WEST BROM LET CRUCIAL LEAD SLIP
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Baggies have been an unstoppable force going forward this season, with Jason Roberts and Lee Hughes forming one of the most feared partnerships in the Division, and it was this duo that provided the Midlands side's goals in a thrilling start to the two-legged road to The Millennium Stadium.
West Brom started brightly and piled pressure on their visitors, but could not break through a veteran Wanderers defence until the 44th-minute when Roberts raced through and used his pace and strength to stay clear before slotting competently home.
Wanderers looked shell-shocked by conceding a goal just before the interval, and their opposition kept the pressure firmly on after the break.
An extended spell of attacking football, that had seen Hughes create several half-chances for himself, culminated with Roberts turning Colin Hendrie just inside the box and find himself felled by the Scot.
Hughes has time-and-again proved himself deadly in the box, and the resultant spot-kick was converted with aplomb by the club's top-scorer, inside the left-hand post of on-loan Matt Clarke's goal.
However, with the advantage seemingly gained for the visit to The Reebok Stadium, the arrival of Per Frandsen from the substitutes` bench changed the tide of the game, and gave Bolton renewed hope in the race for The Premiership.
Bergsson gave Wanderers, who finished in third place in the division, a huge boost with the first - latching onto a corner and heading powerfully home past Russel Hoult with nine minutes to go.
With just two minutes to go, Robbie Elliott was hauled down after a lightning break, and Frandsen handed the task of slotting home the second penalty of the game.
It was a task that the former Blackburn star took with aplomb, and Bolton will now be firm favourites going into the second leg.