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Posted Sun 03 Oct 10 at 14:46 PM

West Bromwich Albion 1 Wanderers 1

Wanderers recorded their third successive score draw in the Barclays Premier League with a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion.

In an even encounter at the Hawthorns, Johan Elmander gave Bolton the lead on 64 minutes with his fourth goal of the season.

But the Baggies hit back late on to secure a share of the spoils through a well-taken headed strike by James Morrison.

The result leaves Wanderers entering the October international break with just one defeat from their first seven league matches and having scored in all but one of those contests.

West Brom 1 Bolton 1

Manager Owen Coyle made one change to his starting line-up as Gary Cahill returned from his three-match suspension to partner Zat Knight at centre-half.

Defence was on top in the first-half as neither side managed to break the deadlock inside the opening three quarters of an hour.

It had been an enterprising start to the game from Bolton, as after an early scare when Chris Brunt curled wide of the far post, they dictated the flow of the game inside the first 15 minutes.

Kevin Davies caused confusion in the West Brom penalty box following good work from Chung-Yong Lee and Cahill headed narrowly over the crossbar from a Martin Petrov corner.

There was endeavour shown all over the pitch by the Wanderers as the home side were allowed little or no time in possession.

But as the half progressed, West Brom then began to offer more in attack and they slowly played themselves into the game.

Brunt had a long-range effort deflected into the side-netting, James Morrison also saw a shot from distance fly harmlessly wide while Barclays Player of the Month Peter Odemwingie produced a neat turn before firing across goal.

Odemwingie, who had netted in all three of the Baggies' victories so far this season, was showing all the signs of a man in form. Before the first-half was out, he provided a number of testing low crosses from the right having made intelligent runs down the channel, whilst he also found space inside the six yard box to nod over the bar.

Indeed, most of the better opportunities in the opening 45 minutes had been headers.

Five minutes before the break Gretar Steinsson brought the first save out of Scott Carson as he stooped to direct another Petrov corner into the England international's arms.

As with the first-half, Bolton came out after the interval and started extremely brightly.

Owen Coyle's men put West Brom's defensive rearguard under real pressure and within a minute of referee Peter Walton's whistle to resume the contest, Petrov had brought a terrific full stretch save from Carson.

Kevin Davies also worked the former Liverpool stopper, and sandwiched in between the two saves was a Cahill header which was destined for the top corner up until Nicky Shorey's clearance from underneath his own goal-line.

Equally, West Brom conjured up a couple of half-chances too through Morrison, one of which brought a smart low save from Jaaskelainen and another shot which drifted wide of the near post.

Elmander broke the deadlock on 64 minutes, and just like Kevin Davies' strike at Aston Villa and Petrov's finish against Manchester United, it was another fantastic team move.

Fabrice Muamba, Chung-Yong and Kevin Davies combined on the edge of the box to set up the Sweden international, who buried the ball past Carson with an instinctive left foot finish from eight yards out.

It could have been even better for Bolton five minutes later though when Petrov escaped down the left to put himself in a one-on-one position with Carson. But the winger opted for precision over power and his effort was fractionally off target, with the ball striking the outside of the netting rather than the inside.

Instead of finding themselves two goals ahead, Wanderers were back level pegging on 77 minutes as Morrison restored parity with a well-taken header.

The midfielder timed his run to perfection and arrived into the penalty area to convert Odemwingie's cross, leaving Jaaskelainen with no chance.

Both teams pressed for the winner in the final stages, and substitute Matt Taylor twice came within inches of grabbing a second goal for Bolton.

Firstly a trademark from 25 yards narrowly fizzed over the crossbar and in the next attack, a skidding effort across goal missed the post by the closest of margins.

Likewise, West Brom almost nicked all three points when Brunt brought a smart parry out of Jaaskelainen and Odemwingie skewed a half-volley over the bar in the 90th minute having gotten behind Bolton's defence.

Although there will be disappointment in succumbing another lead, it was definitely a point gained for the Whites against a side that have yet to beaten on home soil this season.

West Brom: Carson, Jara, Shorey, Ollson, Tamas, Morrison, Dorrans (Barnes 60), Mulumbu, Scharner (Cox 72), Brunt, Odemwingie (Subs not used: Myhill, Reid, Ibanez, Fortune, Tchoyi)

Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Robinson, Cahill, Knight, Chung-Yong (Taylor 76), Muamba, Holden, Petrov, Elmander (Mark Davies 81), Kevin Davies (Subs not used: Bogdan, Blake, Moreno, Klasnic, Ricketts)

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