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  • Davies, K (33), Klasnic (60)
  • McFadden (76)
  • Date:2010-05-09
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Reebok Stadium
  • Attendance:22863
  • Referee:Friend, K

Live Commentary

90mins

Full Time: BOLTON 2-1 BIRMINGHAM. The final whistle goes and Bolton end their season with a home win. Birmingham will take heart from their late fightback but they were up against it after a poor first-half display.

87mins

Benitez beats Robinson all ends up and the left-back is forced to concede a free-kick but once again Zat Knight is there to head away the delivery from the set-piece.

85mins

Wilshere looks to shoot from a free-kick but he can only fire it high and wide from twenty-five yards.

80mins

Someone from the crowd has charged onto the pitch. The players are visibly unimpressed but at least the man is wearing clothes!

77mins

Jaaskelainen can no doubt feel hard done by after that one. Two superb stops from the keeper but McFadden was there to score.

76mins

BOLTON 2-1 BIRMINGHAM. Bowyer follows up the penalty but the rebound is saved again by Jaaskelainen. It falls back for MCFADDEN who forces it home. Game on!

75mins

Benitez breaks past Jaaskelainen and is brought down by the Finn. Benitez himself will take the penalty. He steps up confidently and thumps it towards goal but Jaaskelainen makes a superb save.

74mins

Jerome beats two defenders and fizzes the ball across the box towards Benitez but his diving header flashes wide of the post.

72mins

Holden concedes a free-kick and gives Ferguson the chance to deliver the ball into the box. Ferguson flicks it towards the peanlty spot but Knight is there to head it clear.

69mins

Carr heads the ball into the path of Benitez but the Ecuadorian is forced off the ball by Knight who sheperds it through to his keeper.

66mins

Holden is on for Taylor in Bolton's second change.

66mins

Chucho Benitez is on for Larsson.

66mins

Weiss is replaced by Lee.

63mins

Jerome looks to respond as he breaks to the byline and pulls it back across the box towards Bowyer but its just behind the midfielder and the chance comes to nothing.

63mins

Bolton appear to have this one wrapped up. Birmingham have offered very little in the second half and this looks set for a home win.

60mins

BOLTON 2-0 BIRMINGHAM. Weiss breaks into the channel and turns past two players before sliding it back to KLASNIC who coolly slots the ball into the corner of the net.

58mins

Klasnic hits the ball on the volley after a Davies flick on but he strikes it tamely into the arms of Joe Hart.

56mins

Matt Taylor tries the spectacular with a long range right-footed strike but he sends it into row Z. He can hit them from range but rarely with his weaker foot.

53mins

Johnson meets a floated free-kick with a snap shot from eight yards but Jaaskelainen makes a stunning save to deny the centre-half. The resulting corner is headed goalbound but once again the Finn is there to parry.

51mins

Klasnic looks for Wilshere with a long ball over the top, but it goes too far.

50mins

Birmingham's first attack of the half materialises down the left flank and McFadden shows good footwork to create half a yard but his cross is headed clear.

47mins

Taylor whips in a Bolton corner and finds Davies unmarked once again but this time the header goes well over the bar.

46mins

Joe Hart gets himself into a mess as he comes for a long ball and gets nowhere near it. Johnson heads it away as far as Klasnic who tries to lift it over the stranded keeper but can't find the finish.

46mins

The second period is underway.

45mins

Half Time: BOLTON 1-0 BIRMINGHAM. The first half comes to a close and Bolton have the lead thanks to Davies' fine header. Birmingham have been disappointing and have it all to do.

45mins

Klasnic is booked after he petualantly flings a hand towards Johnson.

42mins

McFadden also goes into the referee's notebook.

41mins

Larsson is booked as well.

41mins

Birmingham's first-half frustration is clearly visible here as Johnson is booked for dissent.

40mins

Excellent interplay between McFadden, Jerome and Larsson and the former manages to bundle the ball home from close range but the goal is disallowed for handball. Good decision.

38mins

Wilshere skips past Ridgewell before he is clattered to the ground. Ridgewell is correctly cautioned.

36mins

McFadden wins a corner on the left and Larsson will deliver. The Swede curls it towards the back corner but there is no-one in a Birmingham shirt there and it goes behind for a goal kick.

33mins

BOLTON 1-0 BIRMINGHAM. Robinson breaks down the left hand side and crosses for DAVIES who has completely lost his man and heads it into the corner.

31mins

Weiss shows great feet as he gets the better of four defenders before he is brought down. Seconds later he is chopped down again after a wonderful piece of skill.

28mins

Larsson delivers a corner for Birmingham as they regain control of the play. The ball is swung in and finds Bowyer but his glancing header drifts wide of the upright.

23mins

Jerome wins a free-kick in a central position that Ferguson will take. The ball is clipped into the box and finds Michel who nods it back into the danger zone but Jerome turns it over. Another disappointing finish.

22mins

This has been far from a cracker so far as both sides struggle to play their way into the game.

20mins

Michel breaks down the right hand side and engineers a yard to cross and finds Jerome arriving in the box but he slices it over.

19mins

Lee Bowyer is cautioned for unsporting behavior.

