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  • Date:2010-02-27
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Reebok Stadium
  • Attendance:21261
  • Referee:Marriner, A

Live Commentary

90mins

FULL TIME: BOLTON 1-0 WOLVES. Huge win! Bolton take all the points from this six pointer and that is just what Owen Coyle needed at the moment.

90mins

Late time wasting change from Bolton as Lee is replaced by Weiss.

90mins

We are into injury time here and Wolves look out of ideas with Bolton now looking quite solid.

88mins

Wolves have resorted to long balls towards the penalty box as we enter the final moments here.

85mins

Great running from Jarvis again to beat Steinsson and the ball in is a good one but there is nobody in the box for the visitors - why?

84mins

A change for Bolton now as they bring on the experience of Matt Taylor for Jack Wilshere.

82mins

Ivan Klasnic cuts inside his marker to bend a superb effort just a coat of paint wide of the far post. Great effort!

80mins

As we enter the final ten minutes of the match it's Wolves pressing for the equaliser with another Jones free-kick which is cleared well by Bolton.

78mins

Another cross bent in by Bolton, Robinson this time, with Hahnemann forced into action to turn it over its own bar.

77mins

Another good attack from Bolton with Wilshere at the heart of it but his cross is well gathered by Marcus Hahnemann.

77mins

Keogh's first contribution to the game is to foul Robinson and collect a yellow card.

76mins

A change for Wolves now as Kevin Foley is replaced by Andy Keogh on his return from injury.

74mins

So close! The post comes to Bolton's rescue again as Karl Henry smashes the ball against the inside of the post and it flashes back across the line and out.

73mins

Wolves are the side on top now as they apply the pressure but a hopeful long punt from Berra causes no problems.

71mins

Change for Wolves now as Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaces the ineffective Adlene Guedioura.

70mins

Jarvis sparks back into life with a superb driving run past Steinsson who appears the clip the winger as he bursts into the box and although he gets his shot off he will feel a little aggrieved at not getting the spot kick.

69mins

A bit of a lull now with the game becoming a bit scrappy as both defences resort to hoofing it away.

67mins

Change for Bolton now as Johan Elmander is replaced by Ivan Klasnic.

65mins

Wolves are back to life now after that effort from Jones and Jarvis beats his man but the defence is well organisted to cut out the cross.

62mins

Jones with a free-kick from 25 yards and he smashes it against the post with Jaaskelainen well beaten. So unlucky!

59mins

End to end as Bolton are denied by Hahnemann before Doyle breaks to the byline and has his cross turned away by Knight.

56mins

Panic at the back for Wolves now as a poor backpass forces Hahnemann to rush across his goal and clear off his own line.

54mins

Wolves look timid now and the Trotters are passing the ball about very nicely now with great confidence.

50mins

Bolton have exploded out of the traps after the break here with Davies denied twice by Hahnemann before Holden bends a shot wide from the edge of the box.

48mins

Turns out Henry was not booked in the first half as he is booked for dissent now and does not get a red - apologies for the confusion.

47mins

Bolton straight onto the front foot with Davies taking a shot that is well saved by Hahnemann.

46mins

The second period is underway - can Wolves force themselves back into it?

45mins

HALF TIME: BOLTON 1-0 WOLVES. Great half! Bolton have forged ahead with basically the last kick of the half but its been a very even half and both keepers have been busy.

45mins

BOLTON 1-0 WOLVES.Lee to the byline and and Zat KNIGHT is on hand to sidefoot Bolton into the lead in first half stoppage time.

43mins

Kevin Doyle forces another good stop from Jaaskelainen and Bolton are straight up the other end with Wilshere denied by Hahnemann.

40mins

David Jones is definitely the Wolves danger man today and his speculative long range drive bounces awkwardly in front of Jaaskelainen who does well to save.

37mins

Lee's cross from the right hand side looks like finding Elmander but Hahnemann dives out to make a superb interception.

36mins

How is this 0-0? Wilshere bursts into life in the centre of the park and fires wide of the target from long range.

35mins

Holden's free-kick is missed by everyone and Hahnemann sees it late but does well to tip wide of the post.

33mins

Best chance for Wolves! That man Jones plays a delightful ball behind the back four for Doyle but his effort is well saved by Jaaskelainen.

32mins

How did that stay out?! A corner is headed goalwards by Davies and Hahnemann saves but Muamba hits the follow up for Craddock to clear off the line before the same player fouls Henry and Wolves escape.

30mins

Bolton are starting to really come into the game now with Holden finding room in the midfield to orchestrate and Wilshere's shot is parried over by Hahnemann.

28mins

Elmander again with a superb opportunity as Bolton open Wolves up and his low fizzing shot forces a superb stop from Hahnemann to his left.

24mins

Wolves give the ball away sloppily to Holden inside their own half and the midfielder slices inches wide of the post.

22mins

As we reach the halfway point in the first half it has to be said that Wolves have looked the more likely but the Trotters defence are holding firm.

19mins

Lee is definitely the Trotters best player so far and the Korean cuts inside the full back but his shot is woeful and goes out for a throw.

18mins

Great chance! Davies and Lee combine well to slip Elmander in behind but his shot from the edge of the box is to weak and Hahnemann gathers.

