Bolton Wanderers 3-3 Manchester City

  • December 12, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Despite leading three times against ten-man Manchester City, Bolton were made to settle for a point as the two sides played out a 3-3 draw.

Ivan Klasnic had given Wanderers an early lead at the Reebok Stadium, but Carlos Tevez pulled things level on 28 minutes.

Gary Cahill restored Bolton's lead two minutes before the interval, only for Micah Richards to equalise deep into first-half stoppage time.

Klasnic once again had the hosts infront 8 minutes after the restart, but, with just ten men after the dismissal of Craig Bellamy, City earned a point when Tevez notched his second of the game 13 minutes from time.

Lee Chung-Yong headed over early on, but his next contribution was more telling as it helped Wanderers into their first lead of the afternoon.

Matt Taylor's deflected cross reached Chung-Yong at the far post and he fired a cross-shot across the face of goal for Klasnic to tap past Shay Given, despite replays showing he was standing in an offside position.

Bolton immediately went in search of a second and Tamir Cohen came close, only for his spectacular bicycle kick to narrowly miss the target.

Richards survived a penalty appeal after the ball appeared to hit his arm inside the box, before Gretar Steinsson shot just wide on 27 minutes.

Just a minute later, City were level. Hesitant defending from Zat Knight and Fabrice Muamba allowed Tevez to pick the ball up, before cutting inside and firing past Jussi Jaaskelainen courtesy of a deflection off Cohen.

That sparked the visitors into life and Gareth Barry was next to try his luck, only for his effort to fly across goal and wide of Jaaskelainen's far post.

In the minutes prior to the break, things stepped up a bit. First, Cahill reacted smartly from a Steinsson throw, turning two defenders and firing a superb curling effort into Given's top corner to restore Wanderers' lead.

However, the shine was taken off that moment of magic as sloppy defending allowed City level just two minutes later.

As the home defence backed off, Stephen Ireland fed the ball through to Richards, who, after beating Paul Robinson, fired low past Jaaskelainen to make the scores level at the break.

Bolton found themselves infront for a third time 8 minutes after the break. Robinson's cross was flicked on by Taylor and Klasnic reacted quickest to volley the ball home.

The hosts then spurned a great chance to wrap up the points on the hour as Muamba found himself clean through on goal, but, despite Cohen looking for the square ball, he sliced his shot horribly wide of the target.

Just four minutes later, City were reduced to ten men. Bellamy appeared to be tripped by Robinson on the edge of the area, but referee Mark Clattenburg deemed the former Blackburn Rovers man to have dived and had no option but to show the Wales international a second yellow card.

Despite being a man down, the visitors then took the game to Bolton and were level on 77 minutes.

Ireland once again the assister, he freed Tevez down the left flank who cut inside and struck low and hard into Jaaskelainen's bottom corner to even the scores once again.

Robinho almost won it for the visitors late on, but saw his curling effort fly just wide of the post as both sides had to settle for a draw at the Reebok.

Wanderers remain 19th in the Premier League and return to action on Tuesday when they host fellow relegation candidates West Ham United.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong, Muamba (M Davies 80), Cohen, Taylor, K Davies, Klasnic (Elmander 72)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Samuel, Ricketts, Basham, A O'Brien
Booked: Klasnic, K Davies, Cohen
Goals: Klasnic 11,53, Cahill 43

Manchester City: Given, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Sylvinho, Wright-Phillips (Ireland 20), Kompany (Robinho 72), Barry, Bellamy, Adebayor (Santa Cruz 83), Tevez
Subs Not Used: Taylor, Onuoha, Zabaleta, Petrov
Booked: Bellamy, Sylvinho
Sent Off: Bellamy
Goals: Tevez 28,77, Richards 45

Attendance: 22,735
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

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7 Derby County 3 6
8 Bolton Wanderers 3 5
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