BOLTON 2 (K Davies 14, 79) UNITED 2 (Byram 45, Becchio pen 47)
Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Eagles, Andrews, Knight, K Davies, Warnock, M Davies, Afobe (Sordell 72), Spearing (Petrov 62). Subs: Lonergan, Ream, Ricketts, Pratley, Lee.
United: Kenny, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Drury, Byram, Brown, Austin, Tonge, Diouf, Becchio. Subs: Ashdown, Varney, White, Norris, Gray, Thompson, Poleon.
Referee: P Dowd
Booked: K Davies, Spearing (Bolton), Peltier, Brown (Leeds)
Att: 21,258 (4,000 Leeds)
United manager Neil Warnock made one change to his starting line-up, Adam Drury returning for Aidy White, while there was also a change with the captain's armband, El-Hadji Diouf leading the team out.
Bolton had lost at home to Crystal Palace the previous weekend while United were on the back of three successive victories, and the contest opened with a crunching challenge from Michael Brown, leaving a Bolton man needing treatment. United manager Neil Warnock also received an early talking to from referee Phil Dowd.
The home side made the early running with some good passing, and after Paddy Kenny parried one shot from distance, Drury blocked the follow-up strike.
Bolton were 1-0 up inside the quarter-hour, though, when Kevin Davies arrived at the far post to routinely head home a corner kick.
Moments later, Keith Andrews found space to get in a shot and Kenny had to react well again. And so Bolton's dominant opening continued, Chris Eagles rattling the post with a fierce curling strike from distance.
There was another opportunity when after some good inter-play, Benik Afobe found the space to bear down on goal, but while he lifted the ball over the advancing Kenny, he also sent it just wide of the upright.
United did fashion out an opening just before the half-hour mark when Sam Byram cut in from the right and curled a shot just wide of Adam Bogdan's upright. Rodolph Austin also picked out Luciano Becchio with a good ball over the top, but the South American had too much to do to keep it at his feet.
As the game headed towards half-time, Kevin Davies won a free-kick just outside of the box, and Eagles tried his luck with a shot which went just wide.
But Leeds were level a minute before half-time when El-Hadji Diouf whipped in a free-kick and Byram did well to flick the ball beyond the reach of Bogdan into the far corner.
And Byram played a key role just after the re-start when he won a penalty after advancing into the box - referee Dowd had no doubts in pointing to the spot after Bolton defender appeared to clip his heels - and Luciano Becchio stepped up to stroke Leeds into the lead.
With the scoreline turned around in a matter of minutes, Bolton had to force a way back into the game and Kenny was called upon to save from Andrews, parrying before smothering a follow-up strike. Zat Knight also headed a free-kick wide.
When Leeds came forward, a Drury cross was cleared when Becchio was well placed to apply a finishing touch. Two Diouf crosses were also dealt with as Leeds looked to create a third. Diouf also teed up a free-kick which Austin struck wide.
As the game entered the final 15 minutes the advantage was looking good for Leeds. Bolton were causing a minimal threat and when they did, particularly with set-pieces, United were getting men behind the ball and looking solid.
But on 79 minutes, another set-piece proved United's undoing when Kevin Davies again headed home a corner kick.
That was the cue for Bolton to throw men forward in search of a winner and Leeds had some defending to do as the game entered three minutes of time added on.
Yet in the third of those minutes it was Leeds who almost won the game when Diouf found space on the angle and sent a stinging strike against the upright.