Sunderland 1-4 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 29, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton scored four goals away from home for the first time in almost two years as they came from behind to beat Sunderland 4-1 at The Stadium of Light.

Djibril Cisse had given Sunderland an early lead, but goals from Matt Taylor, Gary Cahill and one either side of the break from Johan Elmander handed Wanderers the points.

Wanderers made the most of some poor defending from the hosts and in all truth could and probably should have scored even more.

Bolton began the game brightly, forcing two consecutive corners inside the opening couple of minutes, but it was the hosts who broke the deadlock with 11 minutes on the clock.

After receiving the ball from Kieran Richardson, Steed Malbranque split the Wanderers defence with a superb ball which allowed Cisse to shoot across Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the far corner with the aid of the post.

But Bolton weren't behind for long. Gretar Steinsson's cross appeared to be harmless, but Taylor outjumped his marker to send a looping header past Craig Gordon via the underside of the crossbar.

And then, just three minutes later, the visitors found themselves in front. Andy O'Brien's chipped free-kick into the area caused panic in the Sunderland box and Cahill reacted quickest to fire the ball low past Gordon.

Then came the main talking point of the first half, as Roy Keane's side appeared to have pulled level, only to be denied by referee Chris Foy.

After Kenwyne Jones headed Phil Bardsley's cross down, Cisse lashed the ball past Jaaskelainen, but referee Foy had already blown after a foul by Jones on Jlloyd Samuel.

That let-off seemed to boost Bolton and they should have added to their lead within moments, but after rounding Gordon in the Sunderland goal, Elmander shot wide from a tight angle.

Malbranque went close for the hosts soon after, but Elmander made amends for his earlier miss as he made the most of a defensive error and fire past Gordon at the near post.

With their team trailing 3-1, the home side were booed off at the break, but things only got worse for the hosts as Elmander added a fourth, his second, ten minutes after the restart.

After latching on to an error from Dean Whitehead, the Sweden international played a one-two with Kevin Nolan, before keeping his composure to strike past Gordon.

With the game effectively over as a contest, Sunderland fans were flooding for the exits with 30 minutes left to play, while the travelling Wanderers fans kept themselves warm by taking part in a conga.

Elmander could have completed his hat-trick inside the final 15 minutes, but he shot just wide after being played in by Kevin Davies.

With a minute of normal time remaining, Wanderers boss handed academy graduate Chris Basham his debut for the club, with the 20-year-old replacing Elmander.

The boos echoed round the ground at the full time whistle, as Bolton fans celebrated the victory that moves them up th 7th in the table, with Chelsea next up at the Reebok Stadium next weekend.

Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Nosworthy, Collins, Chimbonda, Malbranque (Tainio 62), Whitehead, Richardson (Leadbitter 46), Reid (Miller 63), Cisse, Jones
Subs Not Used: Fulop, Diouf, Murphy, Ferdinand
Booked: Bardsley, Chimbonda, Nosworthy, Richardson
Goals: Cisse 11

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel, Muamba, Davies, Nolan, McCann, Taylor (Gardner 46), Elmander (Basham 89)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Smolarek, Riga, Shittu, Obadeyi
Goals: Taylor 18, Cahill 21, Elmander 39,55

Attendance: 35,457
Referee: Chris Foy

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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