Bolton Wanderers 4-1 Wigan Athletic

  • December 09, 2007 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have clawed their way up the Premier League table after a 4-1 victory over local rivals Wigan Athletic.

An own goal from Paul Scharner gave Wanderers an early lead, before Denny Landzaat levelled for the Latics. But goals from Kevin Nolan, Kevin Davies and Nicolas Anelka gave Gary Megson's side all three points.

Anelka fired over from the penalty spot with the scores at 1-1, but Bolton will be delighted with such a high scoring victory.

Both sides began the game brightly, and the hosts found themselves in front within three minutes. El-Hadji Diouf's cross into the box looked be simple enough to defend, but Scharner somehow headed past his own goalkeeper whilst under no pressure at all.

However, the visitors equalised just eight minutes later. Emmerson Boyce's cross was aimed towards Emile Heskey, but an interception from Abdoulaye Meite fell straight at the feet of Denny Landzaat who struck low and hard past Jussi Jaaskelainen to level the scores.

Midway through the first half, Wanderers should have been back in front. Danny Guthrie's shot from distance struck Andreas Granqvist on the arm, and referee Martin Atkinson duely pointed to the spot.

But Granqvist could breathe a sigh of relief as Wanderers' record signing Anelka fired high over Chris Kirkland's crossbar.

However, Bolton continued to threaten and took the lead for the second time in the 37th minute. Anelka made a run between to Wigan defenders, before latching onto a through ball from Guthrie and squaring for the Bolton skipper to poke into the empty net.

Wigan came out the better of the two sides after the break, but thanks to poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping, Bolton's lead remained intact.

A succession of corners forced Jaaskelainen into a string of fine saves. After thwarting Heskey and Landzaat, he made a world class point-blank save to deny Marcus Bent from brining the visitors level.

Bent rose highest from a corner and looked to have powered his header past the Finnish goalkeeper, only for Jaaskelainen to throw himself across goal to keep it out.

Heskey had another good chance to bring Wigan level but his header from Jason Koumas' cross was poor.

The next attack saw some good play from Bolton down the right flank, and Diouf was extremely unlucky not to add to Bolton's lead. Davies found room inside the area, beating Titus Bramble and crossing to the back post, but Diouf's header was cleared off the line as Wigan appeared to be holding on.

But Diouf was to turn provider soon after. Davies got goal-side of Granqvist from Diouf's free-kick and stuck out a foot to poke the ball past Kirkland and give Wanderers a 3-1 lead.

More good play out wide from Bolton saw rewarded with a minute to go, as Anelka found himself unmarked at the back post to tap home his ninth goal of the season.

The last time Wanderers scored four in the Premier League was on this corresponding weekend last season, with a 4-0 victory over West Ham in what proved to be Alan Pardew's last game in charge of the Hammers.

Megson's decision to rest players for the UEFA Cup tie on Thursday has paid dividends and his side can now go in search of another victory as they travel to Manchester City next Saturday.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Hunt, Meite, A O'Brien, Gardner, Nolan (Giannakopoulos 90), Campo (Speed 90), Guthrie, Davies, Anelka, Diouf (McCann 77)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Michalik
Booked: A O'Brien, Guthrie
Goals: Scharner 3(og), Nolan 37, Davies 70, Anelka 89

Wigan Athletic: Kirkland, Boyce, Granqvist, Bramble, Kilbane, Valencia, Scharner, Landzaat, Koumas, Bent, Heskey (Brown 72)
Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Taylor, Skoko, Cotterill
Booked: Valencia
Goals: Landzaat 14

Attendance: 20,309
Referee: Martin Atkinson

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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