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Bolton 2-0 Man City


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By Jonathan Stevenson

1805: Well that's quite enough from me for one weekend, thanks a million for your company, I hope you've enjoyed events as much as I have. Don't forget we've got coverage of the Brazilian GP going right now, and tune in for MOTD 2 at 2200 GMT tonight on BBC Two and online. I'll be back tomorrow for Newcastle v Aston Villa, a rare Monday night treat! Adios.

1802: "I think Man City need to buy a whole new starting 11 for away games in January."
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1801: "Newcastle are now at the bottom of the table, I've a horrible feeling that's where they're gonna stay!"
Ben, via text on 81111

1759: Anyone want to rate the players? Course you do, because right now, the marks are very poor. Amazingly, Shaun Wright-Phillips is leading the Player Rater way despite having done nothing all game long, on 6.85. Ricardo Gardner, who produced a match-winning display, languishes on 5.83. Don't make me despair for democracy, people.
Player Rater

1755: That was a shocking performance from Man City and Mark Hughes will be seething about the lacklustre effort from many of his players. The away dressing-room will not be a nice place to be for the next hour or so. Congrats to Bolton though, they are off the bottom.

1753: Full-time Bolton 2-0 Manchester City

1752: "Seems like Robinho either wins the game for City or hands it to the opposition with his mistakes."
Graham, via text on 81111

1750: "Wow, this has to be Robinho's worst game so far this season. The way he keeps giving the ball away, he might as well be wearing a white shirt this match."
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1748: GOAL Bolton 2-0 Manchester City
There won't be any boos for Gary Megson today, but there might be a few for City. Ricardo Gardner is played into acres of space down the Bolton left by Jlloyd Samuel as another City foray forward breaks down and the sub's cross from the byline is inadvertently turned into his own net by Richard Dunne. Game over.

1745: Robinho is denied an opportunity by a great clearance from Jlloyd Samuel, before Tal Ben Haim lashes wastefully wide from 20 yards.

1744: City are struggling, their passing has been off all day long. Robinho is being pressured so much every time he gets the ball and they cannot find space when they get in the Bolton half. It'll take something special to get them something here.

1740: Apparently, Ricardo Gardner's last goal in the league was in 2002 against Newcastle. City are unhappy as they thought he was offside, but on the replays, he might just be dead level you know.

1739: "You lot keep moaning about how boring this game. I'm a season-ticket holder for an SPL team - think how I feel every week!"
Chris, via text on 81111

1736: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Manchester City
Robinho concedes possession inside the Bolton half, the home team get the ball forward quickly to Gretar Steinsson down the right and his cross is perfect, splitting Joe Hart and his defence right across the six-yard box for Ricardo Gardner to score from close range.

1735: "Sorry Stevo. As someone who used to live next door to Cloughie (no really, 1967) I'd prefer every Brian Clough Trophy game to end in a draw."
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1732: Boy have I let myself down with my predo today. Gutted.

1730: "Stevo, I'm not some manic petrolhead but you must be gutted you're stuck with this match this afternoon surely?"
Jamie in Chertsey, via text on 81111

Well after the insanity of injury-time at Pride Park earlier it's probably a good thing for my blood pressure this one's a touch more low-key. But a goal would be very welcome, make no mistake about that.

1728: Elano, who has flitted in and out of proceedings today, comes off for Dietmar Hamman, while Daniel Sturridge replaces the hard-working Ched Evans up top.

1726: Ricardo Gardner spanks a right-foot shot miles wide from 25 yards. That shot sums up this game. It was very, very disappointing.

1724: Bolton are going mental and they think it should be a penalty. Kevin Davies flicks on a pass into the City box and Matty Taylor falls under Richard Dunne's challenge. Mike Riley waves it away. I'm undecided.

1722: Bolton should score. Ricardo Gardner's mis-hit shot falls to Gary Cahill, he slips in Kevin Nolan and the Wanderers skipper is clean through, but Joe Hart equals Jussi Jaaskelainen, stands tall and makes a good, solid save.

1720: "My geography coursework is more interesting than this match."
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It's not though, is it? I mean, this is still football, and that's still geography coursework. You do the maths.

1718: Kevin Davies thinks he has morphed into Robinho and tries an audacious back-heel. You can probably imagine the outcome.

1717: Jussi Jaaskelainen is booked for time-wasting. Oh dear.

1716: Much, much better from Robinho. He collects Ched Evans' pass, cuts in from the left and curls a right-foot shot towards the corner before Jussi Jaaskelainen parries it away.

