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Liverpool   2 - 0   Bolton

Dirk Kuyt celebrates Liverpool's opener for Liverpool against Bolton
Kuyt opened the scoring for Liverpool against Bolton

By Mandeep Sanghera

Liverpool moved a point behind fourth-placed Tottenham with a win over Bolton at Anfield.

Bolton almost went ahead when Sotirios Kyrgiakos cleared a Chung-Yong Lee shot off the Reds goal-line.

But the home side took the lead after Alberto Aquilani nodded an Emiliano Insua cross back across goal and Dirk Kuyt scuffed in a shot.

David Ngog missed a great chance before Insua's shot deflected in off Kevin Davies to help secure a Reds victory.

The win extended Liverpool's unbeaten league run to six games and gave them extra satisfaction as Spurs were held to a draw by Birmingham.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez had praised his side's recent defending and a back-to-basics approach that had seen them concede just once in their previous five league games.

Improving Liverpool please Benitez

But with a more stable defensive foundation and the need to make the most of their home games as they chase a top-four finish, Benitez fielded a more attacking side against Bolton and it eventually paid dividends.

Yet it was the visitors who quickly created the first chance. Tamir Cohen got goal side of Jamie Carragher but, by the time he got his shot off as he was pressured by the Reds right-back, keeper Pepe Reina had closed him down and gathered his poked effort.

Liverpool were guilty of too many misplaced passes and, although they saw plenty of the ball, there was a lack of cutting edge to their play as they failed to raise a subdued Anfield.

When the Reds did threaten, Kuyt failed to do enough to get on the end of an inviting Insua cross and was almost immediately punished.

606: DEBATE

Bolton's right-sided midfielder Lee picked up the ball on the halfway line and ran at the heart of a back-peddling Reds defence. With Cohen's run dragging Liverpool's defenders away, Lee rounded Reina and got a shot in which rugged centre-back Kyrgiakos did well to clear off the line.

Liverpool were looking unconvincing but still took the lead as Kuyt got his third goal in as many Premier League games.

Another dangerous Insua cross was nodded back across goal by Aquilani and, although Kuyt mistimed his shot, the ball still found its way into the Bolton net.

As Bolton pushed forward to try to get back into the game, Liverpool should have extended their lead after a swift counter-attack.

Breaks went against Bolton - Coyle

Steven Gerrard's shot from an Albert Riera cross was fended away by keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and fell to Ngog, who had a gaping goal in front of him but could only strike his shot into the ground and high off the top of the crossbar.

Jaaskelainen parried away a fierce Gerrard strike before further Liverpool pressure saw Insua's shot deflect off Kevin Davies, wrong-footing the Bolton keeper to extend the home side's lead.

Liverpool had gained a stranglehold of the game and, after an improvement following their second goal, could have added more as they secured a seventh straight win over Bolton.


Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez:
"I am pleased with the result and the second half but not too happy with the first half - but at the end of the day we needed to win and we won.

"In the first half they had two chances and we were a little lucky but in the second half it was different and we could have scored more goals.

"I think we are improving. Clearly you can see the team is working hard."

Bolton boss Owen Coyle:
"Tamir Cohen on another day might have had a penalty and Chung-Yong Lee had a terrific run (when his shot was cleared off the line).

"The second goal was a foul as Lucas (Leiva) has dragged Johan Elmander and wherever the shot (by Emiliano Insua) was going it wasn't going in.

"Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez will be delighted he's had the breaks today."

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Saturday, 30 January 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 2-0 Bolton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Kuyt 37
  • Davies (og) 70

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Ref: BennettAtt: 43,413
    LIVERPOOL
    BOLTON

