Report: Bolton 1-1 Millwall

ANDY Keogh marked his injury comeback with an early goal as Millwall picked up a valuable away point at Bolton.

Keogh won and scored a penalty to put the Lions in front at the Reebok Stadium, but they were pegged back by Keith Andrews' spot-kick ten minutes before half-time.

Boss Kenny Jackett handed new signing Martyn Woolford his debut following his arrival from Bristol City on Wednesday, whilst Liam Trotter, Danny Shittu and Keogh returned to the side.



Josh Wright, Darius Henderson and Karleigh Osborne dropped to the bench but Liam Feeney was missing from the squad altogether with a hamstring injury and could be out for three weeks.

And it was Keogh, fit again after a broken toe, who put Millwall ahead in the ninth minute, cheekily chipping the ball down the middle of the goal from 12 yards after Zat Knight's trip.

Bolton sought to respond immediately through Chris Eagles' free-kick, but the midfielder curled his effort well over, before David Forde got down well to parry David Ngog's shot.



In the 19th minute, Chung-Yong Lee could have equalised for the home side when a loose ball was deflected into his path eight yards out, but he could not react in time to stab the ball home.

Liam Trotter nearly made it 2-0 with a rasping first-time drive after Dany N'Guessan's cross was only half-cleared to him on the edge of the area, but the ball whistled inches wide.

N'Guessan tried his luck from a similar distance soon after, but his shot was comfortable for 'keeper Adam Bogdan who caught the ball without having to move.

James Henry's drive from even further out flashed agonisingly across the face of goal in the 29th minute as the Lions pushed for a second goal.

But it was 1-1 moments later when, after Danny Shittu had tripped Lee just inside the area, Andrews hammered the ball into the roof of the net from the spot.

With half-time approaching, Jay Spearing sliced an effort wide before former Lion Kevin Davies sent Eagles' free-kick narrowly wide of the far post with a close-range header.

The Trotters began the second-half on the front foot and after Eagles had fired straight at Forde, Davies pulled a shot wide from the corner of the area after latching onto a through ball.

Ngog thought he had broken the offside trap in the 53rd minute but was denied by a late flag from the linesman, even though Forde saved his shot anyway.

N'Guessan spurned a half-chance at the other end when Woolford's low cross picked him out on the penalty spot, but he could not make contact with the ball under pressure from Knight.

Eagles hit a scissor-kick wide from a tight angle before, in the 61st minute, Ngog cut inside onto his left foot and arrowed an effort over the bar from 20-yards out.

Millwall attacks were becoming increasingly sporadic but they nearly snatched a second goal when Henry's teasing cross reached the back post where N'Guessan was sliding in, but the ball somehow evaded him.

In the 71st minute, Henry nutmegged left-back Marcos Alonso and drove a ferocious cross-shot towards goal which was diverted behind for a corner by a deflection that could have gone anywhere.

Bolton ramped up the pressure in the closing stages and Forde was forced to parry Alonso's snap shot before substitute Marvin Sordell swivelled and fired a yard wide.

N'Guessan made a crucial intervention late on when he headed Davies' effort from a corner off the line to preserve a point.

Bolton: Bogdan, Ricketts, Knight, Ream, Alonso, Spearing, Andrews, Eagles (Sordell, 80mins), Chung-Yong (Afobe, 71mins), K Davies, Ngog. Subs not used: Lonergan, Mears, Pratley, Eaves, Vela.

Millwall: Forde, A.Smith, Lowry, Abdou, Shittu, Beevers, Woolford, Trotter, Keogh (Henderson, 79mins), N'Guessan, Henry. Subs not used: M.Taylor, J.Smith, Wright, Batt, Osborne, Marquis.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

6 thoughts on “Report: Bolton 1-1 Millwall

  • January 12, 2013 at 17:37
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    not bad we have now been to all three teams that have dropped down from the prem and have not lost 3 points at blackburn,3 points at wolves and 1 point at bolton WE are no push overs play offs or no play offs i dont care as long as we finish in the top 12 and mount a strong challenged for next season we have done really well this season coyl

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  • January 12, 2013 at 20:38
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    Agree ..... But top 10 and a big push at the end ... Throw the kitchen sink at it and see what happens , you never know

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  • January 13, 2013 at 10:46
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    I would be happy with top 10 as long as we beat Palace at home, Charlton and Leeds away. Oh and stop Woods from scoring against us, then I would be a happy bunny.

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  • January 14, 2013 at 11:48
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    Good point if we can win next two home games. COYL

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  • January 14, 2013 at 18:27
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    I would be happy just to finish above Palarse, the play off's would be good then Woodford could pay us back. I just hope Wall stay focused. COYL

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