West Ham United 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • March 06, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Early goals from Kevin Davies and Jack Wilshere proved to be enough as ten-man Bolton held on to claim a 2-1 victory over West Ham United.

Wanderers found themselves two-up within 16 minutes at Upton Park, but had to play the final 18 minutes with ten men after Tamir Cohen was sent off for two bookable offences.

Alessandro Diamanti pulled one back late on for Gianfranco Zola's side but Bolton held on to claim their first away win since September.

Owen Coyle's side had the lead inside ten minutes as Lee Chung-Yong's run and cross from the right picked out Davies who send a bullet header into the corner of Rob Green's goal.

That lead was doubled just six minutes later, with Davies the architect once again. The Wanderers captain caught out James Tomkins and prodded the ball into the area, where Cohen nodded down for Wilshere to calmly strike his first Premier League goal.

At the other end, Diamanti came close with a couple of free-kicks. First he struck over the bar, before his next attempt brought a fine save out of Jussi Jaaskelainen, who was also alert to the rebound from Guillermo Franco.

Carlton Cole found himself clear on goal as the break approached, but he took too long to set himself and Sam Ricketts got back to product a goal-saving tackle.

Jaaskelainen was soon caught out when under pressure from Cole and Zat Knight was on-hand to clear a Diamanti effort off the line.

Chung-Yong and Elmander both saw shots off target just before the break, with the latter somehow putting his effort over the bar when found unmarked just six-yards from goal.

After the restart, Hammers substitute Kieron Dyer came close to pulling one back for his side but could only prod over the bar after a knockdown from Cole.

Cohen and Wilshere both saw shots fly over the bar, before Wanderers had a penalty appeal turned down after an Elmander shot appeared to hit the hand of Matthew Upson.

With 18 minutes to go, Bolton's resilience was to be called into question when Cohen was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Scott Parker.

The dismissal put Coyle's side onto the defensive, with Ricardo Gardner replacing Elmander. Those tactics appeared to have worked, until the hosts pulled one back with two minutes of normal time remaining.

Diamanti picked up on an overhit cross before cutting inside from the right flank and curling an effort into Jaaskelainen's far corner with his left foot.

The goal seemed to wake up the fans in the ground but as their side pushed forward for an equaliser, Bolton almost hit them on the break.

Zat Knight raced down the right flank before crossing low for Davies who stretched far enough to send the ball goalwards. Unfortunately, it came back off the crossbar and behind to safety.

It almost proved to be a costly miss as just a minute later Junior Stanislas tried his luck from distance, but his shot cannoned back off the underside of Jaaskelainen's bar and the chance was gone.

As five minutes of stoppage time were played, referee Lee Probert called time on the match as Wanderers picked up back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

The result moves Bolton above West Ham in the Barclays Premier League, with Coyle's side now occupying 13th spot ahead of Tuesday's trip to Sunderland.

West Ham United: Green, Faubert (Dyer 47), Tomkins, Upson, Spector, Behrami, Parker, Kovac (Stanislas 76), Diamanti, Cole, Franco (Mido 67)
Subs Not Used: Stech, Ilan, Da Costa, Daprela
Booked: Kovac, Diamanti
Goals: Diamanti 88

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Ricketts, Robinson, Chung-Yong, Cohen, Muamba, Wilshere (Taylor 78), Elmander (Gardner 74), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Riga, Klasnic, A O'Brien, Weiss
Booked: Robinson, Muamba, Cohen, Wilshere, Jaaskelainen
Sent Off: Cohen
Goals: K Davies 10, Wilshere 16

Attendance: 33,824
Referee: Lee Probert

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