Bolton Wanderers had Daryl Murphy to thank as the 36-year-old Irishman headed in for the eighth time this campaign, after connecting with Brandon Fleming’s cross to earn Keith Hill’s side a 1-1 draw against Bristol Rovers at the University of Bolton Stadium.
In the first half both sides struggled to put away chances that fell their way and five minutes before the interval, Jonson Clarke-Harris headed over for The Gas from a central area in the penalty area.
Before half time, Bolton had two shots blocked with the first effort coming from Dennis Politic and the second coming from Brandon Fleming, with both of efforts being assisted by Ronan Darcy
Eight minutes into the second half, Keith Hill decided to take off Josh Emmanuel, due to illness and replaced him with Joe Dodoo.
However in the 63rd minute, Ben Garner’s side took the lead after Clarke-Harris found the back of the Wanderers net after firing past Remi Matthews from very close range as the ball went high into the centre of goal, the assist came from Alex Rodman.
Six minutes later, The Trotters made their second sub of the match as Will Buckley replaced Ronan Darcy
Buckley’s return to BL6 lasted just eight minutes though as in the 77th minute he was stretchered off with a suspected leg injury and on in his place was Chris O’Grady.
With eight minutes of normal time remaining Wanderers drew level after Daryl Murphy headed the ball into the top right corner of Jamal Blackman’s net after being set up by the ever impressive, Fleming, following a corner for the hosts.
With one minute remaining, The Gas made their only sub of the game when Jayden Mitchell-Lawson replaced the injured Josh Ginnelly.
During the eight minutes of stoppage time neither side could find the back of the net and both sides came away with a point.
The Trotters take on fellow strugglers Tranmere Rovers at the UniBol on Saturday afternoon, with the game kicking off at 3pm.
Whilst The Pirates take on Coventry City at The Memorial Stadium with the game also kicking off at 3pm on Saturday.