    Possession

    • Liverpool 59%
    • Bolton 41%

    Attempts on target

    • Liverpool 6
    • Bolton 1

    Attempts off target

    • Liverpool 7
    • Bolton 3

    Corners

    • Liverpool 11
    • Bolton 3

    Fouls

    • Liverpool 12
    • Bolton 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:45 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+3:02 Gary Cahill challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Gerrard delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 90:00+1:11 Foul by Vladimir Weiss on Rodriguez Maxi, free kick awarded. Leiva Lucas takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:36 Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, clearance by Gary Cahill.
    • 89:53 Johan Elmander concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Skrtel. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 89:25 A cross is delivered by Emiliano Insua, Chung-Yong Lee makes a clearance.
    • 86:54 Johan Elmander concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Gerrard. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, Close range headed effort by Leiva Lucas goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 85:41 Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 85:41 Booking Zat Knight goes into the referee's book.
    • 85:36 Zat Knight challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 84:58 Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball.
    • 84:10 Kevin Davies fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Zat Knight.
    • 83:11 Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
    • 83:11 Substitution Ryan Babel joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Ngog.
    • 83:11 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas.
    • 80:37 The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 79:26 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 79:20 Dirk Kuyt produces a cross, Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 78:04 Corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from the right by-line, clearance by Leiva Lucas.
    • Correction - 77:04 Substitution Johan Elmander on for Fabrice Muamba.
    • Correction - 77:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Davies by Rodriguez Maxi.
    • 77:04 Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:04 Substitution Fabrice Muamba goes off and Johan Elmander comes on.
    • 77:04 Rodriguez Maxi challenges Mark Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 76:35 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Mark Davies.
    • 76:09 Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross, Zat Knight gets a block in. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line played to the near post, Ricardo Gardner manages to make a clearance.
    • 75:02 Martin Skrtel challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ricardo Gardner crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 73:24 Substitution Rodriguez Maxi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Albert Riera.
    • 72:32 Sotirios Kyrgiakos challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vladimir Weiss fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 70:57 Effort on goal by Steven Gerrard from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 70:15 Assist by Emiliano Insua.
    • 69:08 GOAL - Kevin DaviesLiverpool 2 - 0 Bolton Kevin Davies concedes an own goal. Liverpool 2-0 Bolton.
    • 69:08 Effort from outside the area by Emiliano Insua goes wide right of the goal.
    • 68:38 Corner from right by-line crossed in by Albert Riera, clearance made by Samuel Ricketts.
    • 66:07 David Ngog takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Gerrard, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save. Jamie Carragher takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
    • 65:00 Substitution Vladimir Weiss joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Taylor.
    • 64:38 Substitution Alberto Aquilani leaves the field to be replaced by Leiva Lucas.
    • 64:28 The ball is delivered by Samuel Ricketts.
    • 63:37 Emiliano Insua crosses the ball, Matthew Taylor makes a clearance.
    • 62:46 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 62:12 Kevin Davies crosses the ball, save by Jose Reina.
    • 59:30 Substitution Tamir Cohen leaves the field to be replaced by Ricardo Gardner.
    • 59:09 The ball is delivered by Javier Mascherano.
    • 54:15 Albert Riera has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
    • 53:04 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Emiliano Insua. Martin Skrtel takes the direct free kick.
    • 52:22 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Effort from inside the six-yard area by David Ngog hits the post.
    • 51:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alberto Aquilani on Samuel Ricketts. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
    • 50:54 Steven Gerrard takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
    • 50:20 The ball is swung over by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
    • 47:41 Centre by Kevin Davies.
    • 47:05 Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Taylor, save made by Jose Reina.
    • 46:08 Matthew Taylor delivers the ball.
    • 45:30 The ball is sent over by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:20 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+0:47 Samuel Ricketts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt. Albert Riera crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
    • 45:00+0:10 Samuel Ricketts delivers the ball, clearance made by Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Centre by Chung-Yong Lee, Matthew Taylor has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 44:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Javier Mascherano. Direct free kick taken by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
    • 44:12 Booking Chung-Yong Lee receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 43:29 A cross is delivered by Chung-Yong Lee, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
    • 42:20 Kevin Davies sends in a cross, Jose Reina makes a save.
    • 39:59 Emiliano Insua crosses the ball, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
    • 38:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Javier Mascherano. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the direct free kick.
    • 38:15 Steven Gerrard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabrice Muamba. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 37:20 David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 36:04 Assist on the goal came from Alberto Aquilani.
    • 36:04 GOAL - Dirk KuytLiverpool 1 - 0 Bolton Dirk Kuyt grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Bolton.
    • 36:00 Emiliano Insua delivers the ball.
    • 34:31 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Albert Riera from the right by-line.
    • 34:19 The ball is sent over by David Ngog, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 33:42 The ball is sent over by Jamie Carragher, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
    • 33:04 Steven Gerrard takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Zat Knight.
    • 32:30 Tamir Cohen concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Mascherano. Free kick taken by Javier Mascherano.
    • 31:00 Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 31:00 Booking Javier Mascherano receives a caution.
    • 30:56 Unfair challenge on Mark Davies by Javier Mascherano results in a free kick.
    • 30:09 Steven Gerrard delivers the ball.
    • 29:24 Shot by Dirk Kuyt from outside the box goes high over the target.
    • 29:15 The ball is swung over by Emiliano Insua, Samuel Ricketts makes a clearance.
    • 29:07 A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Gary Cahill.
    • 28:25 The ball is delivered by Kevin Davies.
    • 27:23 The ball is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, clearance by Gary Cahill.
    • 23:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Ngog on Samuel Ricketts. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
    • 23:00 Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Sotirios Kyrgiakos manages to make a clearance.
    • 22:16 The ball is sent over by Emiliano Insua.
    • 21:17 The ball is crossed by Jamie Carragher, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 20:44 Albert Riera decides to take the corner short.
    • 20:39 Centre by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Zat Knight.
    • 17:52 Alberto Aquilani concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Davies. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
    • 15:53 Long range shot by Fabrice Muamba goes wide right of the target.
    • 15:27 Matthew Taylor takes the outswinging corner, David Ngog manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:20 The ball is sent over by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
    • 12:21 Free kick crossed left-footed by Albert Riera from right wing, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 12:21 Booking Booking for Mark Davies for unsporting behaviour.
    • 12:18 Mark Davies is penalised for a handball.
    • 11:50 Jamie Carragher fouled by Tamir Cohen, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from right wing, Mark Davies gets a block in.
    • 10:17 Centre by David Ngog, Samuel Ricketts manages to make a clearance. Albert Riera takes the inswinging corner, Martin Skrtel takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
    • 9:30 A cross is delivered by David Ngog, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 8:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dirk Kuyt on Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
    • 7:21 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard to the near post, Matthew Taylor makes a clearance.
    • 5:20 The ball is swung over by Matthew Taylor, save by Jose Reina.
    • 2:06 The referee blows for offside against David Ngog. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
    • 1:57 The ball is sent over by Albert Riera, clearance made by Samuel Ricketts.
    • 1:24 David Ngog challenges Gary Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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    As it stood on 30 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 23 38 54
    2 Man Utd 23 34 50
    3 Arsenal 23 34 49
    4 Tottenham 24 20 42
    5 Liverpool 24 16 41
    6 Aston Villa 23 13 40
    7 Man City 21 12 38
    8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
    9 Everton 23 -1 32
    10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
    11 Fulham 23 -2 27
    12 Stoke 21 -7 25
    13 Sunderland 22 -10 23
    14 Wigan 22 -23 22
    15 West Ham 23 -9 21
    16 Bolton 22 -15 21
    17 Wolves 23 -21 21
    18 Burnley 23 -23 20
    19 Hull 23 -26 20
    20 Portsmouth 21 -14 15

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