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Central League Cup | Dale 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

24 January 2023

Match Reports

Central League Cup | Dale 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

24 January 2023

Dale came back to draw 2-2 against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday in the Central League Cup.

After going into half-time 2-0 down, Dale made a second-half comeback with two goals from Scott Quigley.

Tahvon Campbell featured in the starting 11 for the first time in over four months, after his last appearance in Dale’s 2-1 win over Lincoln City in this competition in September. He partnered up with Quigley up front in an experienced Dale side.

Dale got the game underway kicking towards the Pearl Street stand and within five minutes Campbell had two penalty shouts waved away from referee Lewis Dawson. The pressure continued with Quigley playing in Cameron John down the left-hand side, his cross was just out of reach for a stretching Campbell who couldn’t make contact with the ball.

Tyrese Sinclair’s corner was headed on by Quigley. With his effort travelling wide, Campbell tried to meet it to divert it goal bound but again was only inches away and couldn’t get anything on the ball.

Bolton found themselves ahead just after 16 minutes. Conor Carty created some space on the edge of the area and fired low and hard past Richard O’Donnell into the bottom left corner.

The away side looked to add a second when they intercepted James Ball’s pass and forced O’Donnell into action, saving down to his left-hand side. The following corner was met by the Wanderer’s captain, Nelson Khumbeni, but his header wasn’t met cleanly and travelled wide for a Dale goal kick.

Quigley and Campbell continued to pressure the Bolton defence but couldn’t draw Dale level. Quigley met Ball’s cross but headed wide again. Campbell continued to wrestle with the Bolton defence, this time bursting into the box holding off the challenging defender. His near-post shot was saved and pushed behind for a Dale corner.

Dale found themselves with two more chances before the break. Campbell scuffed shot rolled into the keeper’s hands after the Dale forward did brilliantly by turning his man. Dale’s number 19 continued to battle, this time winning the ball back high in the Bolton half, his efforts led to John finding space in the penalty area, his shot was saved well by Mackenzie Chapman.

It was Bolton who had the first chance of the second-half, Carty again causing problems down Bolton’s right-hand side. The Dale defenders failed to intercept the ball and Matthew Tweedley beat O’Donnell one on one placing the ball into the bottom corner.

Quigley would find a reply for Dale just before the hour mark. Ball’s cross bobbled about in the Bolton box with no one able to make clear contact with the ball. Quigley used his strength to hold off the Bolton defender and fired the ball into the back of the net from close range.

Dale now seemed to be on the front foot, this time Campbell’s cross found Quigley but his header was sent over the bar. Abraham Odoh was on for only a matter of minutes before his first involvement in the game, he was brought to the ground by a Bolton man, however again the referee played on.

Just 10 minutes on from his first, Quigley added his second of the game. Tyrese Sinclair’s deflected cross found the Dale forward, who neatly lifted the ball over the oncoming Bolton keeper bringing Dale level.

O’Donnell’s afternoon wasn’t over yet, the Dale keeper had to react quickly to turn the ball over the bar following a strong header from a Bolton corner.

A third goal seemed to be in sight for Dale. Quigley and Sinclair worked together to win the ball back for Dale high up the pitch. Ball found himself in possession on the edge of the box, he then laid it off to Campbell, but again the ball was fired over the bar. Quigley’s final chance came with four minutes to go, his curling effort from outside of the box tested Chapman, however he was equal to it and made a good save to keep the game all square.

Dale thought that they had won it right at the end. Campbell had the ball in the back of the net following a cross from Ball down the right-hand side. But the linesmen ruled it out for offside.

That means that Dale now have seven points in the Central League Cup with two wins and a draw. Rotherham United are Dale's final opponents in the Central League Cup group stage fixtures.

Dale XI | O’Donnell, McNulty, Ebanks-Landell ©, Ball, Graham, Sinclair, Quigley, Campbell, Diagouraga, John, Scanlon.

Subs | Cunningham, Ehimamiegho, Odoh, Watts, Kyffin.

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