Belfast Telegraph

Eagles nets equaliser against Swans

Bolton hung on to record a 1-1 draw against Swansea for a potentially crucial point in their battle against relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

The Trotters were behind inside six minutes as Scott Sinclair found the top corner but it took them only eight minutes to equalise through Chris Eagles.

Blackburn's victory over Norwich dropped Bolton to 19th but they still have games in hand over their rivals and this draw saw them close to within one point of QPR in 17th.

There was no doubt Bolton needed the points more but the visitors settled quickly and took the lead in the sixth minute with a goal of real quality from Sinclair. The winger collected the ball on the left and took advantage of Gretar Steinsson standing off him to run along the edge of the box and curl a superb shot into the top corner.

Bolton sought a quick response and they got it when, in the 14th minute, Martin Petrov broke away down the left and pulled the ball back for the onrushing Eagles to tuck away.

Both teams had chances before the break - Steinsson blocking a Gylfi Sigurdsson effort and Michel Vorm keeping out a Petrov free-kick.

Only some last-ditch scrambling from the Bolton defence prevented Ashley Williams from squeezing home Sigurdsson's corner at the start of the second half.

A lovely through ball from Joe Allen then played in Danny Graham but he poked his shot rather tamely at Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Impressive trio Graham, Sinclair and Sigurdsson combined again in the 73rd minute, with Sigurdsson playing in Graham for a shot that Bogdan could only parry.

Sinclair tried three times to turn the ball in but was denied by a combination of Tim Ream and Steinsson, while moments later Graham thundered a shot against the bar.

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