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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 February, 2004, 21:54 GMT
Leicester 1-1 Bolton
Bolton's Jussi Jaaskelainen is unable to save a shot from Leicester City's Les Ferdinad
Ian Walker's bizarre own goal proved costly as Leicester drew with Bolton.

The Leicester goalkeeper allowed the ball to squirm over the line after comfortably saving a Kevin Davies shot.

Earlier in the first-half Les Ferdinand had given Leicester the lead crashing the ball home after Jussi Jaaskelainen failed to hold the striker's header.

Exploiting the change in interpretation of offside, Bolton continually unnerved Leicester at free-kicks, a tactic that saw Kevin Nolan hit the post.

Mired in the bottom three at the start of Tuesday, Leicester began nervously.

Their nervousness was only increased by Bolton's tactic at free-kicks - placing players in a "passive" postion before the ball became "active".

One of those early free-kicks landed at the feet of Youri Djorkaeff and Walker did well to block the Frenchman's half-volley.

Then Henrik Pedersen surged down the Leicester right but having done the hard work he scythed his shot wide.

Jaaskelainen had had little to do in that opening 15 minutes, but he was soon picking the ball out of the net.

KEY MOMENTS
16 mins: Ferdinand fires Bolton ahead
75 mins: Walker scores a bizarre own goal

Ferdinand managed to get in between Anthony Barness and Emerson Thome to reach Riccardo Scimeca's cross from the right.

Jaaskelainen was only able to spoon Ferdinand's header back into the path of the Leicester striker, who crashed the ball home.

Just before the Bolton's equaliser, a free-kick from the visitors saw Nolan ghost in and hit the post as Leicester's defence was confused by players running out of the penalty area before the set-piece was taken.

On 33 minutes another Bolton set-piece caused pandemonium as Davies arrived in the area unmarked.

Walker looked to have successfully gathered Davies' effort, but as he turned his body away from the Bolton striker the ball slipped out of the Leicester keeper's grasp and crawled over the line.

To their credit Leicester refused to let Walker's astonishing mistake affect their spirit.

In the opening stages of the second period, Leicester penned Bolton in their own half and Paul Dickov went close with a low shot which required Jaaskelainen to make a quick reaction save.

Leicester also took out a leaf out of Bolton's book as Gerry Taggart adopted a "passive" position for a free-kick and it almost paid off as Ferdinand went close with a header.

Late in the game Callum Davidson arrowed a shot narrowly wide as both sides settled for a point.


Leicester: Walker, Scimeca, Dabizas, Taggart, Thatcher, Bent (Scowcroft 36), Freund, Nalis (Davidson 76), Guppy (Stewart 83), Ferdinand, Dickov.
Subs Not Used: Coyne, Sinclair.

Booked: Thatcher.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Barness, N'Gotty, Thome, Charlton, Nolan, Frandsen, Campo, Pedersen, Davies, Djorkaeff (Javi Moreno 81).
Subs Not Used: Poole, Ba, Otsemobor, Vaz Te.

Booked: Nolan, Davies.

Attendance: 26,674.

Referee: U Rennie (S Yorkshire).




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