16mins

Matt Jarvis has been a consistently dangerous for Wolves this season and he beats Steinsson to reach the byline but his cross is cut out.

14mins

First half chance for Bolton now as a long throw is only headed away as far as Muamba but his volley is not struck brilliantly and Hahnemann can collect it well.

13mins

I did not expect this roaring start here with both sides looking to attack but Wolves are looking the more cohesive and Jaaskelainen does superbly to punch away Zubar's cross.

11mins

More superb play from Wolves with Jones at the heart of it again and Doyle forces a good diving parry from Jaaskelainen.

9mins

David Jones looks very lively at the moment and he breaks the offside trap but Steinsson defends superbly to tackle him from behind and stop the danger.

7mins

David Jones curls a wicked corner into the middle of the box but Davies is on hand to flick it away from the head of Craddock.

5mins

Bolton now pushing forward with Wilshere at the heart of it but the final ball is not accurate enough to find Davies.

3mins

This is a real relegation six-pointer in Lancashire today - Wolves have started the brighter.

1mins

The game is underway at the Reebok - will there be goals? Let's hope so!

0mins

Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Henry, Guedioura, Foley, David Jones, Jarvis, Doyle.

0mins

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Ricketts, Knight, Robinson, Muamba, Lee, Wilshere, Holden, Elmander, Kevin Davies.

0mins

Wolves have had an upturn in fortunes of late but they are still in the fight and they have struggled for goals all season, particularly on the road.

0mins

Bolton have not had te renaissance they were hoping for since Owen Coyle's arrival and the 4-0 thrashing in the Cup by Spurs did no help to their fragile confidence.

0mins

Welcome to the Reebok Stadium where two of the Premier League's struggling sides face each other as Bolton entertain Wolves.

Match Preview

Owen Coyle and Mick McCarthy lock horns at the Reebok Stadium with three points a must for both their teams as they attempt to pull clear of the relegation zone.

Only one point separates the two sides going into this weekend's fixtures but it is Bolton that are currently in the bottom three after failing to score in any of their last five league matches from which only two points have been accrued.

Coyle's arrival at the Reebok Stadium following his acrimonious departure from Burnley has not the desired effect as yet.

Since replacing Gary Megson, the Scot has guided the Trotters to only one victory, ironically against the Clarets, in eight league matches, and they have scored only three times in the process.

Coyle also has a lengthy injury list to contend with as Gavin McCann (ankle), former Wolves star Mark Davies, Chris Basham, Joey O'Brien (all knee) and Gary Cahill (arm) are all currently sidelined.

Wolves pushed Chelsea all the way last weekend at Molineux before eventually slumping to a 2-0 defeat against the league leaders but in the final analysis the double they secured against fourth-placed Spurs could prove to be crucial.

Aside from those two victories, McCarthy's team have only managed to beat Burnley, Bolton, Fulham and Wigan Athletic and goals have been a real problem all term.

They have managed only 21 in 26 league games to date with veteran central defender Jody Craddock still the club's second top-scorer with four goals.

Kevin Doyle (six) and Nenad Milijas (two) are the only other players to have found the net more than once this season which must be a cause for concern for McCarthy as the campaign reaches its final stages.


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Match Report

Zat Knight ended Bolton's goal drought to seal a vital 1-0 victory against relegation rivals Wolverhampton at the Reebok Stadium and lift Owen Coyle's side out of the bottom three.

The big defender's tap-in in first-half injury time was Wanderers' first goal in more than nine hours of Premier League football.

Wolves twice rattled the woodwork in the second half as they searched for an equaliser, but Bolton held on for their first league win in six games and only their second under Coyle.

The Trotters manager made six changes to the side which crashed out of the FA Cup against Tottenham in midweek.

And one of those, Johan Elmander, wasted the game's first chance when he shot tamely at Marcus Hahnemann from the edge of the area after a slick Wanderers move.

The Swedish striker forced Hahnemann into action again with a snapshot before wasting an even better chance on the half-hour mark.

Hahnemann saved bravely at Kevin Davies' feet after he pounced on Christophe Berra's mistake, but Elmander should have buried the rebound, only for his effort to be cleared off the line by Jody Craddock.

After saving a certain goal the Wolves defender then saw his header from Dave Jones' corner hit Fabrice Muamba on the goal-line.

And, in first-half injury time, Wanderers took the lead. Chung-Yong Lee retrieved Stuart Holden's corner and, after beating Jones on the byline, squared for Knight to slot home from close range.

Wanderers should have been awarded a penalty seconds after the restart when Ronald Zubar clearly handled in the area.

And Davies wasted another golden opportunity moments later after Muamba had sent him through on goal.

Wolves came within inches of equalising on 59 minutes when Jones' curling free-kick hit the inside of the post with Jussi Jaaskelainen well beaten.

Sam Ricketts then produced a goal-saving challenge to deflect Matt Jarvis' shot over the bar after the Wolves winger burst into the area.

And the visitors must have known their luck was out when Kevin Foley's dipping volley crashed against the upright soon after.

Bolton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Corners

711

Fouls

116

Goal attempts

147

Shots off target

73

Offsides

31

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