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  • Kuyt (37), Davies, K (70 og)
  • Date:2010-01-30
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:43413
  • Referee:Bennett, S

Live Commentary

90mins

Ref blows for full time and Liverpool take the points, which they deserve after bossing the game for the last 30 minutes.

90mins

Gerrard is 'fouled' again but the ref sees it another way much to the amazement of the England star.

90mins

Shots rain in on the Bolton goal but the visitors' defence stands firm as the end of the match draws near.

89mins

Insua's cross evades everyone - another superb centre from out wide.

86mins

Gerrard swings in a superb free-kick but Lucas heads over from three yards out - should have done better.

85mins

Knight goes into the book for his challenge.

85mins

Zat Knight hauls down Gerrard as the match draws to a close.

83mins

Ryan Babel comes on to replace Ngog for the hosts.

82mins

Bolton are still going for it which is bound to leave gaps in the visitors' defence for Liverpool to exploit.

81mins

Lucas tries to find Kuyt on the break but his pass ends up going out of play much to the frustration of the home fans.

78mins

Muamba makes way for Elmander.

78mins

Kuyt strolls into the box but his driven cross is hooked behind for a corner.

75mins

Skrtel is penalised for bringing down Gardner but his free-kick drifts out of play.

73mins

Maxi Rodriguez comes on for Liverpool as Riera exits the action.

70mins

Kevin Davies is credited with an own goal after Insua's long-range effort hits the striker and wrong-foots Jaaskelainen.

68mins

Gerrard is starting to assert his authority on the game now as Liverpool press for that second goal.

66mins

Bolton make second substitution with Vladimir Weiss replacing Taylor.

65mins

Lucas comes on for Aquilani for Liverpool.

64mins

Gerrard shoots from distance and his powerful effort is turned round the corner by Jaaskelainen.

62mins

Taylor and Kyrgiakos are involved in a bit of 'handbags' but the ref takes no action.

60mins

Cohen is replaced by Ricardo Gardner for Bolton.

59mins

Cahill defends well as the Reds up the pressure towards the hour mark with Ngog becoming more and more involved.

57mins

Liverpool have upped their game but the miss from Ngog means that the visitors are still in this game.

55mins

Riera wins the ball before firing a speculative shot into the stands from a tight angle.

53mins

N'Gog's shot somehow hits the crossbar when it seemed easier to score - dreadful miss with the goal at his mercy.

49mins

Lacklustre start by the home side in the second period with Bolton more than holding their own.

47mins

Corner to Bolton which Reina punches and the ball finally goes behind for a goal kick.

46mins

Whistle goes for the start of the second half with the fans hoping for an improvement in the standard of play.

45mins

Ref blows for half time with Kuyt's goal the highlight of a poor first half from both sides.

45mins

Lee continues his excellent first half with a superb cross but Taylor could only head the ball into the side netting.

44mins

Lee is yellow-carded for diving as Aquilani appears to tangle with the Bolton man in the Reds' box.

40mins

Lee begins another of his runs but Mascherano is there to stop the threat.

38mins

Ngog's curling effort is easily claimed by the Bolton keeper.

37mins

Kuyt scuffs the ball into the net off Cahill following a great cross by Insua and a header back across the goal by Aquilani.

35mins

Ngog shoots from a tight angle and Jaaskelainen saves easily but carries the ball over for a corner - which Bolton clear.

33mins

Ngog finding Gerrard who looks for Kuyt with a back-heel but Knight intercepts well.

31mins

Javier Mascherano puts in a crunching tackle on Mark Davies and the referee shows him a yellow card.

29mins

Kuyt shoots from distance but his effort is high, wide and not so handsome.

27mins

Kuyt's cross is put out for a throw in but the resulting attack comes to nothing as the home fans begin to show their frustration.

24mins

A superb run by Lee sees the Bolton man through on goal but, after rounding the keeper, his shot is cleared off the line by Kyrgiakos.

23mins

Riera finds Insua out wide but his superb cross finds Kuyt flapping at air in the box for Liverpool.

20mins

Insua gets the ball from a corner but his attempted shot is sliced well wide of the target.

18mins

Aquilani is penalised for a soft foul on Mark Davies right on the edge of the Bolton area.

16mins

Reina chases out of his box to clear a long ball and easily deals with the threat.

