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Development Report: Bolton 2-2 Palace

4 March 2013


Kwesi Appiah came back to haunt former Eagles development manager Jamie Fullarton with two goals to help Palace snatch a point at his new employers Bolton Wanderers.

Having recently returned from a loan spell at Yeovil, the pacey forward continued his prolific campaign at this level with six goals in seven under 21 fixtures for the Eagles this season as Gary Issott's side registered their second successive 2-2 draw in an encouraging display.

It was Fullarton's first game against his former side since following Dougie Freedman to Lancashire in December, and he saw his side fall behind after just seven minutes. Appiah broke the deadlock with the game's opening chance when he converted Matt Parson's low centre past Trotters keeper Jan Ole-Sievers from close range.

The home side began to establish themselves in the game later in the half and Zach Clough saw a 25 yard shot fly over the bar before moments later testing David Gregory with a strike from similar range that saw the keeper make a fine sprawling save.

Gregory was left thanking his woodwork later in the half when Joe McKee's free-kick rattled the underside of the crossbar and Cian Bolger somehow failed to direct the rebounding header towards goal as the visitors hung on to their slender advantage at the break.

They kept their noses in front until just after the hour mark when Clough latched onto a Jack Sampson flick-on and he raced through on goal before calmly tucking the ball between Gregory's legs to bring his side back on level terms

Little more than ten minutes later, Clough notched his and Bolton's second of the game with a shot that arrowed into the bottom corner after being found by a fine ball from Oscar Threlkeld to take a lead their play barely deserved.

Despite having seen their lead evaporate, Issott's side rallied and Appiah was soon celebrating completing his brace after some slack defending was punished by Palace. Once again it was Parsons who provided the telling pass and a powerful header from the unmarked striker brought the sides level once again.

Bolton looked rattled and a minute later a weak defensive clearance fell to Connor Dymond on the edge of the area who smashed a vicious half-volley towards goal but this time it was the Eagles were were left cursing the crossbar. 

Clough had one final opportunity late on to complete his hat-trick when he saw a chip beat Gregory but fall wide of the target but Issott would have been buoyed by the performance of his young side as they collected a well-deserved point against their former manager.

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