Date: 18th April 2010 at 11:00am
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Bolton edged toward almost certain Premier League survival with an unexpected and ill-deserved victory over Stoke City, thanks to the acting ability of Vladimir Weiss and a brace from Matthew Taylor.

Such a scoreline looked unlikely in the first half as Owen Coyle`s players looked as if they`d stopped off at a beer garden on the way to the Britannia Stadium. Fortunately the home side were in generous mood in front of goal

Stoke were ahead on thirteen minutes as Dave Kitson latched onto to Tuncay`s through ball and rounded Jussi Jaakelainen before prodding the ball into an empty net. The lead should have been extended but Robert Huth headed against a post and Liam Lawrence and Danny Higginbotham missed easy chances.

Bolton were better in the second half, as Owen Coyle realised that his side were playing Stoke and not Barcelona. He altered what had been a hopelessly defensive line up swapping Sam Ricketts for Ivan Klasnic. The Croat made an immediate difference putting a left foot shot just wide.

However, Stoke should still have sewn things up but Dave Kitson put the ball over when it was easy to score after Tuncay had hit the post.

With five minutes to go, substitute Vladimir Weiss cut in from the right and was tripped just outside the penalty area. There was only slight contact, but Weiss went down like a clubbed seal, persuading referee Stuart Atwell to award a free kick, when at first he seemed to be willing to allow play to continue.

Taylor hit the ball low and the players in the wall helpfully jumped over it, leaving Thomas Sorensen helpless to prevent the equaliser. Three minutes later and Bolton were in front with Weiss once again the instigator.

The on loan Manchester City winger, crossed from the right and Taylor turned the ball past Sorensen. The Bolton man`s face said it all. He couldn`t believe it either.

Stoke had a gilt-edged chance to equalise late on, but agent Abdoulaye Faye, late of the Reebok Stadium spooned the ball over from five yards.

This result lifts the Wanderers up to the heady heights of 14th. They aren`t yet mathematically safe, but the chances of Hull or Burnley reaping enough points to overtake them are about the same as Gordon Brown becoming charismatic, so a tenth straight year in top flight football awaits.


8 Replies to “Scabby Bolton Edge to Safety”

  • Don`t knock it Richard,we were due our share of good fortune.I hope this convinces OC that Klasnic is the only true striker at the club and he should start in the remaining games.I also noticed Cahill berating Jussi when he didn`t come for the ball and Steinnson had to clear before Stoke scored.This uncertainty on Jussi`s part has been apparent for some time and needs addressing for next season.Great atmospere from both sets of supporters and this is what away games used to be like.Long may they continue.

  • In Jussi’s defence who wouldn’t be in two minds about what our defenders were going to do next and as usual he did come up with some vital saves. Klas probably needs a couple of goals to win everyone over, against Pompey maybe?

  • Jussi Jaakelainen got it absolutely spot on IMHO had he challenged Kitson in anyway shape or form he would have given a certain penalty and because were the one and only Wanderers we would have been down to 10 men, in his way Jussi’s decision to let the player pass was as instrumental in the win as Taylors contribution.
    We deserved a point from the game with the second half performance 3 is a bonus….. bollox to it, we will take it, why not you dont hear fans of other clubs moaning about winning!!

  • I didn`t mean when Kitson scored,I agree with you Tomog, Jussi did the right thing. I was referring to the incident before,when IMO he should have come and cleared the ball instead of leaving it to Steinnson. Anyway we wouldn`t be Bolton fans if we

  • Just read that the reason Taylor’s form has been so poor is that he has been playing with glandular fever. He only found out after a blood test in February. Perhaps OC should blood test the lot of them after their first half “performance”! Great cameo by Weiss though. He showed real potential and should have replaced CYL much sooner. Klasnic to start against Pompey and a one way ticket asap for Mandy now. Well done you Whites in the second half. Now lets have 90 minutes of that determination against Pompey!

  • I agree with Roberto we are due some element of luck. This has been the 3rd season we have performed badly and I hope that Mr Coyle will make many changes in the summer and improve the overall performance of the club week in and week out for next season.

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