Middlesbrough 1-3 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 22, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton put the disappointment of defeat to Liverpool behind them by beating Middlesbrough 3-1 at the Riverside Stadium.

Early goals from Gretar Steinsson and Matt Taylor put Wanderers two up inside ten minutes.

Emanuel Pogatetz pulled one back for Boro inside the final fifteen minutes, but Johan Elmander restored the two goal advantage 60 seconds later as Bolton picked up their third away win of the season.

The visitors started the game brightly and could have taken the lead inside the first minute, with Gary Cahill forcing Boro goalkeeper Ross Turnbull into a fine save.

Record signing Elmander played in Wanderers skipper Kevin Nolan soon after and Turnbull once again had to be alert, beating Nolan to the ball and clearing the danger.

But the goal that Bolton were threatening came with just eight minutes on the clock. Taylor's free-kick was met by the head of Steinsson, who found the back of the net, although the ball appeared to take a flick of Kevin Davies.

Not content with a one goal lead, Wanderers doubled their advantage just two minutes later to stun the Riverside Stadium.

After twisting away from his former Portsmouth teammate, Gary O'Neil, Taylor shot low past Turnbull with the aid of the post to put Bolton 2-0 up.

Seeking a way back into the game, O'Neil tried his luck for Boro, but was denied by a goalline clearance from Nolan as Bolton kept their advantage.

Jlloyd Samuel kept up his recent impressive form to deny Afonso Alves from bringing Boro back into the game after the Brazilian had beaten off the challenge of Gary Cahill.

Wanderers took their lead into the break, but were nearly pegged back just after the break, but Andy O'Brien had the awareness to nod Tuncay's effort away for a corner.

Tuncay tried his luck again moments later, but Bolton should have had the game in the bag just before the hour, but Fabrice Muamba shot wide from 12 yards after being played in by Elmander.

Taylor shot just over the bar inside the final 20 minutes, before the hosts looked to have got themselves back in the game.

Bolton failed to clear a corner and Pogatetz fired past Jussi Jaaskelainen with a superb left-footed volley to make the score 2-1.

But, just a minute later, Elmander restored the two goal advantage with a stunning left-footed volley of his own.

The Sweden international, who had failed to score since the opening day of the season, chested down a pass from Samuel before firing past Turnbull to wrap up the points.

Tuncay went close to pulling one back within minutes of that goal, before Cahill cleared another O'Neil shot off the line.

But it was Bolton who took all the points, moving up to 12th in the Premier League table, with another trip to the North East on the horizon next weekend, with Sunderland providing the opposition.

Middlesbrough: Turnbull, Hoyte, Wheater, Pogatetz, Taylor (Arca 76), Aliadiere (Johnson 58), O'Neil, Digard, Downing, Alves (Emnes 75), Tuncay
Subs Not Used: Jones, Hines, Grounds, Walker
Booked: Digard, Pogatetz
Goals: Pogatetz 77

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel, Taylor (Gardner 89), McCann, Muamba, Nolan, Elmander (Smolarek 84), Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Riga, Shittu, Basham, Obadeyi
Booked: Cahill, McCann, Muamba, Nolan, Samuel
Goals: Steinsson 8, Taylor 10, Elmander 78
Kevin Davies was later credited with scoring Bolton's opening goal

Attendance: 24,487
Referee: Martin Atkinson

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