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Bolton   2 - 2   Portsmouth

Aruna Dindane grabs his first goal to give Pompey hope
Dindane grabs his first goal to give Pompey hope

By Owen Phillips

Aruna Dindane grabbed a second-half double as relegated Portsmouth came from 2-0 down to stop Bolton making sure of their Premier League status.

Dindane bundled in his first from eight yards after a glorious breakaway move and he hit his second from close range after great work by John Utaka.

Ivan Klasnic's fine header from Jack Wilshere's cross had put Bolton ahead.

And although Kevin Davies swept in a second after a run from Vladimir Weiss, Pompey rallied to snatch a point.

But as much as Portsmouth deserved their draw, Bolton boss Owen Coyle will rue a woefully sloppy second-half display that means his side must wait before they can be 100% certain of staying up.

One point from their remaining two games will be enough, but Burnley would still have to win all of their final three matches to stand any chance of overtaking Coyle's side.

They should have been safe after a blistering start against a side who started the match in a style befitting their miserable week.

With the true humiliating extent of their financial decline having been revealed, Pompey fans were also recovering from the blow of being told they would not be able to play in Europe next season.

Coyle frustrated with second-half performance

And there was no sign of an on-field let-up as Bolton could have been three goals to the good before they did go ahead.

But each time they were thwarted by England keeper David James.

First James did brilliantly to react and turn Cahill's effort wide having fumbled Taylor's initial vicious, swerving free-kick.

James then dived low to his left to keep out Taylor's well-guided header before making a similarly athletic stop to keep out a Klasnic strike.

But the veteran keeper was powerless to prevent Bolton taking the lead on 26 minutes when Wilshere retrieved the ball on the right wing and sent in a teasing cross which Klasnic nodded home.

Kevin Davies got the second two minutes later but the goal was all about the quality of Weiss.

The on-loan Slovakian did superbly to keep the ball in play and then coasted past two men on a 50-yard run from the half-way line.

Weiss kept his composure, and picked out the unmarked Kevin Davies who netted easily from close range.

From that moment Bolton appeared to relax. The urgency of the opening 15 minutes vanished and Portsmouth began to enjoy as much possession as their hosts.

Up until then, the visitors' first-half efforts on goal only amounted to a Utaka strike which was brilliantly turned away by keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen when the score was 0-0.

But they stunned the Trotters with two goals in 15 minutes after the break.

The trouble started when Richard Hughes dispossessed Wilshere on the edge of the Pompey box.

Michael Brown fed Utaka and a sweeping length-of-the-pitch move culminated in Dindane mis-hitting substitute Frederic Piquionne's pull-back into the back of the net.

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Piquionne then had a header beaten away by Jaaskelainen as the Portsmouth pressure mounted.

And they levelled on 68 minutes when Cahill was slow to deal with a bouncing ball 18 yards from his own goal, allowing Utaka to nip in front of him and drill the ball across for Dindane to gleefully knock home from close range.

Bolton then woke from their slumbers.

Wilshere jinked his way into the box and almost set up a third home goal for Klasnic.

Tommy Smith cleared a Kevin Davies header off the line and Davies was again denied when another header hit the post deep into stoppage-time.

But despite the massive disappointment Bolton, who themselves have only won one of their last six matches, are highly unlikely to go down.


Bolton manager Owen Coyle:
"We are not safe. We are nine points ahead and people can tell me about goal difference and everything else. But we have not done it yet. We need another point minimum.

"We could have done it and that is the disappointing thing. We should have put the game to bed. But we were nervous. I don't know if that came down from the stands as the club has been scrapping to stay in the league in recent years.

"I have stressed to the players, that's not what I want at this club. I do not want players who are just happy to be in the league.

"I want the players who have the energy and desire to push us up the league. That is what I am striving to do. Everyone has left disappointed because we had the game won."

Grant vows to keep fighting 'on and off pitch'

Portsmouth boss Avram Grant:
"It was easy to score against us in the first half.

"But in the second half we showed good character. We never gave up, we scored two goals and should have got some more. We played some good football. I am delighted.

