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Ishmael Miller takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Robinson.
The referee blows for offside against Ivan Klasnic. Paul Scharner restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Peter Odemwingie. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from right by-line taken by Matthew Taylor.
Stuart Holden takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ivan Klasnic. Paul Scharner takes the free kick.
Chris Brunt is given a yellow card. Unfair challenge on Johan Elmander by Chris Brunt results in a free kick. Gary Cahill restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Scharner. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stuart Holden.
Johan Elmander gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 2-0 West Brom.
Simon Cox joins the action as a substitute, replacing Youssouf Mulumbu.
Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Centre by Marek Cech, Matthew Taylor gets a block in.
Somen Tchoyi challenges Mark Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Stuart Holden.
Ivan Klasnic on for Chung-Yong Lee. Inswinging corner taken by Stuart Holden from the left by-line played to the near post. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stuart Holden.
Unfair challenge on Mark Davies by Graham Dorrans results in a free kick. Stuart Holden shoots direct from the free kick, save by Scott Carson.
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Gary Cahill takes a shot. Chris Brunt gets a block in.
Fabrice Muamba leaves the field to be replaced by Mark Davies.
The official flags Peter Odemwingie offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Peter Odemwingie. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Ishmael Miller takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in. Chris Brunt takes the inswinging corner, Kevin Davies makes a clearance.
Ishmael Miller comes on in place of James Morrison.
Shot on goal by Johan Elmander from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Effort from deep inside the area by Peter Odemwingie misses to the left of the target.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Brunt, clearance by Matthew Taylor.
The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson goes off and Samuel Ricketts comes on. James Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Chung-Yong Lee. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
Youssouf Mulumbu delivers the ball, clearance by Zat Knight.
The ball is swung over by Somen Tchoyi.
Marek Cech takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in. Marek Cech takes a shot. Zat Knight gets a block in.
Johan Elmander concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Odemwingie. Chris Brunt delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, blocked by Paul Robinson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Marek Cech. Marek Cech takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Morrison on Paul Robinson. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Kevin Davies on Marek Cech, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gabriel Tamas.
A cross is delivered by Somen Tchoyi, Headed effort from close in by Chris Brunt bounces off the post. Corner taken short by Chris Brunt. Effort from deep inside the area by Chris Brunt misses to the left of the target.
Kevin Davies challenges Gabriel Tamas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gabriel Tamas restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Fabrice Muamba. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Somen Tchoyi takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Brunt.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Zat Knight on Peter Odemwingie. James Morrison restarts play with the free kick.
Johan Elmander takes a shot. Gonzalo Jara gets a block in.
Chris Brunt takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
Gonzalo Jara takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Goal scored by Matthew Taylor from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 1-0 West Brom.Chung-Yong Lee provided the assist for the goal.
Gary Cahill receives a caution. Foul by Gary Cahill on Peter Odemwingie, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by James Morrison from right channel, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Booking for Gary Cahill for unsporting behaviour. Peter Odemwingie fouled by Gary Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Brunt takes the direct free kick, A cross is delivered by James Morrison, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Somen Tchoyi by Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Shot on goal comes in from Marek Cech from the free kick, clearance made by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson challenges Somen Tchoyi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marek Cech. Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance.
Fabrice Muamba challenges Peter Odemwingie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Brunt has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Stuart Holden has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
Johan Elmander takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
Fabrice Muamba has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Somen Tchoyi takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Peter Odemwingie is caught offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
Matthew Taylor sends in a cross, clearance made by Paul Scharner.
Marek Cech delivers the ball.
Matthew Taylor delivers the ball, blocked by Paul Scharner.
Somen Tchoyi crosses the ball, Zat Knight gets a block in.
Somen Tchoyi has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Centre by Chung-Yong Lee, blocked by Paul Scharner.
The ball is sent over by Somen Tchoyi, blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
Johan Elmander produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt played to the near post.
The ball is swung over by Somen Tchoyi, Paul Robinson makes a clearance.
Chris Brunt takes a shot. Johan Elmander is ruled offside. Scott Carson takes the indirect free kick. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The ball is swung over by Johan Elmander.
Kevin Davies delivers the ball, Youssouf Mulumbu manages to make a clearance.
Graham Dorrans is caught offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is sent over by Johan Elmander, Gabriel Tamas manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Somen Tchoyi, Gary Cahill gets a block in.
The referee gives a free kick against Chris Brunt for handball. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
The referee blows for half time.
The second half begins.
The referee ends the match.
Davies back for Trotters
Bolton midfielder Mark Davies returns from suspension for the Barclays Premier League clash against West Brom on Boxing Day.
Davies has served a one-match ban following his dismissal in the victory over Blackburn a fortnight ago.
Owen Coyle is otherwise likely to have an unchanged squad with Joey O'Brien, Sean Davis, Ricardo Gardner and Jlloyd Samuel all still sidelined. Winger Lee Chung-yong could play his last game before joining up with South Korea for the Asia Cup in Qatar.
Coyle is keen - but not desperate - to bolster his threadbare squad next month.
