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The referee blows for offside against Tuncay Sanli. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Martin Petrov sends in a cross, clearance by Karl Henry.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Kevin Davies on for David Ngog.
Kevin Foley takes a corner.
Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Jarvis, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Stephen Ward misses to the right of the target.
Stephen Hunt goes off and Kevin Foley comes on.
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
Ivan Klasnic leaves the field to be replaced by Tuncay Sanli. Martin Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis by Mark Davies. Stephen Hunt crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by David Ngog.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
Gary Cahill fouled by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts.
Roger Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Petrov. Free kick taken by Martin Petrov. Martin Petrov takes the outswinging corner, Gary Cahill takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson crosses the ball, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
Kevin Doyle is brought on as a substitute for Steven Fletcher.
Shot from just outside the box by David Edwards misses to the right of the target.
Samuel Ricketts takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
Martin Petrov crosses the ball, clearance made by Christophe Berra.
Stephen Hunt fouled by Fabrice Muamba, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Stearman takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
David Ngog fouled by Christophe Berra, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Samuel Ricketts crosses the ball, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Matthew Jarvis. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt by David Ngog results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Edwards.
Mark Davies takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Fabrice Muamba takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
The offside flag is raised against Matthew Jarvis. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Ivan Klasnic goes wide of the left-hand post.
Christophe Berra handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes the direct free kick.
Steven Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher by Samuel Ricketts results in a free kick. The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, Steven Fletcher grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Bolton 1-1 Wolverhampton.Assist by Matthew Jarvis.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis. David Ngog challenges Stephen Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Stephen Hunt, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Stephen Hunt fouled by David Ngog, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Fabrice Muamba fouled by Karl Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Samuel Ricketts restarts play with the free kick.
David Edwards joins the action as a substitute, replacing George Elokobi.
Foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on Gary Cahill, free kick awarded. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Christophe Berra. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Fabrice Muamba handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Fabrice Muamba challenges Karl Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Stephen Hunt, clearance made by Gary Cahill. Shot by Stephen Ward.
Foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on Steven Fletcher, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by George Elokobi.
Effort from inside the area by David Ngog misses to the right of the target.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Ivan Klasnic. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Karl Henry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabrice Muamba. Zat Knight restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Martin Petrov goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line.
Martin Petrov takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Goal scored by Samuel Ricketts from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Bolton 1-0 Wolverhampton.Fabrice Muamba provided the assist for the goal.
Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
David Ngog takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the left by-line to the near post, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake manages to make a clearance.
Martin Petrov takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Ngog by Roger Johnson. Samuel Ricketts takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
David Ngog takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Ward.
Coyle welcomes back defensive trio
Bolton boss Owen Coyle has three defenders back in contention for the Barclays Premier League clash with Wolves at the Reebok Stadium.
Coyle indicated after the 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle on Boxing Day that he would make some changes to his struggling side and the Scot will be able to call on Sam Ricketts - who returned to the squad in that game as an unused substitute after a lengthy spell out with an Achilles injury - as well as Gretar Steinsson and Joe Riley, recently sidelined by illness and a hamstring problem respectively.
Midfielder Darren Pratley is a doubt for the crunch New Year's Eve encounter having picked up a virus, while it remains to be seen whether or not Gary Cahill will play after Coyle confirmed a fee for the centre-back had been agreed with Chelsea.
"It is hypothetical, but if it was (his last game for Bolton), I think Gary would like to go out on a high," Coyle said.
"The bottom line is Gary has to be ready to give as big a performance as he always does for his team-mates, for the football club and for the supporters who have been magnificent for him - and that has got to be the focus for everyone."
Wolves midfielder Nenad Milijas will start a three-match ban for his sending-off against Arsenal.
Milijas, whose appeal against the red card was rejected by the Football Association, could be replaced by Dave Edwards if he has shaken off the illness which ruled him out of the 1-1 draw with the Gunners.
Full-back Ronald Zubar is a major doubt with the knee injury suffered against at the Emirates Stadium and likely to be replaced by Richard Stearman.
