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Macron Stadium (ATT 25,662) 6th May 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: K Friend

Bolton Bolton Wanderers vs West Bromwich Albion W Brom

Bolton 2

M Petrov (pen 24)
B Jones (og 72)

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W Brom 2

C Brunt (75)
J Morrison (90)

Morrison leaves Bolton on brink

Baggies pull off stunning comeback in penultimate Hodgson game

Last Updated: 06/05/12 5:34pm

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Bolton threw away a two-goal lead as James Morrison's late goal crowned a remarkable West Brom comeback, sealing a 2-2 draw to leave the Trotters' survival hopes hanging by a thread.

Man of the match James Morrison gets the nod from us for an impressive last 15 minutes off the bench, culminating in West Brom's equaliser, but Martin Petrov was a constant threat for the hosts. Gaffe of the match Some panicked defending from Liam Ridgewell and Billy Jones saw the latter bundle in an own-goal. Save of the match Ben Foster did superbly to turn away Kevin Davies' close-range effort in the second half. Chance of the match Shane Long came close for the Baggies in the opening half but pinged a shot off the woodwork. Talking point Can Bolton sidestep the drop at Stoke next week or is it all over for the Trotters?

Owen Coyle's men will now have to wait until the final day of the Premier League season for their fate to be decided, with Wanderers sitting third-bottom and two points adrift of QPR, who edged a narrow win over Stoke on Sunday.

The Baggies, playing their penultimate game under new England manager Roy Hodgson, fell behind to a Martin Petrov penalty in the first half after Youssouf Mulumbu fouled Mark Davies in the box.

The hosts then stretched that lead to two when Billy Jones put through his own net after another great cross from Petrov, but Hodgson's men pulled one back through Chris Brunt.

A tense finale at the Reebok Stadium saw West Brom throw everything behind the ball and they were rewarded when Morrison hammered an equaliser into the roof of the hosts' net in stoppage time to leave Bolton on the brink heading into their final game against the Potters next weekend.

Nerves

Nerves had been evident in the early stages but the home side started like they were focused on the job in hand, Chris Eagles lashing a long-range shot into the side-netting with less than two minutes on the clock.

Albion immediately responded with a chance of their own, Liam Ridgewell flicking in a cross from the left and Marc-Antoine Fortune connecting with a flicked header which was gathered by Adam Bogdan in the Bolton goal.

Bolton should have gone ahead in the 11th minute when Petrov fired a cross from the left that eluded everyone except Kevin Davies, who stole into the six-yard box only to blaze his shot high over the bar.

With Bolton's nerves at the back plain to see, the Baggies carved out a succession of chances with Gareth McAuley and Fortune both coming close before Fortune played Brunt into the box only for the striker to side-foot wide.

And Albion came closer still in the 19th minute when the dangerous Fortune was allowed to feed Long in the Bolton box and the striker turned David Wheater before jabbing his shot against Bogdan's left-hand post.

Foster tipped a David Ngog header over the bar in the 21st minute and two minutes later Bolton grabbed the lead from the penalty spot, Petrov slotting home after Youssouf Mulumbu fouled Mark Davies in the box.

Petrov's spot-kick clearly settled Bolton's nerves and the home side went on to enjoy their most dominant spell without creating any more clear-cut chances, while Keith Andrews prodded a half-chance straight at Bogdan for the Baggies.

Eagles came close to extending Bolton's lead five minutes from the break when he drilling a rising shot just over the after a sustained period of pressure around the West Brom box.

Albion almost created a chance seven minutes into the second half when Brunt's neat through-ball played in Long, but as Tim Ream jumped in with a superb saving challenge, the near-side linesman belatedly flagged for offside.

Albion came close again in the 58th minute when Brunt shot straight at Bogdan from a Ridgewell cross from the left, and moments later a header from Jonas Olsson was also well held by the goalkeeper.

Eagles came close on the hour with a blazing shot across the face of goal and Ngog should have done better with a chance created for him by Nigel Reo-Coker in the 65th minute, but his hesitation allowed Andrews to nick the ball off his toes.

Threat

The Baggies still carried a threat and Ridgewell almost caught the Bolton back-line unawares in the 68th minute when he stole into the left side of the area and drove a shot straight at Bogdan from a tight angle.

Foster denied Kevin Davies in the 71st minute with a brilliant reflex save, getting down to scoop the ball off the line after the striker got his head to a Petrov cross.

But Bolton grabbed their second one minute later in bizarre fashion, when Ridgewell's attempted clearance from another Petrov cross struck team-mate Billy Jones in the chest, and ricocheted into the net past a helpless Foster.

With Bolton's fans still prematurely celebrating survival, Albion reduced the deficit a minute later when Long was given space on the right side of the box and cut the ball back for Brunt to strike low past Bogdan.

And with the final 20 seconds showing on the Reebok Stadium clock, Cox hooked a ball into the box for fellow substitute Morrison to lash home at the far post and claim a dramatic - and, for Bolton, potentially fatal, point.

Bolton WanderersTeam StatisticsWest Bromwich Albion
2Goals2
11st Half Goals0
5Shots on Target10
6Shots off Target5
4Blocked Shots4
4Corners4
16Fouls10
3Offsides8
1Yellow Cards4
0Red Cards0
69.8Passing Success78.7
20Tackles12
80Tackles Success91.7
37.3Possession62.7
48.1Territorial Advantage51.9
288Total Passes502
21Total Crosses23
164Lost Balls182
56Recoveries59
01st Half Poss.0
02nd Half Poss.0

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