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Saturday, 28 September, 2002, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
Djorkaeff spares Bolton's blushes
Bolton's Youri Djorkaeff holds off Claus Lundekvam
Djorkaeff struck with the last kick of the game
Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Southampton

Youri Djorkaeff saved the day for Bolton with a last-gasp goal to earn his side a point at home to Southampton.

Djorkaeff volleyed home a corner two minutes into injury time after it looked as though Wayne Bridge had won it for the Saints.

Bridge surged into the Bolton box after 82 minutes and fired in a left-foot shot that flew past Jussi Jaaskelainen.


I would have been sick and totally dejected if we had got nothing out of the game
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce

But Djorkaeff popped up with the last kick of the game to deny Southampton their first away win of the season.

Djorkaeff had the first chance four minutes in after Michael Ricketts headed a Gareth Farrelly centre back across goal, but Antti Niemi was there to block, the angle defeating the Frenchman.

Bolton's main threat was coming from Farrelly's long throws from the right.

  Key moments
65 mins: Bergsson heads against the bar.
66 mins: Niemi denies Holdsworth.
82 mins: Bridge opens the scoring.
90 mins: Djorkaeff volleys an equaliser.

A delivery after 14 minutes saw Niemi flapping from Dean Holdsworth's flick-on, but the Saints defence quickly cleared their lines.

As the away side launched a counter-attack, the ball fell to Anders Svensson on the edge of the Bolton box, but he drilled a right-foot shot just wide of Jaaskelainen's post.

Ricketts had the best chance of the half after 30 minutes, surging into the area from Farrelly's pass, but Niemi made a magnificent one-handed save to deny the recalled hitman.

Bolton full-back Anthony Barness was booked three minutes later for a reckless tackle on Anders Svensson as it looked like the Saints man was through on goal.

Fabrice Fernandes blasted the resulting free-kick high and wide.

Bolton then went close twice in a minute just before the break, both Farrelly and Per Frandsen hitting long-range shots that went close.

Bolton's Ricketts tussles with Southampton's Bridge
Goalscorer Bridge battles with Ricketts

Southampton's Rory Delap followed suit on 45 minutes, as yet another effort from distance flew inches wide.

Bolton came out after the break determined to take control of the game, and Frandsen went agonisingly close with a sweetly struck, dipping volley that went just over.

As the home side became more dominant they once more went close twice inside sixty seconds through Gudni Bergsson and Dean Holdsworth.

First Bergsson headed a corner onto the crossbar, then on 66 minutes Niemi made another wonder save from Holdsworth from point-blank range.


A lack of professionalism at the end just cost us two points
Saints boss Gordon Strachan

Bolton continued to press but found the Saints defence in a stubborn mood. Whenever they did break, through, Niemi was out quickly to deny them.

It was left to England left-back Bridge to open the scoring, rifling an unstoppable left-foot shot into the roof of Jaaskelainen's net with less than ten minutes to go.

But Djorkaeff denied Gordon Strachan's men the points with a close-range volley from an Okocha corner two minutes into stoppage time.


Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Barness, Bergsson, Whitlow, Charlton, Frandsen, Campo, Farrelly (Pedersen 78), Djorkaeff, Ricketts, Dean Holdsworth (Okocha 78).
Subs Not Used: Poole, Livesey, Tofting.

Booked: Barness.

Southampton: Niemi, Delap, Lundekvam, Anders Svensson, Bridge, Telfer, Michael Svensson, Oakley (Ormerod 75), Marsden, Tessem (Beattie 65), Fernandes.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Dodd, Hall.

Attendance: 22,692

Referee: U Rennie (S Yorkshire).

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