Skipper Roger Johnson has admitted being axed from the side earlier this month was the worst moment of his career.
Central defender Johnson made the #5million move from Birmingham to Molineux during the summer and was instantly made captain by manager Mick McCarthy in place of Karl Henry.
But he struggled to reproduce the form shown with Blues and was dropped for the 2-1 home win over Sunderland at the beginning of December and replaced by veteran Jody Craddock.
Johnson said: "Being left out of the team was the worst moment of my career to date.
"Being left out through not playing well enough had never happened to me before.
"It hit home big time. I certainly don't want that feeling again. I'll be doing whatever it takes to make sure it doesn't happen again."
Ricketts bags as Bolton draw
Sam Ricketts marked his return from more than 10 months out injured with a superb goal for Bolton but it was not enough to prevent the Trotters beginning 2012 at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table as Wolves hit back to earn a point in a 1-1 draw.
The full-back, making his first appearance since rupturing an Achilles in February, had never scored for Bolton before but he showed a striker's eye for goal in the 22nd minute with a fine curling shot into the far corner from 25 yards.
Bolton deserved their half-time lead despite Stephen Ward's thunderbolt against the bar but Wolves levelled less than four minutes into the second period when Steven Fletcher headed home Matt Jarvis' free-kick.
Defender Gary Cahill captained the side despite a fee having been agreed with Chelsea, and he received a warm reception from fans when his name was read out.
Bolton had looked nervous and short on confidence in their 2-0 defeat by Newcastle on Boxing Day, making this really a must-win game, particularly given Blackburn's shock victory at Manchester United, which left the Trotters bottom at kick-off.
Manager Owen Coyle had called for his side to show more character following Monday's loss and this time they came up with the goods, playing with greater assertiveness and attacking at speed down the flanks.
They still did not create too many opportunities early on, and when they did David Ngog shot tamely at Wayne Hennessey and Ivan Klasnic was denied by good defending from Richard Stearman.
Bolton got the goal their play deserved midway through the half, and it was a moment of real quality from Ricketts, who picked up the ball in space 35 yards out and drove forward before curling a brilliant effort past Hennessey.
Wolves had offered little in attack but they came within a whisker of equalising 12 minutes before the break when Ward let fly from 25 yards and his shot smacked against the crossbar.
Petrov was proving a key figure down the left for Bolton and another surging run took him to the byline before he cut the ball back for Klasnic, whose shot into the ground produced a smart stop from Hennessey.
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy made a substitution at half-time, sending on Dave Edwards for George Elokobi, and within four minutes the visitors were level.
Wolves won two free-kicks in quick succession and from the second Jarvis sent in a wicked ball that Fletcher headed in from close range with Jussi Jaaskelainen rooted to the spot.
It was an eighth goal of the season for the Scot, who was brought to England in 2009 by Coyle when he was at Burnley.
The hosts would have been back in front in the 55th minute but for a super save from Hennessey, who got down brilliantly to keep out Fabrice Muamba's well-struck volley.
Bolton had not let their heads drop but Wolves were protecting Hennessey pretty well and the only shots the keeper had to deal with were a couple of poked efforts from Mark Davies.
Bolton were getting closer and, after Christophe Berra had almost diverted the ball into his own net under pressure from Ngog, Steinsson drew another clawing save from Hennessey with a header from Petrov's corner.
Both managers made changes up front, with Kevin Doyle coming on for Fletcher while Tuncay Sanli replaced Klasnic, and it was the Wolves man who almost made the breakthrough in the 81st minute but his header from Stephen Hunt's cross was well blocked by Jaaskelainen.
Bolton had not drawn a Barclays Premier League match since February and it was not the result they wanted today, but it could have been worse had a combination of Mark Davies and a post not kept out Tuncay's wayward header in front of his own goal.
Tensions were growing and Jaaskelainen and Zat Knight had a set-to after the keeper declined to come out to collect a throughball, while Jaaskelainen then did well to get a hand to the ball as Doyle found himself through one-on-one.
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