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Bolton Wanderers caretaker Jimmy Phillips delighted with fighting spirit as Mark Davies earns Wolves draw

By Sam Ruffe

Caretaker Bolton Wanderers boss Jimmy Philips praised the resilience of his players after a late Mark Davis strike secured a vital away point at Wolves.

On-loan Arsenal striker Benik Afobe opened up the scoring, but Davis’s wonder strike against his former club won a point after Kevin Doyle’s brace.

Philips, who is expected to stand aside when new boss Dougie Freedman is named, was quick to applaud his team’s performance after they made hard work of their task.

“It was very pleasing to secure the point tonight, it means that we’re on track with the club’s target of averaging two points a game, “ said Philips told the club’s website.

“We pressed Wolves hard and in the end I think we had twice as many attempts on goal. As an away team at Molineux, that was exceptionally pleasing.”

Wanderers started the game brightly, with Afobe grabbing his first league goal for the club after 20 minutes.

But his strike was cancelled out as Wolves striker Doyle scored two goals in three minutes to put the home side firmly in the box seat.

But Davis would have the last word in what was a thrilling Championship encounter as his 90th minute volley from 12-yards out found the back of the net to make it honours even.

Philips will now prepare his side for a weekend trip to Middlesbrough, and was keen to thank the fans for their support before he hands over the helm to Freedman.

He said: “As I understand it the deal with Crystal Palace will be finalised, but that hasn’t yet happened.

“We’re thoroughly enjoying working with the players and our time in charge of first team affairs.

“Once again, we had a tremendous travelling support for a midweek game. On behalf of myself, Sammy and Julian I would like to thank them all – we really appreciate it.”

Picutre credit: Bolton Wanderers

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