Bolton 2-2 Ipswich: Match Report

08 March 2016 10:34

Late Stephen Dobbie penalty earns Bolton an unlikely point

Substitute Stephen Dobbie's stoppage-time penalty earned Bolton a 2-2 draw with Ipswich and provided some on-field cheer in the week they will look to put an end to their off-the-pitch turmoil.

A protracted takeover fronted by former Wanderers striker Dean Holdsworth is expected to be completed in the coming days as the Sky Bet Championship's bottom club look to solve a cash crisis that has seen them up in front of a High Court judge three times since January.

On Monday they earned a third and final adjournment on the winding-up hearing brought against them by tax officials, yet they looked to be heading for a defeat on the pitch one day on having fallen two goals behind to Town before Dobbie completed a turnaround with a spot-kick seven minutes into time added on.

They may be running out of games to save their Championship status, with a 10-point gap still between them and safety, and Holdsworth's Sports Shield consortium are likely to inherit a team bound for League One, but Dobbie's effort was the least they deserved after Lawrie Wilson had pulled one back in reply to efforts from Kevin Bru and Christophe Berra.

It would have been barely believable that Bolton fell behind in the first period had this game not followed a pattern similar to so many of their fixtures at the Macron Stadium this term.

They almost scored twice in the opening six minutes, captain Darren Pratley stabbing a good chance high and wide and Mark Davies slipping when driving straight at Bartosz Bialkowski.

Wanderers were denied a number of penalty appeals too, the loudest coming when Zach Clough thought he was upended by Kevin Foley, before the visitors took the lead with some brilliance from Bru at the other end.

From a corner, Berra rolled the ball back to the winger, who lifted an attempt over goalkeeper Paul Rachubka and in to his net via the underside of the crossbar 24 minutes in.

To Bolton's credit, they rallied and somehow failed to find an equaliser despite a flurry of opportunities prior to the interval.

Liam Trotter scuffed what should have been a routine finish six yards out from Mark Davies' cross and Bialkowski then produced a terrific double save to deny Dean Moxey from distance and then Derik Osede from the loose ball.

Neil Lennon's side controlled the second half too without testing Bialkowski again and Town, who had not threatened at all, doubled their advantage with 18 minutes to go when Berra beat Rachubka to substitute Ainsley Maitland-Niles' free-kick and headed home.

Wilson replied 80 seconds later at the other end by rifling in a half-volley that Bialkowski punched straight out to him and substitute Wellington Silva, who had been booked for diving in the box moments after coming on, then won a penalty when Maitland-Niles stupidly hacked at him from behind.

Dobbie stepped up and rolled in the penalty to salvage a point which was Bolton's first in four games.


Source: PA