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Macron Stadium (ATT 25,401) 21st April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Dowd

Bolton Bolton Wanderers vs Swansea City Swansea

Bolton 1

C Eagles (14)


Swansea 1

S Sinclair (6)

Bolton held by Swansea

Trotters drop deeper into the relegation zone with draw

Last Updated: 21/04/12 6:02pm

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Bolton Wanderers dropped down to second from bottom in the Premier League after a 1-1 home draw with Swansea City.

Goal of the match - Scott Sinclair's opener was a beautiful curling effort from outside the box that bent straight into the top corner Chance of the match - Danny Graham's rasping shot could have sealed the points for Swansea but only rattled the crossbar Man of the Match - Sinclair opened the scoring, showing a real touch of class and was a constant threat all game Talking point- Is a draw enough for Bolton who drop to second from bottom, still firmly in the relegation zone.

Swansea could consider themselves unlucky not to get the three points with Danny Graham hitting the bar on 75 minutes.

It was Scott Sinclair who opened the scoring after just five minutes with a beautiful effort that he curled into the top corner from outside the box.

Swansea could only keep the lead for eight minutes before Chris Eagles swept the ball in from a centre by Martin Petrov on 14 minutes.

Swansea move up one place to 11th in the table with a 13-point lead over Bolton who are the only team in the bottom three who can mathematically catch them.


The Welsh side broke the deadlock from their very first attack in the sixth minute, with Sinclair cutting in from the left flank and bending an excellent strike into Adam Bogdan's top-left corner with his right foot.

The hosts' response was swift, however, as Petrov delivered an enticing cross from which Eagles swept a crisp half-volley past Michel Vorm to equalise in the 14th minute.

Gretar Steinsson had been easily beaten by Sinclair in the build-up to Swansea's opener but the Icelandic full-back made partial amends when he produced a timely block to prevent countryman Gylfi Sigurdsson from restoring the visitors' lead.

The action went from end to end in an open first half, with Vorm forced into a sharp save to repel a low free-kick from Petrov on the half hour.

Swansea centre-back Steven Caulker then spurned a good opportunity to put Swansea ahead when he lifted the ball over the bar after Bogdan had parried a free-kick from Sigurdsson.

Second half

Brendan Rodgers' side began the second period strongly and Bogdan was called into action once again to save a low effort from Swansea striker Danny Graham, who curled wide from a Sigurdsson pass shortly afterwards.

Bolton coach Owen Coyle reacted by introducing French striker David Ngog from the bench but the pressure continued to mount on Bogdan's goal.

The Bolton goalkeeper saved from Graham at the near post and saw Sinclair's follow-up effort blocked, before Graham rattled the crossbar with a curling effort.

Having narrowly avoided falling behind for a second time, Bolton threatened to take all three points in the last 10 minutes.

David Wheater had a shot deflected wide after a strong run from centre-back, while Eagles bent a shot fractionally wide from the edge of the penalty area after being teed up by Ivan Klasnic.

Bolton WanderersTeam StatisticsSwansea City
11st Half Goals1
2Shots on Target4
4Shots off Target9
4Blocked Shots13
2Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
68.6Passing Success85.4
92.3Tackles Success60
53.5Territorial Advantage46.5
283Total Passes480
28Total Crosses28
178Lost Balls162
36.91st Half Poss.63.1
37.32nd Half Poss.62.7

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