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Bolton   0 - 1   Liverpool

Maxi Rodriguez
Maxi scored his first goal of the season to seal a vital three points

By David Ornstein

Maxi Rodriguez toe-poked an 86th-minute winner as Liverpool won at Bolton to move out of the relegation zone.

Fernando Torres missed two first-half chances to open the scoring, while Steven Gerrard shot wide and Bolton's Stuart Holden had a volley well saved.

Liverpool lost Joe Cole to a hamstring injury but responded well with Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Maxi both going close.

Bolton pushed for a winner but it was Liverpool who got it, Maxi prodding home after a sublime flick from Torres.

The result - Liverpool's first away victory since they won at Burnley in April - sees Liverpool jump from 18th to 12th in the table.

Roy Hodgson's men are now just three points behind fifth-place Tottenham and five adrift of Manchester City in fourth.

And it is a triumph that will fill them with confidence ahead of Thursday's Europa League meeting with Napoli, which precedes the visit of Chelsea on Sunday.

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Bolton will feel hard done by after a performance full of energy and ambition, but they were ultimately punished for a lack of cutting edge in the final third.

Liverpool knew a point would be enough to lift them above the bottom three and Hodgson opted to name an unchanged side to the one which beat Blackburn last time out.

That meant Torres was deployed as the lone striker with Gerrard, Maxi and Cole in support - and the foursome looked dangerous from the outset.

Hodgson had not overseen an away league victory since the opening day of the 2009-10 season - when he was Fulham manager - but his team were full of attacking intent and they dominated the early exchanges.

Eight of Liverpool's previous nine league goals had been scored or created by Gerrard or Torres and the pair almost continued that sequence when Torres rose highest to meet Gerrard's corner but directed his header over the bar.

We should have had two penalties - Coyle

When the pair combined again a few minutes later, Liverpool should have taken the lead. A delicious lay-off from Gerrard sent Torres scurrying clear, but the Spaniard tried to turn inside Gary Cahill and a poor touch enabled the defender and his goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to avert the danger.

Liverpool were getting forward in numbers and a couple of crosses from left-back Paul Konchesky troubled the Bolton defence before Jaaskelainen reacted quickly to race off his line and prevent Torres latching on to Maxi's through-ball.

Bolton managed to emerge from that spell of pressure unscathed and soon began passing and moving with the confidence of a side who came into the match unbeaten at home this season.

One particularly eye-catching move saw Holden meet Kevin Davies's flick with a sweetly-struck volley that startled Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina.

The hosts wanted a penalty after for a challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Jamie Carragher, and they were appealing again when Paul Robinson's left-wing cross appeared to brush the same defender's arm.

Liverpool finished the half on top, Gerrard shooting wide from a promising position after being teed up by Maxi, but it was Bolton who made the more sprightly start to the second period.

Hodgson happy with Liverpool progress

Unfortunately for Owen Coyle's men, Liverpool were able to comfortably repel everything the Trotters threw at them.

The momentum briefly swung back in Liverpool's direction but, similarly, they struggled to carve out significant chances and suffered a set-back when Cole was forced off through injury.

He was replaced by striker David Ngog and the Frenchman's arrival - prompting Liverpool to switch from 4-2-3-1 to 4-2-2-2 - seemed to benefit the Reds.

Kyrgiakos glanced a header just over from Gerrard's corner and Maxi's overhead volley was narrowly too high after a Gerrard cross and Torres knockdown.

Back came Bolton and they saw another penalty shout rejected when Kyrgiakos appeared to shove Davies to the ground before Reina saved well to deny Johan Elmander and Zat Knight headed over from Matthew Taylor's corner.

But after Elmander flashed a strike wide and Davies narrowly failed to connect with Holden's inviting free-kick, Liverpool struck.

Lucas Leiva collected possession on the left and fed the ball into Torres, who flicked it through the legs of a Bolton defender to release Maxi. The Argentine's strike was far from clean but he did enough to beat Jaaskelainen and seal a vital three points.

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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 0-1 Liverpool FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Maxi 86

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 25,171
    BOLTON
    LIVERPOOL

    Possession

    • Bolton 50%
    • Liverpool 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Bolton 10
    • Liverpool 4

