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West Brom   1 - 1   Bolton

Johan Elmander
Johan Elmander is finally proving himself a star performer in the Premier League

By Sam Sheringham

A James Morrison header cancelled out Johan Elmander's strike as West Brom fought back to deny Bolton victory.

After a dull first half, the visitors took the lead when Elmander received a cushioned pass from Kevin Davies and fired in his fourth goal of the season.

But West Brom equalised 12 minutes from time when a cross from the lively Peter Odemwingie was nodded home by Morrison.

Martin Petrov wasted a clear chance for Bolton and Odemwingie slashed wide with an effort late on in the game.

It was a thrilling finish to a match which took a while to come to the boil, but turned into a flowing contest between two sides committed to attractive football.

The point stretched the Baggies' unbeaten run to five games and kept the Midlanders in sixth place.

Bolton are 11th in the Premier League but without a win since August and manager Owen Coyle needs to find a way of turning draws into victories.

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West Brom started with a confidence befitting a side who had beaten Arsenal and Manchester City in their previous two games.

But Bolton created the first real opening as a corner found Gary Cahill unmarked, only for the England centre-half, returning from a three-match suspension, to head wastefully over.

At the other end, Chris Brunt's long-range effort took a slight deflection before fizzing inches wide of Jussi Jaaskelainen's goal.

With the home side firmly on the front foot, Odemwingie began to show why he was named September's Premier League player of the month.

Coyle doubts West Brom goal

First, the livewire Nigerian turned neatly on the edge of the area before pulling his shot wide, then he blazed past Zat Knight and produced a cut-back which was blocked by the back-pedalling Cahill.

Moments later, a delicious right-wing cross from Morrison found Odemwingie bursting between two defenders, but the frontman's header sailed over the bar.

Another piledriver from Brunt drew a save from Jaaskelainen before the referee's whistle brought an end to an intriguing, but far from enthralling, first half.

Bolton almost scored within 20 seconds of the restart. A flowing move from the kick-off was worked to Petrov, and the Bulgarian's rising shot was athletically tipped over the bar by Scott Carson.

In a dominant spell for the visitors, another corner found the head of Cahill, but Nicky Shorey headed off the line to prevent Bolton from taking the lead.

It was a much more open game in the second half, with both sides starting to carve openings. The Baggies came close when Gretar Steinsson headed a whipped cross just over his own bar, and again when Odemwingie's lay-off played in Morrison, who fired past the post.

The opening goal underlined the flourishing of the partnership between Davies and Elmander and spoke volumes for the makeover Coyle has given Bolton's style of play.

A lovely passing move resulted in the the ball being worked quickly to the feet of Davies, whose volleyed pass was inch perfect for Elmander.

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The Swedish striker took one touch to steady himself before firing past Carson with his left foot.

Shortly afterwards, Petrov wasted a golden chance to put his side two in front. Racing clear down the left from Jaaskelainen's throw, he bore down on goal but, with only Carson to beat, he clipped his shot wide of the near post.

The Baggies poured forward in search of an equaliser, with Odemwingie blazing wide from a promising position on the right.

But the Nigerian made amends shortly afterwards, with a beautifully flighted cross for Morrison, who was left with the simple task of nodding home.

Substitute Matt Taylor went close for Bolton before Odemwingie sliced horribly wide after a long ball had given him a clear sight of glory.

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Saturday, 2 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Brom 1-1 Bolton FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Morrison 78
  • Elmander 64

