Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Bolton

  • December 05, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton slipped deeper into relegation trouble after falling to a 2-1 defeat against Wolves at Molineux.

Jody Craddock gave the hosts an early lead, before Nenad Milijas struck a superb 35-yard shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen just after the hour.

Substitute Johan Elmander gave Bolton hope with a late reply and Gavin McCann had the ball in the net in stoppage time, only for it to be disallowed for offside as Wolves took the points.

Bolton were under the cosh right from the off and the hosts took the lead in 3rd minute in controversial circumstances.

After Andy O'Brien had fouled Kevin Doyle, Milijas' resulting free-kick was flicked on by Christophe Berra for Craddock to poke home from close range.

There were complaints off offside from the Bolton defence, but, despite television replays showing a clear offside, the goal was allowed to stand.

With 18 minutes on the clock, Richard Sterman came close to adding a second, but Ricardo Gardner cleared off the line, unaware that referee Chris Foy had already blown for an infringement.

At the other end, Gary Cahill came close for Bolton, heading just wide from a Lee Chung-Yong corner, before Ivan Klasnic forced Marcus Hahnemann into a fine stop from distance.

Gretar Steinsson was guilty of missing a great opportunity at Fulham last weekend and the same happened again as he met Chung-Yong's corner, only to head over from close range.

Matt Taylor and Milijas both had opportunties for either side before the break, but Wolves took their advantage into the interval.

Milijas tried his luck early in the second half, but Cahill managed to get a block and deflect the shot behind for a corner.

Bolton stepped up the pressure before the hour, with Taylor, Cahill and Klasnic all seeing efforts come and go before Ricardo Gardner was caught offside when in a great position.

Just as Bolton looked likely to get back in the game, the hosts effectively killed the game as Milijas picked up the loose ball before firing a superb strike past Jaaskelainen to double Wolves' lead.

A great flowing move involving Jlloyd Samuel and Klasnic put in Tamir Cohen, but as he beared down on goal, Stephen Ward tracked back and timed his tackle to perfection.

Soon after, Hahnemann denied Taylor from close range, before the visitors pulled themselves back into the game.

Taylor's corner caused havoc inside the Wolves penalty area and after Klasnic saw a shot blocked, Elmander was on hand to poke home through a whole host of players.

Klasnic had a great chance to equalise on 81 minutes, but Hahnemann denied him, before McCann had the ball in the net in stoppage time only to be denied by an offside flag.

The Trotters have been leapfrogged by Wolves in the table, now lying in 19th position, two points above Portsmouth at the foot of the Premier League.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Hahnemann, Stearman, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Milijas, Henry, Edwards (Mancienne 84), Jarvis, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake (Maierhofer 80)
Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Keogh, Surman, Foley, Castillo
Booked: Stearman, Hahnemann
Goals: Craddock 3, Milijas 63

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel (Elmander 71), Chung-Yong, Gardner, McCann, Cohen, Taylor, Klasnic
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Muamba, Knight, M Davies, Ricketts, Obadeyi
Booked: McCann
Goals: Elmander 79

Attendance: 27,362
Referee: Chris Foy

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