West Ham United 1-3 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 05, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton beat West Ham 3-1 at Upton Park to claim their first away win of the season and put an end to a three-year run without a victory in London.

Goals from Kevin Davies and Gary Cahill gave the visitors a two goal lead at the break. Carlton Cole pulled one back midway through the second half but Matt Taylor completed the scoring four minutes from time to give Wanderers the points.

Both sides started the game brightly but failed to create any real goalscoring opportunities. Cole had the first chance of the game for the hosts but shot over with 12 minutes on the clock.

That seemed to spark Bolton into life and record signing Johan Elmander had a chance at the other end but his effort lacked any real power and Robert Green made an easy stop.

Hammers' full-back Herita Ilunga had a chance just before the half hour but saw hit shot blocked by Jlloyd Samuel before Valon Behrami shot just wide moments later.

Then, on the half hour, the visitors shocked Upton Park by taking the lead out of nothing. Green came to claim a cross but only succeeded in dropping the ball straight to the feet of Davies to poked the ball into the empty net.

Many had expected Wanderers to keep it tight at the back and hold their lead until the break, but just four minutes later they doubled their lead.

After the hosts failed to clear a ball into the box, Gretar Steinsson hit a half volley which was well blocked by Green, but Cahill reacted quickest to put the ball over the line for his first goal in Wanderers colours.

Gary Megson's side went in 2-0 up at the interval and looking good to record their first win in seven games.

West Ham started the better of the two sides after the restart and almost found a way back in the game after 50 minutes.

Cole's strike took a deflection of Cahill and looked destined for the net until Jussi Jaaskelainen made a fintertip save to push the ball on to the post and behind for a corner.

Gavin McCann almost added a third for Bolton on the hour but his placed effort from 25-yards went just wide of Green's right hand post.

The Hammers had a succession of corners midway through the second period and their pressure finally paid off as they pulled one back.

Wanderers failed to deal with the ball in to the box and Cole reacted quickest to beat Jaaskelainen, seeing his header go in off the underside of the crossbar.

West Ham were now the only side that looked likely to score again but a combination of good defending from Bolton and poor finishing from the hosts maintained Wanderers' lead.

But with just four minutes of time remaining, Wanderers completed the scoring and took all the points as Taylor scored his 50th club career goal, after spells with Luton and Portsmouth before Bolton.

On as a substitute for Elmander, Taylor put the ball down and hit a swerving shot past Green from fully 30 yards to send the strong travelling support home happy.

The win slightly eases the pressure on Bolton at the foot of the table and gives them their first win in London since October 2005 when a solitary Kevin Nolan strike gave Wanderers a 1-0 victory at Charlton.

With a short break due to World Cup qualfying next weekend, Megson's side return to action against Blackburn in a fortnight.

West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Neill, Upson, Ilunga, Behrami, Parker, Noble, Di Michele (Bellamy 54), Etherington (Sears 79), Cole
Subs Not Used: Lastuvka, Lopez, Boa Morte, Mullins, Davenport
Booked: Bellamy, Faubert, Noble, Parker
Goals: Cole 69

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, A O'Brien, Cahill, Samuel, Davies, Nolan, McCann, Muamba (J O'Brien 80), Gardner, Elmander (Taylor 73)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Hunt, Smolarek, Riga, Shittu
Booked: A O'Brien, Nolan, Taylor
Goals: Davies 30, Cahill 34, Taylor 86

Attendance: 33,715
Referee: Mike Dean

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