Wool­ford lev­els it late on

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IAN Hol­loway reck­ons Bolton are bor­ing and de­served noth­ing for their de­fen­sive ap­proach which al­most nicked an un­likely win at the Den.

Lukas Jutkiewicz’s first-half header looked like it had done enough to give Bolton a first away win in five, but David Forde’s save from his penalty meant Mill­wall were able to sal­vage a point late on through Mar­tyn Wool­ford.

While Hol­loway was pleased with his play­ers’ ef­fort, he could not hide his dis­gust at Dougie Freed­man’s view that Bolton bossed the game de­spite their de­fen­sive ap­proach.

“I’m deadly se­ri­ous when I say you would be bored sense­less watch­ing that kind of per­for­mance from them,” Hol­loway said.

“Es­pe­cially when people pay a lot of money to watch.

“But the penalty save gave us the lift we needed. We got a cou­ple of things wrong when we over­played a bit but the fans were bril­liant and didn’t get on our backs.

“I knew we’d get one but I was a bit per­turbed with how late it came. They had one cross, one div­ing header and it went in off the post. And then they got a penalty.

“It was a mas­sive save, but ev­ery­thing is mas­sive for us at this point. We’re get­ting fit­ter and more con­fi­dent. It’s all about scrap­ping but we scrapped with style.

“What more can I ask of my play­ers? If they keep giv­ing what they gave I will be happy.”

Bolton had the first real chance of the game and they made it pay when Jutkiewicz ran across his man to meet Chris Ea­gles’ cross with a header across goal and into the far cor­ner of the net.

How­ever, for the rest of the first half it was all Mill­wall as they bat­tered the vis­i­tors in search of an equaliser, with two ef­forts cleared off the line in quick suc­ces­sion.

First af­ter 20 min­utes, Wool­ford brought the ball down at the far post and fired be­yond Bolton keeper Adam Bog­dan, only to see his goal-bound strike bril­liant blocked by David Wheater.

Then Bog­dan came for a cross five min­utes later but could only palm the ball into Easter’s path, but his ef­fort was kept out by a last-ditch clear­ance by Alex Bap­tiste.

Bolton gained more of a foothold in the game in the sec­ond half and al­most dou­bled their lead on 50 min­utes when Ea­gles curled a free-kick onto the foot of the post.

They also had an ef­fort ruled out mid­way through the sec­ond half when Dar­ren Prat­ley strayed off­side be­fore slot­ting in.

But the Trot­ters re­ally should have put the game to bed with 13 min­utes to go when Mill­wall skip­per Danny Shittu in­ex­pli­ca­bly han­dled Jutkiewicz’s cross in the area to give Bolton a penalty.

Jutkiewicz stepped up to take the spot-kick but his weak ef­fort was eas­ily saved by Forde.

And he was made to pay with eight min­utes to go when Wool­ford fired home af­ter Bog­dan had made a fine save from sub­sti­tute Simeon Jack­son’s shot.

Freed­man was left frus­trated with a point but re­mained up­beat, de­spite his team ex­tend­ing their win­less run to nine games.

He said: “I’m not re­ally happy with a point be­cause I felt that we con­trolled the game very well in the first half. We got a good goal with a great cross and great header.

“Then in the sec­ond half we de­fended very well but we missed chances when we hit the post and then the penalty miss so I felt we de­served the three points.

“But be­cause of the missed penalty Mill­wall upped their game in the last 15 min­utes. I thought we de­fended pretty well dur­ing that pe­riod but be­cause of the chances we missed we got what we de­served in the end.

“They put pres­sure on us but re­flect­ing on the game if you go one up and you miss a penalty you feel you should win the game.”

DIV­ING HEADER: Bolton’s Lukas Jutkiewicz scores his side’s goal

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

LEV­ELLER: Play­ers watch on as Mar­tyn Wool­ford’s ef­fort finds the back of the net


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