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Saturday, 9 November, 2002, 16:58 GMT
Bolton snatch a point
West Bromwich Albion's Jason Robertson and Bolton Wanderers' Ivan Campo
Bolton left it late to salvage something from the game
Bolton 1-1 West Brom

Per Frandsen scored a late equaliser to earn a point for ten-man Bolton against fellow strugglers West Brom.

The visitors thought they had won the battle of the Premiership's basement clubs after Scott Dobie had struck early in the first half.


Once I have I seen the tape I will do whatever I need to do, and the football club might take action
Sam Allardyce,
Bolton boss
Minutes after falling behind, Bolton's task had been made harder as Bruno N'Gotty was shown the red card for violent conduct after appearing to elbow Jason Roberts.

It almost ensured defeat for Wanderers, but Frandsen's last-minute effort rewarded his side's dogged determination.

The hosts shaded the opening exchanges of a physical, tense affair - each side hoping for their first three-point haul for almost two months.

Frandsen struck a long-range volley that flashed inches wide of the upright.

  Key moments
17 mins: Dobie puts Albion ahead
20 mins: N'Gotty is sent off
89 mins: Frandsen heads Bolton's equaliser
But it was West Brom who struck first as Dobie swept in a right-footed volley after Neil Clement's free-kick was blocked.

And Roberts should have doubled the visitors' advantage just before the interval but Jussi Jaaskelainen managed to save his close-range effort.

There was still time before the break for Augustine Okocha to waste a chance to drag Bolton back into the match.

The Nigerian made a hash of his opportunity, tripping over the ball as he was about to shoot.

Bolton almost equalised when Frandsen drilled a low shot from 12 yards early in the second half.


When you get someone sent off you should play in a more restrained and composed manner, and we didn't do that
Gary Megson,
West Brom boss
West Brom goalkeeper Russell Hoult needed two attempts to make a low save and maintain his side's lead.

Substitute Michael Ricketts, who replaced an out-of-sorts Dean Holdsworth, blasted an over-head kick just over the bar as Bolton continued to press.

Albion looked content to preserve their lead by defending deep, leaving Roberts as a lone threat to Bolton's defence.

The tactic encouraged Bolton to move forward in numbers.

They finally made the breakthrough in the dying moments as Frandsen headed home Simon Charlton's cross to salvage a point.


Bolton: Jaaskelainen, N'Gotty, Campo, Barness, Mendy, Frandsen, Okocha, Farrelly (Nolan 26), Gardner (Charlton 83), Djorkaeff, Holdsworth (Ricketts 45).
Subs Not Used: Poole, Pedersen.

Sent Off: N'Gotty (20).
Booked: Campo, Nolan.

West Brom: Hoult, Gregan, Moore, Sigurdsson, Balis, Johnson, McInnes, Adam Chambers, Clement, Dobie (Koumas 79), Roberts.
Subs Not Used: Murphy, James Chambers, Wallwork, Hughes.

Booked: McInnes, Adam Chambers.

Attendance: 23,630

Referee: M Riley (W Yorkshire).

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