Wigan Athletic boss assesses draw against Bolton Wanderers

Leam Richardson felt his Wigan Athletic side paid a high price for failing to 'put the game to bed by half-time' as Bolton Wanderers rescued a point at the DW.

Latics were off to a flyer with James McClean opening the scoring inside seven minutes.

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REPORT: Wigan Athletic 1 Bolton Wanderers 1
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Will Keane had already had the ball in the net, only for it to be chalked off for a foul in the build-up by Callum Lang.

Will Keane in action against Bolton

And McClean, Keane and Lang all came close to giving the scoreline a far more accurate look.

The second half was a different story, with Bolton pushing on more and more, and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson heading an 83rd-minute equaliser.

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Latics moved level on points with League One leaders Rotherham, with a game still in hand, but Richardson was left to reflect on what might have been.

"I thought we controlled large parts of the game," he said.

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"I thought we were excellent in the first half, possibly should have put the game to bed by half-time.

"In fact, for the first 60 minutes, we dominated large parts of the game, but now and again you have to dig in and defend.

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"Both teams kept each other honest throughout, it was fantastic for the fans, and a good derby occasion."

Latics dodged a bullet just before half-time when, on a booking, McClean again fouled Bolton winger Oladapo Afolayan near the byline.

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Referee Samuel Bennott elected not to brandish a second yellow, which Richardson felt was the right call.

"I thought both sets of fans, both sets of players were excellent today," he added.

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"I didn't think there was a tackle in the game that deserved to make it an uneven game.

"I thought the referee and the officials managed the game extremely well.

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"In my opinion, there was no need to send anybody off."

Richardson also left McClean on for the remainder of the game, despite running the risk of a sending off

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"James is a very experienced player," added Richardson. "And a very valuable player for us."

McClean and Curtis Tilt both picked up injuries in the closing stages which will need assessing.