so good - as it was to see Madine finally get on the scoreboard for Wanderers. Much to be happy about, following this tough game.

It was another disappointing turnout though, with just over 13,000 through the turnstiles. This wasn't helped by a small contingent of around 750 away fans who barely made a peep all afternoon.