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Bolton 1 Wigan 1

NICK POWELL climbed off the bench to grab a late leveller and get Wigan’s promotion push right back on track.

Latics’ midweek loss at QPR put a dent in hopes of a quick return to the Premier League by finishing in the top two.

And Wigan were facing back-to-back defeats for the first time under Uwe Rosler when Lukas Jutkiewicz fired Bolton in front on 31 minutes.

Powell’s 89th-minute strike nicked the FA Cup semi-finalists a much-needed point against their neighbours.

But Wigan missed a chance to grab all three when Jordi Gomez saw his injury-time penalty saved by Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan.

Boss Rosler said: “I’m disappointed about the fact we had our top players out there and they couldn’t handle the derby situation.

“We got nervous after they scored but I am very happy we changed in the second half and put ourselves in the position to win the game in the last minute as it shows our spirit is sky high.”

The warning signs were there for the Wigan boss from the very start as Ali Al-Habsi pulled off a string of fine saves in the opening 10 minutes — including one from a piledriver by Jutkiewicz that the keeper did really well to parry.

But there was little Al-Habsi could do about the opener as Jutkiewicz grabbed his sixth goal in 11 games, steering Robert Hall’s free-kick past the keeper with his studs.

Hall almost bagged a goal himself soon after the restart with a fizzing drive from the edge of the box that Al-Habsi expertly tipped over.

And it proved to be the first of many efforts on goal as the Bolton players took it in turns to try their luck against the 32-year-old stopper.

But Al-Habsi was in inspired form and, but for him and some last ditch blocks by the over-worked Leon Barnett, the home side could have won by a cricket score.

The game turned on a decision by ref Darren Drysdale not to send off Barnett midway through the second half after he felled Liam Trotter.

That decision appeared to inspire the visitors and they made Bolton pay for their wastefulness when Powell grabbed his late equaliser.

The on-loan Manchester United man smashed home Martyn Waghorn’s low cross from the left.

Seconds later Alex Baptiste brought down Callum McManaman in the box but Bogdan produced a brilliant save to deny Gomez from the spot.

Reebok chief Dougie Freedman said: “For 80 minutes we were by far the better side.

“I am very disappointed with the decision when Liam was through on goal, though. It gave them a glimmer of hope and it was a huge turning point.”