    Attempts off target

    • Bolton 4
    • Liverpool 6

    Corners

    • Bolton 1
    • Liverpool 4

    Fouls

    • Bolton 15
    • Liverpool 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:27 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+3:20 Rodrigo Moreno produces a cross, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+2:44 Gary Cahill has a volleyed shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
    • 89:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodrigo Moreno by David Ngog. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:13 Gretar Rafn Steinsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 88:13 Substitution Christian Poulsen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Raul Meireles.
    • 88:13 Booking Gretar Rafn Steinsson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • Correction - 87:33 David Ngog fouled by Rodrigo Moreno, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 87:33 Substitution Robbie Blake is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Taylor.
    • 87:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodrigo Moreno on David Ngog. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 87:33 Substitution Robbie Blake is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Taylor.
    • 85:50 Fernando Torres provided the assist for the goal.
    • 85:50 GOAL - Rodriguez MaxiBolton 0 - 1 Liverpool Rodriguez Maxi gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 0-1 Liverpool.
    • 85:31 The ball is sent over by Paul Konchesky, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
    • 83:46 Foul by Kevin Davies on Sotirios Kyrgiakos, free kick awarded. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
    • Correction - 80:59 Substitution Ivan Klasnic comes on in place of Johan Elmander.
    • 80:59 Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Ivan Klasnic coming on for Johan Elmander.
    • 80:18 David Ngog fouled by Gary Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 78:04 Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes a shot. Blocked by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 77:20 Fabrice Muamba takes a shot. Blocked by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 76:36 Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Gerrard, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
    • 74:44 Martin Skrtel challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Taylor, Kevin Davies has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
    • 74:44 Booking Booking for Martin Skrtel for unsporting behaviour.
    • 74:02 Effort from the edge of the area by Johan Elmander goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • Correction - 73:08 Matthew Taylor takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Header from close range by Zat Knight clears the bar.
    • Correction - 73:08 Substitution Rodrigo Moreno on for Chung-Yong Lee.
    • 73:08 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line played to the near post, Zat Knight has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
    • 73:08 Substitution Chung-Yong Lee goes off and Rodrigo Moreno comes on.
    • 72:23 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
    • 70:15 Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, Shot on goal by Rodriguez Maxi from just inside the area goes over the target.
    • 68:01 Chung-Yong Lee fouled by Sotirios Kyrgiakos, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stuart Holden.
    • 66:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Skrtel on Johan Elmander. Stuart Holden crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 66:31 A cross is delivered by David Ngog, Paul Robinson manages to make a clearance.
    • Correction - 64:54 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, Sotirios Kyrgiakos produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 64:54 Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line played to the near post, Header from close in by Sotirios Kyrgiakos misses to the left of the target.
    • 64:30 A cross is delivered by Raul Meireles, Gretar Rafn Steinsson makes a clearance.
    • 63:02 Foul by Kevin Davies on Paul Konchesky, free kick awarded. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the direct free kick.
    • 62:44 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 61:00 Substitution David Ngog on for Joe Cole.
    • 59:16 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Fabrice Muamba gets a block in.
    • 58:32 Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 57:08 Fernando Torres produces a cross, blocked by Matthew Taylor.
    • 55:44 Paul Konchesky challenges Chung-Yong Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:13 Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:50 Chung-Yong Lee sends in a cross, Raul Meireles manages to make a clearance.
    • 51:59 Kevin Davies fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
    • 51:16 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
    • 48:11 Unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel by Matthew Taylor results in a free kick. Martin Skrtel takes the direct free kick.
    • 48:11 Booking Matthew Taylor is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 45:33 Gretar Rafn Steinsson produces a cross, save by Jose Reina.
    • 45:18 The ball is sent over by Paul Robinson, Joe Cole makes a clearance.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:48 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+1:29 The assistant referee signals for offside against Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 45:00+0:47 Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Steven Gerrard takes the direct free kick.
    • 44:51 Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Johan Elmander. Matthew Taylor has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Jose Reina.
    • 42:35 Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Cahill. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 41:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Matthew Taylor produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Jose Reina.
    • 40:29 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Steven Gerrard misses to the left of the target.
    • 39:38 The ball is sent over by Matthew Taylor, save by Jose Reina.
    • 38:09 The assistant referee signals for offside against Johan Elmander. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
    • 36:24 Fabrice Muamba takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 36:00 Paul Robinson produces a cross, save by Jose Reina.
    • 35:19 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Raul Meireles.
    • 32:48 Stuart Holden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas. Strike comes in from Steven Gerrard from the free kick.
    • 30:43 Matthew Taylor challenges Jamie Carragher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
    • 29:14 Effort from a long way out by Joe Cole goes wide right of the goal.
    • 27:49 The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
    • 25:25 Fabrice Muamba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.
    • 23:33 A cross is delivered by Paul Robinson, Rodriguez Maxi makes a clearance.
    • 22:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Stuart Holden. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 22:05 Shot by Stuart Holden. Save made by Jose Reina.
    • 20:27 Paul Konchesky concedes a free kick for a foul on Chung-Yong Lee. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Paul Konchesky manages to make a clearance.
    • 20:27 Booking Paul Konchesky shown a yellow card.
    • 19:43 Unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:28 Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Carragher.
    • 19:09 The ball is sent over by Jamie Carragher, clearance made by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
    • 18:28 Unfair challenge on Sotirios Kyrgiakos by Fabrice Muamba results in a free kick. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the direct free kick.
    • 16:37 Sotirios Kyrgiakos concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. Shot on goal comes in from Matthew Taylor from the free kick.
    • 15:56 The ball is sent over by Joe Cole.
    • 15:03 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
    • 14:10 Matthew Taylor delivers the ball.
    • 11:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Taylor on Jamie Carragher. Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.
    • 10:33 Paul Konchesky delivers the ball, clearance by Zat Knight.
    • 9:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher by Matthew Taylor. Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:22 Short corner taken by Steven Gerrard.
    • 7:59 Joe Cole delivers the ball, Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in.
    • 6:55 Gretar Rafn Steinsson delivers the ball, save by Jose Reina.
    • 2:49 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Close range header by Fernando Torres goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 31 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 10 24 25
    2 Arsenal 10 12 20
    3 Man Utd 10 10 20
    4 Man City 10 3 17
    5 Tottenham 10 1 15
    6 West Brom 9 -2 15
    7 Newcastle 10 5 14
    8 Everton 10 2 13
    9 Fulham 10 1 12
    10 Bolton 10 -1 12
    11 Sunderland 10 -3 12
    12 Liverpool 10 -4 12
    13 Aston Villa 10 -4 12
    14 Birmingham 10 -2 11
    15 Stoke 10 -4 10
    16 Blackpool 9 -7 10
    17 Wigan 10 -11 10
    18 Blackburn 10 -3 9
    19 Wolves 10 -6 9
    20 West Ham 10 -11 6

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