• Date: Sat 17 April 2010
  • Venue: Britannia Stadium
  • Ref: Attwell, S
  • Attendance: 27,250
Stoke City

Stoke City

Kitson (13)

1 - 2
Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers

Taylor (85)

Taylor (88)

Stoke City vs Bolton Wanderers

Team Lineups

Stoke City

Thomas Sorensen
Danny Higginbotham
Robert Huth
Danny Collins
Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye
Glenn Whelan
Liam Lawrence (Matthew Etherington, 72)
Dean Whitehead
Rory Delap
Dave Kitson (James Beattie, 83)
Sanli Tuncay (Ricardo Fuller, 77)

Bolton Wanderers

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Paul Robinson
Gary Cahill
Zat Knight
Gretar Steinsson
Sam Ricketts (Ivan Klasnic, 46)
Fabrice Muamba (Mark Davies, M, 83)
Matt Taylor
Chung-Yong Lee (Vladimir Weiss, 71)
Jack Wilshere
Kevin Davies, K

Match Report
Matt Taylor struck two late goals to push Bolton to the brink of survival and place a dent in Stoke's impressive home record, as Wanderers won 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium. Taylor buried his first with a sweetly struck 20-yard free-kick after substitute Vladimir Weiss was adjudged to have been tripped by Dean Whitehead. Stoke were furious as the Slovakian seemed to dive and it took referee Stuart Attwell, a late replacement for Martin Atkinson who was switched to the Manchester derby, some time to award the infringement. Taylor wasn't asking any questions as he blasted a low shot underneath the defensive wall and out of Thomas Sorensen's reach with five minutes remaining. And Taylor sent around 2,000 travelling fans into ecstasy when he stuck out a leg to divert in a right-wing cross from Weiss two minutes later. The drama wasn't quite over as Stoke captain and former Bolton centre-back Abdoulaye Faye squandered a gilt-edged chance to earn his side a point in stoppage time. Robert Huth's header fell straight into his path three yards from goal, but Faye somehow hooked his shot over the top when it looked easier to score. Taylor curled a second minute free-kick against the defensive wall, but Stoke soon clicked into gear as Huth headed over before the home side took a 13th minute lead. It was a terrific goal as well with Glenn Whelan sliding a pass to Tuncay before the Turkey international played a delightful ball into the path of strike partner Dave Kitson. Kitson timed his run to spring the Bolton offside trap and he took the ball around the unguarded Jussi Jaaskelainen and tucked away his eighth goal of the season. Huth then headed a long throw from Delap against a post, with Liam Lawrence close to knocking in the rebound, as Bolton struggled to stay in the contest. Stoke's confidence was now overflowing as Tuncay and Whelan, in particular, were involved in some excellent passing moves which belied their stereotype as a long-ball team. And Bolton, who had not forced Sorensen into a meaningful save, could consider themselves fortunate to reach half-time with only a single goal deficit. Owen Coyle had seen enough and decided on a positive change with midfielder Sam Ricketts making way for Ivan Klasnic. The Croatian striker gave the isolated Kevin Davies some much needed support and both players went close to equalising within five minutes of the restart. Davies had a shot blocked in front of goal by Faye, before Klasnic went even closer when he fired Taylor's cross inches wide. It was a much different game now and Stoke also needed some dogged defending, including a couple of last-ditch tackles, to keep the visitors out. But they managed to ride the storm and hit back strongly as Jaaskelainen saved well from Dean Whitehead after an inch-perfect pass from Kitson played in the midfielder. It should have been 2-0 17 minutes from time when Tuncay shot against a post from a pin-point low cross by substitute Matthew Etherington. And Taylor made Stoke pay as Bolton's smash-and-grab finish eased them a healthy seven points clear of the bottom three.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full Time: STOKE 1-2 BOLTON. Taylor's late brace secures Bolton an unlikely win agaisnt Stoke after Kitson put the home side ahead.


Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.


STOKE 1-2 BOLTON. The game has been turned on its head! Weiss squeezes a ball low from the right hand side and TAYLOR makes a break into the box and he turns it into the net.


STOKE 1-1 BOLTON. Weiss wins a free-kick off Whitehead. Matt TAYLOR steps up to take the free-kick from twenty-five yards and he strikes it with dip and pace into the top corner. What a goal, what a way to level the scores!


Mark Davies comes on for Fabrice Muamba.


Beattie comes on for Kitson.


Substitute Vladimir Weiss makes a break into the Stoke box but he can only strike a tame shot into the arms of Sorensen from a promising position.


Interesting point for any Stoke fans. Tuncay goes straight down the tunnel after being subbed rather than joining his team mates on the bench. Pulis is visibly less than impressed.


Fuller is introduced as Tuncay makes way.


It should have been two! Whitehead finds Tuncay with a chipped cross to the back post but he heads against the post unmarked. The ball drops to Kitson at the other post but he turns it over from four yards under pressure from Steinsson.


