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Lennon's Bolton hit back to earn a point at Charlton

By Robert Jones

Neil Lennon's Bolton Wanderers showed the character their manager has been looking for by fighting back to earn a 2-2 draw at Charlton in the Championship last night.

Bottom of the table Bolton trailed 2-0 after 18-year-old Charlton forward Ademola Lookman netted twice early on, but Emile Heskey's first goal since Boxing Day inspired the visitors to earn a point with Josh Vela smashing in a deflected 25-yard effort to equalise before the break.

Lennon urged his side on in the second half but they could not claim their first league win since September and remain six points adrift of safety.

Bolton, in a desperate financial state, are £172.9m in debt and facing a winding-up petition from HM Revenue and Customs over £600,000 of unpaid taxes.

At the other end of the table Brighton extended their unbeaten run to 21 matches, though were disappointed to draw 2-2 with QPR at Loftus Road.

The Seagulls led 2-0 through Dale Stephens and on-loan Wolves midfielder Rajiv van La Parra, but the Hoops, under new boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, roared back with a brace from Charlie Austin. QPR could have won it late on after Brighton's Alejandro Faurlin was red carded.

Middlesbrough made the most of Brighton's draw to go top on goal difference beating Burnley 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium thanks to an Emilio Nsue goal. A hat-trick from Tom Ince helped Derby keep pace with the leaders with a 4-0 win over Bristol City.

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