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SkyBet Championship: Yeovil Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 2
YEOVIL Town missed the chance to climb out of the relegation zone after squandering a 2-0 half time lead to draw 2-2 against Bolton at Huish Park.
Goals from Ishmael Miller and Kevin Dawson had fired the Glovers into a healthy lead, but Bolton hit back after the break through Lukas Jutkiewicz and Zat Knight – after Miller had seen his penalty saved by Adam Bogdan.
Manager Gary Johnson said the result was a tough one to take, but still believed his side could avoid relegation.
He said: "We were magnificent in the first half and it feels like a defeat for all of us - supporters, players and the management - because of the nature of being 2-0 up.
“We just seem to be hitting the post at the moment, Ishmael felt confident to take the penalty - he told me he wanted to take it.
“You’ve got to deal with it, you’ve got to be up for it, this is football.
“It’s going to go to the wire, we’ve got to believe it’s going to be us, ahead of a huge set of games, I’ll try and calm down.”
Yeovil started the game well, but it was Bolton who had the first two chances of the match, with Alex Baptiste crossing for Lukas Jutkiewicz, who headed wide from 10 yards.
Yeovil took the lead on 33 minutes when Dawson’s cross was volleyed in by the in-form Ishmael Miller.
Bogdan then saved well from Tom Lawrence’s 25-yard effort, but the second did come just before the break when Lawrence played in Dawson, who rifled home.
Yeovil were very much deserved of their lead at the break, but they were unable to add to their first-half display.
Gary Johnson labelled the second-half performance as “sloppy” and the visitors soon capitalised on the Glovers’ failure to keep the ball, as Lukas Jutkiewicz fired past Marek Stech to give Bolton the momentum.
Yeovil were gifted a fantastic chance to settle the game in the 80th minute, when Alex Baptiste brought down Kevin Dawson in the penalty area.
Baptiste was dismissed for the indiscretion, but Miller’s spot-kick struck the post before rebounding away from danger – and they were made to pay just three minutes later.
Zat Knight’s lofted header over a stranded Marek Stech earned a point for Bolton and ensured Yeovil will stay in the Championship’s bottom three.