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  • Date:29 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:13:30
  • Venue:Reebok Stadium
  • Davies - pen (70) Blake (80)
  • Johnson (3) Gardner (49)
Goal!

Live Commentary

95mins

A cross is delivered by Liam Ridgewell, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Cameron Jerome goes wide right of the goal.

94mins

The ball is sent over by Liam Ridgewell, clearance by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.

93mins

Corner taken by Craig Gardner, Header on goal by Scott Dann from just inside the area goes over the target.

91mins

Effort from just outside the box by Craig Gardner goes over the bar.

91mins

Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.

91mins

Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.

90mins

The referee blows for offside against Cameron Jerome. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.

89mins

Foul by Fabrice Muamba on Cameron Jerome, free kick awarded. Booking for Fabrice Muamba. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

88mins

Foul by Scott Dann on Kevin Davies, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Robbie Blake from right channel, clearance by Roger Johnson.

86mins

Kevin Davies has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

86mins

Shot from outside the area by Keith Fahey misses to the left of the target.

83mins

Kevin Davies challenges Liam Ridgewell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Caution for Kevin Davies. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

82mins

Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Adam Bogdan makes a save.

82mins

Mark Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson. Stephen Carr takes the direct free kick.

80mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Ferguson on Gary Cahill. Free kick scored by Robbie Blake from outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Bolton 2-2 Birmingham.

80mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight by Cameron Jerome. Direct free kick taken by Zat Knight.

78mins

Mark Davies comes on in place of Stuart Holden.

77mins

Gary Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

76mins

Keith Fahey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sebastian Larsson.

72mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Holden by Sebastian Larsson. Sebastian Larsson is cautioned. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.

72mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Barry Ferguson. Direct free kick taken by Roger Johnson.

69mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Ferguson on Kevin Davies. Paul Robinson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from own half, Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Roger Johnson. Kevin Davies scores a placed penalty. Bolton 1-2 Birmingham.

67mins

Robbie Blake comes on in place of Johan Elmander. Matt Derbyshire on for James McFadden.

66mins

A cross is delivered by Liam Ridgewell, clearance by Gary Cahill. James McFadden delivers the ball, clearance by Zat Knight.

66mins

James McFadden sends in a cross, clearance by Paul Robinson.

65mins

Kevin Davies is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.

63mins

Outswinging corner taken by Stuart Holden from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Roger Johnson.

62mins

Shot from just outside the box by Kevin Davies misses to the right of the goal.

61mins

Craig Gardner challenges Fabrice Muamba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

59mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Elmander on Barry Ferguson. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

55mins

Shot from 6 yards from Johan Elmander. Save made by Ben Foster.

50mins

Craig Gardner finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 0-2 Birmingham.Cameron Jerome provided the assist for the goal.

48mins

Craig Gardner challenges Paul Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

47mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastian Larsson on Chung-Yong Lee. Free kick crossed by Stuart Holden, save by Ben Foster.

46mins

Unfair challenge on James McFadden by Johan Elmander results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

46mins

The ball is delivered by Chung-Yong Lee, clearance made by Roger Johnson.

45mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Cameron Jerome. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.

44mins

Unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

43mins

The offside flag is raised against Liam Ridgewell. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.

43mins

Scott Dann fouled by Johan Elmander, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.

42mins

Stuart Holden takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastian Larsson. Inswinging corner taken by Stuart Holden.

41mins

Kevin Davies fouled by Scott Dann, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Holden fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

40mins

Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.

39mins

Adam Bogdan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Martin Petrov.

38mins

The referee books Roger Johnson for dissent.

37mins

Jussi Jaaskelainen is shown a red card for violent conduct.

35mins

Foul by Stuart Holden on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.

34mins

The ball is swung over by Craig Gardner, James McFadden takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

33mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden played to the near post.

31mins

Gretar Rafn Steinsson crosses the ball, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Stuart Holden from the right by-line.

30mins

Stuart Holden delivers the ball, Barry Ferguson makes a clearance.

29mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by James McFadden. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.

28mins

A cross is delivered by Paul Robinson.

26mins

Scott Dann fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

25mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Kevin Davies. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

24mins

Liam Ridgewell concedes a free kick for a foul on Chung-Yong Lee. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.

