West Ham United 1-3 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 21, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton claimed their seventh successive victory over West Ham United with a 3-1 success at the Boleyn Ground.

The hosts dominated the first half and Wanderers were thankful to Jussi Jaaskelainen after he pulled off a string of impressive saves, including a penalty stop from Carlton Cole on the half-hour.

An own goal from Matthew Upson soon after the restart put the visitors ahead and when Johan Elmander added a second on 68 minutes, Owen Coyle's side looked in control.

Mark Noble pulled one back from the penalty spot with ten minutes remaining, but Elmander sealed the points inside the final five minutes when he headed past Rob Green from a Lee Chung-Yong cross.

Coyle opted to name an unchanged side from the draw with Fulham last weekend and they almost took the lead inside the first two minutes.

After Martin Petrov picked the ball up in a central position, he put Elmander and the clear. His shot looked destined for the far corner but rolled agonisingly wide of Rob Green's far post.

Chung-Yong volleyed just wide moments later, before Elmander saw another effort blocked by Upson following good build up play involving Stuart Holden and Gretar Steinsson.

Despite their bright start, Wanderers were soon on the back foot as Avram Grant's side began to take complete control of proceedings.

Pablo Berrera was running riot down the right flank and he was denied a goalscoring opportunity by a superb Gary Cahill block. Noble volleyed over soon after and the visitors then had Holden to thank, as he cut out a Kieron Dyer cross with the goal at the mercy of Cole just behind him.

Then, on the half hour, the Hammers were awarded a penalty after Steinsson was adjudged to have pushed Cole to the floor just inside the area. Cole took the resulting kick, but Jaaskelainen guessed correctly and pulled off a fine save low to his right.

West Ham just couldn't find a way past the Wanderers 'keeper and he kept the scores level going into the break.

First, after a mistake from Zat Knight, Cole found himself one-on-one with Jaaskelainen and his shot was diverted onto the post by the former Finland international.

Then, when Jaaskelainen was beaten, Dyer curled an effort narrowly wide of the target as the two sides went in level at half-time.

After their poor showing in the opening 45 minutes, it came as a surprise to most that Bolton didn't make any changes for the start of the second half.

As it turned out, the decision to stick with the same side paid off as Wanderers took the lead just three minutes after the restart.

When Elmander flicked the ball beyond the Hammers backline, Kevin Davies managed to put Upson under pressure and the England international headed the ball past his own goalkeeper, receiving a bloodied nose in the process.

Upson was replaced by Winston Reid soon after, but the problems for the home defence continued. Herita Ilunga somehow escaped punishment for tripping Chung-Yong inside the area, leaving the Wanderers faithful in uproar.

Thankfully for the visitors, the decision not to award a penalty wasn't to prove costly as they doubled their lead just moments later.

Kevin Davies picked out the run of Chung-Yong down the right flank. He composed himself and picked out a cross for Elmander to head past Green from six yards.

Scott Parker fell inside the area with ten minutes remaining and after referee Andre Marriner controversially pointed to the spot, Noble stepped up to reduce the deficit.

A tense finale was avoided though as Bolton put the game beyond all doubt with just three minutes of normal time left to play.

Kevin Davies' flick fell into the path of substitute Matt Taylor and after getting the ball under control, he laid it off to Elmander who stroked the ball into the bottom corner.

And that was how it finished, with the victory moving Wanderers up to second place at this early stage of the Premier League season, trailing Arsenal who beat Blackpool 6-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

Bolton return to league action against Birmingham City next Sunday but must first travel to Southampton on Tuesday in the second round of the Carling Cup.

West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Gabbidon, Upson (Reid 54), Ilunga, Dyer (McCarthy 77), Parker, Noble, Barrera, Piquionne, Cole (Sears 87)
Subs Not Used: Stech, Tomkins, Boa Morte, Kovac
Booked: Parker, Noble
Goals: Noble 79(pen)

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Chung-Yong (Taylor 81), Muamba, Holden, Petrov (Blake 88), K Davies, Elmander (M Davies 86)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Klasnic, Ricketts, A O'Brien
Booked: Robinson, Steinsson, K Davies, Elmander
Goals: Upson 48(og), Elmander 68, Elmander 84

Attendance: 32,533
Referee: Andre Marriner

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