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Tamir Cohen takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic. Martin Petrov decides to take a short corner, Shot on goal by Tamir Cohen from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Walters. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Rodrigo Moreno produces a cross.
The offside flag is raised against Danny Pugh. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Mark Davies on Glenn Whelan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Higginbotham.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Danny Pugh coming on for Matthew Etherington. Unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan by Tamir Cohen results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Tuncay Sanli goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Tamir Cohen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stuart Holden. Foul by Rodrigo Moreno on Dean Whitehead, free kick awarded. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Kenwyne Jones leaves the field to be replaced by Jonathan Walters.
Robert Huth fouled by Johan Elmander, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Kevin Davies misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Davies by Matthew Etherington. Samuel Ricketts takes the direct free kick.
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Tuncay Sanli misses to the right of the target.
Foul by Robert Huth on Johan Elmander, free kick awarded. Samuel Ricketts takes the direct free kick.
Glenn Whelan on for Marc Wilson.
Samuel Ricketts takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Samuel Ricketts takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Corner taken left-footed by Rodrigo Moreno from the right by-line, clearance made by Andy Wilkinson.
Rodrigo Moreno takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov to the near post, Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.
Rodrigo Moreno comes on in place of Fabrice Muamba. Matthew Taylor goes off and Martin Petrov comes on.
(Bolton) makes a substitution, with Rodrigo Moreno coming on for Fabrice Muamba. Martin Petrov comes on in place of Matthew Taylor.
Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Fabrice Muamba goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Fabrice Muamba on Tuncay Sanli, free kick awarded. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Paul Robinson manages to make a clearance.
Zat Knight receives a caution. Matthew Etherington scores a penalty. Stoke 2-0 Bolton.Zat Knight concedes a Penalty for a foul on Matthew Etherington.
The referee shows Zat Knight a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Penalty scored by Matthew Etherington. Stoke 2-0 Bolton.Zat Knight gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington.
Samuel Ricketts challenges Rory Delap unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on Jussi Jaaskelainen. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tuncay Sanli played to the near post, clearance made by Johan Elmander.
Corner taken short by Tuncay Sanli.
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Effort from deep inside the area by Tuncay Sanli clears the bar.
Johan Elmander gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones. Direct free kick taken by Danny Higginbotham.
Foul by Fabrice Muamba on Robert Huth, free kick awarded. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Tuncay Sanli challenges Matthew Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart Holden shoots direct from the free kick, save by Asmir Begovic.
Kenwyne Jones has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the goal.
Johan Elmander has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Stuart Holden from the left by-line, save made by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tuncay Sanli by Mark Davies. Free kick taken by Matthew Etherington.
The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Tuncay Sanli results in a free kick. Matthew Taylor shoots direct from the free kick.
Danny Higginbotham fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 1-0 Bolton.Inswinging corner taken by Tuncay Sanli from the left by-line, assist on the goal came from Tuncay Sanli.
Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Effort from the edge of the box by Johan Elmander goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Robert Huth has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Stuart Holden has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Stuart Holden fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Tuncay Sanli takes a shot. Fabrice Muamba gets a block in.
Tuncay Sanli fouled by Mark Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Higginbotham takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington played to the near post, Headed effort from inside the box by Robert Huth misses to the right of the target.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Robert Huth challenges Jussi Jaaskelainen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Robert Huth has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Tuncay Sanli takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Johan Elmander takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jussi Jaaskelainen. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Tuncay Sanli takes a shot.
Zat Knight gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Andy Wilkinson.
Zat Knight gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones. Shot on goal comes in from Marc Wilson from the free kick.
Kenwyne Jones fouled by Gary Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Huth restarts play with the free kick.
The match gets underway.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Stoke fired up for Bolton battle
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has given an insight into how stiff competition for places in his team spilled over during training this week.
Pulis and his coaching staff had to abandon a session as the tackles flew in thick and fast at their start-of-the-art facility.
He ordered the players back into the changing room as he was afraid someone would get hurt ahead of the home Barclays Premier League match against Bolton.
Pulis said: "The lads have worked really hard. If you had seen them train Tuesday you would not have thought they had played a game (they drew 1-1 with Cardiff in the FA Cup on Saturday).
"It was one of them where we had to stop training. It was really competitive and we had to bring them in so no-one was injured. They were that fired up. I hope they are that fired up on Saturday.
"When they train, they train properly. They come in 40 minutes before we go out to do their core work and individual programmes that people have laid out for them.
"It gives the players a better chance to prolong their careers. When you consider the pace of the game and the tempo it is played at, they know they have to look after themselves."
Pulis could be tempted to give another run-out against Bolton to Marc Wilson, who arrived in the summer from Portsmouth.
The Stoke boss was pleased with the shift the 23-year-old midfielder put in against Cardiff and said: "He will eventually be a very good player for this club. He has been outstanding in his last two games.
