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Gutsy fightback gives Neil Lennon's Bolton a survival lift

By Robert Jones

Published 03/02/2016

Late show: Dean Moxey struck to earn a deserved point
Late show: Dean Moxey struck to earn a deserved point

Bolton staged a dramatic late comeback to salvage a deserved point in a 2-2 Sky Bet Championship draw against Wolves at Molineux.

Neil Lennon's bottom-of-the-table Bolton were trailing 2-0 after a third-minute strike from debutant Joe Mason and a 77th-minute goal from substitute James Henry.

But their battling qualities shone through as Wellington Silva reduced the arrears eight minutes from time before Dean Moxey deflected home Stephen Dobbie's 30-yard free-kick in the 88th minute.

Bolton remain the only side in all four divisions without an away league win this season. But the point at Molineux cut the gap between themselves and safety to four points.

Wolves broke the deadlock just seconds after they could have fallen behind themselves.

Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme produced a stunning save to tip a 20-yard drive from Jay Spearing around the post.

From the resulting corner, Wolves surged upfield through Bjorn Sigurdarson. His shot was well saved by Ben Amos but the rebound flew straight to the on-rushing Mason who had the simple task of tapping the ball into an unguarded net.

But Bolton regrouped and probed for an equaliser with the lively Liam Feeney seeing his drive fly just inches over the bar.

Feeney then set up Mark Davies with a left-wing cross but the Bolton skipper was unable to get his header from 12 yards on target.

Bolton continued to carry more of a threat with Silva seeing his drive saved by Ikeme.

Ulsterman Lennon sent on veteran Emile Heskey after 66 minutes but it was Wolves' introduction of Henry that proved to be more effective.

Henry had only been on the pitch for two minutes when he waltzed into the penalty area before curling his drive past Amos.

That looked to have finally ended battling Bolton's challenge but Silva gave them hope when he nodded the ball home.

That set up a thrilling finale that Bolton capped off when Moxey got the deftest of touches to Dobbie's long-range free-kick.

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wolves: Ikeme, Iorfa, Batth, Ebanks-Landell, Doherty, Coady, McDonald, van La Parra, Mason (Price 86), Rowe (Saville 82), Sigurdarson (Henry 76).

Goals: Mason 3, Henry 77

Subs not used: McCarey, Byrne, Deslandes, Le Fondre

Bolton: Amos, Vela, Dervite, Holding, Moxey, Spearing, Feeney, Trotter (Dobbie 83), Davies, Wellington Silva, Woolery (Heskey 66).

Goals: Wellington Silva 82, Moxey 88

Subs not used: Rachubka, Osede, Wilson, Twardzik, Walker.

Man of the match: Liam Feeney (above)

Match rating: 8/10

Referee: Fred Graham

Belfast Telegraph

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