Bolton Wanderers 2-1 West Ham United

  • February 21, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Kevin Davies' 50th goal for Bolton proved to be enough as Wanderers completed the double over West Ham with a 2-1 win at the Reebok.

Matt Taylor had given the Trotters the lead with a superb free kick after 10 minutes, before Kevin Davies added a second just a minute later.

Scott Parker pulled one back midway through the second period for Gianfranco Zola's side, but Bolton held on to take the points.

After a slow start at the Reebok, Wanderers took first blood, taking the lead through a superb free-kick from Taylor.

Mark Davies made a surging run towards the penalty area before being fouled and Taylor found the net from 25-yards with a curling effort into Robert Green's top corner.

Then, just 60 seconds later, the Trotters doubled their lead as Kevin Davies got on the end of a low cross from the returning Johan Elmander to guide the ball past the dive of Green.

With just 15 minutes on the clock, West Ham were forced into their first change of the afternoon, as James Tomkins replaced James Collins who was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.

The game soon turned into one of few chances, with West Ham taking control of possession in midfield.

David Di Michele had a chance to pull one back midway through the half but dragged his shot wide of goal, before the Hammers had a glorious opportunity to score.

Carlton Cole played Mark Noble clean through on Jussi Jaaskelainen, but with only the Wanderers keeper to beat, Noble opted to pass to Cole, only to see the ball intercepted by Gary Cahill.

Noble had a chance from the rebound, but it was easily tipped over the crossbar by Jaaskelainen, who had cover from Cahill in any case.

Di Michele also found himself clean through soon after, but also fluffed his chance, shooting well wide of Jaaskelainen's left hand post.

The visitors stepped up the pressure after the break and almost pulled one back within two minutes of the restart.

A Noble corner was flicked on by Tomkins and Cole directed the ball goalwards only to see his effort cleared by Taylor.

Taylor soon found himself in action at the other end, forcing a smart low save out of Green after being sent through by Jlloyd Samuel.

Zola's side did, however, get themselves back in the game on 66 minutes as captain Scott Parker got on the end of a Jonathan Spector cross and sent the ball into Jaaskelainen's bottom corner.

Momentum was now well and truely in West Ham's favour and they had a glorious chance to equalise on 82 minutes as Di Michele rounded Jaaskelainen, only to see his shot cleared off the line by Cahill.

Jaaskelainen saved from Cole late on as Wanderers held on to claim back-to-back home victories for the first time this season, moving up to 12th in the Premier League in the process.

Bolton's next game sees them take on Newcastle United at the Reebok Stadium next Sunday.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Puygrenier (A O'Brien 73), Samuel, K Davies, M Davies, McCann, Gardner, Taylor, Elmander (Muamba 76)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Smolarek, Makukula, Shittu, Basham
Goals: Taylor 10, K Davies 11

West Ham United: Green, Spector (Sears 85), Collins (Tomkins 16), Upson, Ilunga, Behrami, Parker, Noble, Collison (Nsereko 62), Cole, Di Michele
Subs Not Used: Lastuvka, Lopez, Kovac, Tristan
Booked: Noble, Upson
Goals: Parker 66

Attendance: 21,245
Referee: Steve Tanner

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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