Bolton Wanderers' top 10 most dramatic match finishes

Fabian De Freitas drills the ball past Reading keeper Shaka Hislop to take the 1995 play-off final into extra time

IT ISN’T OVER ’TIL... Alex Baptiste turns away in celebration after scoring Wanderers last-gasp equaliser against Yeovil at the Reebok.

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YOU have to hand it to the Glovers - they conjured up some late drama in a midweek draw at Wigan – but when it comes to last-gasp action, Wanderers have been there, done that, and got the T-shirt.

Five goals flew in during the last eight minutes at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night, as Gary Johnson’s side twice snatched a point from the jaws of defeat.

And considering the last time Wanderers met Yeovil, it would be a brave man who headed back north before the final whistle this weekend.

Alex Baptiste rescued a point against the Somerset men in their first-ever visit to the Reebok Stadium back in September with a goal 60 seconds into injury time.

Zat Knight then nearly stole all three points with the last touch of the game.

No strangers to a last-minute rewrite with our match reports, The Bolton News sportsdesk put our heads together and, with the help of Whites fans on Twitter, produced a list of our favourite twists in the tale.

10. Klas lands knockout blow

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Ivan Klasnic revealed he had been knocked out for 10 seconds after getting an elbow from Everton defender Lucas Neill.

But the Croatian hitman got his head sorted in time to nod home a last-minute winner for Gary Megson’s side back in October 2009.

9. Stu soars against Rovers

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Wanderers, who had not beaten their local rivals at the Reebok for a decade went ahead with a rare Fabrice Muamba goal, but they went down to 10 men as Mark Davies was sent off.

When Mame Biram Diouf equalised with three minutes remaining, it looked like a point apiece. Sam Allardyce was still celebrating the equaliser as Sam Ricketts punted a long ball, flicked on by Kevin Davies and finished with aplomb by Stuart Holden.

8. Speedo spot on at City

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Manchester City had hit the woodwork six times – although that number seems to increase depending on which Blues fan you speak to.

A point looked a good one, but then Richard Dunne was penalised for handball and the great Gary Speed produced an ice-cool finish from the spot to complete a highway robbery job at the brand new City of Manchester Stadium.

7. Desert Fox sneaks home

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Wanderers’ first-ever competitive tie in European football was settled at the death by Mexican poacher Jared Borgetti. Bulgarian minnows Lokomotiv Plovdiv had proved a tough nut to crack and with the score at 1-1, Fabrice Fernandes and Hidetoshi Nakata combined to set up the veteran striker for his most famous moment in a Whites shirt.

6. Robbie’s at the Races

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Wanderers had hit rock bottom – but their ascent back up the Football League began at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, where a goal by “the original” Robbie Savage gave them a promotion-clinching win in 1988. Whites fans – including skipper Dave Sutton - were forced live on their nerves, though, as the final stages were played out with 10 men after John Thomas’s sending off.

5. A Bridge Too Far

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Three-nil up with 15 minutes to go, Ian Greaves’ newly-promoted Wanderers looked to be heading for their first away win of the 1978-79 season... until Chelsea boss Ken Shellito send on substitute Clive Walker and it all went horribly wrong. Two goals from Alan Gowling and a Frank Worthington penalty appeared to have left Wanderers home and dry but after Tommy Langley pulled one back for Chelsea, the nerves set in and Greaves watched in horror as Walker ran riot. Kenny Swain scored a second, Walker got the third and in the dying seconds the wide man skipped past Paul Jones and fired in a cross which Sam Allardyce snakned into his own net for the winner.

4. Jussi blocks Blackburn

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Ivan Campo scored the winner at Ewood Park but few recall the goalscorer or even the scoreline of that afternoon in October 2006. The talking point that day was Jussi Jaaskelainen’s amazing double penalty save. Benni McCarthy and Jason Roberts were denied within moments of each other as Wanderers clung on to the points with 10 men following Kevin Nolan’s dismissal.

3. Chungy books a place at Wembley

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Birmingham had twice hauled themselves back into the FA Cup quarter final at St Andrew’s, but there was no way back when Chung-Yong Lee headed home in the 90th minute in front of a hoard of celebrating Whites fans .

Paul Robinson’s angled ball was headed down perfectly by Kevin Davies to the opposite post – and there was the Korean to spark unbridled scenes of joy in the second city.

Sadly, this proved to be the zenith for that season’s cup run – and the less said about the Wembley experience, the better.

2. Tamir’s fitting tribute

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After the 5-0 hammering from Stoke at Wembley, no-one knew what state of mind Wanderers would be in as they welcomed title-chasers Arsenal to the Reebok the following weekend. Daniel Sturridge and Robin van Persie traded goals and Kevin Davies missed a penalty – but Israel international Tamir Cohen won the points with a late header, just a few months after his father Avi had been tragically killed in a motorbike accident.

1. De Freitas... It’s there!

The Bolton News:

Wanderers were 2-1 down to Reading with less than four minutes remaining at Wembley, Alan Thompson picked up the ball from Alan Stubbs and crossed half way.

He spotted a through ball to Fabian DeFreitas, who spun away from his defender, steadied himself and drilled a low shot past Shaka Hislop.

Bruce Rioch’s side had looked dead and buried up to the point Keith Branagan made the most important save in the club’s history, denying Stuart Lovell from 12 yards at 2-0 down.

After DeFreitas had levelled the scores there was only one winner in injury time – and Wanderers were back in the top flight after a 15-year exile.

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5:12pm Fri 21 Mar 14

stantheman133 says...

Fabulas article should see more like that in the BEN.
Fabulas article should see more like that in the BEN. stantheman133
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