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Wolverhampton   2 - 1   Bolton

By Owen Phillips

Jody Craddock (centre) is congratulated after his goal
Craddock (centre) is mobbed after giving Wolves the lead

Wolves survived a tense final 10 minutes to earn a deserved victory over Bolton and leapfrog above their fellow Premier League strugglers.

Jody Craddock put Wolves ahead within four minutes, volleying home from a suspiciously looking offside position.

Nenad Milijas made it 2-0 after the break with a glorious 30-yard strike.

And although substitute Johan Elmander pulled a goal back when he bundled the ball in from a corner, Wolves held on for their third league win this season.

Milijas' superb strike seemed to have a capped a rare, relatively trouble-free afternoon's work for Mick McCarthy's men.

But Elmander's goal with 11 minutes left ensured a frantic Bolton finish and almost denied Wolves a much-needed win in what is becoming an increasingly difficult season.

Megson criticises players after loss

Despite the home side's problems, Bolton's prospects of keeping Wolves at bay seemed remote as heading into the match, they were the only team in the English Football League yet to keep a clean sheet.

And it needed less than four minutes to keep that unwanted record intact when Craddock took advantage of some generous work by the assistant referee to volley Wolves ahead.

Milijas whipped in a free-kick from the right flank and Craddock gleefully knocked in Berra's flick-on.

It was the perfect start for a Wolves side who were themselves hardly riding high on the crest of a top-form wave.

Three defeats in their last three games has seen manager McCarthy lamenting his side's ever-diminishing confidence.

But Craddock's fourth goal in five games seemed to give them the belief that was so lacking in recent weeks.

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Wolves were particularly threatening on the flanks with the pace and direct running of Matthew Jarvis to the fore on the left and the combined efforts of the ever-willing Richard Stearman and David Edwards a constant menace on the right.

Kevin Doyle was just as lively in attack and a fine pass to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake almost led to a second home goal early on.

But while Wolves were undoubtedly the more fluent, Bolton did settle after a chanceless opening 25 minutes and Ivan Klasnic twice had decent shooting opportunities before the break.

The first one was easily dealt with by Marcus Hahnemann but the second he blazed wildly over after a fine run and astute pass by Chung-Yong Lee.

Gary Megson's men upped their game after the break but it was only after Milijas made it 2-0 with a rasping shot from distance that the visitors started to pose a serious threat.

A great last-ditch challenge by home full-back Stephen Ward prevented Tamir Cohen from getting a shot away.

And the lively Matthew Taylor was denied by a smart save by Hahnemann who got down quickly to keep out the former Portsmouth man's low first-time shot.

But Elmander pulled a goal back when sloppy marking at a corner allowed him to score from close range.

McCarthy delighted with 'massive' win

Bolton had their chances to salvage a draw late on with Klasnic shooting tamely at Hahnemann and Wolves somehow surviving an almighty late scramble.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy:
"For an hour and 15 minutes I thought we were terrific.

"We started great and kicked on. The goal was offside but it was my turn for a bit of luck.

"We got involved in a scrap after they scored but I thought we defended them really well. As soon as they get one they were lifted but that game should have been over long before they scored the goal."

Bolton manager Gary Megson:
"We have spoken about this before the game and talked about the fact that nine of their 11 goals have come from set-pieces so it's soul-destroying when they score after three minutes from a set-piece.

"Defending that first set-piece we were poor but nowhere near as poor as the linesman. It was a poor, poor decision.

"In the last 20 minutes you've seen the away team take the game to the home team. We created a lot of problems, created a lot of chances and they couldn't get out of their half yet we left it too late."

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Saturday, 5 December 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wolves 2-1 Bolton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Craddock 3
  • Milijas 63
  • Elmander 79

