Everton 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • March 20, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton were left to rue missed chances as goals from Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar gave Everton a 2-0 win at Goodison Park.

Gretar Steinsson was sent off for a professional foul 20 minutes from time, with the scores at 0-0, and David Moyes' side eventually ran out comfortable winners.

Neither side made any major impact infront of goal in the early stages and the first talking point came on 13 minutes when Everton's Victor Anichebe had to be replaced following a tough tackle from Paul Robinson.

Soon after, Johan Elmander saw a shot strike Johnny Heitinga's arm inside the area but referee Alan Wiley waved away the protests and play continued.

Zat Knight then came close with a header from a Lee Chung-Yong free-kick when he really should have scored. Phil Jagielka also had to head over his own crossbar from another free-kick moments later.

Everton then had appeals for a penalty of their own turned down as Wiley correctly adjudged Chung-Yong to have won the ball in a challenge with Leighton Baines.

At the other end, a poorly directed header from Baines fell kindly to Tamir Cohen whose fiercely struck shot flew just over Tim Howards crossbar.

Following a good move involving Chung-Yong, Elmander and Wilshere, Kevin Davies was put through on goal, but Howard came flying off his line to block the shot.

Everton started the second half brightly and Pienaar saw a goalbound volley blocked by Steinsson, with Yakubu failing to take advantage of the rebound.

Heitinga forced Jussi Jaaskelainen into action from distance and Tim Cahill handled when presented with a good scoring opportunity, before the game turned on one refereering decision.

A through ball from Pienaar put Yakubu clear on goal, he checked his run and went down under a soft challenge from Steinsson. The Iceland international was the last defender in play and as a result was dismissed for a professional foul.

Wanderers boss Owen Coyle made the decision to replace Elmander with Sam Ricketts, but any hopes of keeping it tight at the back were dashed as Arteta curled the resulting free-kick over the wall and into Jaaskelainen's bottom right-hand corner to open the scoring.

The visitors almost got an immediate reply but Knight wasted another guilt-edged opportunity, heading over the bar from a Davies flick-on.

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Louis Saha both saw efforts fail to trouble Jaaskelainen, before Leon Osman hit the crossbar after the Bolton goalkeeper had failed to deal with a shot from Heitinga.

But the points were made safe in the final minute of normal time as Osman skipped past the Wanderers defence before laying the ball back for Pienaar to rolled the ball into the empty net.

Bolton fall a place to 14th in the Premier League table and remain eight points clear of the bottom three, with Manchester United next up at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Anichebe (Bilyaletdinov 15), Heitinga, Arteta, Pienaar, Cahill (Saha 62), Yakubu (Osman 76)
Subs Not Used: Nash, Hibbert, Yobo, Rodwell
Booked: Cahill
Goals: Arteta 72, Pienaar 89

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, A O'Brien, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong, Muamba, Cohen (M Davies 84), Wilshere (Taylor 81), K Davies, Elmander (Ricketts 71)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Cahill, Riga, Weiss
Booked: Chung-Yong
Sent Off: Steinsson

Attendance: 36,503
Referee: Alan Wiley

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