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Bolton   2 - 0   Everton

Gary Cahill scores for Bolton
Gary Cahill scores the opener from a Stuart Holden free-kick

By Alistair Magowan

Daniel Sturridge scored his third goal in three games to help Bolton earn a scrappy victory over Everton.

The hosts took an early lead when Gary Cahill ran clear to head in Stuart Holden's free-kick from the left.

Tim Cahill could have levelled when he failed to make proper contact with Leighton Baines' fine cross.

But Sturridge, 21, underlined his potency in front of goal since joining the Trotters in January by lashing in following a Bolton free-kick.

The on-loan Chelsea forward also went close late on and his recent form has shown strong indications he can flourish when playing from the start.

His two league starts for his new club are as many as he has achieved in the previous two seasons at Stamford Bridge.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle and his men were boosted by this win which keeps them in eighth spot in the Premier League but it was a miserable afternoon for their opponents, who could not find any rhythm to their play and were restricted to very few chances.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle

Coyle hopes to nurture Sturridge

Everton manager David Moyes cut a dejected figure at the final whistle and will wonder how his team failed to fire after crashing in five goals against Blackpool last weekend.

The Merseysiders were without the injured striker Louis Saha and although they had Tim Cahill back in attack, combinations by other players seemed disjointed.

Sturridge, on the other hand, linked well his new team-mates from the start and proved a suitable beneficiary of Kevin Davies's knockdowns.

With Johan Elmander coming in off the right, Coyle's team were looking more fluid and, after a Sam Ricketts shot was pulled wide, the hosts took the lead in fortunate circumstances.

Victor Anichebe was adjudged to have fouled Paul Robinson deep on Bolton's left flank, although the contact by the Bolton defender looked stronger, and from the resulting free-kick Holden whipped in a dead ball which Gary Cahill met on the run.

The ball took a deflection from Johnny Heitinga on its way in but Moyes was fuming with his defenders for allowing Gary Cahill so much room in the box.

Tim Cahill returned to the Toffees' starting line-up after the Asia Cup and was perhaps a bit rusty when meeting Baines' fine cross soon after, where he could have easily levelled matters.

But his attempted volley from six yards out bounced into the ground and over the bar when a header might have yielded a better result.

The Australian was part of a five-man Everton midfield, swapping positions with Mikel Arteta regularly, and the Spaniard found Anichebe with a fine through ball, but the stretching Zat Knight managed to cover.

Moyes despondent at defeat

Unfortunately for the defender, who has completed all of Bolton's last 50 Premier League games, he injured his knee ligaments in the process and is expected to be out for a couple of weeks.

With a goal cushion, Bolton's advances became fewer and it took time for Everton to wrest more control of the game, with Arteta's shot the only tangible effort before half-time.

That shift in the game's balance was in part down to Moyes' decision to push Cahill further up the field but they also looked threatening via Baines' deliveries.

As the rain began to lash down the game turned scrappy with Tim Cahill and Sturridge off-target with half-chances.

And despite Moyes' attempts to change his team's focus with a double substitution, the on-loan Sturridge again showed his ruthlessness in front of goal when he fired in to double Bolton's lead.

Following a free-kick where Gary Cahill made a nuisance of himself, Lee Chung-yong beat the Everton defence to a header and Sturridge was free to smash in from the angle.

That goal took the tension out of Coyle's side and pretty much ended the game as a contest.

Despite some probings by Anichebe, the Everton midfield could not find the crucial pass to their forwards, with the Nigerian and substitute Jermaine Beckford left frustrated.

Holden had the ball in the back of the net from Sturridge's classy back-heel but the ball was deemed to have gone out of play, while Sturridge and Elmander could have made it worse for the visitors but their shots were narrowly wide.

The defeat leaves Moyes' team three points above the relegation zone and although his team appear to have the talent to avoid that stress, this display will cause them concern.

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Sunday, 13 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 2-0 Everton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Cahill 10
  • Sturridge 67

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Ref: ProbertAtt: 22,986
    BOLTON
    EVERTON

