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Saturday, 19 January, 2002, 16:57 GMT
Bolton super sub denies Boro
Bo Hansen celebrates his late equaliser
Bo Hansen celebrates his late equaliser
Middlesbrough 1-1 Bolton
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Substitute Bo Hansen rescued a point for Bolton in their relegation battle with Middlesbrough at The Riverside Stadium.

The Dane was thrown on after the break and struck with 17 minutes left to cancel out Noel Whelan's first-half strike.


We told the players a few home truths because in the first half it was an inept performance
Bolton boss
Sam Allardyce

The home side dominated for long periods and had chances to add to Whelan's 38th-minute opener.

But they failed to double their lead and were punished when Hansen came off the bench to score.

Bolton gave a first start to German international striker Fredi Bobic but it was the home side, without the injured Alen Boksic, who began the brighter at the Riverside Stadium.

Whelan got an early sight of goal on four minutes but failed to hit the target with his right-foot shot from the edge of the area.

  Key moments
20 mins: Frandsen stretchered off
38 mins: Whelan puts Boro in front
73 mins: Hansen equalises for Bolton

Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen then pulled off a remarkable save with his head to deny Whelan after the former Leeds frontman had broken the offside trap.

The visitors were not helped by the loss of influential midfielder Per Frandsen, who was stretchered off after just 20 minutes.

And worse was to follow when Whelan found the back of the net on 38 minutes.

Ricardo Gardner is shadowed by Carlos Marinelli
Bolton's Ricardo Gardner is shadowed by Carlos Marinelli
Carlos Marinelli's free kick was only half-cleared and former Bolton winger Allan Johnston lifted the ball into the area for Whelan to rifle home from close range.

Boro were forced to make a change of their own when Franck Quedrue, the victim of a bad tackle by Bobic, limped off to be replaced by Colin Cooper.

But the reshuffle failed to knock them off their stride - and they came close to doubling their lead two minutes before the break.

Robbie Stockdale slid his shot wide of the far post after latching on to a perfectly-weighted pass from Szilard Nemeth.


I thought we were head and shoulders above Bolton but if you do not score goals you are liable to concede
Middlesbrough boss
Steve McClaren

Whelan put another chance into the side-netting in the first minute of the second half.

Then Paul Ince struck a fierce effort from 30 yards that Jaaskelainen did well to hold on to.

With 30 minutes left, Bolton boss Sam Allardyce threw on Hansen in place of Simon Charlton.

And the gamble paid off on 73 minutes, when the substitute volleyed home from the right side of the penalty area following a header from Gudni Bergsson.


Middlesbrough: Crossley, Stockdale, Southgate, Ehiogu, Queudrue (Cooper 39), Marinelli, Ince, Greening, Johnston (Mustoe 72), Whelan, Nemeth (Windass 60).
Subs not used: Ricard, Jones.
Booked: Marinelli.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Southall, N'Gotty, Bergsson, Charlton (Hansen 59), Frandsen (Barness 21), Nolan, Farrelly, Ricketts, Gardner, Bobic (Pedersen 84).
Subs not used: Johnson, Poole.
Booked: Bobic.

Att: 26,104.

Ref: G Poll (Tring).

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"Boro should have won"
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"We should have gone into half time a couple of goals better off"
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