Birmingham City 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • September 26, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton recorded their third away win in succession as they overcame Birmingham City 2-1 at St.Andrews.

Tamir Cohen gave Wanderers an early lead, which looked like giving the visitors all three points, but Kevin Phillips equalised for the home side with six minutes to go.

However, straight from the restart, Bolton earned a free-kick from which Matt Taylor hit the post and Lee Chung-Yong tapped home the rebound after a superb piece of trickery.

Gary Megson's side could have had the lead inside two minutes. Birmingham goalkeeper Joe Hart found himself way out of goal and after his clearance failed to clear the touchline, Ivan Klasnic tried his luck from distance, only to see his effort land on the roof of the net.

Neither side created any further chances, until Bolton went infront with ten minutes on the clock. A Sam Ricketts long throw was flicked on by Kevin Davies and Cohen reacted quickest to head past Hart.

But once again, in the immediate aftermath of the goal, neither side created any chances, until the hosts stepped up a gear in the final fifteen minutes of the half.

First, Teemu Tainio got on the end of a Gregory Vignal cross, only to volley a yard wide of goal with Jussi Jaaskelainen beaten.

Moments later, Jaaskelainen had to be at his best, reacting smartly to prevent Barry Ferguson from equalising after his shot took a defelection off Gary Cahill.

Keith Fahey was next to try his luck for Birmingham, but his shot crashed back off the crossbar, before Ferguson volleyed narrowly wide.

After the break, Jaaskelainen was the busiest goalkeeper once again, making routine stops from Christian Benitez and Sebastian Larsson respectively, before Bolton reacted with a change.

Despite his early chance, Klasnic struggled to get into the game and was replaced by the creative Chung-Yong with 54 minutes gone.

Moments after entering the field, Chung-Yong was sent clear by Davies and after rounding the keeper, dragged his shot across goal from a narrow angle.

Gavin McCann replaced Ricardo Gardner for the final 20 minutes and like Chung-Yong, found himself clean through moments after coming on, only for Hart to scramble at his feet to deny Bolton a second goal.

Then, with just six minutes remaining, the home side levelled through substitute Kevin Phillips.

Chung-Yong conceded possession just inside the Wanderers half and after playing a one-two with Benitez, Phillips struck a low shot that beat Jaaskelainen and nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

However, Chung-Yong made amends for his error, scoring the winning goal just two minutes later.

After Davies had won a free-kick, Taylor's strike came back off the post, rebounding to Chung-Yong who flicked the ball over the head's of two defenders before keeping his composure to slot the ball into the empty net.

Wanderers saw out three minutes of stoppage time to claim their third away victory in a row, following the successes at both Tranmere Rovers and Portsmouth.

The result moves Bolton up to 13th in the Premier League table and they return to action next Saturday when they host Tottenham Hotspur at the Reebok Stadium.

Birmingham City: Hart, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Vignal (Phillips 76), Larsson, Bowyer, Tainio (O'Connor 61), Ferguson, Fahey, Benitez
Subs Not Used: Taylor, Ridgewell, Espinoza, McSheffrey, Carsley
Booked: Johnson, Carr
Goals: Phillips 84

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Knight, Cahill, Samuel, Cohen, Muamba, Taylor, K Davies, Gardner (McCann 71), Klasnic (Chung-Yong 54)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Elmander, Steinsson, M Davies, A O'Brien
Booked: Samuel
Goals: Cohen 10, Chung-Yong 86

Attendance: 28,671
Referee: Steve Bennett

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
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2 Exeter City 2 4
3 Bolton Wanderers 2 4
4 Sheffield Wednesday 2 4
5 Accrington Stanley 2 4
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