Bolton Wanderers 2-3 Liverpool

  • August 29, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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10-man Bolton twice led but ultimately fell to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

Kevin Davies and Tamir Cohen had put Wanderers ahead either side of a Glen Johnson equaliser, before Sean Davis was dismissed for a second yellow card.

Fernando Torres and then a late Steven Gerrard strike handed the visitors all three points.

The visitors had a great opportunity to break the deadlock early on. After Lucas Leiva had failed to make contact from an Albert Riera cross, Johnson picked the ball up on the other side and his low cross was glanced just wide by Torres.

Chances were few and far between, with Liverpool dominating the possession and Torres tried his luck midway through the half, holding off Gary Cahill and trying to chip Jussi Jaaskelainen who made a comfortable stop.

Then, Bolton took the lead on 33 minutes with their first league goal of the season. Matt Taylor's corner found Johan Elmander at the back post and he headed across goal for Davies to poke the ball home.

Liverpool hit back and almost equalised within a matter of minutes. Torres chested down Johnson's cross and the Spaniard wasn't too far away as his strike flew wide of goal.

From their next attack, Rafael Benitez's side were level. Bolton failed to clear a corner and after cutting inside one challenge, Johnson let fly with a shot that beat Jaaskelainen at his near post.

Bolton came out flying at the start of the second half and found themselves infront just two minutes after the restart.

Liverpool failed to deal with a crossfield ball and Davies flicked the ball into the path of the onrushing Cohen who struck low and hard past Pepe Reina.

Then, the game changed as Sean Davis was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Lucas had broken into the Wanderers half and was clipped, leading to the Wanderers midfielder being shown his marching orders.

There was some controversy in the decision after a crowd of Liverpool players surrounded the referee, leading to the decision being made.

Things then went from bad to worse for Gary Megson's side as the visitors levelled affairs just a minute later.

First, Gerrard saw a thundering effort crash back off the crossbar, before Dirk Kuyt chested into the path of Torres to equalise just moments later.

The dismissal of Davis had changed the game completely and as Liverpool increased the pressure, Wanderers had no choice but to throw Gretar Steinsson into the mix.

But with just seven minutes of normal time remaining, Gerrard struck the winner, crashing home from the edge of the area after Torres' knock down.

The result leaves Bolton pointless after three games going into the international break, with their next game being a crucial trip to Portsmouth in a fortnight.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Samuel, Elmander (Basham 59), Muamba (Riga 90), Davis, Cohen (Steinsson 78), Taylor, K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Robinson, Chung-Yong, A O'Brien
Booked: Cahill, Muamba, Davis
Sent Off: Davis
Goals: K Davies 33, Cohen 47

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Kyrgiakos, Carragher, Insua, Mascherano (Voronin 74), Leiva, Kuyt (Dossena 89), Riera (Benayoun 63), Gerrard, Torres
Subs Not Used: Gulacsi, Plessis, Kelly, Skrtel
Booked: Gerrard
Goals: Johnson 41, Torres 56, Gerrard 83

Attendance: 23,284
Referee: Alan Wiley

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