12mins

Mark Davies is booked for not retreating 10 yards.

12mins

Gerrard's back-heel finds Ngog but he shoots straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen from a tight angle.

11mins

The heads go up following a Liverpool corner but the ball is cleared.

8mins

GerrardÂ’s corner is dealt with by the Bolton defence and Dirk Kuyt then commits a needless foul to relieve the pressure on the Bolton goal.

6mins

Matt Taylor crosses from out wide but his effort is easily caught by the Liverpool keeper.

3mins

A mistake in the Liverpool defence almost lets in Tamir Cohen but Reina is out in time to smother the chance.

1mins

The referee has blown the whistle to start the game at Anfield.

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Bolton Wanderers to Anfield on Saturday afternoon looking to bounce back from yet another disappointing Premier League scoreline in the week.

The Merseyside giants failed to down lowly Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux as they fired blanks in a goalless stalemate.

Rafael Benitez's Reds have picked up in recent times with wins against Wolves on Boxing Day, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur with a draw away at Stoke City that reinvigorated their top-four challenge prior to the Molineux meeting.

But the draw against Mick McCarthy's men will now put pressure on Jamie Carragher and co to grab victory over Owen Coyle's Bolton Wanderers.

Coupled with Spurs' win against Fulham, Liverpool now trail the London side, who occupy fourth spot, by three points.

Coyle will feel much better in the Trotters hot-seat following two successive Premier League defeats to Arsenal, but the narrow 1-0 triumph against Burnley's - Coyle's former club - has aided their relegation fears.

The three points, courtesy of a Chung-Yong Lee effort, has fired Coyle's side out of the relegation places and they have leapfrogged his former Clarets outfit.

Liverpool have several injury concerns with defenders Daniel Agger (groin) and Glen Johnson (knee ligament) both out.

Star striker Fernando Torres (knee cartilage) is expected to be out until the end of February alongside Yossi Benayoun (rib). Talisman and captain Steven Gerrard (hamstring) continues to struggle.

Bolton will be without knee victim trio Sean Davis, Joey O'Brien and Mark Davies, who are all expected to be missing for the rest of the campaign.

Benitez may have one eye on the club's next five fixtures.

They face local rivals Everton and top-four rivals Arsenal and Manchester City with a two-legged Europa League showdown against Unirea Urziceni to look forward to as they try once more to salvage their stop-start season.


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Match Report

Dirk Kuyt's first-half strike and a Kevin Davies own goal fired Liverpool to a 2-0 victory against Bolton as Rafa Benitez's side kept the heat on the top four.

Kuyt bundled home from close range in the 37th minute before Davies unwittingly diverted Emiliano Insua's woeful shot into his own net 20 minutes from time.

All this came after Bolton had started positively and almost grabbed the lead in the fourth minute.

Sam Ricketts headed down into the box and Tamir Cohen was left unmarked but, as he was about to fire towards goal, Jose Reina got down to block.

Lone Liverpool striker David N'Gog then tested Jussi Jaaskelainen before Ricketts cleared his header from an Alberto Aquilani corner.

Insua's cross was then inches away from Kuyt's outstretched boot before Bolton came close at the other end on the half-hour.

South Korean winger Chung-Yong Lee embarked on a mazy run from halfway before rounding Reina only for Sotirios Kyrgiakos to get back and clear the danger.

But eight minutes before the break the Reds were in front when Aquilani nodded down Insua's cross and Kuyt scrambled the ball in from four yards.

And the mood of Wanderers boss Owen Coyle got worse just before the break when Lee went down under Insua's challenge but was harshly booked for diving by referee Steve Bennett.

N'Gog blew a golden chance to make it 2-0 eight minutes after the break when he somehow fired a shot against the woodwork after Jaaskelainen had saved Steven Gerrard's shot.

On the hour Jaaskelainen beat out a fierce Gerrard drive but he could nothing about Liverpool's second 20 minutes from time.

Insua's 25-yard shot was heading harmlessly wide until it hit Davies and flew beyond the reach of the Bolton shot-stopper.

Substitute Ryan Babel fired over in the closing stages and Maxi Rodriguez came within inches of sliding in Insua's cross for his first goal for the club but the damage had already been done.

Liverpool

Bolton Wanderers

Corners

123

Fouls

1213

Goal attempts

107

Shots off target

66

Offsides

2

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