24mins

Kevin Davies challenges Roger Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

21mins

Roger Johnson challenges Martin Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Stuart Holden from the free kick, Ben Foster makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov, save by Ben Foster. The referee shows Lee Bowyer a yellow card.

20mins

Unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Chung-Yong Lee results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by James McFadden from left wing, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.

18mins

Martin Petrov takes a deflected shot. Save by Ben Foster.

17mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Roger Johnson on Kevin Davies. Johan Elmander fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

14mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Bowyer on Paul Robinson. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Paul Robinson, clearance by Barry Ferguson. Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov, Roger Johnson fouled by Zat Knight, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

13mins

Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

12mins

Foul by Fabrice Muamba on Lee Bowyer, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

11mins

Martin Petrov takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.

10mins

Foul by Stuart Holden on Lee Bowyer, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by James McFadden.

9mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McFadden by Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Stuart Holden.

6mins

Effort from inside the six-yard box by Johan Elmander goes wide right of the goal.

4mins

Roger Johnson finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 0-1 Birmingham.Cameron Jerome provided the assist for the goal.

3mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabrice Muamba on James McFadden. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Stuart Holden manages to make a clearance.

2mins

Handball by Fabrice Muamba. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Barry Ferguson from right channel, Kevin Davies manages to make a clearance.

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

The whistle is blown to end the first half.

The second half has started.

The match has reached full-time.

Match Preview

Trotters to check on Klasnic Bolton will assess the fitness of striker Ivan Klasnic ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash with Birmingham. Klasnic scored the winner in the midweek victory over Southampton in the Carling Cup but was substituted at half-time after suffering a thigh strain. Sean Davis, who missed most of last season through injury, is being kept on the sidelines as a precaution for up to two months after feeling some discomfort in his knee. Bolton boss Owen Coyle believes Birmingham are in no danger of suffering second-season syndrome with Alex McLeish at the helm. McLeish led the Blues to an impressive ninth-place finish in the Barclays Premier League last term just 12 months after they were promoted to the top flight as Championship runners-up. Several teams in recent years have enjoyed initial success after coming up from the second tier only to struggle in the campaign that followed, but Coyle is confident the midlands outfit will continue to build this season. "Alex is a top-class manager and he's been able to improve the squad from last year with signings," Coyle said. "Joe Hart went back, but he has got a terrific replacement in Ben Foster and Nikola Zigic has come in - they have brought some very good players to the football club, and spent some money doing it. "I have got no doubts that Birmingham under Alex will carry on the good work from last season. "I think particularly under Alex's stewardship, they will go from strength to strength. "They are a big club and he is doing the right things to take them on." McLeish will check on the fitness of forward James McFadden before naming his squad. The Scotland international scored from the penalty spot in the 3-2 Carling Cup win over Rochdale but was replaced at half-time after complaining of a tight groin. McLeish made eight changes to his side for the cup win and the likes of Ben Foster, Stephen Carr, Liam Ridgewell, Barry Ferguson, Craig Gardner and Cameron Jerome can all expect to return to the starting line-up. Former Blackburn striker Matt Derbyshire is pushing for a start after opening his account against Dale while full-back David Murphy also scored on his return from 16 months out with a fractured kneecap. One player who definitely will not figure is veteran striker Kevin Phillips, who could be out for another month with a thigh problem picked up before the start of the campaign. McLeish has revealed skipper Carr has been defying a broken toe to play in the opening part of the season. Carr, who was coaxed out of retirement by McLeish two seasons ago, suffered the setback in training ahead of the new campaign. But he has played in the opening two league games and McLeish said: "Stephen has been playing with a broken toe and been having injections to help him get through the games so far. "I can tell you that is not nice but it also shows the type of character that he is. "The good thing is he will get a decent rest after Sunday's game because of the two-week international break and that should benefit him."

