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Ross Barkley takes a shot. Mark Davies gets a block in.
Apostolos Vellios is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Zat Knight restarts play with the free kick. Magaye Gueye is brought on as a substitute for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
Ross Barkley has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
Ross Barkley is brought on as a substitute for Tim Cahill.
The ball is crossed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, blocked by Leighton Baines. Blocked by Leighton Baines.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Chris Eagles by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Tuncay Sanli challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
Unfair challenge on Gretar Rafn Steinsson by Leighton Baines results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
Apostolos Vellios takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Apostolos Vellios fires in a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Bolton 0-2 Everton.Tim Cahill provided the assist for the goal.
Apostolos Vellios takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson is ruled offside. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick. Apostolos Vellios joins the action as a substitute, replacing Louis Saha.
Leon Osman takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nigel Reo-Coker. Kevin Davies goes off and Tuncay Sanli comes on.
Tim Cahill takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Paul Robinson challenges Seamus Coleman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony Hibbert takes the free kick.
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Shot by Leighton Baines from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line.
Darren Pratley replaces Fabrice Muamba.
Outswinging corner taken by Chris Eagles, clearance made by Tim Cahill.
Corner taken by Chris Eagles from the left by-line, Phil Jagielka makes a clearance.
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Clearance by Phil Jagielka.
Nigel Reo-Coker receives a yellow card.
Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Zat Knight on Leon Osman. Indirect free kick taken by Marouane Fellaini.
The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines.
Louis Saha takes a shot. Zat Knight gets a block in.
Tim Cahill handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Fabrice Muamba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman. Johnny Heitinga takes the indirect free kick.
Goal scored by Marouane Fellaini from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Bolton 0-1 Everton.Diniyar Bilyaletdinov provided the assist for the goal.
Unfair challenge on Jussi Jaaskelainen by Louis Saha results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Mark Davies fouled by Leon Osman, the ref awards a free kick. Leon Osman goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Gary Cahill restarts play with the free kick.
Tim Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Robinson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Seamus Coleman on Paul Robinson. Zat Knight takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Heitinga on Mark Davies. Strike on goal comes in from Chris Eagles from the free kick, blocked by Seamus Coleman.
Johnny Heitinga takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Kevin Davies. Leon Osman restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Ivan Klasnic offside. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Ivan Klasnic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Heitinga. Indirect free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Davies. Nigel Reo-Coker takes the indirect free kick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov clears the bar.
Chris Eagles has a volleyed shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Heitinga on Ivan Klasnic. Fabrice Muamba restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ivan Klasnic by Phil Jagielka results in a free kick. Chris Eagles delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Leon Osman gets a block in.
David Wheater challenges Diniyar Bilyaletdinov unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Wheater receives a red card for serious foul play. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
Leighton Baines challenges David Wheater unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, Tim Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
Leon Osman fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Marouane Fellaini. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Foul by Paul Robinson on Seamus Coleman, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Robinson.
Chris Eagles is caught offside.
Effort from deep inside the area by Kevin Davies clears the bar.
Coyle: We've made progress
Bolton boss Owen Coyle insists the club have made massive strides during his two years in charge.
Coyle often recounts how the Trotters were second from bottom and in dire danger of relegation when he completed a controversial switch from Burnley to succeed Gary Megson in January 2010.
The problem is Bolton are now only one place higher after a difficult start to the campaign, when a run of tough fixtures against the Premier League's big guns was followed by a succession of injuries which have bitten deep into Coyle's squad.
However, ahead of Saturday's showdown with Everton at the Reebok Stadium, no matter what the statistics might say, Coyle is adamant progress has been made.
And he is utterly convinced that when the final standings are confirmed in May, Bolton will be nowhere near the relegation zone.
"There has been huge improvement at this club," said Coyle. "We are two years down the line and the things we have put in place in terms of infrastructure have made it a better place.
"I have to stress, where we are at the moment is due to a number of things, some of which are out of our control. What I have to do is see through that and look at the bigger picture.
"It is not bravado, I know that by the end of the season, we will not be in the bottom three."
However, Coyle does recognise his defiance counts for only so much.
Normally one of the most careful managers in the Premier League with his statements, it says a lot that Coyle declared himself to be angry with his side's second-half performance at West Brom last week.
By tossing away a winning position, Bolton cost themselves a long-awaited back-to-back victory, ruining the momentum generated the previous week when they put five goals past Stoke.
It is the type of inconsistency any manager would find frustrating and Coyle accepts it must be eradicated.
"It is fine me talking about us being good enough to move up the league. We have to deliver," he said.
"The players have shown in some of their performances how good they can be. We have to bring that to the table on a consistent basis.
"Getting some of our top players back would help.
"In the meantime we soldier on. Yes, there is an element of frustration, that goes hand in hand with the job.
