- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, August 11th 2018
- University of Bolton Stadium
James Crawley reports from University of Bolton Stadium
Report: Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Bristol City
Saturday, August 11th 2018
A dominant City display helped them secure a point after fighting from behind on the road to Bolton Wanderers.
City had two penalty appeals dismissed and they hit the post before Will Buckley and Josh Magennis scored two goals in three minutes to fire the home side into a 2-0 lead.
But City had carried an attacking threat all game and rightly found a way back in the contest through Andreas Weimann’s second goal in as many games, before Jamie Paterson grabbed his first of the campaign, ten minutes from the end.
Lee Johnson made just one change to his starting XI, with Lloyd Kelly brought in at left-back. The impressive Niclas Eliasson was given another chance to shine on the wings, while Andreas Weimann led the line fresh from his successful debut last week.
It took a while for either side to make a first move but that being said, it was City who looked most threatening and in control in the opening half.
CITY DICTATE THE PLAY
The first moment to note was a penalty appeal after Paterson tried to exchange passes with Josh Brownhill. The City number 20 slid to ground under a challenge from Mark Beavers but Bolton could only half-clear their lines as the City arms went up in protest. The referee allowed play to continue and Brownhill almost picked out the top left corner with a shot just moments later.
Weimann looked bright once again but had little luck on this occasion as he latched on to a through ball and cut inside before seeing a shot blocked. The ball did rebound to the waiting Brownhill on the edge of the box but his shot was off target.
The visitors looked threatening going forward, playing confident passing moves and pressing and harrying their opponents at the right times.
And so their assault in the Bolton half continued with Eliasson going closest when he smacked the post direct from a tight-angle free kick.
As the opening half neared its end, Paterson fed Weimann again as the Austrian burst forward. He held the ball up before he tried to pick out one of his on-running teammates but the pass was off when it mattered.
The home side had offered little but Nathan Baker was alert after Brownhill was dispossessed in midfield. Josh Vela motored forward with the ball but City’s defender got in the way of Vela’s shot when it came.
PICKING UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF
It was instant pressure from City after the break, with Weimann going close again but for Ben Alnwick’s reflexes, who did well to block Callum O’Dowda’s near-post shot not long before.
And City saw another appeal for a penalty dismissed, this time when Eliasson appeared to trip over the dangling leg of Bolton captain David Wheater. The young Sweden winger went into referee John Brooks’ notepad for simulation, as he pointed for a free kick instead.
City’s keeper Mäenpää had been quiet up to now but was alert to tip away Vela’s cross before the hosts took the lead through the resulting corner and against the run of play.
QUICK-FIRE BOLTON DOUBLE
And Buckley it was whose nestled a header into the goal, despite the best efforts of Pack on the line.
Bolton were 2-0 ahead just three minutes later as they capitalised on a quick free kick. Pawel Olkowski’s low cross found its way to Magennis, who had time to set himself before firing low past Mäenpää.
A stunned Robins had 30 minutes left to salvage this match and it was Weimann with his second goal is as many games who halved the deficit. It was Captain Marlon Pack who released the striker into the area with a perfectly-weighted disguised pass and the summer recruit made no mistake in guiding his effort beyond Alnwick.
Despite trailing, Johnsons' boys were far from out of this game and continued their attacking threat with Marley Watkins handed his club debut from the bench. He was almost picked out immediately too, as Weimann almost turned provider but his squared pass across goal was intercepted, with both the Welsh forward and Paterson lurking.
But City were rightly level when Paterson made no mistake after being put through one-on-one by Hunt. Paterson needed just one touch to cut inside before guiding the ball into the far right corner of the goal via the post.
It was almost the perfect comeback when substitute Mo Eisa got himself on to the end of Matty Taylor's pass, but his scuffed effort in the 90th minute trickled inches wide in front of the travelling City fans.
City next host Plymouth Argyle in the Carabao Cup at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night, before Middlesbrough travel to BS3 in the Championship next Saturday.
Photography by JMPUK.
- Buckley (57') , Magennis (60')
- Luke Murphy, Craig Noone, William Buckley
- Weimann (64') , Paterson (81')
- Niclas Eliasson, Callum O'Dowda, Andreas Weimann