Bolton Wanderers 3-2 Everton

  • October 25, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton recorded their first home league win since April as Ivan Klasnic's late strike gave them a 3-2 victory over Everton.

Goals from Lee Chung-Yong and Gary Cahill had put the hosts into a 2-0 lead inside 27 minutes at the Reebok, but Everton pulled level with goals either side of the break from Louis Saha and Marouane Fellaini.

But Bolton came out on top as Klasnic scored his first goal in England four minutes from time to hand Wanderers the three points.

Gary Megson's side began brightly and should have taken the lead inside three minutes when Tamir Cohen headed wide when found unmarked from Jlloyd Samuel's cross.

Then, just two minutes later, Kevin Davies got his head to a Matt Taylor free-kick but the ball flew just wide of Tim Howard's right-hand post.

Everton then came to life and Jo had a half-chance, bringing Jussi Jaaskelainen into a comfortable low save.

With 17 minutes on the clock, Bolton went infront. Sam Ricketts burst forward from right-back and after beating Tony Hibbert, crossed for Chung-Yong who slot smartly past Howard.

Just ten minutes later, Wanderers doubled their lead and looked odds on to take the points.

Similar to Davies' earlier miss, Taylor sent a free-kick into the area and this time Cahill rose highest to head low past Howard and give Bolton a 2-0 lead.

But just as things started to look comfortable for Bolton, they were caught napping at the back and were given a rude awakening as Saha pulled one back for Everton.

Saha picked up a ball from Lucas Neill midway inside the Wanderers half and as the defence backed off, the former Manchester United forward fired into Jaaskelainen's top corner from 25-yards.

Bolton managed to keep hold of their lead into the break, but the visitors did pull level just 10 minutes after the restart.

Neill was involved once again, crossing for Fellaini who held off the challenge of Cahill before turning and shooting past Jaaskelainen at his near post.

Everton appeared to be in with a great chance of winning the game 15 minutes from time, but Fabrice Muamba tracked back to superbly halt Dan Gosling's progress when clean through on the Bolton goal.

Moments later, Davies got his head to a Chung-Yong corner but saw the ball fly wide once again as both sides went looking for the victory.

There was concern for Klasnic inside the final ten minutes as he was caught by a boot to the face, with the Croatian appearing to be unconscious on the pitch.

However, he was to have the final laugh just three minutes from time when the ball fell kindly to him following a Davies knockdown and he struck past Howard to seal the points for Bolton on Megson's second anniversary as boss.

The win means Bolton leapfrog Everton into 12th spot in the Premier League table ahead of the league and cup double-header with Chelsea over the next week.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Samuel, Muamba, Chung-Yong (Basham 88), Cohen, Gardner (Klasnic 64), Taylor, K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Steinsson, M Davies, A O'Brien, Robinson
Booked: K Davies, Cahill, Samuel
Goals: Chung-Yong 16, Cahill 27, Klasnic 86

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga (Coleman 80), Distin, Neill, Gosling, Rodwell, Cahill, Jo, Saha, Fellaini
Subs Not Used: Nash, Duffy, Agard, Baxter, Wallace, Akpan
Booked: Fellaini
Goals: Saha 32, Fellaini 55

Attendance: 21,547
Referee: Phil Dowd

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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7 Derby County 3 6
8 Bolton Wanderers 3 5
9 Portsmouth 3 5
10 Accrington Stanley 3 5
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