MATCH VERDICT: Bolton Wanderers 1 Middlesbrough 2

Joe Mason takes on Middlesbrough's Lee Tomlin on Tuesday night

Joe Mason takes on Middlesbrough's Lee Tomlin on Tuesday night

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THE drums are back at Bolton Wanderers – but that wasn’t the only reason fans left the Macron Stadium nursing a giant headache.

Those home woes that dogged the team last season don’t seem to have shifted one iota and it was to the familiar sound of grumbling that the players walked off the field last night against Middlesbrough.

For long spells they had dominated the game but were unable to convert their superiority into goals, another of last season’s habits they have failed to shed.

But despite a giant effort from centre-forward Craig Davies, who scored the opener from the spot, a Grant Leadbitter penalty and a winner form Kike 12 minutes from time ensured another desperately frustrating night for Wanderers fans – who are rapidly losing patience.

Dougie Freedman made two changes to the side that drew against Forest at the weekend, bringing Liam Feeney and Liam Trotter in for Neil Danns and Medo Kamara.

The result was a 4-4-2 formation with more width than Saturday, particularly on the right where Feeney’s pace was a constant worry for the visitors’ back line.

It was a big night for Boro-born-and-bred David Wheater, lining up against his boyhood club for the first time.

Despite aiming at this fixture in a number of comeback attempts in recent years, the centre-half had never quite managed to get himself fully fit and selected in the three and a half years since he left the Riverside.

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