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Posted Sat 21 Apr 12 at 17:25 PM

Report: Bolton 1 Swansea 1

Wanderers had to settle for a point at the Reebok as they played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Swansea City.

Bolton had to fight from a goal down after Scott Sinclair had fired the South Wales club ahead with a long-range curler after just six minutes.

Chris Eagles was the man who put Bolton back on level terms, converting inside the penalty area after a precise cross from Martin Petrov just seven minutes later.

There were chances aplenty for both teams to win the game, most notably for Danny Graham who spurned several good openings in the second half.

Wanderers too could have nicked all three points, but Eagles was denied his second of the afternoon when he missed the target by the slenderest of margins ten minutes from the end.

Bolton 1 Swansea 1

After the 12-day break, Owen Coyle made one change from the side named against Newcastle United.

Darren Pratley missed out through illness, so Chris Eagles moved into a central attacking midfield role. Ryo Miyaichi was restored to the starting line-up on the right side of midfield.

After a cagey opening, it was the visitors who struck the first blow as Scott Sinclair fired Swansea ahead with just six minutes played.

Cutting in from the left touchline, the former Chelsea man drifted infield before curling an elegant finish into the top corner of the net past the outstretched dive of Adam Bogdan.

Wanderers responded to going a goal behind in the best possible fashion as Chris Eagles put his team back level with his sixth goal of the season with a quarter of an hour played.

Mark Davies played a slide-rule pass to Martin Petrov down the left flank and after the Bulgarian centred, Eagles was in the right place at the right time to sweep the ball past Michel Vorm from ten yards out.

The equaliser lifted the atmosphere around the Reebok and put extra belief in the Wanderers players.

The supplier for the equaliser, Petrov, enjoyed a fine 45 minutes and was at the centre of everything Bolton created.

The former Manchester City man continued to raid down the left and link-up well with Eagles, who was popping up in dangerous positions in and around the penalty area.

Petrov brought the save of the half out of Vorm on 30 minutes when he bent a low free-kick around the wall after Kevin Davies had been decked by Ashley Williams. It seemed destined for the bottom corner of the net, but the Dutch stopper stuck out a hand and tipped it away to safety.

Bolton looked the team most likely to score the third goal of the game before the break, but there were a couple of occasions when the Swans showed their quality in the final third.

Gretar Steinsson had to make two brave sliding blocks to thwart Gylfi Sigurdsson, while Steven Caulker wasted a glorious chance when, unmarked, he skewed his finish wide from four yards out after Bogdan had parried.

It was more of the same in the second half as the game became more and more open as the minutes ticked by.

Danny Graham caused constant problems for the Wanderers rearguard and, indeed, he did everything but score after half-time.

Bogdan produced a fine close-range save to thwart the former Watford man, who also curled narrowly wide of the target from the edge of the area.

Graham was to get even closer when he rattled the woodwork with a 20-yard effort, while he also put the ball on a plate for Sinclair, only for Steinsson to make yet another telling clearance underneath his own crossbar.

Wanderers too created the openings to win the game, but nothing would drop for them in the penalty box.

David Ngog and Ivan Klasnic were thrust on to offer more firepower, but a winner was almost scored by the unlikeliest of scorers as David Wheater sauntered forward from centre-half, with his rasping effort deflecting a yard or so wide of the post.

Perhaps Bolton's best chance of the second half fell to Chris Eagles late in the game when Klasnic laid the ball into his path, but the number seven's stabbed finish skimmed the outside of the post.

Josh Vela was given his debut in stoppage time as Mark Davies limped off with ankle injury, but it was all too late as Swansea held on for a share of the spoils.

Bogdan, Steinsson, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts, Ryo (Ngog 65), Reo-Coker, Mark Davies (Vela 90), Petrov, Eagles, Kevin Davies (Klasnic 79) (Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Knight, Sordell, Sordell)

Swansea: Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Caulker, Britton, Graham (Lita 79), Sinclair, Dyer (Moore 29), Rangel, Allen, Sigurdsson (Subs not used: Tremmel, Routledge, Monk, McEachran, Bessone)

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