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Bolton   1 - 1   Stoke

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at the Reebok Stadium

Dave Kitson celebrates his first goal
Dave Kitson scored Stoke's first away goal of the season

Matt Taylor's late penalty rescued a point for Bolton just as Stoke City looked on the brink of maintaining their impressive start to the season with victory at the Reebok.

Dave Kitson's composed finish eight minutes after the interval appeared to have given Stoke their first away win in the league this season.

But Bolton were handed a lifeline - and their first home point of the season - with only a minute left when a reckless challenge from Danny Collins on Sam Ricketts saw referee Mark Clattenburg point to the spot.

Taylor calmly slotted away the penalty to give Bolton a draw and ease the pressure on manager Gary Megson, who felt the full force of the frustration of the home fans at half-time in an encounter that was high on endeavour but low on quality.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis will be bitterly disappointed at seeing victory squandered after Kitson continued his rehabilitation following an undistinguished first season in The Potteries which saw him loaned back to former club Reading.

He has returned to Stoke determined to make his mark on the Premier League, and the manner in which he took his goal was a rare moment of class in a drab affair.

For Bolton, Taylor's penalty gave them great relief after their earlier efforts to mount a comeback were thwarted when Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen saved brilliantly from new signing Ivan Klasnic, on as a substitute, and defender Zat Knight blazed wildly over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Even the equaliser was not enough to convince many Bolton fans, who still vented their anger at the final whistle despite seeing their side snatch a draw.

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In a first half that made a nonsense of its billing as entertainment, Stoke at least gathered early momentum before being dragged down to mediocrity alongside Bolton.

Matthew Etherington had a shot blocked after good work by Ricardo Fuller, who was the booked by referee Clattenburg for diving as he went to ground under a challenge from Gavin McCann.

Bolton's response was a Gary Cahill header that flew off target and a long-range free-kick from Taylor that was collected with ease by Sorensen.

Both keepers had effectively been unemployed until Whelan tested Jussi Jaaskelainen with another free-kick that produced a fine diving save from the Bolton veteran.

The lack of action was producing a furious response from Bolton's fans, who broke out into several rounds of jeering towards the end of the first half - and their mood was not improved when striker Kevin Davies, who was giving a typically combative performance, was also shown a yellow card for diving.

Late goal cost us again - Pulis

Megson acted decisively during the interval and sent on Ricardo Gardner for Fabrice Muamba and gave new signing Klasnic his home debut in place of Gretar Steinsson.

It almost brought immediate rewards when Gardner's long ball released Taylor, but his finish was narrowly wide. And Stoke then made the most of the reprieve to sweep to the other end of the field and take the lead after 53 minutes.

Fuller's header allowed Kitson to turn Ricketts before sliding a precise finish low into the corner beyond Jaaskelainen.

Bolton twice had opportunities to equalise in the space of seconds after 64 minutes, first when Sorensen made a fine one-handed save from Klasnic and then when Knight blazed over from only eight yards after Stoke failed to clear the resulting corner.

Stoke were protecting their advantage without too many alarms until the late rush of blood from Collins gave Bolton a point their performance barely deserved.


Stoke boss Tony Pulis:
"That's two weeks running we've conceded goals that have cost points.

"We played really well and desperately disappointed not to come out with three points.

"They brought Ricardo Gardner on and he caused a few problems, he kept tucking inside and getting into pockets. But we put Danny Pugh on, that sorted that out and if anything, I thought we could have got another one."

Megson regrets slow Bolton start

Bolton manager Gary Megson on Dave Kitson's opening goal for Stoke:

"You will not see a worse goal to concede at any level, never mind professional football.

"It was a lack of determination and that cannot happen. People have got to do a lot more to score against you.

"We have dealt with corners, every throw-in from Rory Delap, but gave away a terrible goal.

"We had two of three good opportunities. The penalty was nailed on and I thought it was the least we deserved the way we played in the second half."

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Saturday, 19 September 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 1-1 Stoke FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Taylor (pen) 89
  • Kitson 53

