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Bolton   1 - 0   Wolverhampton

Zat Knight celebrates his goal for Bolton
Zat Knight celebrates his goal for Bolton

By Chris Charles

Zat Knight finally ended Bolton's Premier League goal drought as they moved out of the bottom three.

Bolton had not scored in the league for more than nine hours but Knight made no mistake, tapping in Chung-Yong Lee's cross from close range.

In a pulsating second half Wolves twice hit the post as they poured forward, with first David Jones and then Kevin Foley denied by the woodwork.

But Bolton held on for a vital win to move above their opponents.

Owen Coyle had only tasted victory in the Premier League once in eight attempts since taking the reins at the Reebok, but he has got Bolton playing some attractive football.

Coyle delights in crucial win

On-loan Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was at the centre of most things the home side created, although it was Wolves who had the better of the early exchanges.

Matt Jarvis latched on to Kevin Doyle's neat through ball, but Jussi Jaaskelainen was alert to the danger and rushed from his line, forcing the midfielder to blaze high and wide.

Bolton had their first real chance on 16 minutes when Kevin Davies released Wilshere but his low effort lacked bite and Marcus Hahnemann was down smartly to pounce on the ball.

Wilshere turned provider midway through the first half, jinking into the penalty area before laying the ball back to the lively Stuart Holden, who sliced his effort wide from 20 yards.

After a slow start the game was ebbing and flowing nicely and seconds later Johan Elmander had a glorious chance for Bolton. Gretar Steinsson's cross bounced off the heels of Knight and dropped perfectly for the Swede, whose rasping effort was smartly saved by Hahnemann.

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The American goalkeeper had to be at his best again to thwart Davies' effort from close range. The ball ricocheted out to Elmander and his effort was well blocked by Jody Craddock.

Within a minute it was Jaaskelainen who was called into action, taking no chances with Matt Jarvis' effort, tipping it round the post.

The goal came in first-half stoppage time and again Wilshere was involved. His effort was deflected over by Karl Henry and from the resultant corner, the ball came out to Lee who left Adlene Guediora for dead, dribbled along the goal-line and put the ball on a plate for Knight, who stuck out a leg to turn it in from close range.

Bolton came out of the blocks all guns blazing after the interval and Davies should have doubled his side's lead but his effort was saved by Hahnemann, who then had to dive at the feet of Holden as the Trotters continued to press for a second.

Wolves came within a whisker of levelling on the hour. David Jones was brought down by Paul Robinson 25 yards out but picked himself up to smash in a thumping free-kick that cracked off the post and rolled along the line with Jaaskelainen beaten.

McCarthy rues missed opportunities

Visiting boss Mick McCarthy must have known it was not going to be his day when Wolves struck the woodwork again midway through the second half - Foley driving in a venomous shot that looked in all the way but grazed the inside of the post.

And there were also claims for a Wolves penalty, with suggestions Gretar Steinsson had clipped Matt Jarvis. At the other end, a handball by Ronald Zubar was adjudged to be ball to hand.

One bit of good news for McCarthy was the return of Andy Keogh after two months out with injury, although the striker managed to get himself in the book just 30 seconds after coming on, after scything down Robinson.

Wolves continued to press for the equaliser, while Bolton substitute Ivan Klasnic saw his spectacular volley fly just wide. But one goal proved to be enough for the home side, who have now made it three clean sheets in a row at home.


Bolton coach Owen Coyle:

"We all knew how big a game this was. So it was terrific to get the three points. Our performance was of a high standard as well.

"There were moments in the second half when we rode our luck. But we should have put the game to bed by that time.

"The win elevates us out of the bottom three and it gives your confidence a great boost."

Wolves coach Mick McCarthy:

"Playing well doesn't always get you points, does it? We switched off just before half-time.

"We have made mistakes and it has cost us the game. The goal we conceded wasn't bad luck it was bad defending.

"It still remains the same. We need a certain amount of points with 11 games left to stay in this league. Can we get those points? That remains to be seen."

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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 1-0 Wolves FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Knight 45+1

