In-form Leeds United came away with a hard fought point last night at the Reebok Stadium. Out of sorts Bolton had Kevin Davies to thank for an inspiring brace that helped them to a more than deserved point against the Whites.
Bolton took the lead in the 14th minute, when Kevin Davies powerfully headed home from a Chris Eagles corner. It was a dominant start from Bolton and their early lead was fully deserved.
Sam Byram decided it was his turn to head home – the ever impressive Byram was able to glance home from an in-swinging free kick. Leeds had been quiet in the first half and were perhaps fortunate to go into the break at 1-1.
Luciano Becchio put Leeds ahead on the 50th minute with a penalty – only to be cancelled out in the 79th minute, thanks to the elusive Kevin Davies.
Already a cult figure at Leeds United, El Hadji Diouf was named captain against his former employers. Diouf looked like the most threatening force in the Leeds United side – coming inches from haunting his old club in the dying minutes.
Bolton conceded a penalty for the fourth successive game, and were growing frustrated at the resolute defending on show from the visitors. It had looked for long spells that Leeds United would be coming home from the Reebok with all three points, sending Owen Coyle’s side to their second successive home defeat in four days.
Leeds were left to appreciate the efforts of Paddy Kenny who denied Keith Andrews and Chris Eagles in the first half, whilst also denying Mark Davies and Matt Mills as Bolton pressed for the equaliser.
Leeds were looking sluggish as the game grew, with the likes of Michael Brown and Rodolph Austin slowing down as the game grew. Neil Warnock was quick to blame the conceded goals on his choice to have Rodolph Austin man mark talisman Kevin Davies. Davies was able to shrug off Austin for both of his headed goals.
Becchio’s 50th minute goal was met with a surge of attacking plays from Bolton. Mark Davies was looking to pull the strings, and with the added attacking option of Marvin Sordell and Martin Petrov now in the mix, Bolton finally made their pressure pay. Kevin Davies rose highest to fire home again to grab a deserved point for Bolton.
Leeds United can’t be disheartened with their performance as they continue their unbeaten streak and now focus on a home time to local Yorkshire rivals Barnsley at Elland Road this coming Saturday.