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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 April, 2003, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
Bolton sink Man City

Bolton 2-0 Manchester City

Bolton celebrate Henrik Pedersen's goal
Djorkaeff won Bolton's penalty

Bolton's surge away from the relegation zone gathered pace on Saturday as Sam Allardyce's side brushed aside a lacklustre Manchester City.

After Jay-Jay Okacha had missed a first-half penalty and Bernard Mendy had hit the bar, Henrik Pederson gave Bolton the lead on the 32nd minute and soon after the restart an Ivan Campo header doubled their advantage.

Before Bolton scored, Nicolas Anelka had a couple of chances for City, but Kevin Keegan's out-of-sorts side have now won just one of their last seven games.


In contrast Bolton have picked up 14 points from a possible 21 and this win pushed Allardyce's team above Leeds in the Premiership table and five points clear of third-from-bottom West Ham.

Okacha had scored a late penalty to secure a crucial win over Spurs just before the international break, but he proved less accurate from the spot after Peter Schmeichel was adjudged to have brought down Youri Djorkaeff.

But the Nigerian - the game's outstanding player in the first-half - more than made up for his miss by helping Bolton take the lead in the 32nd minute.

Key moments
24 mins: Okacha sends his penalty wide
32 mins: Pedersen claims his seventh goal of the season
52 mins: Campo scores his second goal of the season

He laid the ball across the face of the goal and Pedersen knocked it in at the far post.

Okocha then showed some outrageous skill to weave his way into the area, only to see his shot go wide.

Campo's header - from a Djorkaeff corner - that went in off the post confirmed Bolton's dominance.

It also served to dispirit City and soon after Okocha rattled a shot wide of the post when Ricardo Gardner played the ball back to him.

Bolton celebrate Henrik Pedersen's goal
Bolton's team comprised 11 overseas players

City really should have taken the lead when Nicolas Anelka scooped a shot over the bar from six yards following Shaun Wright-Phillips' pass.

Anelka squandered another clear chance in the 11th minute when Berkovic sprung the offside trap.

The French striker had only goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to beat but his shot lacked power.

Berkovic had been City's best performer in the first half and he was quickly into the action in the second period.

He got on the end of a pass from Wright-Phillips but his shot failed to trouble Jaaskelainen.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, N'Gotty, Bergsson, Laville, Mendy, Frandsen, Campo, Okocha (Nolan 87), Gardner, Djorkaeff (Johnson 90), Pedersen (Facey 76).
Subs not used: Poole, Barness.
Goals: Pedersen 32, Campo 52.

Man City: Schmeichel, Dunne, Sommeil, Distin, Wiekens (Benarbia 69), Wright-Phillips, Berkovic, Barton, Horlock (Jordan 69), Fowler (Macken 69), Anelka.
Subs not used: Nash, Goater.
Booked: Schmeichel, Horlock, Wiekens, Dunne, Distin.
Att: 26,949

Referee: C Wilkes (Gloucestershire).

BBC Five Live's Stuart Hall
"Frankly, City's barrel is running dry"

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce
"We're on great form to get us out of trouble"



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