PNE Retro October, 31, 1992: PNE 2 - Bolton Wanderers 2

Retro match for March 4th 2015  PNE vs Bolton Saturday October 31st 1992 PNE drew the match 2-2

Retro match for March 4th 2015 PNE vs Bolton Saturday October 31st 1992 PNE drew the match 2-2

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Preston North End squandered a two goal lead as Bolton Wanderers fought back to seal a point with two goals in the last 10 minutes.

Martin James and Lee Cartwright gave North End a two goal cushion but late goals from Scott Green and Alan Stubbs left PNE caretaker boss Sam Alardyce feeling like his side had lost the game.

Retro match for March 4th 2015''PNE vs Bolton'Saturday October 31st 1992'PNE drew the match 2-2

Retro match for March 4th 2015''PNE vs Bolton'Saturday October 31st 1992'PNE drew the match 2-2

PNE looked set to embarrass the Wanderers as they peppered the visitor’s goal early doors.

Returning striker Tony Ellis brushed off his injury woes to rattle Bolton’s defence.

Just 23 seconds in Ellis got clear and toe-poked the ball just inches wide - although referee Terry Lunt blew for a foul.

Deiniol Graham stole the show on his home debut providing two killer crosses for both North End goals.

PNE took the lead in the 23rd minute as Ellis teed up Barnsley loanee Graham on the right.

The forward whipped a low cross into the path of James who clinically smashed the ball into the net.

Five minutes later Graham popped up on the opposite flank cut inside and picked out Cartwright’s cross field run.

Cartwright pulled Graham’s precision pass out of the air sprinted forward before firing past stunned keeper Keith Branagan.

Ellis hit the side netting had a low shot saved by Branagan and fired another shot across the face of goal.

North End were dominant and looked like they would cruise to victory before the tide turned in the 71st minute.

Ryan Kidd went down with a serious ankle injury and had to be stretchered off. Alardyce shuffled the defence pack and PNE’s problems began.

With nine minutes left Green outmuscled PNE substitute Mark Seagraves in the air and forced Stubbs’s flick-on over the line.

Six minutes later Green hoofed the ball into the box and Stubbs headed home at the far post.