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Bolton   1 - 0   Wolverhampton

Christophe Berra and Johan Elmander battle for possession
Bolton and Wolves were generally evenly matched

By Oliver Brett

Debutant Daniel Sturridge's goal deep into injury time gave Bolton their first Premier League win in six games.

The striker, a loan signing from Chelsea on transfer deadline day, pounced on a dreadful back pass from Ronald Zubar to steal the points.

Until then, goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had denied Bolton at the Reebok, making three outstanding saves.

The best Wolves chance fell to Matt Jarvis but he could not force a save from Jussi Jaaskelainen.

And the combination of Jarvis's miss, Sturridge's late blow and a win by West Ham United at Blackpool left Mick McCarthy's men two points adrift at the bottom of the table.

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The visitors should have put a different complexion on the match after only 10 minutes.

Adam Hammill pumped a lofted pass forward from the halfway line, releasing Jarvis into acres of space as an inadequate Bolton offside trap was sprung with ease.

All Jarvis had to do was slip the ball past Jaaskelainen as the goalkeeper advanced in desperation, but somehow he missed the left-hand post before burying his head in his hands.

The hosts created four good chances in the first half. Johan Elmander connected poorly when presented with a header from Stuart Holden's cross, but made much better contact when Kevin Davies used his strength and experience to provide a short lay-off from the edge of the box.

This time Elmander's right-footed strike was heading for the corner, only for Hennessey to dive to his right to pull off a good save.

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Hennessey was also called into action when Chung-Yong Lee, despite being felled by George Elokobi, got back to his feet to swing a lovely cross through to Matt Taylor. Again the Wolves keeper saved the day.

Although McCarthy's side produced a few bright moments aside from the spurned Jarvis chance, the visitors' defenders were frequently put under pressure and rarely looked confident of coping.

As the interval approached, they were almost caught napping when Sam Ricketts cut in from the left and unleashed a fierce shot that whistled just wide of Hennessey's left-hand upright with the keeper stranded.

A generally scrappy second half was enlivened by some marauding runs from Hammill, the £500,000 signing from Barnsley who looks a very useful prospect.

Bolton gradually began to reassert their superiority and when Lee sent through a telling cross from the right it almost resulted in a goal.

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An attempted clearance from Wolves defender Christophe Berra went badly wrong, but Hennessey was on hand to make his third excellent save of the night.

Both teams made changes as they pressed for a positive finish. Among the substitutes were Sturridge and Wolves' new face in midfield, Jamie O'Hara.

The visitors remained second best and Jaaskelainen was not called on to make a save of note in the entire match.

Bolton could not capitalise on a rare error from Hennessey when the keeper dropped the ball at the feet of Elmander, but an awkward bounce prevented the Swede from getting a meaningful shot away.

Surprisingly, it was Wolves who came closest to breaking the deadlock when Kevin Doyle's deflected shot rebounded off an upright - but it would have been a doubly fortunate goal, since the striker had clearly begun his run from an offside position.

It looked set to be a frustrating night for both sets of supporters, until Sturridge, who had been kept quiet in his 23-minute slice of action, hit a first-time shot sweetly past Hennessey from close range - though what Zubar was trying to achieve with his ill-advised backpass was anyone's guess.

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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 1-0 Wolves FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Sturridge 90+2

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Wolverhampton

    Substitutes

    Ref: WaltonAtt: 18,944
    BOLTON
    WOLVES

    Possession

    • Bolton 51%
    • Wolves 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Bolton 8
    • Wolves 5

