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Ivan Klasnic is shown a red card. Ivan Klasnic challenges Robert Huth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Eidur Gudjohnsen.
The referee books Dean Whitehead for unsporting behaviour. Ivan Klasnic goes into the book. Foul by Dean Whitehead on Matthew Taylor, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Ivan Klasnic fires in a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 2-1 Stoke.Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gretar Rafn Steinsson by Rory Delap. Matthew Taylor takes the free kick. Kevin Davies takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
Robert Huth produces a cross, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Mark Davies. Robert Huth takes the free kick.
Glenn Whelan is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Walters. Mark Davies joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chung-Yong Lee.
Centre by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, comfortable save by Thomas Sorensen.
Gary Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.
Stuart Holden fouled by Jonathan Walters, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Ivan Klasnic has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Ivan Klasnic is brought on as a substitute for Johan Elmander.
Eidur Gudjohnsen replaces Ricardo Fuller.
Chung-Yong Lee sends in a cross, Abdoulaye Faye manages to make a clearance.
Stuart Holden takes a shot. Comfortable save by Thomas Sorensen.
Foul by Jonathan Walters on Paul Robinson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabrice Muamba on Dean Whitehead. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Collins, clearance by Gary Cahill.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, save by Thomas Sorensen.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, clearance by Paul Robinson.
Ricardo Fuller comes on in place of Jermaine Pennant. The referee blows for offside. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
The referee shows Gretar Rafn Steinsson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Matthew Taylor replaces Martin Petrov. Free kick awarded for a foul by Gretar Rafn Steinsson on Dean Whitehead. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.
Corner from right by-line taken by Stuart Holden.
The ball is crossed by Martin Petrov, clearance by Danny Collins.
Handball by Paul Robinson. Abdoulaye Faye restarts play with the free kick.
Johan Elmander has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
Dean Whitehead takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Rory Delap, Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance.
The official flags Kenwyne Jones offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Johan Elmander challenges Ryan Shawcross unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Rory Delap finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 1-1 Stoke.Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line, the assist for the goal came from Robert Huth.
Martin Petrov takes the outswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Kevin Davies misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Martin Petrov, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Paul Robinson misses to the left of the goal.
Martin Petrov takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
Matthew Etherington produces a cross, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Zat Knight. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Walters.
The referee blows for offside against Jonathan Walters. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
Matthew Etherington takes the outswinging corner, Johan Elmander manages to make a clearance.
Kenwyne Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Zat Knight. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
Robert Huth receives a yellow card. Gary Cahill fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick. Shot from just outside the penalty area by Fabrice Muamba misses to the left of the target.
Paul Robinson challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jermaine Pennant,
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden, Kenwyne Jones makes a clearance.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Matthew Etherington goes wide right of the target.
Centre by Rory Delap, Jonathan Walters has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
Goal scored by Chung-Yong Lee from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 1-0 Stoke.Kevin Davies provided the assist for the goal.
Matthew Etherington produces a cross, clearance made by Zat Knight.
Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Faye by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Matthew Etherington produces a cross, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington played to the near post.
Shot from just outside the area by Dean Whitehead misses to the right of the target.
The offside flag is raised against Jermaine Pennant. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Jermaine Pennant takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
The ball is sent over by Jermaine Pennant, Stuart Holden gets a block in.
Rory Delap gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johan Elmander. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Robinson, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Corner taken by Stuart Holden, save by Thomas Sorensen.
Chung-Yong Lee fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Close range effort by Johan Elmander goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Rory Delap fouled by Johan Elmander, the ref awards a free kick. Abdoulaye Faye takes the direct free kick.
The referee gets the game underway.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The second half has started.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Coyle springs to Pulis defence
Bolton boss Owen Coyle has spoken of his admiration for Tony Pulis - although he feels the job his Stoke counterpart has done at the Britannia Stadium means he should not need anyone jumping to his defence.
Pulis' Potters were one of three sides - along with Blackburn and Wolves - picked out by Danny Murphy last week when the Fulham captain talked about reckless challenges and claimed players are being injured because certain managers are sending their teams out too fired up.
Coyle, whose side host Stoke in the Barclays Premier League, is convinced no manager would instruct a player to injure an opponent and has criticised Murphy for singling out individuals - particularly somebody of Pulis' calibre.
"Tony Pulis doesn't need anybody defending him," Coyle said.
"The job speaks for itself and, out with all the football side, he is a fantastic man.
"There is no doubt that he is a terrific manager and he has shown his qualities year in, year out but away from that he is a lovely man, a caring man and someone I have high regard for."
Pulis has received wide acclaim over the last few years for his achievements in guiding Stoke into the top flight and establishing them there.
The Staffordshire outfit suffered three straight losses in the league at the start of this campaign but have since taken 10 points from a possible 12, which has come as no surprise to Coyle.
"They are in terrific form and they had a slow start, but we all knew if would only be a matter of time before they got that first result and got up and running," Coyle said.
"So it has proved and they have shown their quality. We know it is a tough game, but it is one we are looking forward to - we are at home and we have to look to capitalise on that."
Bolton boss Owen Coyle is hopeful Kevin Davies will be fit for the clash.
