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Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Colchester United

Hayden Mullins collected his first point as Colchester United's new head coach as the lowly U's held promotion-chasing Bolton to a goalless draw in League Two.

Mullins is tasked with ensuring the Essex side retain their Football League status and the visitors to the University of Bolton Stadium proved an unexpected match for their high-flying hosts.

However, it is still eight games without a win for fourth-bottom Colchester, who have registered just one victory across their last 22 outings.

Bolton failed to score for the first time in 17 games, this stalemate ending a run of four successive victories.

But the consolations for Ian Evatt's side were moving into the automatic promotion places for the first time this season and taking a 34th point from a possible 42.

Wales international Declan John hit the bar with an early free-kick and top scorer Eoin Doyle saw a 29th-minute effort disallowed for offside after Dean Gerken tipped a Gethin Jones strike onto the frame of the goal.

Gerken palmed away substitute Zack Elbouzedi's late shot but Colchester might have snatched all three points only for Noah Chilvers to volley over when in a good position after 57 minutes.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Gilks
  • 2Jones
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 27Baptiste
  • 28John
  • 4Williams
  • 29Lee
  • 24GnahouaSubstituted forMaddisonat 61'minutes
  • 7DelfounesoSubstituted forElbouzediat 61'minutes
  • 30AfolayanSubstituted forMillerat 69'minutes
  • 9Doyle

Substitutes

  • 14Maddison
  • 18Tutte
  • 20Miller
  • 21Brockbank
  • 23Isgrove
  • 25Thomason
  • 31Elbouzedi

Colchester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Welch-Hayes
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Smith
  • 21Clampin
  • 4LapslieSubstituted forStevensonat 77'minutes
  • 8Pell
  • 7Senior
  • 22Sarpong-Wiredu
  • 14ChilversSubstituted forCowan-Hallat 88'minutes
  • 45NoubleSubstituted forBrownat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Doherty
  • 10Brown
  • 12Cowan-Hall
  • 24Stevenson
  • 29George
  • 38Tchamadeu
  • 39Folivi
Referee:
Ollie Yates

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Colchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Colchester United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marcus Maddison (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. MJ Williams (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marcus Maddison.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcus Maddison with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Miles Welch-Hayes.

  7. Post update

    Kieran Lee (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Harry Pell (Colchester United).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Paris Cowan-Hall replaces Noah Chilvers.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shaun Miller (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieran Lee with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Miles Welch-Hayes.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Zak Elbouzedi (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Thomas Eastman.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Courtney Senior with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Shaun Miller.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Gethin Jones.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Ben Stevenson replaces Tom Lapslie.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Jevani Brown replaces Frank Nouble.

  20. Post update

    Zak Elbouzedi (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge392171159362370
2Cheltenham382081052341868
3Bolton381810104843564
4Tranmere38189115146563
5Forest Green381711105042862
6Morecambe38188125351262
7Newport37169124739857
8Exeter3715111160431756
9Leyton Orient38168144440456
10Bradford37159134442254
11Salford3713131142311152
12Stevenage391216113433152
13Crawley381410144849-152
14Carlisle36156154944551
15Harrogate38147174042-249
16Port Vale39138185052-247
17Scunthorpe37137173845-746
18Oldham39129185565-1045
19Mansfield39917134551-644
20Walsall38818123946-742
21Barrow37118184447-341
22Colchester39816153653-1740
23Southend38811192350-2735
24Grimsby38712192956-2733
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