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Premier League

  • 21 April 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Macron Stadium, Bolton
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 25401

Bolton 1-1 Swansea City: Eagles cancels out Sinclair opener but hosts remain in relegation zone

Bolton 1-1 Swansea City: Eagles cancels out Sinclair opener but hosts remain in relegation zone

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The Trotters came from behind but are still stuck in the bottom three as the visitors controlled most of the game in a thrilling encounter at the Reebok Stadium

Swansea City took an early lead at the Reebok Stadium only to see Bolton Wanderers come back as a thrilling game finished 1-1.

The hosts took the lead within six minutes through Scott Sinclair who scored with a stunning strike just outside the area. Bolton replied eight minutes later as Chris Eagles slotted home a low cross from Martin Petrov.

Wanderers boss Owen Coyle opted to go with Kevin Davies on his own to lead the attack with the Trotters' top scorer Ivan Klasnic on the bench alongside fellow striker David Ngog.

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged side for the trip to the Reebok Stadium. Defender Alan Tate was missing with a calf injury for the Swans.

It took only six minutes for Swansea to open up Bolton’s defence and take the lead. Sinclair picked up the ball on the edge of the area and the 23-year-old cut inside onto his stronger foot where he curled the ball into the top-right corner of the goal.

However, eight minutes later the home side equalised with a well-crafted goal. Petrov ran down the left wing towards the byline where his low cross was met by Eagles, who guided the ball into the bottom right corner leaving Michel Vorm with no chance.

From then on, Coyle’s side dominated much of the first half. Petrov combined with Nigel Reo-Coker down the left for the Englishman to cross into the box, where Vorm nervously punched it away into the path of Eagles who fluffed his shot, allowing the Swans to clear the danger.

Petrov caused Swansea all sort of problems down the left as he made another darting run and crossed the ball low into the box where Eagles was waiting, only to see the cross cleared by Ashley Williams.

Williams later fouled Kevin Davies on the edge of the area, picking up a yellow card for his troubles. Petrov struck a curling free-kick that forced Vorm to the bottom left corner of his goal to make a strong save.

While Bolton looked like scoring, they needed to be wary of Swansea’s speed when breaking which caused problems for the home side, giving away free-kicks in dangerous areas.

Mark Davies held back Gylfi Sigurdsson to give away a free-kick which Sigurdsson curled over the wall and down low to the bottom left corner forcing Adam Bogdan down low to parry.

Swansea started the second half strongly, coming at Bolton and forcing a corner which the Trotters could only scramble away.

Danny Graham had a great chance to make it two as Sigurdsson slotted a ball through but Graham failed to capitalise as Bogdan saved.

With Coyle needing a win, Ryo Miyaichi made way for striker David Ngog as the home side looked to grab all three points.

Despite the change, Swansea again looked more dangerous, putting more pressure on Bolton’s defence as Leon Britton slotted a ball through to Graham, who crossed the ball towards Sinclair at the far post but it was blocked by Gretar Steinsson.

After 74 minutes, Graham hit the bar with a stunning strike as Swansea continued to look dangerous going forward.

Bolton flooded forward with 10 minutes left as they looked to for a second goal, but failed to take their chances. Eagles' late shot was inches away from securing a winner for the home side, but his strike narrowly went wide.

Swansea withstood the late pressure though, as the points were shared in an entertaining game.

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