Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Stalemate at the Macron Stadium

Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Stalemate at the Macron Stadium

Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday played out a goalless draw in their Sky Bet Championship encounter

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Ben Reardon

Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday played out a goalless draw at the Macron Stadium on Tuesday evening. 

Neil Lennon named an unchanged side from the one that beat Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, with midfielder Neil Danns recovering from a head injury. 

Wednesday handed Barry Bannan a start against the side where he spent a fruitful loan spell in the second half of last season. 

Manager Carlos Carvahal made three changes to the side defeated by Burnley on Saturday, with Michael Turner, Jack Hunt and Marco Matias coming into the Owls' starting eleven. 

Chances at either end but no cutting edge

Fernando Forestieri was first to trouble either back-line; following a swift counter attack, the Italian slipped at the crucial moment, allowing the Trotters to clear their lines. 

Minutes later, the visitors went close again, as Forestieri whipped the ball across the face of goal, only for towering centre-back Prince-Desir Gouano to keep out Matias' goal-bound effort. 

Matias found himself clean through on goal, only to be denied by a sprawling save from Ben Amos, with the Owls dominating proceedings early on. 

At the other end, Wellington Silva and Derik Osede both missed chances for the hosts, in a frustrating opening half for both sides

Wellington was involved in the action again, as he cut in from the left, only to be denied from a tight angle by Joe Wildsmith

As play resumed for the second half, Forestieri missed a glorious opening for Wednesday, as he poked over the crossbar when one-on-one with Amos. 

Bolton huffed and puffed to open the scoring, with Prince flicking the ball into the path of Gary Madine, though the forward glanced over against his former employers. 

Serious injury to Clough 

The game was overshadowed by a serious injury to Wanderers' Academy graduate, Zach Clough, replaced by Stephen Dobbie after sustaining a shoulder injury. 

Dobbie, who spent last season on loan at Fleetwood Town before linking up with Wanderers on a free-transfer, had two chances to break the deadlock, forcing Wildsmith into a low save, before flashing wide of the 19-year-old's post. 

The veteran forward, Emile Heskey, was introduced in place of Madine, offering a more physical option for Bolton in the dying embers. 

Neither side could find a winner, and took a share of the spoils on a chilly evening in Greater Manchester. 

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