    Possession

    • Bolton 46%
    • Everton 54%

    Attempts on target

    • Bolton 5
    • Everton 4

    Attempts off target

    • Bolton 6
    • Everton 5

    Corners

    • Bolton 4
    • Everton 4

    Fouls

    • Bolton 15
    • Everton 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:29 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 89:50 Substitution Fabrice Muamba comes on in place of Daniel Sturridge.
    • 89:36 Shot from outside the area by Daniel Sturridge misses to the left of the target.
    • 88:37 Johan Elmander has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
    • 88:13 Unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Johnny Heitinga results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 87:46 A cross is delivered by Chung-Yong Lee, Shot from deep inside the area by Daniel Sturridge clears the crossbar.
    • 83:02 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Jose Baxter produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 82:52 Jose Baxter takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 82:24 Foul by Samuel Ricketts on Marouane Fellaini, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
    • 81:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Osman on Mark Davies. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
    • 80:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chung-Yong Lee on Leon Osman. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
    • 79:36 Shot by Leon Osman from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
    • 78:00 Marouane Fellaini is ruled offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
    • 77:06 Paul Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Anichebe. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 77:06 Substitution Jose Baxter joins the action as a substitute, replacing Victor Anichebe.
    • 75:09 Centre by Stuart Holden, save by Tim Howard.
    • 74:31 Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Stuart Holden.
    • 73:28 Stuart Holden concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Cahill. Tim Cahill restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:49 Leon Osman sends in a cross, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 71:12 The ball is sent over by Phil Neville, David Wheater makes a clearance.
    • 69:45 Mikel Arteta fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Johnny Heitinga, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 66:09 Chung-Yong Lee provided the assist for the goal.
    • 66:09 GOAL - Daniel SturridgeBolton 2 - 0 Everton A goal is scored by Daniel Sturridge from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 2-0 Everton.
    • 65:33 Unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Sylvain Distin results in a free kick. Samuel Ricketts takes the direct free kick.
    • 63:46 Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the target.
    • 61:45 Effort on goal by Tim Cahill from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 61:20 Foul by Johan Elmander on Marouane Fellaini, free kick awarded. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
    • 60:11 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Leon Osman coming on for Seamus Coleman.
    • 60:11 Substitution Jermaine Beckford replaces Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
    • 58:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johan Elmander by Sylvain Distin. Samuel Ricketts restarts play with the free kick.
    • 58:58 Substitution Chung-Yong Lee comes on in place of Matthew Taylor.
    • 57:44 Foul by David Wheater on Victor Anichebe, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Leighton Baines, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 57:00 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Marouane Fellaini misses to the left of the target.
    • 55:21 Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
    • 54:24 The ball is sent over by Leighton Baines, Paul Robinson manages to make a clearance.
    • 53:44 Short corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line.
    • 53:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Kevin Davies. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Johnny Heitinga from right wing, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
    • 52:11 David Wheater concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Cahill. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
    • 50:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Fellaini on Daniel Sturridge. Matthew Taylor fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 49:36 Matthew Taylor sends in a cross.
    • Correction - 47:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Robinson on Seamus Coleman. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:50 Paul Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
    • 45:31 Unfair challenge on David Wheater by Victor Anichebe results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:04 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+2:10 Seamus Coleman sends in a cross.
    • 45:00+1:24 Stuart Holden concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel Arteta. Free kick taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
    • 44:02 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Taylor.
    • 43:43 Mark Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 43:06 Corner taken by Stuart Holden from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.
    • 43:02 The ball is crossed by Matthew Taylor, blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 41:17 Leighton Baines produces a cross, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:01 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 39:47 Centre by Seamus Coleman.
    • 38:58 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov challenges Johan Elmander unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick, Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 38:35 Unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Daniel Sturridge results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 37:32 The official flags Phil Neville offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 36:15 A cross is delivered by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
    • 32:57 Unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Johnny Heitinga results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Matthew Taylor from the free kick, comfortable save by Tim Howard.
    • 32:13 The offside flag is raised against Victor Anichebe. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
    • 28:51 Sylvain Distin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge. Free kick crossed right-footed by Samuel Ricketts, Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 28:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Kevin Davies. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
    • 26:36 Substitution David Wheater comes on in place of Zat Knight.
    • 24:14 Corner taken by Leighton Baines played to the near post, Matthew Taylor manages to make a clearance.
    • 21:30 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 20:14 Seamus Coleman sends in a cross, clearance by Stuart Holden.
    • 19:39 The ball is crossed by Matthew Taylor, Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.
    • 18:22 Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta to the near post, clearance by Paul Robinson.
    • 18:17 The ball is delivered by Phil Neville, clearance by Zat Knight.
    • 18:04 Leighton Baines takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Davies.
    • 17:15 Zat Knight gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Anichebe. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
    • 16:26 Leighton Baines crosses the ball, Effort on goal by Tim Cahill from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 15:55 The offside flag is raised against Daniel Sturridge. Phil Neville restarts play with the free kick.
    • 11:20 Unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Johan Elmander results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Matthew Taylor makes a clearance.
    • 11:20 Booking Johan Elmander receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 9:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Anichebe on Matthew Taylor. The assist for the goal came from Stuart Holden.
    • 9:13 GOAL - Gary CahillBolton 1 - 0 Everton Gary Cahill finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Bolton 1-0 Everton.
    • 8:22 Samuel Ricketts sends in a cross, Phil Neville manages to make a clearance.
    • 5:48 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Taylor.
    • 5:02 Samuel Ricketts takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 4:51 Matthew Taylor produces a cross, clearance by Tim Cahill.
    • 1:38 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, Gary Cahill has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
    • 0:13 Tim Cahill fouled by Matthew Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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    13 Feb 2011 23:59 UK


    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 13 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 26 32 57
    2 Arsenal 26 29 53
    3 Man City 27 19 49
    4 Tottenham 26 9 47
    5 Chelsea 25 24 44
    6 Liverpool 27 3 39
    7 Sunderland 27 0 37
    8 Bolton 27 1 36
    9 Stoke 26 -2 33
    10 Newcastle 26 2 32
    11 Blackburn 27 -8 32
    12 Fulham 26 0 30
    13 Everton 26 -3 30
    14 Birmingham 25 -8 30
    15 Aston Villa 27 -15 30
    16 Blackpool 26 -11 29
    17 West Brom 26 -17 27
    18 Wigan 27 -18 27
    19 West Ham 27 -18 25
    20 Wolves 26 -19 24

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