LEON OSMAN and Jack Rodwell made their comebacks from injury as Everton Reserves drew 2-2 with Bolton at Finch Farm.
Osman, who has been hampered by a knee problem, completed 45 minutes and scored the impressive goal which gave Alan Stubbs’ side a 2-0 lead following Magaye Gueye’s early opener.
Rodwell, meanwhile, played an hour and will also be hoping to be involved in Saturday’s first-team trip to QPR.
The Finch Farm match also saw a reserves debut for Portugal U-21 midfielder Francisco Junior, who arrived as a free agent earlier this month.
But his compatriot Joao Silva was sent off for an alleged elbow in the second half as Bolton staged their fight-back.
The Blues, who also had David Weir and James McFadden in their ranks, started well, with Rodwell forcing Bolton keeper Jay Lynch into a smart save inside two minutes.
And with their next attack, the hosts took the lead.
The lively McFadden played in Silva down the right and when the Portuguese striker pulled the ball back across the box, Gueye was there to finish via a deflection.
Bolton’s first real opportunity fell to Topi Obadeyi but the forward couldn’t find a way past Marcus Hahnemann after scuffing his shot goalwards.
Then the returning Osman doubled the lead. Junior’s cross wasn’t dealt with properly, and when a hashed clearance fell the way of Osman, the midfielder skilfully beat his man before calmly finding a way past Lynch.
The midfielder may have added another just minutes later, but after breaking through, it was the Bolton stopper who this time came out on top, athletically tipping the ball to safety.
Conor McAleny replaced Osman at the start of the second half, as the young striker also made his return from injury. Rodwell then made way for John Lundstram.
Bolton’s tails were clearly lifted by the changes and when Weir fouled Obadayi, substitute Liam Irwin gave Hahnemann no chance with a 25-yard free-kick.
Everton were then reduced to 10 men with 18 minutes to go after Silva was adjudged to have used his elbow in a challenge with Tom Eckersley. The Bolton defender was left bloodied by the collision and was unable to continue
But Stubbs’ side looked to be holding on for a fourth win in five games, until just two minutes from time when Joe Riley cut inside Ibou Touray and Eric Dier before drilling low past Hahnemann.