Yawn. That was pretty much the story of the first half. Bolton Wanderers would get the ball, lose it, Derby County would pick it up, lose it, etc. After a bit of back-and-forth with that, Derby would manage to get a shot off that would end up far away from the target. While Bolton had the majority of shots on target, they were mostly soft and easy for the Derby goalkeeper, Adam Legzdins, to deal with.
The breakthrough and the one real bit of excitement in the match would come in first half stoppage time. Bolton were awarded a free kick from distance and Jay Spearing stood over the ball. The midfielder put an excellent ball into the area and, through a mess of bodies, Craig Dawson glanced it into the end of the box. The central defender, who looked a real goal threat in his debut against Burnley, scored his first goal for the men in white.
Everywhere else, it was a very even match, boring match and the stats reflect that:
Derby 0-1 Bolton
Shots on target: 3-4