Wanderers skipper Davies picked up a knock to his ankle while on international duty with England earlier this week.
Andy O'Brien (hamstring) and Joey O'Brien (knee) are still receiving treatment, while Ricardo Gardner, Jlloyd Samuel and Sean Davis also remain sidelined.
Meanwhile, Pulis accused Murphy of picking on "easy targets" and suggested the Fulham captain may have deliberately shied away from criticising bigger clubs when speaking about dangerous tackling last week.
Reading a statement aloud at Friday's press conference, Pulis said: "Two challenges this season have been committed by top players who represented their countries at this summer's World Cup.
"One challenge on Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa by Nigel de Jong of Manchester City recently led to a broken bone.
"Another by Joe Cole, one of our most technically gifted players, resulted in a sending off for one of our most celebrated clubs in the country, Liverpool, who are currently managed by Roy Hodgson, someone I have great respect for.
"Even the technically best players are prone to making mistimed challenges. But have they really been sent out to hurt a fellow professional? I don't think so.
"How ironic it is that Danny Murphy chose not to discuss either challenge or manager in respect of those tackles. How selective can someone be?
"Maybe Murphy's pursuit of a new career in the media does not allow him to criticise, or fall out with the Premier League big boys.
"Instead, in my opinion, he has selected easy targets that are based on his own perception and not facts."
Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is an injury doubt for the trip.
Denmark stopper Sorensen sustained a muscle tear in the area around his hip while on international duty and will undergo a fitness test before the match at the Reebok Stadium.
Defender Andy Wilkinson is available after recovering from a knee problem, while forward Mamady Sidibe is a long-term absentee.
Bolton leave it late
Bolton handed Stoke a dose of their own medicine as Owen Coyle's side grabbed their first home Barclays Premier League win of the season, securing a 2-1 victory at the death.
Comeback kings City looked to have salvaged a point when Rory Delap ended a 21-month goal drought in the 48th minute to cancel out Lee Chung-yong's opener midway through the first half.
But from Gretar Steinsson's deep throw into the area in the second minute of injury time, 77th-minute substitute Ivan Klasnic fired home the winner.
Klasnic, though, went from hero to villain moments later as he was dismissed for two bookable offences in a matter of minutes after his goal.
It was a chaotic, turbulent finish to a game that also saw rival fans clash in one corner of the Reebok Stadium before police and stewards intervened.
Prior to that, and for two of the top flight's lesser lights, it was an entertaining affair.
From both teams, up until the rashness of the final minutes, there was a desire to play football, to search for an opening rather than pump aimless long balls forward in the hope of catching a break.
Ahead of Lee's opener, Stoke looked a side on the rise after a run of three wins and a draw from their previous four league matches.
Their play exuded the greater degree of confidence, and arguably they should have taken a 15th-minute lead from an inswinging corner by Matthew Etherington.
But despite piercing Bolton's six-yard box, neither Robert Huth nor Abdoulaye Faye were able to apply the finishing touch required at the far post.
Three minutes later, as a gap opened up in Bolton's defence, winger Etherington was left smacking his forehead in disgust with himself as a low 18-yard shot lacked power and was safely gathered by Jussi Jaaskelainen, who should have been more severely tested.
As the midway point of the half approached Bolton had conjured little in response, so it is fair to say Lee's strike came out of the blue.
After playing a one-two with skipper Kevin Davies, Lee was lucky to see a follow-up attempted pass ricochet off Faye into his path.
The Korean needed no second invitation as he quickly pounced on the loose ball to stab a first-time effort past Sorensen from 19 yards.
Not for the first time this season it left Stoke being asked to come from behind, and they were almost level just after the half-hour only for Jermaine Pennant's dipping 25-yard free-kick to strike the top of the crossbar.
At that stage, with chances flowing at both ends, Fabrice Muamba should have made it 2-0, only for his first-time drive to narrowly clear the bar after he had been teed up by Davies.
After referee Peter Walton ignored furious penalty appeals from Stoke as a loose ball had rolled over the arm of an unaware Zat Knight, Bolton again wasted the chance to increase their lead.
In injury time Thomas Sorensen initially produced a superb one-handed save in turning aside a rasping drive from Martin Petrov.
From the ensuing corner to the far post, Davies missed a sitter as he steered a header wide when the ball should have been nestling in the bottom corner of the net.
It proved costly because within three minutes of the restart Stoke were level. From Etherington's corner, Huth's knockdown arrived at the feet of Delap who volleyed home from five yards.
Just before the hour Stoke almost completed another comeback as Kenwyne Jones and Jon Walters combined to set up Dean Whitehead for a first-time effort which Jaaskelainen saved with his legs.
Wanderers, though, were far from out of the picture as Davies was again the supplier shortly afterwards with a flick-on from a long ball for Johan Elmander, whose steered effort through the six-yard box was inches beyond the far post.
After a looping Danny Collins header from a deep Pennant cross also failed to fall inside the far post moments later, the game appeared set to peter out.
But a rash of substitutions, including Klasnic, proved pivotal for Bolton as the striker pounced to steal the points and end a run of three successive home draws, only to blot his copybook with his red card after an altercation with Whitehead and a foul on Huth.
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