"He is getting stronger as well, mentally and physically. He is technically a very good player. I can see him being a very important member of the team in years to come."
Meanwhile, Owen Coyle believes the hardest work is still to come as he begins his second year as Bolton manager.
Coyle has overseen a huge transformation of the Trotters' fortunes since quitting Burnley to take charge at the Reebok Stadium last January.
The former Wanderers striker inherited a team involved in a relegation struggle but 12 months later they are a healthy seventh in the Barclays Premier League.
The 44-year-old has also changed the image of a team which had acquired a reputation for physical and direct football under previous managers Sam Allardyce and Gary Megson.
Coyle said: "We've done a lot of hard work and we're pleased with where we are but we recognise the hard work continues.
"We can't affect what we have done over the past year but we can look back and see there were a lot of things we enjoyed doing.
"We have to continue in that vein and look to push the club forward.
"There was a perception of how the club played their football and ultimately if somebody gives you that name sometimes it can stick.
"It seemed to be hanging over the football club for a number of years.
"What we had to do was add our own style, have more than one dimension to our play, different facets.
"We are trying to do that but we are still not near where we want to be.
"Piece by piece we are looking more pleasing on the eye but we recognise as well that if we need to get it to our strikers early we do that.
"We try to mix and match our style of play and by doing that hopefully we cause the opposition problems.
"But it is very much a work in progress and I must stress all the hard work is in front of us."
Bolton are short on numbers and have gone into their last two Premier League games with just four of their seven possible substitutes slots filled.
Tamir Cohen returned for last week's FA Cup tie against York after compassionate leave but Coyle is still hampered by injuries and Lee Chung-yong is on international duty.
Ivan Klasnic, Joey O'Brien, Sean Davis, Ricardo Gardner and Jlloyd Samuel are all out while Gretar Steinsson and Stuart Holden are doubtful.
Pulis is all smiles after Stoke success
Danny Higginbotham and Matthew Etherington gave Stoke a 2-0 victory against Bolton at the Britannia Stadium to put the smile back on the face of manager Tony Pulis.
Before kick-off, Pulis was shaken by the news that his proposed move for Demba Ba for a reported #7.1 million had broke down after Hoffenheim's Senegal striker failed a medical.
But the manager's mood was soon changed thanks to a comfortable win, with the goals coming either side of half-time.
Even though they were bolstered by the return of midfielder Stuart Holden, Bolton were always second best as they slumped to their fifth successive defeat on the road.
Stoke spelled out their intentions as early as the eighth minute when Tuncay Sanli skipped away from Zat Knight down the right, but he failed to test goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, his cross-cum-shot going wide of the post.
Tuncay was finding plenty of space on the flanks early on. He tried to pick out Kenwyne Jones in the 13th minute but he put too much weight on the cross and the ball drifted out of play.
Then Tuncay tested Jaaskelainen from distance with a chip, but his opponent was equal to it. The home side were enjoying a good spell, with Robert Huth heading narrowly over the crossbar in the 24th minute following a Rory Delap throw-in.
Stoke almost took the lead in the 26th minute after Bolton defender Gary Cahill lost his bearings and whipped a cross from Tuncay over his own crossbar. From Etherington's corner, Huth escaped his marker, only to head wide of the post.
Bolton were struggling to get going and Holden dragged a shot wide of the post from 25 yards in the 32nd minute after striding forward.
Huth was making life difficult for Bolton by breaking into the box at every opportunity, and he got on the end of a Delap throw-in, but was again out of luck with his effort.
Stoke made the breakthrough in the 37th minute following a corner from Tuncay.
Bolton failed to clear their lines with striker Johan Elmander heading the ball across his own area. Higginbotham took advantage, marking his return to the side by forcing it home at the back post.
Elmander then headed wide of the post following a cross from Sam Ricketts in the 46th minute. And four minutes later, Holden came close to equalising - goalkeeper Asmir Begovic doing well to claw away his fine free-kick.
Back came Stoke and Tuncay got away from Knight in the 54th minute, only for his effort to go over the crossbar.
Bolton, however, were showing signings of improvement and Knight released Kevin Davies with a superb long ball, only for Huth to make a crucial block.
The visitors were rocked back on their heels in the 62nd minute when Stoke made it 2-0.
Tuncay sent Etherington racing clear and the winger was tripped by Knight in the box and won a penalty.
Etherington dusted himself down and although Jaaskelainen deflected the ball onto the post, it trickled over the line.
Etherington and Tuncay were causing Bolton all kinds of problems with their pace and movement, and the visitors were looking dispirited after that second goal from Etherington, his fourth of the season.
Tuncay then cut into the area in the 84th minute, but his finish was wayward, the ball ending up nearer the corner flag than the goal.
But it mattered little as Stoke went on to seal an emphatic win.
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