Bolton 1 Leeds 1: Antenucci rescues point for United

New Leeds United head coach Steve Evans arrives on the team bus.
New Leeds United head coach Steve Evans arrives on the team bus.
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A PENALTY nineteen minutes from time from Mirco Antenucci earned Leeds United a point in their Roses battle at Bolton Wanderers - the sole reward after dominating most of proceedings.

Antenucci fired past Ben Amos after he was fouled when through on goal by Prince-Desire Gouano, who received his marching orders from referee Simon Hooper.

Despite laying siege to the Bolton goal, United, who knocked incessantly on the door, couldn’t bang it down with Steve Evans having to settle for a second successive point after a draw at Fulham.

As at Craven Cottage, Leeds carved out plenty of chances in open play, with midfielder Tom Adeyemi hitting the post twice.

The draw extended Leeds’ run to five games without a win, although fans were at least afforded the sight of a Whites team having another real go.

Like at Fulham, United conceded a poor opener, which came on 32 minutes from strike substitute Shola Ameobi - his first since May 2014, with the goal adding to a litany of meek concessions so far this term.

Wanderers were awarded a corner after Marco Silvestri flapped at an initial cross from Liam Feeney and from Jose Manuel Casado’s flag-kick on the right, United couldn’t clear and the ball found its way to Ameobi, who made no mistake, firing home low from eight yards out.

United - unchanged from the midweek draw at Fulham - had their chances in an open half, most notably when Adeyemi hit the post on 16 minutes after Liam Cooper flicked on Luke Murphy’s corner into his path - although the midfielder really should have scored.

Then, after Ameobi’s opener - his first goal in 530 days - top-scorer Chris Wood had a great chance to level after the ball broke to him in the box, but his snapshot was saved by Amos.

Bolton, with just one win in their previous 17 matches, had to make an early change when the concussed Gary Madine went off and was replaced by Ameobi.

Darren Pratley headed over the first genuine chance before Adeyemi was denied by the post before Feeney, lively up front for the Trotters, fired wide.

Stuart Dallas then saw a shot deflected for a corner by Gouano as United pressed, but it was Bolton who made the breakthrough, with United again producing a lamentable concession.

Feeney was soon sent clear by Ameobi, who seized upon a Cooper mistake, but Silvestri saved his effort after he raced clear.

The last chance of the half fell to Wood, but the alert Amos denied him.

Evans played his first card at the break, bringing on Alex Mowatt for Murphy, while his Bolton counterpart Neil Lennon also made a change, with Stephen Dobbie entering the fray for Mark Davies.

The first opportunity of the second period came for Leeds - attacking their 4,419 followers in the away end, but Antenucci fired into the side-netting.

Leeds held sway during the opening to the second period with Bolton content to sit on their precious gains.

Wood was penalised for a challenge on Amos close to the goal following Gaetano Berardi’s hanging cross and Adeyemi soon went desperately close for the second time - but was again denied by the woodwork.

The midfielder carved out an opportunity for himself 25 yards out, but his left-footed effort hit the post, with Amos getting the faintest of touches before David Wheater cleared.

Antenucci then surged forward after profiting from a Josh Vela error, but chose the wrong option and fired wastefully into the away end.

A rare Bolton attack almost yielded a killer second when Stephen Dobbie gave Bamba the slip, but his precision low shot drew a fine fingertip save from Silvestri.

Straightaway play switched to the other end and Leeds were afforded the chance to level.

Bolton were caught out badly, with Antenucci through on goal, only to be hauled down by Gounano - with Hooper showing the big defender the red card.

Antenucci assumed spot-kick duties and coolly fired past Amos.

With the extra man, Leeds took the initiative, with Bolton hemmed in and preparing to man the barricades for the remainder of proceedings.

Alex Mowatt saw a free-kick held by Amos as the death as Leeds had to setlte for a draw.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos; Derik, Wheater, Prince, Casado; Danns (Dervite 79), Vela, Pratley, Davies (Dobbie 45), Feeney; Madine (Ameobi 12). Substitutes unused: Rachubka, Clayton, Twardzik, Walker.

Leeds United: Silvestri, Byram, Cooper, Bamba, Berardi, Dallas (Buckley 74), Adeyemi, Murphy (Mowatt 45), Cook (Phillips 86), Antenucci, Wood. Substitutes unused: Horton, Bellusci, Wootton, Phillips, Doukara.

Referee: S Hooper (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 18,178 (4,419 Leeds supporters).

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