1714: Robinho carelessly back-heels the ball straight to a Bolton player and they put some pressure on Man City, pinging the ball into the City box a few times in succession to test out the visitors' defence. Not what City need from their magical Brazilian.

1711: Shaun Wright-Phillips goes on a typically direct run at the heart of the Bolton defence, cutting in from the right, but his left-foot shot is about 10 yards too high.

1710: Shaun Wright-Phillips gets across well to tackle Jlloyd Samuel, before from a throw-in Ricardo Gardner blazes a half-volley over and wide of Joe Hart's upright.

1708: This game needs a goal. Fair play to the crowd, though, they've been plenty livelier than most of the players up until now.

1707: So apparently Gary Megson hasn't dropped Johan Elmander, furious Bolton fans, the Swede has picked up a groin strain and that's why he misses out today.

1705: Bolton get the second half party started.

1703: "I'm just glad you think we'll score one! Dropping Elmander for McCann, what is Mugson thinking?"
Jack, via text on 81111

1701: "Is it just me or do nearly all the Bolton players have the same haircut? That's the most interesting observation of this match."
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1659: Not content with letting him bang on about Player Rater, I'm going to draw attention to a top piece my colleague Chris Bevan did on Paul Lake, a man who had his footballing life horrifically cut short by injury. Who knows how great he could have been? A Man City legend, now working at Bolton, so an apt moment to pay tribute to a fine, if all-too-short, career.
Paul Lake - The greatest player you never saw

1656: In the continued absence of Danny the Stat, here's Bevo with some Player Rater chat: "Not the most exciting game so far at the Reebok Stadium but some flashes of skill from Shaun Wright-Phillips have put him top in the stakes with 7.76 so far. Bottom of the class is Bolton defender Gretar Steinsson, with just 4.18. Still plenty of time for you to get involved too."
Player Rater

1653: There's a race about to start at the brilliantly-named Interlagos circuit in Brazil, and as well as being the last race not to be shown on the BBC for a while, it's also a championship finale, with Lewis Hamilton up against home favourite Felipe Massa for the F1 crown. Sarah Holt is about to get very, very excited...
Live text - Brazilian Grand Prix

1649: Half-time Bolton 0-0 Manchester City

1648: Jussi Jaaskelainen comes to Bolton's rescue once again as Shaun Wright-Phillips plays in Ched Evans and his well-struck shot at the near post is parried away by the Finnish custodian.

1646: "Megson to get sacked and Big Sam to return??"
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1644: Ricardo Gardner gets an enormous cheer from the Reebok faithful as he comes on for the injured Mustapha Riga, who picked up a knock in a (fair) challenge with Richard Dunne.

1643: Ched Evans plays a perfect slide-rule pass for Stephen Ireland to cut in from the right and go clear against Jussi Jaaskelainen, but the keeper stands big and the shot cannons against him as Bolton avert the danger.

1642: "Anyone else think that Stephen Ireland has had an absolutely monster this season?"
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I'm not sure I understand anything anymore.

1640: For those stats fans among you, if we get to half-time and Bolton haven't scored, that will be 319 minutes since they last scored a Premier League goal. Matty Taylor, at West Ham, incidentally.

1638: Fabrice Muamba tries a ridiculously ambitious shot from 30 yards that Joe Hart easily catches. It's getting a touch livelier, though.

1633: Pablo Zabaleta is the first name in Mike Riley's book for a foul on Jloyd Samuel.

1632: Brilliant defensive midfielder work from Stephen Ireland, that is why he's so crucial to Man City. Bolton break quickly and Mustapha Riga stretches his legs, but Ireland produces a fine sliding tackle and then beautifully lays the ball off to Robinho, too. Great stuff.

1632: "All you amateurs going for a City win... they have been awful on their travels of late. Bolton will want the win more and be more physical. I reckon a repeat of Stoke vs Arsenal is on the cards at the Reebok."
Olly, High Wycombe, via text on 81111

1629: "Would be lovely if City got Aguero. He is absolutely brilliant. Like a skilful Gerd Muller (showing my age I know!)."
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1627: Kevin Davies heads wide from close-range, but it wouldn't have stood anyway as he was climbing all over Richard Dunne.

1625: Steve McClaren is in the crowd at Bolton today, with his FC Twente side due to play Man City in the Uefa Cup on Thursday. Oh, for sure.

1624: Fabrice Muamba spanks a 30-yard right-foot drive just over Joe Hart's crossbar.