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Bolton

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 27,362
WOLVES
BOLTON

Possession

  • Wolves 52%
  • Bolton 48%

Attempts on target

  • Wolves 11
  • Bolton 10

Attempts off target

  • Wolves 1
  • Bolton 7

Corners

  • Wolves 11
  • Bolton 10

Fouls

  • Wolves 9
  • Bolton 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:18 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+2:01 Gavin McCann is ruled offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:18 Foul by Nenad Milijas on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Matthew Taylor.
  • 89:42 Booking The referee shows Marcus Hahnemann a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 89:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Andrew O'Brien. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 88:02 Gavin McCann produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
  • 87:20 Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
  • 86:02 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, clearance made by Christophe Berra.
  • 85:06 Foul by Karl Henry on Ivan Klasnic, free kick awarded. Matthew Taylor produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 83:27 Substitution Michael Mancienne replaces David Edwards.
  • 83:17 Effort on goal by Ivan Klasnic from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 80:51 Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 79:56 Substitution Stefan Maierhofer comes on in place of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
  • 78:33 Assist on the goal came from Tamir Cohen.
  • 78:33 GOAL - Johan ElmanderWolverhampton 2 - 1 Bolton Johan Elmander finds the back of the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 2-1 Bolton.
  • 78:20 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Taylor,
  • 78:06 Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 76:11 Corner taken left-footed by Nenad Milijas to the near post, Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 75:39 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 74:43 Matthew Taylor challenges David Edwards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Nenad Milijas.
  • 74:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Taylor on David Edwards. Nenad Milijas delivers the ball, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 74:09 David Edwards takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 73:03 Foul by Matthew Taylor on Karl Henry, free kick awarded. Richard Stearman takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:20 Nenad Milijas takes the inswinging corner, Gretar Rafn Steinsson makes a clearance.
  • 70:24 Substitution Jlloyd Samuel leaves the field to be replaced by Johan Elmander.
  • 69:35 Effort on goal by Gretar Rafn Steinsson from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 69:26 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 68:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ward by Tamir Cohen. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 67:17 Kevin Doyle fouled by Ricardo Gardner, the ref awards a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 66:37 The ball is delivered by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 62:47 Kevin Doyle provided the assist for the goal.
  • 62:47 GOAL - Nenad MilijasWolverhampton 2 - 0 Bolton Nenad Milijas finds the net with a goal from long distance to the top left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 2-0 Bolton.
  • 61:55 Ricardo Gardner is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Marcus Hahnemann takes the indirect free kick.
  • 61:50 The ball is sent over by Gavin McCann.
  • 60:11 Direct free kick taken by Stephen Ward.
  • 60:11 Booking Gavin McCann receives a yellow card.
  • 60:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gavin McCann on Kevin Doyle.
  • 57:51 Ivan Klasnic produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 57:31 Jody Craddock fouled by Ivan Klasnic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 56:49 Short corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 55:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Gary Cahill. Stephen Ward takes the free kick.
  • 54:44 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nenad Milijas.
  • 53:34 Corner taken right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line, Gary Cahill produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 53:04 Chung-Yong Lee takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 52:42 Corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 52:06 Stephen Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:30 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jlloyd Samuel. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 49:03 Kevin Doyle is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 48:25 Unfair challenge on David Edwards by Jlloyd Samuel results in a free kick. Richard Stearman takes the direct free kick.
  • 47:19 Gretar Rafn Steinsson delivers the ball, Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
  • 46:18 Chung-Yong Lee fouled by Nenad Milijas, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:58 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 45:32 Corner from left by-line taken by Matthew Jarvis.
  • 45:32 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Jarvis.
  • 45:20 Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:23 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+0:49 Nenad Milijas takes the inswinging corner, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
  • 44:15 Effort on goal by Ivan Klasnic from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 42:07 Matthew Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Nenad Milijas. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:45 Shot by Nenad Milijas from a long way out goes over the target.
  • 39:43 Foul by Nenad Milijas on Matthew Taylor, free kick awarded. Matthew Taylor has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 37:46 The official flags Kevin Doyle offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 37:07 Andrew O'Brien challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nenad Milijas crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 36:14 Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line, Gretar Rafn Steinsson produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 35:39 Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 34:31 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, clearance made by Jlloyd Samuel.
  • 33:19 Stephen Ward fouled by Ivan Klasnic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Ward.
  • 30:44 Richard Stearman takes a shot. Jlloyd Samuel gets a block in.
  • 29:45 A cross is delivered by David Edwards, clearance by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 28:57 Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 28:17 Foul by Jody Craddock on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Andrew O'Brien restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:05 Foul by Tamir Cohen on Richard Stearman, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Nenad Milijas, clearance made by Andrew O'Brien.
  • 25:36 Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
  • 25:15 Jlloyd Samuel sends in a cross, Karl Henry makes a clearance.
  • 24:31 Gavin McCann takes a shot. Jody Craddock gets a block in.
  • 23:44 Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 22:18 Richard Stearman crosses the ball, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
  • 20:51 The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 19:23 Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 18:19 The ball is crossed by Kevin Doyle, Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:21 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Jarvis, Christophe Berra takes a shot. Ricardo Gardner gets a block in.
  • 13:43 Chung-Yong Lee takes the direct free kick.
  • 13:43 Booking Richard Stearman is booked.
  • 13:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Taylor by Richard Stearman.
  • 13:18 Foul by Kevin Doyle on Andrew O'Brien, free kick awarded. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 13:01 Corner taken by Nenad Milijas.
  • 12:42 Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Andrew O'Brien gets a block in.
  • 12:20 Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Nenad Milijas gets a block in.
  • 11:18 Kevin Doyle fouled by Andrew O'Brien, the ref awards a free kick. Nenad Milijas crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 7:26 Handball by David Edwards. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 5:56 Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Gavin McCann results in a free kick. Nenad Milijas crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 4:45 Corner from right by-line taken by Nenad Milijas.
  • 4:36 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
  • 3:42 Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 2:04 Assist on the goal came from Christophe Berra.
  • 2:04 GOAL - Jody CraddockWolverhampton 1 - 0 Bolton A goal is scored by Jody Craddock from close in high into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Bolton.
  • 1:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew O'Brien on Kevin Doyle. Nenad Milijas delivers the ball,
  • 0:40 Gretar Rafn Steinsson fouled by Nenad Milijas, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andrew O'Brien.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Saturday, 5 December 2009 19:35 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Premier League table
1 Chelsea 15 27 36
2 Man Utd 15 21 34
3 Arsenal 14 20 28
4 Tottenham 14 14 26
5 Aston Villa 15 11 26
6 Man City 14 8 25
7 Liverpool 15 11 24
8 Birmingham 15 -1 21
9 Sunderland 14 1 20
10 Stoke 15 -4 20
11 Fulham 14 2 19
12 Blackburn 15 -12 18
13 Burnley 15 -14 17
14 Wigan 15 -17 17
15 Hull 16 -17 16
16 Everton 14 -8 15
17 West Ham 15 -6 14
18 Wolverhampton 15 -14 13
19 Bolton 14 -12 12
20 Portsmouth 15 -10 10

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