"In the first half we were very slow with the ball but in the second half we were good with the ball.

"In a situation like ours it is very easy to give up and wave a white flag but we will not give up. It is an unbelievable season."

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Saturday, 24 April 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 2-2 Portsmouth FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Klasnic 26
  • Davies 28
  • Dindane 54
  • Dindane 68

Bolton

Substitutes

Portsmouth

Substitutes

Ref: WebbAtt: 20,526
BOLTON
PORTSMOUTH

Possession

  • Bolton 54%
  • Portsmouth 46%

Attempts on target

  • Bolton 10
  • Portsmouth 6

Attempts off target

  • Bolton 4
  • Portsmouth 7

Corners

  • Bolton 12
  • Portsmouth 5

Fouls

  • Bolton 16
  • Portsmouth 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:29 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+4:43 Corner taken right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Cahill on Ricardo Rocha. David James restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+4:28 Kevin Davies produces a header from deep inside the area and strikes the post.
  • 90:00+2:20 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, David James makes a save.
  • 90:00+0:33 Johan Elmander challenges Richard Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David James.
  • 89:08 Foul by Matthew Taylor on Frederic Piquionne, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from John Utaka from the free kick.
  • 88:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johan Elmander by Anthony Vanden Borre. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee from left channel, save by David James.
  • 87:04 The ball is sent over by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, David James makes a save.
  • 85:48 Leonard Sowah fouled by Mark Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Hughes.
  • 83:13 Matthew Taylor challenges Anthony Vanden Borre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aruna Dindane crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Paul Robinson.
  • 82:31 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 80:46 Substitution Mark Davies on for Jack Wilshere.
  • 79:48 Johan Elmander gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane. Direct free kick taken by Michael Brown.
  • 79:11 Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Save by David James.
  • 78:46 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, clearance by Ricardo Rocha.
  • 78:16 Jack Wilshere challenges Michael Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. David James takes the free kick.
  • 77:27 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by John Utaka.
  • 76:44 John Utaka produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 74:59 Substitution Johan Elmander comes on in place of Ivan Klasnic.
  • 74:13 Free kick taken by Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 74:13 Booking Richard Hughes is cautioned.
  • 74:07 Foul by Richard Hughes on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded.
  • 73:26 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save by David James.
  • 72:20 Corner taken by Matthew Taylor, Shot from close range by Ivan Klasnic clears the bar.
  • 70:06 Corner from the left by-line taken by Michael Brown, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 69:10 Substitution Chung-Yong Lee is brought on as a substitute for Vladimir Weiss.
  • 67:05 Assist on the goal came from John Utaka.
  • 67:05 GOAL - Aruna DindaneBolton 2 - 2 Portsmouth Goal scored by Aruna Dindane from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 2-2 Portsmouth.
  • 65:29 Tommy Smith fouled by Vladimir Weiss, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Brown takes the direct free kick.
  • 64:44 Free kick crossed left-footed by Richard Hughes, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
  • 64:44 Booking The referee books Fabrice Muamba for unsporting behaviour.
  • 64:34 Foul by Fabrice Muamba on Aruna Dindane, free kick awarded.
  • 63:41 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Brown from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Paul Robinson.
  • 63:16 Unfair challenge on Ricardo Rocha by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. David James restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:22 Corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, Kevin Davies takes a shot. Clearance by Aaron Mokoena.
  • 60:53 Corner taken short by Matthew Taylor.
  • 57:54 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 53:50 Assist on the goal came from Frederic Piquionne.
  • 53:50 GOAL - Aruna DindaneBolton 2 - 1 Portsmouth Aruna Dindane scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 2-1 Portsmouth.
  • 51:24 Michael Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Free kick taken by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 50:03 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, Headed effort from inside the area by Gary Cahill misses to the left of the target.
  • 45:32 Shot by Aruna Dindane from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Frederic Piquionne replaces Hassan Yebda.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:26 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+1:50 Aaron Mokoena concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. The ball is sent over by Matthew Taylor, Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Save by David James.