1622: Bolton are bossing proceedings at the moment. As a purist, I'd like to see a little more of Robinho and Elano on the ball.

1620: "(See 1551) Stevo, I also just had a lush apple crumble, with custard, and I definitely still say 'lush'."
Jon, from Durham, via text on 81111

1619: Mustapha Riga slices a shot horribly wide from the right-hand side of the Man City penalty area after a miscued clearance from Joe Hart.

1616: Vincent Kompany (who my colleague assures me will be booked today) concedes a free-kick 25 yards out after a foul on Kevin Davies.

1614: Bolton fans - I haven't heard of any boos for your under-fire manager Gary Megson (it gives me no pleasure to say that) as of yet. But there are 78 minutes to go.

1612: "Tell claytop (see 1557) it's not Champ Manager! All the money in the world won't prize players away, trust me I'm a Chelsea fan - if things were that simple imagine what we would have done by now."
Shaun, Bristol, via text on 81111

1607: Robinho has a chance to pull the trigger from just inside the Bolton box but he selflessly elects to pass and the ball is just not strong enough. The Brazilian then lets fly from 25 yards, but it sails just over.

1605: "Oh no, I'd already bet that Man City would win 3-1, with Robinho (who else) to score first...That's 20 down the drain, cheers Stevo."
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Best username. Ever. Imagine if that happened in the Ashes...

1602: We are under way. Come on goals.

1601: "I can sense a Robinho hat-trick today! Me and the boys are in the Reebok, atmosphere is awesome!"
Andy in the Reebok Stadium, via text on 81111

1557: "Why won't City get Aguero? They have money and that's all they need... grow up Stevo and admit City can get whoever they please."
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Yeah, OK. You'll sign Lionel Messi, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres in January. Because you've got money. And that's all you need. Laughable.

1554: Anyone want a Stevo Predo to lose some money on? No? Well here you go anyway:
Bolton 1-3 Manchester City

1551: "Stevo, I just had a lush apple crumble."
Tom, Farnborough, via text on 81111

Do some people still say 'lush'? Well I never.

1549: Manchester City have been linked quite a lot today with Atletico Madrid's brilliant young Argentine striker Sergio Aguero. I like sticking my neck out, so I'll say that not in a month of Sundays will the man who is due to be father to Diego Maradona's grandchild join the blue half of Manchester. Not gonna happen.
Sunday's gossip columnMaradona set for trip to BritainThe Maradona Diaries

1546: "This game will not be tight. Who will score goals in the Bolton team? No-one. Whereas Man City have scored the most this season. 4-0 Man City."
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Oh, OK then. But also, Chelsea have scored more than Man City - four more, in fact. Sorry.

1543: If it is quiet, at least at the start, that's where you boys and girls get to fill your boots. Get on the updates page, that's your mission for today. Whack those texts on 81111 and join the debate on 606. Talk about whatever takes your fancy, I'm open to options.
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1541: With both teams struggling for form, it'd be a brave man who bets on this one being a classic. Bolton have won only once since the opening day of the season and Man City have won once in their last five games. Gary Megson has been booed by some Bolton fans and Mark Hughes will be desperate for City to do something away from home. Expect it to be tight and tense.

1537: Midfielder Gavin McCann replaces striker Johan Elmander in Bolton's only change as boss Gary Megson switches to a 4-5-1 formation following his side's midweek defeat by Everton. Manchester City manager Mark Hughes recalls Pablo Zabaleta at right-back after his suspension and Micah Richards continues at left-back. Ched Evans starts up front instead of Daniel Sturridge.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel, Riga, McCann, Nolan, Muamba, Taylor, Davies. Subs: Al Habsi, Hunt, Smolarek, Gardner, Helguson, Shittu, Basham.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Dunne, Ben-Haim, Richards, Wright-Phillips, Kompany, Ireland, Elano, Evans, Robinho. Subs: Schmeichel, Onuoha, Garrido, Fernandes, Caicedo, Hamann, Sturridge.
Referee: Mike Riley (Yorkshire).

1532: Focus Stevo, focus. It's Bolton v Manchester City from the Reebok Stadium, it's the Premier League's only game today and the team news is on its way.

1530: There's nothing like a quiet Championship match on a Sunday lunchtime to get you in the mood for the Premier League, is there? Honours shared in the east Midlands derby, I've just learned how to breathe again and now it's time for some top-flight action.
Derby 1-1 Nott'm Forest

Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

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