Lawrence is replaced by Etherington.


Weiss comes on for Lee.


Superb play from Stoke. Kitson turns the ball into the box and Whitehead attempts an audacious lob from twelve yards but Jaaskelainen makes an excellent fingertip save to deny Stoke their second.


Delap launches in another long throw. I'm sure the Bolton defence are used to defending them by know and once again they comfortably head clear.

Yellow Card

Wilshere is cautioned as he hauls down Lawrence to prevent a Stoke break away. An intelligent foul from the young English midfielder.


Bolton are probing and searching for an equaliser. Matt Taylor is played in by Klasnic on the left hand side but his cross from deep is easily gathered by Sorensen.


Klasnic slips the ball in field to Wilshere who drives forward before shooting low towards goal but he is denied by a sprawling save from Sorensen.


Davies and Klasnic link up well on the edge of the Stoke box and Klasnic turns neatly and strikes for goal but can only steer the ball wide.


Stoke make what looks like a threatening break down the right but as Tuncay looks to cut inside and find a team-mate he is dispossessed by a strong Muamba challenge.


Matt Taylor takes the free-kick and shifts it to Klasnic who strikes for goal but Whelan is on hand to make an important block.

Yellow Card

Whelan trips Wilshere in a dangerous position for Bolton and the Stoke man earns a caution.


Jaaskelainen punts the ball long into the box and finds Zat Knight but his finish is typical of that of a defender and goes well wide.


Klasnic comes on for Ricketts in an attacking switch from Owen Coyle at halftime.

Second half

The second half is underway.

Half time

Halftime: Stoke 1-0 Bolton. The first half comes to a close and Stoke have a deserved lead thanks to Kitson's early strike. Bolton have been outplayed so far and have it all to do after the break.


Liam Lawrence has the chance to deliver from the right hand side and he crosses towards Huth but he can't get any purchase on the header and Jaaskelainen gathers.


Lee feeds Davies on the right hand side and the powerful striker turns neatly and looks to shoot from the right channel but Higginbotham blocks.


More incisive play from Stoke as Tuncay turns the ball into the path of Kitson who would have been clean through but the flag is already up, Kitson was offside.


The resulting free-kick is taken by Whelan but it hits the wall and Cahill easily clears.

Yellow Card

Muamba is cautioned after he chopped down Huth as the German broke towards the Bolton box.


Jack Wilshere looks to inspire his side with a dangerous looking run down the right hand side but as he tries to break into the box he is closed out by Whitehead and the attack comes to nothing.


Stoke are on top and pressing the visitors high up the pitch. Delap forces Steinsson into conceding a throw-in and it gives them another chance to work the Bolton back line.


Tuncay wins a corner for the home side. Lawrence works the corner short before it is whipped into the box but the Bolton defence hold firm.


Bolton use their long-throw specialist Ricketts from the right. His delivery into the box is easily gathered however by Sorensen who is off his line quickly to catch.


Delap launches another long throw into the box. Bolton are under pressure, Huth heads the ball on and finds Lawrence at the back post but he can only hit the post from a tight angle.


STOKE 1-0 BOLTON. Tuncay threads a low through ball into the path of KITSON who runs onto the ball and slots home under the body of Jaaskelainen. One nil Stoke!


The first chance of the game falls for Huth as he heads goalbound from a Delap long throw but the effort goes over the bar.


Tuncay finds space on the left hand side and has the time to cross but the Turk's ball in is well cleared by the Trotters back line.


Steinsson picks the ball up on the right hand side and tries to release Lee in behind but the pass it slightly overhit and it runs out of play.


Wilshere gives away a cheap free-kick in the middle of the park and in a game involving these two teams I would bet on this being tossed forward. It is sent long but the referee blows for offside.


Higginbotham is penalised for handball twenty-five yards from his own goal and gives Taylor the chance to test Sorensen early on. The free-kick is taken left footed but deflects wide off the wall.


The game is underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Owen Coyle opts to start Davies alone in attack with support from wide coming in the form of Taylor, Muamba and Wilshere. Lee and Ricketts will anchor the midfield with Cahill and Knight in defence.

Awaiting Kickoff

Tony Pulis names Tuncay and Kitson in attack with a four man midfield of Whitehead, Whelan, Delap and Lawrence. Huth, Collins and Faye all start in a strong defence with Sorensen in goal.

Awaiting Kickoff

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Lee, Ricketts, Muamba, Wilshere, Taylor, Kevin Davies

Awaiting Kickoff

Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Collins, Lawrence, Whitehead, Whelan, Delap, Sanli, Kitson

Awaiting Kickoff

Hello and welcome to the Brittania Stadium where Stoke City and Bolton square off this afternoon. Stoke have secured their place in the Premier League already but Bolton will still need a few more points to be sure of safety.