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Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Bristol Rovers

Jonson Clarke-Harris ended Bristol Rovers' long League One goal drought, but Daryl Murphy's equaliser earned a draw for bottom club Bolton.

The Gas had failed to score in five league matches since Clarke-Harris' penalty against AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day - manager Ben Garner's first game in charge.

But the striker's 63rd-minute tap-in from Alex Rodman's excellent low cross from the right gave Rovers hope of ending their 10-game winless run.

However, Garner was denied his first victory since replacing Graham Coughlan when Murphy headed home Ethan Hamilton's corner with eight minutes remaining.

Rovers should have found the net in the opening 30 minutes.

Remi Matthews made three crucial saves and Aristote Nsiala hacked another effort off the line.

Bolton, now 20 points from safety, only managed a tame Murphy header and Dennis Politic's right-foot drive in response.

They did not throw in the towel after Clarke-Harris' opener, though, with Murphy ensuring they avoided a fifth straight loss.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 20Matthews
  • 2EmmanuelSubstituted forDodooat 53'minutes
  • 28Nsiala
  • 26Edwards
  • 12Fleming
  • 4Lowe
  • 18Hamilton
  • 27DarcyBooked at 24minsSubstituted forBuckleyat 69'minutesSubstituted forO'Gradyat 77'minutes
  • 8Murphy
  • 22Politic
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 3Bunney
  • 7Buckley
  • 10O'Grady
  • 21Brockbank
  • 23Dodoo
  • 35Graham
  • 43Alexander

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Blackman
  • 15Kilgour
  • 16Davies
  • 5Craig
  • 11LeahyBooked at 84mins
  • 4Ogogo
  • 6UpsonBooked at 31mins
  • 8O Clarke
  • 14GinnellySubstituted forMitchell-Lawsonat 89'minutes
  • 9Clarke-Harris
  • 33Rodman

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 2Little
  • 3Holmes-Dennis
  • 20Reilly
  • 27Mitchell-Lawson
  • 36Hargreaves
  • 39Barrett
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
10,657

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

Alfie Kilgour (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers).

Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Brandon Fleming (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Daryl Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jayden Mitchell-Lawson replaces Josh Ginnelly because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Abu Ogogo.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Tom Davies tries a through ball, but Josh Ginnelly is caught offside.

Booking

Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers).

Joseph Dodoo (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 1. Daryl Murphy (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Brandon Fleming with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Ollie Clarke.

Attempt missed. Joseph Dodoo (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ethan Hamilton with a cross.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Alfie Kilgour.

Attempt blocked. Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Chris O'Grady replaces William Buckley because of an injury.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers).

Aristote Nsiala (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. William Buckley replaces Ronan Darcy.

Attempt blocked. Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ronan Darcy.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Ethan Hamilton tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 0, Bristol Rovers 1. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Rodman.

Attempt missed. Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ollie Clarke with a cross.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brandon Fleming (Bolton Wanderers).

Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brandon Fleming (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Rodman with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Joseph Dodoo replaces Joshua Emmanuel.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Remi Matthews tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Alfie Kilgour.

Attempt blocked. Ethan Hamilton (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Brandon Fleming.

Attempt missed. Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bolton Wanderers 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham28155850282250
2Wycombe2814863632450
3Ipswich28139640251548
4Peterborough29137952361646
5Coventry261112336261045
6Portsmouth26128639291044
7Sunderland26119636241242
8Oxford Utd26118743261741
9Doncaster26118739251441
10Burton2711883733441
11Fleetwood2610973932739
12Bristol Rovers2710893136-538
13Lincoln City29114143636037
14Gillingham2781273127436
15Blackpool2681083331234
16Shrewsbury2581072428-434
17Accrington2879123742-530
18Rochdale2885153347-1429
19Wimbledon2777133340-728
20MK Dons2884162940-1128
21Tranmere2557132845-1722
22Southend2727183069-3913
23Bolton2548132055-358
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