Formation:442Manager: Owen Coyle

Bolton

Formation: 4411Manager: Alex McLeish

Birmingham

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
  • Gretar Rafn Steinsson
  • Gary Cahill
  • Zat Knight
  • Paul Robinson
  • Chung-Yong Lee
  • Stuart Holden
  • Fabrice Muamba
  • Martin Petrov
  • Johan Elmander
  • Kevin Davies
  • SUBS
  • Adam Bogdan
  • Matthew Taylor
  • Mark Davies
  • Samuel Ricketts
  • Robbie Blake
  • Marcos Alonso
  • Andrew O'Brien

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Match Report

Blake stunner saves Bolton Kevin Davies and Robbie Blake struck from set-pieces as 10-man Bolton came from two down to claim a 2-2 draw in a fiery Barclays Premier League contest with Birmingham. Blues defender Roger Johnson began an eventful afternoon at the Reebok Stadium with an early opener before getting involved in an incident that saw Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen sent off. Johnson had challenged Jaaskelainen for the ball just before half-time and the Finn appeared to slap him in the face as they regained their feet. Craig Gardner doubled Birmingham's lead but Bolton responded to the challenge to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign. Davies replied with a penalty after a foul by the ubiquitous Johnson and veteran Blake levelled with a stunning late free-kick. Both sides went into the game with confidence after collecting four points each from their opening two games. Changes were minimal with Bolton fielding the same XI that beat West Ham last week and Birmingham bringing in the influential Lee Bowyer for Nikola Zigic. The visitors made the perfect start as Johnson handed them a lead after a fine move in the fourth minute. Bowyer pulled the ball back from the byline after being played through by James McFadden and Cameron Jerome flicked the ball into the path of Johnson, who slid in to score from six yards. Yet as impressive as Birmingham's interplay had been, they were almost caught by Bolton's more direct approach just two minutes later. Davies leapt highest to flick on a long ball and Johan Elmander burst into the area only to lash a glorious chance for a quick equaliser wide. Martin Petrov seized on a slip by Stephen Carr to get in another shooting opportunity but the Birmingham captain got back to block. Petrov found more space outside the area soon after but his next shot was deflected and Ben Foster saved. At the other end Gardner drilled the ball into the net but Kevin Friend's whistle had already gone for a foul on Zat Knight. Jerome then appealed for a penalty after claiming Elmander had impeded him while trying to take a shot but Friend was not interested. Bolton then broke upfield and Petrov won a free-kick after being brought down by Johnson. Stuart Holden curled the resulting set-piece at goal but Foster palmed over the bar. Gary Cahill, Petrov and Elmander all had shooting opportunities as Birmingham struggled to clear their own box but the ball was passed, sliced and then missed completely by the three players concerned. Birmingham should have made them pay as they hit Bolton with a quick counter-attack but McFadden volleyed straight at Jaaskelainen after being picked out unmarked by the breaking Gardner. Jaaskelainen was dismissed eight minutes before the interval after being knocked over by Johnson. When he got up he clearly raised his hands to Johnson's face and Friend had no option but to show a red card. Chaos momentarily broke out and Johnson was booked after getting involved with Petrov. When calm was restored, Petrov was sacrificed by manager Owen Coyle as substitute goalkeeper Adam Bogdan was sent on. Bolton's 10 men were left facing an uphill struggle after Birmingham claimed a controversial second goal five minutes into the second half. Jerome looked fractionally offside as McFadden crossed into the area but the flag stayed down as the striker headed back across the six-yard box. With the Bolton defence static, Gardner was the first to react and he prodded the ball past Bogdan at the second attempt following a miskick. Elmander had a chance to pull one back but was thwarted by a good Foster save after getting on the end of a low cross from Lee Chung-yong. Bolton appealed for a penalty by claiming Gretar Steinsson was impeded at a corner by Bowyer but nothing was given. But Friend did point to the spot 21 minutes from time as Johnson was penalised for climbing on the back of Davies. The Bolton skipper emphatically reduced the deficit as he thumped the ball into the top corner. The hosts increased the pressure and levelled nine minutes from time after Cahill was fouled on the edge of the area by Barry Ferguson. Summer signing Blake, a 67th-minute replacement for Elmander, stepped up to curl in a brilliant equaliser. Davies almost grabbed a late winner but blasted wide from inside the box. Jerome had a chance in injury time at the other end but Bogdan blocked with his feet.

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