Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Everton

  • October 29, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Marouane Fellaini scored a last minute goal as Everton took all three points against Bolton on a cold and miserable night at the Reebok.

In a game that failed to set the pulses racing, Bolton were booed off the field at the end of the game and manager Gary Megson must surely be beginning to fear the worst.

Neither goalkeeper was threatened seriously in the first half, with Matt Taylor seeing a looping header go over the bar for Bolton.

Yakubu had the best chance of the half for the visitors, but that too was also a half chance which forced Jussi Jaaskelainen into a comfortable stop.

Louis Saha did have the ball in the net with 20 minutes gone, but the goal was ruled out for a clear handball in the build up.

Taylor saw a free-kick from a good position fly high and wide of goal after Gretar Steinsson was fouled by Joleon Lescott.

Saha tested Jaaskelainen again soon after before Fellaini had the best chance of the half, but he headed over following a good cross from Phil Neville.

When referee Phil Dowd blew for half-time, supporters of both sides were relieved to see the end of 45 minutes of poor football and booed their respective sides off the field.

Neither side managed to ignite the game after the break, with Mustapha Riga's shot forcing Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard into a comfortable save.

Taylor had another chance for Bolton on the hour, but he scuffed a shot with his weaker right foot and the Toffee's were able to clear the ball to safety.

But, just as a mediocre game looked to be heading for a goalless draw, the visitors snatched all three points right at the death.

Steven Pienaar found some space down the right flank before crossing for an unmarked Fellaini to head home from six yards with the aid of the post.

The goal sent the 3,500 travelling Evertonians wild and the club record signing was booked for his celebrations, but David Moyes' side held on to claim the victory.

As the final whistle went, the home fans made their frustrations known with boss Megson once again having to take the majority of the blame.

Wanderers are back in action on Sunday when local rivals and newly found billionnaires Manchester City make the short trip to the Reebok.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel, Riga, Nolan, Muamba, Taylor, Davies, Elmander
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Hunt, Smolarek, Gardner, Helguson, Shittu, Cohen
Booked: Samuel

Everton: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Arteta, Fellaini, Osman, Pienaar, Yakubu (Cahill 63), Saha (Anichebe 83)
Subs Not Used: Nash, Hibbert, Baines, Vaughan
Booked: Fellaini, Lescott
Goals: Fellaini 90

Attendance: 21,692
Referee: Phil Dowd

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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21 Sunderland 0 0
22 Tranmere Rovers 0 0
23 Wycombe Wanderers 0 0
24 Bolton Wanderers 0 -12
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