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Wolverhampton

    Substitutes

    Ref: MarrinerAtt: 21,261
    BOLTON
    WOLVES

    Possession

    • Bolton 53%
    • Wolves 47%

    Attempts on target

    • Bolton 9
    • Wolves 4

    Attempts off target

    • Bolton 7
    • Wolves 2

    Corners

    • Bolton 7
    • Wolves 11

    Fouls

    • Bolton 10
    • Wolves 6
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:41 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+2:39 Substitution Chung-Yong Lee goes off and Vladimir Weiss comes on.
    • 90:00+2:21 Matthew Taylor produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 90:00+1:35 Short corner taken by Stuart Holden. Stuart Holden is caught offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
    • 87:31 The ball is sent over by Ronald Zubar, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 86:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Jones by Stuart Holden. David Jones crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.
    • 85:35 Matthew Taylor produces a cross, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 84:07 Ivan Klasnic is caught offside. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 83:34 Kevin Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
    • 83:03 Header at goal by Ivan Klasnic.
    • 82:24 Chung-Yong Lee sends in a cross, Effort from the edge of the area by Fabrice Muamba goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 80:46 Substitution Matthew Taylor on for Jack Wilshere.
    • 79:56 Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball, Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by David Jones from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Stuart Holden.
    • 79:10 Ivan Klasnic has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 77:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Robinson on Kevin Doyle. Free kick taken by Matthew Jarvis. The ball is swung over by David Jones, blocked by Jack Wilshere.
    • 76:39 The ball is swung over by Paul Robinson, clearance by Stephen Ward.
    • 75:28 Centre by Jack Wilshere, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 73:14 Stuart Holden produces a cross, Kevin Davies has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
    • 73:14 Booking Andrew Keogh booked.
    • 73:11 Andrew Keogh challenges Paul Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 72:41 Substitution (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Andrew Keogh coming on for Kevin Foley.
    • 72:17 Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 70:55 Kevin Foley produces a right-footed shot from just inside the area and hits the post. Corner from the right by-line taken by David Jones, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 70:18 Foul by Fabrice Muamba on David Jones, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 68:48 Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 68:35 The ball is swung over by Paul Robinson, Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
    • 66:56 Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 66:56 Substitution Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on for Adlene Guedioura.
    • 66:56 The offside flag is raised against Kevin Davies.
    • 65:22 Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Corner taken left-footed by David Jones, Ivan Klasnic manages to make a clearance.
    • 64:09 Substitution Ivan Klasnic joins the action as a substitute, replacing Johan Elmander.
    • 62:30 Stuart Holden takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 60:33 The ball is crossed by Kevin Davies, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 57:20 Paul Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Jones. Shot on goal comes in from David Jones from the free kick.
    • 55:21 Kevin Doyle crosses the ball, clearance made by Samuel Ricketts.
    • 53:40 The offside flag is raised against Kevin Davies. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
    • 49:25 Adlene Guedioura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Holden. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
    • 47:08 Booking Karl Henry is shown a yellow card.
    • 46:11 Kevin Davies takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a comfortable save.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:11 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+0:24 Chung-Yong Lee provided the assist for the goal.
    • 45:00+0:24 GOAL - Zat KnightBolton 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Goal scored by Zat Knight from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 1-0 Wolverhampton.
    • 44:12 The ball is delivered by Paul Robinson. Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Matthew Jarvis gets a block in. Corner taken by Stuart Holden. Stuart Holden takes the outswinging corner, The ball is swung over by Chung-Yong Lee,
    • 41:55 Corner taken by David Jones from the right by-line played to the near post, Jody Craddock takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 40:43 Centre by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 37:47 Paul Robinson challenges David Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 37:13 Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 36:28 Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Blocked by Karl Henry. Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Jody Craddock. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
    • 35:32 Corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden from the right by-line to the near post, Christophe Berra makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stuart Holden, Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.
    • 35:27 The ball is delivered by Jack Wilshere, Stephen Ward makes a clearance.
    • 35:10 Kevin Doyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
    • 32:49 Fabrice Muamba produces a cross, Karl Henry makes a clearance.
    • 31:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Craddock on Stuart Holden. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Stuart Holden from left channel, Marcus Hahnemann makes a save. Stuart Holden takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Kevin Doyle.
    • 29:54 Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Corner taken left-footed by David Jones from the right by-line, Johan Elmander makes a clearance.
    • 28:56 Kevin Davies takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann. Johan Elmander takes a shot. Blocked by Jody Craddock. Fabrice Muamba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jody Craddock. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:03 Inswinging corner taken by Jack Wilshere.
    • 25:58 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Jarvis.
    • 25:21 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
    • 24:32 Unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Stephen Ward results in a free kick. Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:36 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Jones.
    • 22:29 Effort from outside the penalty box by Stuart Holden goes wide right of the goal.
    • 18:24 Kevin Doyle sends in a cross, clearance made by Samuel Ricketts.
    • 17:46 The ball is crossed by David Jones.
    • 16:53 The ball is crossed by Chung-Yong Lee.
    • 15:40 Jack Wilshere challenges Ronald Zubar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ronald Zubar.
    • 15:15 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Comfortable save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 13:21 Matthew Jarvis takes the inswinging corner, Stuart Holden manages to make a clearance.
    • 9:49 Ronald Zubar sends in a cross, clearance by Samuel Ricketts. David Jones takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 6:06 Foul by Ronald Zubar on Paul Robinson, free kick awarded. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
    • 4:05 Corner taken left-footed by David Jones, clearance made by Johan Elmander.
    • 3:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Kevin Davies. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 0:48 Kevin Doyle fouled by Zat Knight, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Jarvis restarts play with the free kick. David Jones produces a cross, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • Correction - 0:00 The referee starts the match.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    As it stood on 27 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 28 39 61
    2 Man Utd 28 42 60
    3 Arsenal 28 35 58
    4 Man City 27 17 49
    5 Tottenham 27 22 46
    6 Liverpool 27 16 45
    7 Aston Villa 26 16 45
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    15 Bolton 27 -19 26
    16 Wigan 27 -27 25
    17 Wolves 27 -24 24
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