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Four takeaways from Bolton Wanderers' 1-1 draw with Morecambe

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Nat Lofthouse
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Jon Dadi Bodvarsson scored a dramatic late equaliser as Wanderers rescued a point against Morecambe.

Cole Stockton had put the Shrimps in front against the run of play, making the most of a George Johnston error on the stroke of half time.

But Bodvarsson popped up with a vital goal in injury time, providing a composed finish to find the bottom corner after some good work by Xavier Amaechi.

Here are four key takeaways from the game.

Back-to-back goals for Bodvarsson

Bodvarsson may have felt a tad unlucky to be left out of the starting XI after his goal against Gillingham at the weekend.

But the Iceland international certainly made the most of his appearance off the bench, popping up with an important goal in stoppage time.

The forward has had to be patient since joining the Whites in the January window but now seems to be finding his best form.

Ian Evatt will be hoping Bodvarsson can continue to make an impact in the final weeks of the campaign as Wanderers aim to finish strongly.

Promising cameo from Amaechi

Xavier Amaechi clearly has lots of potential but his time at Bolton has been impacted by a series of injuries.

The Hamburg loanee had made just one appearance since suffering a hamstring strain in December, coming off the bench at Burton six minutes from time.

But he was given an opportunity against the Shrimps and it’s fair to say he made an impact, showing composure and awareness to tee up Bodvarsson for the equaliser.

Amaechi’s display highlights the Whites’ strength in depth in attacking areas, which is only set to improve with Elias Kachunga’s return imminent.

Williams avoids suspension

MJ Williams was at risk of receiving a two-match ban for accumulation of yellow cards but the midfielder has now passed the cut-off point.

The Welshman has been booked nine times in League One this season and a further caution would have seen him miss the Whites’ upcoming matches against Plymouth and Crewe.

Losing Williams would have been a huge blow for Wanderers, with January signing Kyle Dempsey still sidelined by a groin problem.

Dapo Afolayan also seemed to be at risk of a ban at one stage, having picked up eight yellow cards in the league.

A missed opportunity?

Despite the late goal, last night’s result feels like a missed opportunity for Wanderers as they aim to make a late bid for the play-offs.

A win would have closed the gap to sixth-placed Plymouth to five points ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Pilgrims at the UniBol.

It was a game many Bolton fans would have been expecting to win on paper given their strong home form and the Shrimps’ current league position.

Evatt’s men are still in the mix for a top six finish but their margin for error has now become even smaller, with tough games against the likes of Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday coming up.

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