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Preston North End 2-2 Bolton Wanderers: Trotters produce impressive comeback

Callum Robinson scoring a goal for Preston
Callum Robinson's opening goal for Preston was his first in the Championship this season

Bolton Wanderers came from two goals down to rescue a draw away to Preston North End in the Championship in an eventful Lancashire derby.

Forward Callum Robinson opened the scoring for Alex Neil's side after rounding Bolton goalkeeper Ben Alnwick, before Alan Browne's stunning volley doubled the hosts' lead.

But just before half-time Sammy Ameobi halved the deficit and moments later Pawel Olkowski equalised for the away side, smashing the ball in off the underside of the bar.

After the full-time whistle Preston's Ben Pearson was given a straight red card for his part in a clash with Bolton's Joe Williams, who was cautioned.

Phil Parkinson's Bolton had started the day in third place and were looking to bounce back from their first league defeat of the season against Sheffield United last Saturday.

But Preston could have been out of sight after 33 minutes when forward Graham Burke dragged his first time shot narrowly wide with the score already at 2-0.

Bolton had the pick of the chances in the second half with Jason Lowe and Craig Noone coming close for the visitors as the Lilywhites held on for a point.

The draw means Preston rise to 18th in the table, while the Trotters fall to sixth.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil said:

"From our point of view it's frustrating. When you are 2-0 up at home you would expect to go on and win the game.

"I feel that my changes made an impact in that they made us resolute and tighter but I don't think we really had too much of an attacking threat in the second half.

"The difficulty I have at the moment is finding the balance between our attacking threat and also being defensively solid. We have scored against Stoke then scored against Bolton but then we've conceded against both."

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson said:

"We showed character today, real character. We've seen a terrific and spirited performance. All over the pitch I was pleased with our spirit and determination, but also the quality on the ball, particularly in midfield.

"I think the squad is stronger this year, we've got more players with Championship experience.

"We are pleased with the points return so far and, when you lose your unbeaten run, as we did against Sheffield United last weekend, it's important that we responded in the right way."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Davies
  • 16Hughes
  • 4PearsonBooked at 90mins
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 45'minutes
  • 19BurkeSubstituted forJohnsonat 45'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 8Browne
  • 21BarkerSubstituted forMoultat 61'minutes
  • 7Robinson

Substitutes

  • 2Fisher
  • 3Earl
  • 9Moult
  • 10Harrop
  • 11Johnson
  • 22Maxwell
  • 29Barkhuizen

Bolton

  • 1Alnwick
  • 16Olkowski
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forGroundsat 74'minutes
  • 4Lowe
  • 19O'NeilBooked at 86mins
  • 10Ameobi
  • 21WilliamsBooked at 90mins
  • 30WildschutSubstituted forNooneat 61'minutes
  • 28MagennisBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 6Vela
  • 7Oztumer
  • 8Donaldson
  • 12Noone
  • 14Hobbs
  • 20Matthews
  • 29Grounds
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
16,331

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 2, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Dismissal

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Booking

Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Pearson.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Pawel Olkowski.

Foul by Ben Davies (Preston North End).

Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Louis Moult (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Pawel Olkowski (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Booking

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Pawel Olkowski (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Louis Moult (Preston North End).

Pawel Olkowski (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Pawel Olkowski.

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Gary O'Neil tries a through ball, but Craig Noone is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jonathan Grounds replaces Andrew Taylor because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ben Alnwick.

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Louis Moult.

Attempt saved. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Pawel Olkowski.

Booking

Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andrew Hughes (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

Attempt blocked. Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jason Lowe following a set piece situation.

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds64201441014
2Middlesbrough642092714
3Sheff Utd6402128412
4Derby6402108212
5Brentford6321126611
6Swansea632175211
7Bolton632188011
8West Brom6312159610
9Wigan6312118310
10Sheff Wed631299010
11Blackburn52306429
12Aston Villa6231111109
13Bristol City52217528
14Nottm Forest61418807
15Rotherham6204511-66
16Millwall612368-25
17Stoke6123711-45
18Preston612359-45
19Birmingham604246-24
20Norwich5113811-34
21Hull6114611-54
22QPR6114313-104
23Reading602459-42
24Ipswich502348-42
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