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Posted Tue 14 Apr 15 at 22:00 PM

Bolton Wanderers 1 Charlton 1

Olly Groome reports from the Macron Stadium

Charlton played out a third consecutive 1-1 draw, sharing the spoils with Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium on Tuesday evening. 

The Addicks went into the break ahead courtesy of Frederic Bulot’s stinging volley and showed plenty of class with their passing ability throughout, only to be denied by Adam Le Fondre’s goal 10 minutes from time to ensure that it would end as the Londoners’ 18th draw of the campaign. 

Rhoys Wiggins made his first start in exactly two months as one of three Charlton changes.

The left-back replaced Morgan Fox, who was named on the bench, while Alou Diarra and Bulot also came into the starting line-up.

The Frenchman started in defence alongside Roger Johnson in place of Joe Gomez who was rested following a prolonged of matches while Bulot replaced former Trotter Chris Eagles, who was also among the replacements, in midfield.

Meanwhile, former Addick Dorian Dervite started at the back for the home side.

The Trotters enjoyed a bright start to the clash in Lancashire, threatening in the early moments to force a corner before Barry Bannan struck a wild shot over the bar from distance as the hosts saw plenty of the ball. 

Indeed, it was all Bolton for the opening eight minutes until the Addicks struck in the ninth, scoring with their first foray forward. 

Johann Berg Gudmundsson played in Chris Solly with a classy back-heel and the skipper supplied a dangerous cross from the right-hand side.

After Tony Watt could not get enough on his header, the ball fell to Bulot, who made no mistake in placing a volley firmly into the bottom left-hand corner from 12 yards to put Guy Luzon’s men in front. 

The strike had certainly settled the Addicks into the game who instantly looked more comfortable in possession, although the hosts sent a reminder of their own threat in the final third when Roger Johnson heroically blocked Neil Danns’ powerful drive. 

At the other end, Watt came close to doubling the lead after 26 minutes when he got on the end of Bulot’s inviting delivery. 

But the Scot just could not stretch his neck muscles far enough to divert his header into the top right-hand corner as it spun just wide of the post. 

Four minutes before the break, Bolton were presented with their best opportunity of the half through Josh Vela, who failed to hit the target while stood in space from 12 yards and it proved to be another source of frustration for the Macron faithful who had seen plenty of misplaced passes go astray throughout a first-half which the Addicks could be more than pleased with. 

Bolton enjoyed a strong start to second half, just as they did the first and fired the first shot after the restart with Bannan trying his luck yet again from distance.

The Crystal Palace loanee was getting closer, however, with this curling effort dipping just over the crossbar while Wiggins put in a vital sliding tackle to deny Adam Le Fondre who was clean through on goal shortly after.

The Addicks, and Bulot in particular, had plans on repeating their first-half feat of hitting their hosts against the run of play, and the winger drew a fine save from Trotters’ stopper Adam Bogdan with a powerful effort from just inside the box following a swift counter-attack which would become a common tactic as Charlton went in search of a second. 

Gudmundsson forced the Hungarian keeper into another save with a well-struck shot from distance before the always-dangerous Watt showed fantastic tenacity, cutting in from the right, powering through, despite the attentions of the Bolton defence, and poking an effort towards goal. 

And the striker was at it again as his low drive from 20 yards saw Bogdan hit the deck to make the save. 

That would be Watt’s last contribution as his partnership with Vetokele was replaced with Eagles and Simon Church with 18 minutes left on the clock and as the half wore on into the latter stages, Charlton began to regain some control, putting on show some superb passing passages of play as they kept the ball for seemingly minutes on end. 

But just as the Addicks began to look comfortable, the Trotters bagged their equaliser with 11 minutes remaining. 

Despite Diarra intercepting an initial ball forward, he could not quite get the ball out of his feet quick enough to prevent a white shirt pouncing and slidingin Lefondre one-on-one who slotted confidently past Stephen Henderson for 1-1. 

Suddenly the game was wide open with the action stretching from one end to the other. 

Yoni Buyens’ shot tested the reactions of Bogdan while Lefondre should probably have done better when he failed to gain the desired connection when left unmarked in the box from a right-wing cross. 

Wanderers surged forward in search of a winner in the dying minutes with Liam Feeney guilty of missing a golden opportunity, blazing over to put to an end an impressive passing move. 

In truth, the draw was, once again, a fair result with both sides enjoying the better of a half each. 

And with three games of this season left, Charlton can be satisfied with another good point on the road and their 12th position in the Championship. 

Charlton: Henderson; Solly, Wiggins, Diarra, Johnson; Gudmundsson, Buyens, Cousins, Bulot; Vetokele (Church 72), Watt (Eagles 72). 

Subs (not used): Dmitrović, Fox, Ben Haim, Lennon, Lepoint. 

Goal: Bulot 9

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Vela (Janko 90+2), Dervite, Mills, Ream, Danns, Bannan, Walker (M Davies 68), Rochinha (Heskey 68), Feeney, Le Fondre.

Subs (not used): Lonergan, Moxey, Gudjohnsen, McCarthy.

Goal: Le Fondre 80

Referee: K Wright

Att: 12,994 (234 from Charlton)

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