    Attempts off target

    • Bolton 5
    • Wolves 6

    Corners

    • Bolton 8
    • Wolves 3

    Fouls

    • Bolton 16
    • Wolves 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:26 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+3:16 Substitution Fabrice Muamba replaces Kevin Davies.
    • 90:00+1:59 GOAL - Daniel SturridgeBolton 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Daniel Sturridge scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 1-0 Wolverhampton.
    • 90:00+1:21 Effort from outside the penalty box by Jamie O'Hara goes wide right of the target.
    • 88:55 Substitution Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on for Adam Hammill.
    • 88:20 Jamie O'Hara has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
    • 87:17 Effort from just inside the area by Kevin Doyle hits the post.
    • 86:48 The ball is delivered by Jamie O'Hara, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 86:07 Samuel Ricketts produces a cross, clearance made by Ronald Zubar.
    • 85:16 The ball is sent over by Samuel Ricketts, blocked by Stephen Ward.
    • 84:13 Kevin Doyle crosses the ball.
    • 83:05 Kevin Doyle is ruled offside. Samuel Ricketts takes the free kick.
    • 81:25 Rodrigo Moreno concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Hammill. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from right wing, Daniel Sturridge makes a clearance.
    • 80:24 Stuart Holden challenges Adam Hammill unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by David Jones, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.
    • 78:56 Centre by Kevin Doyle. Stephen Ward is ruled offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 78:37 Zat Knight gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:55 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stuart Holden.
    • 77:31 The ball is delivered by Paul Robinson, clearance made by George Elokobi.
    • 76:22 The ball is crossed by Samuel Ricketts, comfortable save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 75:11 Jamie O'Hara crosses the ball, Stuart Holden manages to make a clearance.
    • 74:09 Substitution Matthew Jarvis leaves the field to be replaced by Stephen Ward.
    • 74:09 Substitution Jamie O'Hara on for David Edwards.
    • 73:50 Stuart Holden takes a inswinging corner.
    • 73:26 Gary Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Karl Henry.
    • 72:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ronald Zubar on Stuart Holden. Stuart Holden crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, David Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 72:17 Booking The referee shows Ronald Zubar a yellow card.
    • 70:08 David Jones challenges Mark Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Ronald Zubar.
    • 69:11 Johan Elmander produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
    • 66:47 The referee blows for offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
    • 66:47 Substitution Rodrigo Moreno is brought on as a substitute for Chung-Yong Lee.
    • 66:47 Substitution Daniel Sturridge joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Taylor.
    • 66:07 Foul by Karl Henry on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 66:07 Booking Karl Henry receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 65:45 George Elokobi takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Davies.
    • 65:38 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis played to the near post.
    • 63:58 Kevin Doyle fouled by Gary Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. David Jones has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • Correction - 63:01 Corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden from the left by-line, Header on goal by Kevin Davies from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 63:01 Inswinging corner taken by Stuart Holden from the left by-line.
    • 62:49 The ball is delivered by Kevin Davies, Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Ronald Zubar.
    • 62:38 The ball is swung over by Matthew Taylor.
    • 62:35 A cross is delivered by Kevin Davies.
    • 61:48 Gary Cahill challenges David Edwards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Stearman takes the direct free kick.
    • 60:59 The ball is swung over by Matthew Taylor, clearance made by George Elokobi.
    • 59:21 Christophe Berra fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
    • 58:26 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a fantastic save.
    • 57:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Robinson on Richard Stearman. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 57:09 Booking Booking for Richard Stearman.
    • 56:22 Booking Paul Robinson is shown a yellow card.
    • 55:03 Gary Cahill fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
    • Correction - 54:05 Matthew Taylor takes the inswinging corner, Kevin Davies takes a shot. Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey. Blocked by Chung-Yong Lee.
    • 54:05 Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Taylor, Kevin Davies takes a shot. Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 52:41 Kevin Davies crosses the ball, Foul by Matthew Taylor on Christophe Berra, free kick awarded. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
    • 50:26 Shot from 20 yards from Matthew Jarvis. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 49:31 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Karl Henry. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 48:58 Effort on goal by George Elokobi from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 48:40 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Jones, clearance made by Kevin Davies.
    • 48:33 Kevin Doyle produces a cross, clearance by Mark Davies.
    • 47:35 Foul by Stuart Holden on David Edwards, free kick awarded. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
    • 47:01 Stuart Holden fouled by David Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 45:37 Adam Hammill takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:15 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+0:36 The referee blows for offside against David Edwards. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
    • Correction - 43:55 Centre by Kevin Doyle, David Edwards produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 43:55 Kevin Doyle sends in a cross, Effort from the edge of the penalty area by David Jones goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • Correction - 42:03 Samuel Ricketts has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 42:03 Mark Davies has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 41:53 The ball is delivered by Samuel Ricketts, Richard Stearman makes a clearance.
    • 40:01 Foul by Richard Stearman on Matthew Taylor, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Stuart Holden.
    • 38:00 The ball is swung over by Adam Hammill, blocked by Samuel Ricketts.
    • 36:49 The ball is crossed by Johan Elmander, Christophe Berra gets a block in.
    • 35:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Gary Cahill. George Elokobi restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Christophe Berra. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 34:37 Matthew Taylor is ruled offside. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:40 Kevin Doyle fouled by Gary Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by George Elokobi.
    • 31:10 Centre by Adam Hammill.
    • 30:07 Volleyed right-footed shot by Johan Elmander. Christophe Berra gets a block in.
    • 29:50 Matthew Taylor delivers the ball, Richard Stearman manages to make a clearance.
    • 28:42 Zat Knight challenges Christophe Berra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 28:25 Matthew Taylor takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Kevin Doyle.
    • 28:05 The ball is sent over by Kevin Davies, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
    • 26:52 Johan Elmander sends in a cross. Kevin Davies is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:59 Corner taken by Stuart Holden from the left by-line.
    • 24:13 Adam Hammill takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
    • 22:01 Short corner taken by Adam Hammill.
    • 21:49 The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, blocked by Samuel Ricketts.
    • 21:13 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, comfortable save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 20:50 Kevin Davies sends in a cross, blocked by Christophe Berra.
    • 20:15 The ball is sent over by Paul Robinson, comfortable save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 19:18 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 17:39 The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
    • 17:07 Paul Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Hammill. Adam Hammill crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Kevin Davies.
    • 15:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Kevin Davies. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
    • 13:21 The ball is delivered by Matthew Taylor, Wayne Hennessey makes a comfortable save.
    • 12:45 The ball is crossed by Johan Elmander.
    • 10:56 Inswinging corner taken by Stuart Holden from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 10:39 Johan Elmander takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 9:49 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Matthew Jarvis goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 9:11 The ball is delivered by Matthew Taylor, Richard Stearman makes a clearance.
    • 6:30 A cross is delivered by Stuart Holden, Chung-Yong Lee produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 3:10 Matthew Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Edwards. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 2:29 Foul by George Elokobi on Johan Elmander, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Kevin Doyle makes a clearance.
    • 1:00 Handball decision goes against Kevin Doyle. Jussi Jaaskelainen crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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    As it stood on 2 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 24 32 54
    2 Arsenal 24 27 49
    3 Man City 25 17 46
    4 Chelsea 24 25 44
    5 Tottenham 24 7 41
    6 Sunderland 25 2 37
    7 Liverpool 25 2 35
    8 Bolton 25 0 33
    9 Blackburn 25 -7 31
    10 Newcastle 24 2 30
    11 Stoke 24 -2 30
    12 Fulham 25 0 29
    13 Blackpool 24 -9 28
    14 Aston Villa 25 -15 28
    15 Everton 24 -3 27
    16 West Brom 24 -14 26
    17 Birmingham 23 -10 24
    18 West Ham 25 -17 24
    19 Wigan 25 -19 23
    20 Wolves 24 -18 21

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