Bolton

Substitutes

Stoke

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 20,265
BOLTON
STOKE

Possession

  • Bolton 46%
  • Stoke 54%

Attempts on target

  • Bolton 5
  • Stoke 6

Attempts off target

  • Bolton 6
  • Stoke 4

Corners

  • Bolton 4
  • Stoke 7

Fouls

  • Bolton 6
  • Stoke 11
  • Final Result
  • 96:07 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:04 Liam Lawrence takes a outswinging corner. Dean Whitehead takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
  • 90:00+1:34 Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+0:22 Substitution (Stoke) makes a substitution, with James Beattie coming on for Ricardo Fuller.
  • 88:19 Samuel Ricketts provided the assist for the goal.
  • 88:19 GOAL - Matthew TaylorBolton 1 - 1 Stoke Placed penalty scored by Matthew Taylor. Bolton 1-1 Stoke.
  • 87:47 Unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts by Danny Collins results in a Penalty.
  • Correction - 87:09 Danny Pugh takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 87:09 Abdoulaye Faye takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 86:53 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Lawrence.
  • 86:08 Outswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence.
  • 85:37 Gavin McCann challenges Danny Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Collins takes the free kick.
  • 84:22 The assistant referee flags for offside against Ricardo Fuller. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 82:48 Left-footed shot by Tamir Cohen missed to the left of the net.
  • Correction - 80:50 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gavin McCann, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
  • 80:50 Corner taken by Gavin McCann.
  • 80:41 Kevin Davies takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
  • 79:56 The referee blows for offside against Ricardo Fuller. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 77:17 Substitution Danny Pugh comes on in place of Dave Kitson.
  • 76:11 Gary Cahill takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 75:44 Corner from left by-line taken by Gavin McCann.
  • 75:27 Ricardo Gardner sends in a cross, Kevin Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye.
  • Correction - 71:36 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 71:36 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 68:29 Zat Knight produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 68:04 Inswinging corner taken by Gavin McCann, clearance made by Rory Delap.
  • 67:48 Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 66:38 Corner from right by-line taken by Matthew Taylor.
  • 62:13 Corner taken by Liam Lawrence.
  • 62:13 Substitution (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Liam Lawrence coming on for Matthew Etherington.
  • 60:59 Ricardo Gardner is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
  • 57:11 Jlloyd Samuel takes the direct free kick.
  • 57:11 Booking The referee shows Dean Whitehead a yellow card.
  • 57:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Gardner by Dean Whitehead.
  • 55:37 Unfair challenge on Ricardo Gardner by Robert Huth results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Gavin McCann, save by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 52:10 Assist on the goal came from Ricardo Fuller.
  • 52:10 GOAL - Dave KitsonBolton 0 - 1 Stoke Dave Kitson finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 0-1 Stoke.
  • 51:29 Effort from deep inside the area by Matthew Taylor misses to the left of the goal.
  • 50:52 Booking Jlloyd Samuel receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 48:53 Unfair challenge on Ricardo Gardner by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 48:36 Rory Delap takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
  • 45:19 Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan.
  • 45:02 Substitution Fabrice Muamba leaves the field to be replaced by Ricardo Gardner.
  • 45:02 Substitution Ivan Klasnic replaces Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:03 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+2:00 Substitution Ivan Klasnic comes on in place of Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 45:00+2:00 Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Ricardo Gardner coming on for Fabrice Muamba.
  • 45:00+0:48 Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+0:27 Booking Kevin Davies goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 42:34 Samuel Ricketts sends in a cross, Thomas Sorensen makes a comfortable save.
  • 39:08 Unfair challenge on Fabrice Muamba by Matthew Etherington results in a free kick. Fabrice Muamba restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:37 Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 34:18 Effort from just outside the area by Robert Huth goes over the bar.
  • 32:22 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, clearance by Kevin Davies.
  • 31:36 Tamir Cohen challenges Ricardo Fuller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glenn Whelan has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 29:41 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Tamir Cohen goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 29:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dave Kitson on Jussi Jaaskelainen. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 24:16 Robert Huth produces a cross.
  • 22:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Abdoulaye Faye on Kevin Davies. Matthew Taylor has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 21:22 Shot on goal by Gretar Rafn Steinsson from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 19:58 Gary Cahill has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
  • 19:46 The ball is sent over by Samuel Ricketts.
  • 18:59 Gavin McCann delivers the ball, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 16:42 Kevin Davies challenges Danny Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
  • 13:38 The official flags Ricardo Fuller offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 12:19 Ryan Shawcross fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Abdoulaye Faye takes the direct free kick.
  • 10:54 Shot by Rory Delap from outside the box goes over the net.
  • 10:30 Unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Faye by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 8:53 Robert Huth challenges Jlloyd Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:44 Ricardo Fuller crosses the ball.
  • 7:05 Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 6:34 Booking Caution for Ricardo Fuller.
  • 5:36 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Whitehead played to the near post, Matthew Taylor manages to make a clearance.
  • 4:41 Unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller by Jlloyd Samuel results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 4:20 Ricardo Fuller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tamir Cohen. Gavin McCann takes the free kick.
  • 4:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Fuller on Gavin McCann. Gavin McCann takes the free kick.
  • 3:25 Abdoulaye Faye concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. Matthew Taylor takes the free kick.
  • 2:43 Headed from the edge of the area by Ricardo Fuller goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 1:03 Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
  • 0:34 Ricardo Fuller concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Cahill. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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Premier League results

19 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 4-0 Wigan R
Aston Villa 2-0 Portsmouth R
Bolton 1-1 Stoke R
Burnley 3-1 Sunderland R
Hull 0-1 Birmingham R
West Ham 2-3 Liverpool R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 19 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 5 9 15
2 Man Utd 5 8 12
3 Liverpool 6 7 12
4 Man City 4 6 12
5 Tottenham 5 5 12
6 Aston Villa 5 5 12
7 Arsenal 5 9 9
8 Sunderland 6 0 9
9 Burnley 6 -5 9
10 Stoke 6 -2 8
11 Birmingham 6 -1 7
12 Fulham 4 -2 6
13 Wigan 6 -8 6
14 West Ham 5 -1 4
15 Blackburn 4 -1 4
16 Bolton 5 -2 4
17 Wolverhampton 5 -4 4
18 Hull 6 -8 4
19 Everton 4 -6 3
20 Portsmouth 6 -9 0


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