Leeds did not commit their first foul until the 32nd minute of a first half they dominated without troubling Gavin Ward in the Bolton goal. They played some neat football down the right-flank - Gary Kelly and Gunnar Halle combining well with Wallace - and Robert Molenaar produced two surprisingly perfect passes. Yet it was Bolton who had the best moments. In the 14th minute, Peter Beardsley penetrated Leeds' defence but Nigel Martyn snuffed out Per Fransdsen's opening.
The clearest chance fell to Nathan Blake. In the 41st minute he finally eluded David Wetherall and ran on to his own touch but ruined it by lashing wide.
Although the first half finished in a multi-player melee which was ended by stern talking to all concerned by the referee Alan Wilkie, the second half opened brightly. Martyn produced a point-blank save to deny Blake and required a double grab to hold Beardsley's powerful cross-shot. Leeds replied with their first real shot, but Alf Inge Haland struck it at Ward. David Hopkin's powerful drive 10 minutes later also nestled in the keeper's midriff without requiring him to move.
It should have been the same story when, in the 67th minute, Bruno Ribeiro superbly volleyed a half-cleared header from the edge of the area. Although the Portuguese midfielder hit it with pace, an unsighted Ward could only wave despairingly at it as it thumped the centre of the net.
Frandsen's long range free-kick and Beardsley's neat header might have drawn Bolton level but, in the 80th minute, Molenaar's long ball fell to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. He rolled off Chris Fairclough, bought space, and side-footed home.Reuse content