Bolton Wanderers 3-1 West Ham United

  • December 15, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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For the second time in four days, Bolton managed to score three times, but this time they secured all three points after a 3-1 win over West Ham United.

Lee Chung-Yong had given Wanderers the lead just after the hour at the Reebok Stadium, but, just as they did against Manchester City on Saturday, Wanderers' threw away their advantage when Alessandro Diamanti equalised five minutes later.

Ivan Klasnic capitalised on a howler from Hammers' goalkeeper Rob Green to restore the lead on 77 minutes, before Gary Cahill completed the scoring two minutes from time to move Bolton out of the bottom three.

Bolton began with the same side that started against City last time out and almost took an immediate lead as Kevin Davies saw a shot from distance deflect just wide of the post.

Kieron Dyer brought Jussi Jaaskelainen into action, before Green saved well from Matt Taylor at the other end moments later.

Midway through the half, Davies was booked for a late challenge on Green, with Klasnic also seeing yellow for his part in a melee that followed the incident.

Cahill headed wide before Fabrice Muamba saw a shot deflect wide and Taylor volleyed over on the half hour as Bolton looked the more likely scorers.

Zat Knight was next to try his luck, heading over from a Chung-Yong corner. Then, Tamir Cohen sent a rising volley into the stands as the hosts ended the half on a high.

After the restart, Chung-Yong and Cohen both had early attempts at goal, but it was West Ham who carved out the best opportunity on the hour only for Knight to intervene at the vital moment.

Cahill forced Green into a smart stop soon after, before the Hammers almost hit Bolton on the counter attack as Scott Parker found room for a shot that looked destined for the top corner, only for Jaaskelainen to tip the ball behind for a corner.

With 64 minutes on the clock, Bolton's persistance finally paid off as Chung-Yong notched up his third goal of the season.

After attacking down the left flank, he played a neat one-two with Klasnic on the edge of the area before dinking the ball past Green to open the scoring.

However, their inability to hold onto a lead came back to haunt them as Gianfranco Zola's side were level just five minutes later.

Guillermo Franco picked out Jack Collison inside the area, who squared for Diamanti to fire past Jaaskelainen with the outside of his right foot.

That goal seemed to spark West Ham into life, but despite enjoying the lion's share of possession, they created very little in the final third and were hit by the suckerpunch with 13 minutes remaining.

A deep cross from the left flank found Chung-Yong at the far post. He knocked the ball back to the edge of the area to Cahill who sent the ball goalwards, only for Green to drop the loose ball at the feet of Klasnic who had the easiest of tasks, putting the ball into the empty net.

The Croatian was replaced by Chris Basham, who soon brought Green into action with a smart shot from distance. Cohen also tried a curling effort, before Cahill wrapped up the points.

Ricardo Gardner, on as a substitute for Matt Taylor, swung a corner to the back post where Cahill rose highest to head home his fifth goal of the season and help Wanderers out of the Premier League's relegation zone.

Gary Megson's side return to action next Monday when they make the short trip to Wigan Athletic's DW Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong, Muamba, Cohen, Taylor (Gardner 76), K Davies, Klasnic (Basham 82)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Samuel, Elmander, Ricketts, A O'Brien
Booked: K Davies, Klasnic, Muamba, Cohen
Goals: Chung-Yong 64, Klasnic 77, Cahill 88

West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Ilunga, Dyer (Stanislas 21), Parker, Kovac, Collison (Da Costa 87), Franco, Diamanti
Subs Not Used: Kurucz, Spector, Nouble, Daprela, Payne
Booked: Franco
Goals: Diamanti 69

Attendance: 17,849
Referee: Andre Marriner

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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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