"But there is a wider aspect to all this. We are at a wonderful football club with a tremendous history and tradition. We will make sure we continue that."
With young defender Joe Riley ruled out by a hamstring strain, Coyle is crossing his fingers on-loan Dedryck Boyata recovers from an ankle injury which has kept him out for a month.
Everton manager David Moyes is confident Tim Cahill will end his lengthy goal drought soon and return to the form which made him one of the most prolific midfielders in the Barclays Premier League.
The Australia international has not scored for the Toffees since December 20 last year.
He came close to ending that run in last weekend's 2-1 win over Wolves but did not connect properly with his six-yard shot and saw the effort blocked by defender Stephen Ward and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
Moyes accepts Cahill, 32 in a fortnight, has not been at his best since January but has no concerns about the player.
"It has been difficult for Tim," said the Scot. "He has not really recovered correctly since he came back from the Asian Cup last season and he has found it quite tough since then.
"I have no doubt his goals will come - he will get his goals; he has got them every other year and I've no reason to think he won't.
"The sooner he starts the better but I believe he will get his usual tally of between eight and 10 goals a season."
Last weekend's much-needed win saw Everton come from behind with a goal by Phil Jagielka from a free-kick by Leighton Baines, who then scored the winning penalty.
Midfielder Jack Rodwell missed the Wolves win with a rib injury sustained on duty with the England senior side.
Defenders Phil Neville (hamstring) and Sylvain Distin (groin) were also not available a week ago and will be assessed before the game.
Toffees make winning habit stick
Everton recorded back-to-back Barclays Premier League wins for the first time this season as strikes from Marouane Fellaini and Apostolos Vellios secured a 2-0 victory over 10-man Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.
The Toffees took the lead four minutes after the break when Fellaini swept in from close range before substitute Vellios netted a second 12 minutes from time.
Wanderers had earlier had David Wheater sent off, the defender's 20th-minute for a challenge on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov earning him a straight red card - his second dismissal of the campaign.
The result moves Everton into the top half of the table, while Bolton, having suffered a 10th league defeat this term, remain in the relegation zone.
The one change to the the Trotters' team from the 2-1 defeat at West Brom last weekend saw Zat Knight come in at the back for the injured Joe Riley, with on-loan Dedryck Boyata not yet fit enough to make his return to the squad.
Toffees manager David Moyes - still without sidelined trio Jack Rodwell, Phil Neville and Sylvain Distin - also made just one alteration from his side's 2-1 win over Wolves, promoting Bilyaletdinov to the first XI in place of Royston Drenthe, who missed out due to an ankle problem.
Seamus Coleman burst forward for Everton in the third minute, but saw his shot blocked by Paul Robinson's sliding tackle, and Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen palmed the ball away when Phil Jagielka got a flick to Leighton Baines' free-kick.
The visitors won a couple of corners, with Tim Cahill nodding one into the back of Wheater and the other bringing a save out of Jaaskelainen direct from Bilyaletdinov's delivery.
Toffees stopper Tim Howard was then called into action, punching clear Ivan Klasnic's strike from outside the area.
Six minutes later Wanderers were reduced to 10 men, Wheater being shown a straight red card by referee Michael Oliver after the former Middlesbrough man lunged in on Bilyaletdinov having lost possession.
Howard caught a looping effort from Chris Eagles, but Everton were looking to make their numerical advantage count, Bilyaletdinov firing over from Coleman's cut-back and the Russian then trying to feed Tim Cahill, who was crowded out before he could shoot.
A passing move almost put Bilyaletdinov through but the ball escaped him, and Jaaskelainen got down to save John Heitinga's drilled effort from Leon Osman's free-kick lay-off.
Everton continued to press, with Tim Cahill sending a diving header into Knight and Robinson getting in the way of another Coleman foray.
Bolton survived a scare shortly after the restart when Gary Cahill just beat Tim Cahill to Coleman's centre to head away, but within seconds the Toffees were in front, Marouane Fellaini sliding in to stab a cross from the left into the roof of the net.
Everton kept their foot on the pedal, with Baines whipping a dangerous ball across the box, Coleman seeing a deflected effort gathered by Jaaskelainen at the second attempt and Louis Saha shooting at the Finn from the edge of the area.
Jagielka headed a corner wide with the Toffees protesting that Kevin Davies had handled and Baines rifled an attempt over, before a rare Bolton attack saw Howard deny Klasnic with his legs.
Back came the visitors, Jaaskelainen pushing away Tim Cahill's bouncing header before blocking Saha's follow-up.
Osman was next to bring a save out of Jaaskelainen, but there was nothing the goalkeeper could do in the 78th minute as Everton finally made it 2-0.
Baines crossed the ball in, Tim Cahill stretched to knock it back across the face of goal and Vellios, who had come on for Saha, had no problem converting to wrap up the three points.
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