Stoke City 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • April 17, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Matt Taylor struck two late goals as Bolton came from behind to record a 2-1 win over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Dave Kitson had given the hosts an early lead and it had looked as though that would give Tony Pulis' side all three points.

However, Taylor equalised with a controversial free-kick five minutes from time and he then struck the winner just three minutes later to complete a remarkable turnaround.

Bolton almost made life difficult for themselves on 11 minutes when Rory Delap almost intercepted a Gretar Steinsson backpass to Jussi Jaaskelainen. Wanderers managed to clear the danger, but only temporarily.

After the ball was scrambled out of play, Delap launched a long throw into the area from which Robert Huth headed over the crossbar.

Just two minutes later, though, Stoke were ahead. Tuncay was allowed too much room in the middle of the field and he picked out the run of Kitson, who rounded Jaaskelainen before tapping the ball into the empty net.

Moments later, another Delap throw-in caused havoc in the Wanderers defence. Huth got a flick to the ball and the ball came back off the post before going behind off Liam Lawrence.

Glenn Whelan and then Kitson both wasted chances to extend the hosts lead, before Tuncay and Huth were denied by a combination of the Bolton backline and Jaaskelainen in goal.

After seeing his side outplayed for the entire first half, Trotters boss Owen Coyle made a tactical switch at the break, with Ivan Klasnic replacing Sam Ricketts.

Moments after the restart, a Paul Robinson free-kick was knocked down by Kevin Davies but Zat Knight's finish was just that of a centre-back.

Five minutes later, Davies was once again involved. He picked out a square ball to Klasnic and his shot flashed just wide of Thomas Sorensen's post as Bolton continued to threaten.

Taylor and Klasnic both saw further efforts fly off target before Jack Wilshere was denied by a superb Sorensen save.

Wanderers looked to hit Stoke on the counter-attack and after Klasnic picked out the Arsenal loanee, his shot seemed destined for goal but for the interception of Sorensen.

Danny Collins brought Jaaskelainen into a simple stop midway through the half, before Dean Whitehead tried a speculative long-range strike that the Finn was also equal to.

Stoke should have sealed the points soon after as Tuncay hit the post from six-yards, only for Kitson to strike the rebound over the bar from close range.

Danny Higginbotham and Kitson both tested Jaaskelainen, before a crazy turnaround began in controversial circumstances.

After referee Stuart Attwell waved on a Stoke advantage, he then awarded Bolton a free-kick for a foul on substitute Vladimir Weiss. Taylor stepped up to take the resulting free-kick and found the bottom corner via the aid of a deflection off Ricardo Fuller.

Taylor was the match winner just three minutes later as he latched on to a cross from Weiss before turning the ball beyond Sorensen from close range to silence the Britannia.

Former Wanderer Abdoulaye Faye volleyed over the bar in stoppage time as Bolton held on to claim three vital points and all but guarantee a tenth successive season of Premier League football.

Bolton have picked up just four points after going behind this season and, ironically, the only other match they have done so was the reverse fixture with Stoke back in September.

Stoke City: Sorensen, Huth, Faye, Higginbotham, Collins, Lawrence (Etherington 71), Whitehead, Whelan, Delap, Tuncay (Fuller 77), Kitson (Beattie 82)
Subs Not Used: Begovic, Pugh, Wilkinson, Moult
Booked: Whelan
Goals: Kitson 13

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong (Weiss 71), Ricketts (Klasnic 46), Muamba (M Davies 82), Wilshere, Taylor, K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Samuel, Elmander, Cohen
Booked: Muamba, Wilshere
Goals: Taylor 85,88

Attendance: Stuart Attwell
Referee: 27,250

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