• Date: Sat 24 April 2010
  • Venue: Reebok Stadium
  • Ref: Webb, H
  • Attendance: 20,526
Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers

Klasnic (26)

Davies, K (28)

2 - 2


Dindane (54)

Dindane (68)

Bolton Wanderers vs Portsmouth

Team Lineups

Bolton Wanderers

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Paul Robinson
Gary Cahill
Zat Knight
Gretar Steinsson
Fabrice Muamba
Matt Taylor
Jack Wilshere (Mark Davies, M, 82)
Vladimir Weiss (Chung-Yong Lee, 70)
Kevin Davies, K
Ivan Klasnic (Johan Elmander, 76)


David James
Ricardo Rocha
Anthony Vanden Borre
Leonard Sowah
Aaron Mokoena
Michael Brown
John Utaka
Richard Hughes
Hassan Yebda (Frederic Piquionne, 46)
Tommy Smith
Aruna Dindane

Match Report
Bolton threw away a great opportunity to guarantee their Premier League status as already-relegated Portsmouth came from behind to earn a point in a 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium. Owen Coyle's side struck twice in two first-half minutes through Ivan Klasnic and Kevin Davies to put themselves in the driving seat at the interval. But Aruna Dindane's double earned crisis-club Pompey a well-deserved draw and left Wanderers still needing a point from their remaining two games to be absolutely certain of safety. Bolton could have been in front as early as the fourth minute when David James fumbled Matt Taylor's free-kick but Gary Cahill's follow-up effort clipped the outside of the post. The Portsmouth goalkeeper atoned for his early error with fine saves to keep out Taylor's header and then Klasnic's shot on the turn as the Trotters piled forward in the opening stages. But despite the home side's dominance, Jussi Jaaskelainen was called into action when he produced a smart stop to deny John Utaka's low drive. Bolton took the lead on 26 minutes when Klasnic got in front of his marker to head home Jack Wilshere's inviting cross. Two minutes later, Davies doubled Wanderers' advantage with a goal created superbly by Vladimir Weiss. The on-loan Manchester City winger, making his first start for Bolton, set off on a magnificent run from the halfway line, beating at least four Pompey players before squaring for Davies to tap home. The FA Cup finalists nearly responded immediately but Tommy Smith's 25-yard drive struck the foot of the post. The visitors reduce the deficit 10 minutes after half-time when substitute Frederic Piquionne picked out Dindane and he scuffed his shot past Jaaskelainen. And the Ivory Coast striker grabbed a 68th-minute equaliser when Utaka pounced on Gary Cahill's slip to cross for Dindane to volley home. Davies nearly nicked it for Bolton deep into injury time but the Whites captain saw his header come back off the upright.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

And that's the final whistle, a draw is a fair result in the end and you have to credit Pompey for fighting back in the second half.


So close!!! Kevin Davies rise at the far post but his header comes off the post, so close for Bolton!


Taylor's corner to the far post is well claimed by David James, it's looking like a point a piece here.


Aruna Dindane curls a free kick well over just as the stadium announcer says here will be four minutes of time added on.


Gretar Steinsson accelerates into the area and pulls back a good cross from the byline that James does well to claim.


Bolton are looking nerby at the back and have Jussi Jaaskelainen to thank for keeping out Frederic Piquionne's near post shot.


Mark Davies is on for Jack Wilshere


Wilshire shows good technique to fire in a rising volley but it goes straight at James.


Ivan Klasnic jogs off to be replaced by Johan Elmander.

Yellow Card

Richard Hughes is booked for a late challenge on Chung-Yong Lee.


Taylor's snap shot from 30 yards is comfortably saved by James.


Chung-Yong Lee is on for the tiring Vladimir Weiss.


BOLTON 2-2 PORTSMOUTH: Utaka beats two players in the penalty area before crossing for DINDANE to tap home his and Pompey's second of the game. Dramatic stuff!


Davies' header from the corner is cleared off the line by Tommy Smith.


Great skill from Wilshire as he jinks past three players in the area before teeing up Klasnic who wins a corner.


Paul Robinson gets free on the left and fires in a dangerous low cross but no one is anywhere near the ball to convert.


BOLTON 2-1 PORTSMOUTH: Good work from Frederic Piquionne down the right tees up DINDANE whose scuffed shot beats Jussi Jaaskelainen.


It should be 3-0! A fantastic counter attack from Bolton sees Fabrice Muamba play in Matt Taylor who somehow pokes wide from six yards.


We are underway again at The Reebok.


Half time change for Pompey: Hassan Yebda is replaced by Frederic Piquionne.

Half time

And that's the break, Bolton in complete control here and are just 45 mins away from guranteeing their top flight status for next season.


Two minutes to be added on at the end of the half.


Tommy Smith has another effort but is a poor one and drifts wide.


Those two quickfire goals have really stunned Pompey and they need to stay alert to stop from going further behind.


Hit the poat! Portsmouth nearly get themselves back into the game straight away but Smith's effort thumps off the upright.


BOLTON 2-0 PORTSMOUTH: Two in two minutes for Bolton as Weiss goes on a mazy run before laying it across for DAVIES to tap home from eight yards.


BOLTON 1-0 PORTSMOUTH: Wilshire's cross from the left is nodded home by KLASNIC.


The corner is met by Ricardo Rocha, but his header drfits over the bar.


A rare attack for Pompey as Anthony Vanden Borre marches forward and plays it to Utaka, whose shot goes behind for a corner.


Jack Wilshere is unlucky not to win a free kick on the edge of the box when Tommy Smith appears to bring him down from behind. Referee Howard Webb says no though.


Jussi Jaaskelainen is called in action for the first time this afternoon when John Utaka fires in a low effort from 18 yards, the Finn does well though to push the ball away at full stretch.


Pompey are all over the place at the back. This time it's Ivan Klasnic's turn to have a go at goal but once more James palms it away.


Kevin Davies knocks the ball in for Matt Taylor, whose header is tipped away at full stretch by James, good start to the game by Bolton.


Dindane jogs back onto the field, relief for Pompey.


MORE injury worries for Pompey, this time Aruna Dindane stays down after a challenge from Paul Robinson, he should be ok though...


Early chance for Bolton! Matt Taylor's free kick is fumbled by David James and Gary Cahill hits the post with the rebound.


Referee Howard Webb gets us underway at a sunny Reebok Stadium.

Awaiting Kickoff

Portsmouth make four changes from the side beaten by Aston Villa, with Avram Grant recalling Ricardo Rocha, Richard Hughes, Aruna Dindane and Tommy Smith.

Awaiting Kickoff

Bolton make two changes from the side that beat Stoke. On-loan Man City youngster Vladimir Weiss and Ivan Klasnic come in with Sam Ricketts and Chung-Yong Lee dropping to the bench.