18mins

Matt Taylor hits a speculative effort from a long range free-kick but it rebounds to Knight twenty yards out. The centre-back shoots first time and it looks destined for the top corner but it canons back off the post!

16mins

First chance of the game for the visitors! Davies' cross is flicked towards the far post by Wilshere and it finds Taylor. Taylor chests it down and strikes it at goal from six yards but fires it straight at Hart.

14mins

Trademark stuff from Bolton as Davies rises well to head a long ball into the path of Taylor who brings it down and whips it into the box but Davies can't make the yards to get on the end of it.

12mins

Birmingham again move the ball about the midfield with confidence but possession is conceded cheaply by Michel who has made a nervy start.

8mins

Klasnic plays a neat one-two with Taylor and the wide man looks to break in behind but the striker loses possession as he delays the pass.

4mins

Cameron Jerome is clearly out to enjoy himself but finds himself looking somewhat foolish as an attempted back heel goes horribly wrong.

3mins

The early pressure comes from the visitors as Bowyer skews a snap shot wide. That is quickly followed up by a strike from range by Michel but he fires it straight at Jaaskelainen.

1mins

Referee Kevin Friend gets this one underway with a sharp blast on his whistle.

0mins

Alex McLeish starts Michel in attack with Jerome as he looks the fringe player some experience. McFadden, Bowyer, Larsson and Ferguson provide the midfield quartet and Vignal plays at left back as Ridgewell moves into centre-half.

0mins

Bolton's Owen Coyle names Klasnic and Davies in attack with width being provided by Taylor and Muamba. Youngsters Weiss and Wilshere will provide the craft in midfield with Knight and Cahill ever present in defence.

0mins

Birmingham: Hart, Carr, Ridgewell, Johnson, Vignal, Larsson, Bowyer, Ferguson, McFadden, Michel, Jerome

0mins

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Weiss, Muamba, Wilshere, Taylor, Klasnic, Kevin Davies

0mins

The Premier League season comes to a close today and with both Bolton and Birmingham safe, hopefully today's encoutner will be open and entertaining.

Match Preview

Nine months ago survival would have been foremost in both Bolton and Birmingham City's minds so the fact that there is nothing to play for at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday is cause for celebration in both camps.

Bolton have survived despite ditching the unpopular Gary Megson midway through the season and replacing him with Owen Coyle, while Alex McLeish is in the running to be the Premier League's manager of the year after guiding Birmingham in to the top half of the table.

Bolton have struggled all season and are fortunate that their 36-point haul has been far too much for the likes of Portsmouth, Hull City, Burnley. Such a tally would have resulted in relegation in past seasons.

Birmingham's survival is primarily down to their excellent home form as they have lost only twice at St Andrew's all season - against Aston Villa and Bolton.

Since losing to the Trotters in September, McLeish's men have been unbeaten in 15 home matches, drawing against the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Bolton still have a lengthy injury list to contend with as Andy O'Brien (thigh), Stuart Holden (broken leg), Chris Basham, Sean Davis, Joey O'Brien (all knee) and Gavin McCann (ankle) are all currently in the Reebok Stadium treatment room.

McLeish has kept faith with his players this season, although he may offer some first-team experience to several youngsters on Sunday. He is expected to be without injured duo Scott Dann (calf) and Garry O'Connor (thigh).

Bolton have an excellent home record against the Blues, winning 32 of the 56 contests between the two teams, with the visitors only emerging victorious on seven occasions.


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Match Report

Bolton Wanderers finished the season on a high as they beat Birmingham City 2-1 thanks to goals by Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic in an entertaining clash at the Reebok Stadium.

The Blues hit back through James McFadden late on but Owen Coyle's men held on for a deserved victory to claim 14th spot.

Lee Bowyer wasted a great chance to give the visitors a second-minute lead when he dragged his shot horribly wide.

Joe Hart then rushed from his line to save with his feet from an unmarked Matt Taylor after Jack Wilshere had picked him out with a wonderful pass.

Chances continued to flow with Zat Knight's 25-yard curler clipping the outside of the post before Cameron Jerome wasted two good opportunities to put his side in front.

And Davies took advantage of Jerome's profligacy when he headed his ninth goal of the season from Paul Robinson's free-kick on 33 minutes.

Birmingham thought they were level six minutes later when McFadden had the ball in the back of the net but his effort was ruled out for handball. After Jussi Jaaskelainen had saved his first shot the Scotland international scooped in the rebound with his upper arm.

The Bolton goalkeeper was back in the action at the start of the second half when he pushed away Roger Johnson's low shot through a crowded penalty area.

And it was the Trotters that doubled their advantage on the hour mark. On-loan Manchester City winger Vladimir Weiss surged into the area before teeing up Klasnic who superbly slotted home.

Birmingham were handed a lifeline with 14 minutes left when the referee pointed to the spot for a non-existent push by Robinson on Christian Benitez.

The Blues substitute saw his weak spot-kick saved by Jaaskelaien, who then denied Bowyer before McFadden bundled the rebound home after a mad scramble on the goal-line.

Bolton Wanderers

Birmingham City

Corners

36

Fouls

1917

Goal attempts

1413

Shots off target

76

Offsides

33

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