  • 45:00+0:50 Shot by Fabrice Muamba from just outside the area goes over the net.
  • 44:11 Centre by Matthew Taylor, David James makes a save.
  • 41:20 Michael Brown produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 39:23 Vladimir Weiss takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Anthony Vanden Borre.
  • 38:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Michael Brown. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 37:35 Leonard Sowah concedes a free kick for a foul on Vladimir Weiss. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 37:11 Centre by Aruna Dindane, Fabrice Muamba manages to make a clearance.
  • 36:21 Shot by Aruna Dindane from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 35:18 Kevin Davies challenges Richard Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. David James takes the free kick.
  • 33:34 Fabrice Muamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Aruna Dindane. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Vanden Borre.
  • 32:58 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line.
  • 32:39 Aruna Dindane concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Cahill. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 31:57 Aruna Dindane takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Gretar Rafn Steinsson makes a clearance.
  • 31:32 Corner taken by Michael Brown, clearance made by Kevin Davies.
  • 30:41 Richard Hughes is ruled offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 29:43 Michael Brown takes a shot from just outaide the penalty box and strikes the post.
  • 28:36 Foul by Gary Cahill on John Utaka, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ricardo Rocha.
  • 27:26 Vladimir Weiss provided the assist for the goal.
  • 27:26 GOAL - Kevin DaviesBolton 2 - 0 Portsmouth Goal scored by Kevin Davies from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 2-0 Portsmouth.
  • 25:35 The ball is delivered by Jack Wilshere,
  • 25:31 Assist by Jack Wilshere.
  • 25:31 GOAL - Ivan KlasnicBolton 1 - 0 Portsmouth Ivan Klasnic grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Bolton 1-0 Portsmouth.
  • 25:14 Leonard Sowah concedes a free kick for a foul on Vladimir Weiss. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 24:17 Anthony Vanden Borre delivers the ball, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 22:04 Outswinging corner taken by Aruna Dindane from the right by-line, Shot from close in by Ricardo Rocha misses to the left of the goal.
  • 21:42 John Utaka takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
  • 21:21 Fabrice Muamba concedes a free kick for a foul on John Utaka. Michael Brown takes the direct free kick.
  • 20:16 Foul by Richard Hughes on Kevin Davies, free kick awarded. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Ricardo Rocha manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:02 Unfair challenge on Zat Knight by John Utaka results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:47 Matthew Taylor crosses the ball, Ricardo Rocha makes a clearance.
  • 14:02 Gary Cahill fouled by John Utaka, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 12:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leonard Sowah by Jack Wilshere. Michael Brown takes the free kick.
  • 12:43 John Utaka takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 10:17 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Davies. David James takes the free kick.
  • 8:51 Corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from the left by-line, Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Mokoena. David James takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 8:23 A cross is delivered by Vladimir Weiss, Shot by Ivan Klasnic. David James makes a save.
  • 8:23 Vladimir Weiss crosses the ball, Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Save by David James.
  • 7:29 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save by David James.
  • 6:53 Unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Hassan Yebda results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 3:40 Gary Cahill takes a shot. Save made by David James.
  • 3:40 Effort from inside the six-yard box by Gary Cahill goes wide right of the target.
  • 2:41 Michael Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabrice Muamba. Shot on goal comes in from Matthew Taylor from the free kick, save made by David James.
  • 1:50 Centre by Paul Robinson.
  • 1:02 Matthew Taylor takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Richard Hughes manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 24 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 36 53 79
2 Chelsea 35 54 77
3 Arsenal 36 39 72
4 Tottenham 35 26 64
5 Man City 35 27 63
6 Aston Villa 35 15 61
7 Liverpool 35 24 59
8 Everton 35 9 54
9 Birmingham 35 -8 47
10 Sunderland 36 -6 44
11 Blackburn 36 -16 44
12 Fulham 34 -2 43
13 Stoke 34 -4 43
14 Bolton 36 -25 36
15 Wolves 36 -23 35
16 Wigan 36 -34 35
17 West Ham 36 -18 34
18 Hull 36 -41 28
19 Burnley 35 -37 27
20 Portsmouth 36 -33 16

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