The Trotters are short on numbers with just 19 fit senior players available and further injuries would make the need for new signings when the transfer window opens imperative but Coyle says he will only move into the market if he can find the right players.
Coyle said: "We have the smallest squad in the Barclays Premier League but we don't moan about it, we get on with it.
"We would love to add the squad, we would love to help the group we have, add a bit of freshness.
"But that takes a number of things to come to fruition - player availability, finance, does the player want to come.
"There are a few boxes to be ticked before that could happen but it wouldn't ever stop us from looking to add the right type of player and the right type of character to the group.
"But I won't bring players in for the sake of numbers. If I bring players in it is because I believe they are going to help the squad we have got and improve the football club."
Roberto Di Matteo insists West Brom's only goal this season is to finally end their yo-yo existence between the Championship and Premier League.
The Baggies are in their best ever Premier League position at this stage of a season - 11th - and have already accumulated 22 points.
It is in stark contrast to their constant battles against relegation after previous promotions and has included a win at Arsenal and a draw away to Manchester United.
But Di Matteo has his feet firmly on the ground ahead of the Boxing Day clash.
He said: "There are no expectations on the team. We have one target this year, to stop being a yo-yo club.
"We are pleased with the points we have now but we want more.
"We've had a positive run this season and a negative run and who knows what's going to happen next.
"I try to stay level-headed. We need to not get too negative if things aren't going well or too over-excited if we are doing well.
"There is no points target. We just want to be as successful as we can and see where we remain at the end.
"Hopefully we will have enough points to remain in the Premiership."
Bolton at the double as Baggies pay the price
Goals from Matt Taylor and Johan Elmander gave Bolton a 2-0 Boxing Day victory over a West Brom side who were made to pay for failing to take their chances.
The Baggies had by far the better of the opportunities in both halves, with Peter Odemwingie squandering three great chances and Chris Brunt heading against a post.
But they simply could not find the net and, after Taylor gave Wanderers the lead with his first goal of the season in the 40th minute, Elmander made the points safe four minutes from time.
Defences were certainly on top in the early stages and it took until the 16th minute for the first shot of the match, Graham Dorrans firing straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Former Baggie Paul Robinson then had to be alert to head away a Somen Tchoyi cross before, as the game opened up, a flowing Bolton move ended with Elmander shooting over the bar when at the very least he should have made Scott Carson work.
West Brom were looking dangerous, though, and, after Tchoyi had sent another effort wide, leading scorer Odemwingie beat the offside trap to latch onto James Morrison's deft chip only to lose his bearings and shoot well wide from eight yards.
The Baggies were certainly on top, though, and they should have gone in front 10 minutes before half-time when Odemwingie again beat the Bolton offside trap.
A simple square ball to Graham Dorrans would have surely seen the visitors go one up but his pass was weak in the extreme, earning the striker an earful from Brunt.
And that missed opportunity was made to look even more costly when Taylor gave the hosts a lead they scarcely deserved in the 40th minute.
Taylor was both architect and scorer, freeing Lee with a neat chip. The Korean looked like he had taken it too far after going round Carson but he had the presence of mind to look up and play in Taylor, who tucked away his first of the season.
West Brom sought an immediate leveller and Gonzalo Jara forced Jaaskelainen to tip a shot over his bar before Gary Cahill was lucky to get away with one touch too many in the area.
West Brom continued their goal quest after the break with a succession of chances that began when Tchoyi struck a fierce shot at Jaaskelainen from a tight angle.
The visitors came even closer moments later, and again Tchoyi was at the heart of the move. The midfielder dug out a cross that Brunt got to ahead of Jaaskelainen only for his header to cannon back off the post before being hacked away.
Brunt then fired an effort into the side-netting before the midfielder and Odemwingie combined to play in Morrison. This time the Nigerian's touch was inch perfect but his team-mate's was not, allowing Jaaskelainen to take the ball off his toe.
In the 68th minute, Odemwingie again found himself with only the keeper to beat and, although his effort was better this time, it was still a couple of yards the wrong side of the post.
Wanderers finally fashioned a chance of their own moments later as substitute Sam Ricketts crossed for Elmander, who planted an overhead kick onto the roof of the net from six yards.
Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo sent Ishmael Miller on for Morrison, and the striker almost had an immediate impact only for Cahill to somehow get in the way of his goalbound shot.
The England defender was then involved at the other end, first seeing a shot blocked by Gabriel Tamas and then winning a free-kick just outside the box when he was fouled by Dorrans.
Stuart Holden stepped up and his 20-yard effort looked to be curling in before Carson flung himself to his right to tip the ball round the post.
Lee, who now heads off to the Asian Cup, received a standing ovation as he was replaced by Ivan Klasnic and, with four minutes left, the home fans were cheering again when Elmander made the points safe.
After breaking away down the right, the striker tried to play in Klasnic. But, when the ball came back to him, he took it on himself and slotted a shot under Carson from the tightest of angles.
Captain Kevin Davies then tried his luck from the edge of the area after beating Carson to a long ball but was denied by Paul Scharner on the line.
Five minutes of injury time came and went before Bolton were able to celebrate their first clean sheet since the opening day of the season.
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