By James Dielhenn
Tuesday 2nd October 2012
Reebok Stadium, Att: 21,258 (4000 Leeds)
Bolton 2 - 2 Leeds
Davies 14', 79' Byram 45'
Becchio 47' (pen)
Team: Kenny, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Drury, Byram, Austin, Brown, Tonge, Diouf, Becchio
Subs: Ashdown, White, Thompson, Norris, Poleon, Varney, Gray
Leeds were battered by Bolton and didn't deserve this draw, so huge credit is warranted for digging in and defending resolutely. They were only undone by two set-pieces and even had a chance to win in the last minute so a draw away against Bolton must be seen as a very good result.
Paddy Kenny made a few important saves but had no chance with either goal. His presence continues to be important for Leeds. 6
Lee Peltier didn't have a particularly good game at right-back. He wasn't the captain tonight so maybe that affected him? He was given a really tough time by Bolton's winger and struggled to keep up. 5
Tom Lees did well considering Leeds were under pressure for most of the match. A few timely headers and blocks. 7
Likewise Jason Pearce, whose partnership with Lees is only getting better. He blocked everything that came his way. Maybe he should have been marking Kevin Davies at set-pieces, but that's not his fault. 7
Adam Drury had a quiet but solid game at left-back. You rarely notice Drury and that is a compliment to his defensive solidity. 6
Sam Byram, on the right wing, was probably Leeds' best player. The teenager scored our first goal with a good header and won the penalty for the second goal. He has bundles of energy and his pace is something that Leeds lack. He doesn't yet possess the skill to be a real threat to the full-back but his constant running was excellent. 8
Michael Brown kept his place in central midfield and spent the night chasing shadows. He did his best, putting in a shift and putting his body in front of everything. He got booked and was, at least, a physical presence in midfield. 6
Rodolph Austin didn't have a particularly good game, probably for the first time this season. He couldn't use his physicality to harm Bolton and never got on the ball. He was also responsible for marking Davies and allowed him to score from two set-pieces. 6
Michael Tonge was ineffective on the left. He was non-existent in an attacking capacity and while he put in a decent defensive shift, Leeds need more from him. 5
El-Hadji Diouf was interestingly named captain tonight. Maybe because he was visiting his former club or maybe because his recent performances have made him a leader in the dressing room. Tonight Diouf did well considering Leeds' limited possession. His free-kick set up the first goal and overall he played okay. He even managed to hit the bar in injury time. 7
Luciano Becchio was totally stifled by Bolton's defence. When Leeds are under the cosh, he isn't the type of player to provide an outlet. He never got the ball, apart from scoring his penalty, which seems to be something extra he has added to his game. 5
Neil Warnock once again made no substitutions, as if to prove that he has no faith in our squad depth. But it is now four games unbeaten and Leeds are within touching distance of the international break which will provide a much-needed rest.
Neil Warnock Post Match:
On Kevin Davies' two set piece goals: "That's my fault, I gave Kevin Davies to Rudy and he doesn't know much about him,"
"I thought we coped with him really well in general play, but he got us on the set-pieces."
"It's not often you come to Bolton and you are disappointed to get a point," he said. "That shows how far we have come in a few weeks. We have a lot of new people, we have a lot of injuries but we are improving every week.
"I expected there would be an early onslaught from them but after that we got to grips with them and I was happy with how they were going."