West Brom

Substitutes

Bolton

Substitutes

Ref: WaltonAtt: 22,846
WEST BROM
BOLTON

Possession

  • West Brom 48%
  • Bolton 52%

Attempts on target

  • West Brom 9
  • Bolton 5

Attempts off target

  • West Brom 8
  • Bolton 5

Corners

  • West Brom 8
  • Bolton 4

Fouls

  • West Brom 8
  • Bolton 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:12 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+2:31 Unfair challenge on Fabrice Muamba by Youssouf Mulumbu results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 90:00+1:44 Handball decision goes against Kevin Davies. Chris Brunt takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:15 Chris Brunt delivers the ball, Peter Odemwingie has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
  • 89:17 Substitution Somen Tchoyi on for James Morrison.
  • 87:51 A cross is delivered by Chris Brunt, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 86:03 Matthew Taylor produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 86:03 Matthew Taylor has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 84:15 Matthew Taylor fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 84:15 Booking Gabriel Tamas is shown a yellow card.
  • 84:08 Gabriel Tamas challenges Mark Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 82:57 Booking Mark Davies receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 82:54 Booking Gonzalo Jara is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 82:33 Gonzalo Jara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Davies. Free kick taken by Stuart Holden.
  • 82:02 Shot by Giles Barnes. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 81:50 The offside flag is raised against Matthew Taylor. Gonzalo Jara restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:48 Substitution Johan Elmander leaves the field to be replaced by Mark Davies.
  • 80:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Olsson by Kevin Davies. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 78:56 The ball is sent over by Peter Odemwingie, Chris Brunt takes a shot from 12 yards. Brilliant save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 77:21 Assist by Peter Odemwingie.
  • 77:21 GOAL - James MorrisonWest Brom 1 - 1 Bolton James Morrison finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. West Brom 1-1 Bolton.
  • 76:32 Peter Odemwingie produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 75:32 Substitution Chung-Yong Lee goes off and Matthew Taylor comes on.
  • 75:21 A cross is delivered by Martin Petrov.
  • 75:02 The ball is crossed by Chris Brunt, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • Correction - 73:47 Corner taken right-footed by Chris Brunt from the left by-line, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
  • 73:47 Chris Brunt takes the inswinging corner, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
  • 73:22 Simon Cox takes a shot. Stuart Holden gets a block in.
  • 73:10 The ball is crossed by Giles Barnes.
  • 73:00 The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt.
  • 72:19 James Morrison takes a inswinging corner. The ball is delivered by Gabriel Tamas, clearance by Stuart Holden.
  • 72:15 The ball is sent over by Giles Barnes, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
  • 70:16 Shot from 25 yards from Chris Brunt. Blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 70:16 Substitution Paul Scharner leaves the field to be replaced by Simon Cox.
  • 70:16 Foul by Zat Knight on Peter Odemwingie, free kick awarded.
  • 68:44 Nicky Shorey sends in a cross, blocked by Gary Cahill.
  • 68:22 Nicky Shorey produces a cross, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
  • 67:44 Effort from the edge of the box by Martin Petrov goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 67:26 Giles Barnes sends in a cross, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 66:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Chris Brunt. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
  • 64:36 The ball is crossed by Chris Brunt, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 63:12 The assist for the goal came from Kevin Davies.
  • 63:12 GOAL - Johan ElmanderWest Brom 0 - 1 Bolton Johan Elmander finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 0-1 Bolton.
  • 62:26 Booking James Morrison receives a caution.
  • 62:15 James Morrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Holden. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 62:04 Centre by Gabriel Tamas, Kevin Davies manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:41 Chris Brunt takes the direct free kick.
  • 60:41 Booking Johan Elmander booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 60:26 Youssouf Mulumbu fouled by Johan Elmander, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 58:45 Substitution Giles Barnes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Graham Dorrans.
  • 58:45 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Davies. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 57:16 James Morrison produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • Correction - 56:04 Corner crossed in by Chris Brunt, clearance by Gary Cahill. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Morrison from the left by-line, clearance made by Paul Robinson. Chris Brunt has an effort at goal. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
  • 56:04 Chris Brunt delivers the ball in from the corner, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by James Morrison, clearance made by Paul Robinson. Shot by Chris Brunt. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
  • 55:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Zat Knight. Chris Brunt delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
  • 54:32 Kevin Davies takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 54:01 Effort on goal by James Morrison from 20 yards. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 52:55 James Morrison takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
  • 52:41 Chris Brunt sends in a cross, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
  • 51:38 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Gabriel Tamas results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 51:24 James Morrison takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 50:25 The ball is crossed by Martin Petrov, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the left by-line, Gary Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Nicky Shorey.
  • 48:37 Foul by Peter Odemwingie on Gary Cahill, free kick awarded. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 47:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Zat Knight on Peter Odemwingie. Free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara.
  • 47:05 Peter Odemwingie delivers the ball, clearance made by Paul Robinson.
  • 45:57 The ball is swung over by Martin Petrov. Shot by Fabrice Muamba went wide of the left-hand post.
  • 45:19 Martin Petrov takes a shot from 18 yards. Scott Carson makes a save. Corner taken by Martin Petrov, James Morrison manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:06 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+0:32 Chris Brunt sends in a cross, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
  • 42:22 Paul Scharner challenges Chung-Yong Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:28 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Martin Petrov, Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
  • 36:43 The ball is sent over by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, Chris Brunt manages to make a clearance.
  • 34:15 A cross is delivered by Youssouf Mulumbu, clearance by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • Correction - 33:48 Effort on goal by Chris Brunt from 25 yards. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 33:48 Effort from 25 yards by Chris Brunt. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 31:43 Peter Odemwingie delivers the ball, clearance by Paul Robinson.
  • 30:21 The referee penalises Zat Knight for handball. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.
  • 28:55 James Morrison fouled by Paul Robinson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara.
  • 28:21 Peter Odemwingie has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
  • 28:15 James Morrison delivers the ball.
  • 27:31 Stuart Holden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner. Chris Brunt takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 25:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Johan Elmander. Nicky Shorey takes the direct free kick.
  • 25:41 Foul by Chung-Yong Lee on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
  • 24:42 Foul by Martin Petrov on Gabriel Tamas, free kick awarded. Gabriel Tamas takes the free kick.
  • 23:49 The ball is crossed by Peter Odemwingie, clearance by Paul Robinson. James Morrison decides to take the corner short, The ball is sent over by Nicky Shorey, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
  • 20:59 Chris Brunt takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in. Peter Odemwingie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target. Peter Odemwingie is adjudged to have handled the ball. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 20:42 The ball is delivered by Paul Scharner, clearance by Gary Cahill.
  • 19:53 Nicky Shorey crosses the ball, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:08 Effort from long range by James Morrison goes wide right of the target.
  • 16:53 Effort from 25 yards by Chris Brunt. Paul Robinson gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 15:43 The ball is crossed by Graham Dorrans.
  • 15:37 James Morrison produces a cross, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
  • 14:28 The ball is sent over by Graham Dorrans.
  • 12:22 Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov, Header from deep inside the area by Gary Cahill goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 11:52 Jonas Olsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 11:41 Centre by James Morrison, Stuart Holden manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:06 Johan Elmander is caught offside. Gabriel Tamas takes the indirect free kick.
  • 7:27 The ball is delivered by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, save by Scott Carson.
  • 5:27 A cross is delivered by Chung-Yong Lee, save by Scott Carson.
  • 4:13 James Morrison decides to take the corner short.
  • 3:31 The ball is delivered by Chung-Yong Lee, save by Scott Carson.
  • 1:55 The ball is delivered by Chris Brunt.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

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

see also
Saturday football as it happened
02 Oct 10 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
02 Oct 10 |  Football
Coyle questions Baggies equaliser
02 Oct 10 |  Bolton



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