Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Stoke City

  • October 16, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Ivan Klasnic scored a stoppage time winner and was then sent off as Bolton sealed a 2-1 victory over Stoke City at the Reebok Stadium.

Lee Chung-Yong gave Wanderers the lead midway through the first half, but Rory Delap equalised moments after the break as a result of poor defending at a corner.

Klasnic replaced the ineffective Johan Elmander on 78 minutes and scored the winner in added time as he volleyed beyond Thomas Sorensen from close range.

There was still time for the Croat to see red though as he was shown two yellow cards in the space of a minute. The first for a tussel with Dean Whitehead and the second for an apparent elbow to Eidur Gudjohnsen.

The game started poorly at the Reebok, with the first chance after 15 minutes courtesy of the visitors. Matthew Etherington's corner flashed across the face of the six-yard box but neither Robert Huth or former Wanderer Abdoulaye Faye could find a touch and it went behind.

Etherington tried an effort of his own a couple of minutes later but it was tame and rolled through into the hands of Jussi Jaaskelainen in the Wanderers goal.

The deadlock was broken midway through the half though, with Chung-Yong getting on the scoresheet for the first time this season.

After playing a one-two with Kevin Davies, the South Korean pounced on a ricochet from Faye and curled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area, beating a helpless Thomas Sorensen.

Stoke hit back and hit wood a few minutes later as Jermaine Pennant's 25-yard free-kick crashed back of the Bolton crossbar, with Jaaskelainen's blushes spared after he left it go to behind.

The hosts then went up the other end and after being teed up by Davies, Fabrice Muamba sent a shot narrowly wide of the target with Sorensen looking beaten.

Wanderers survived a strong penalty appeal late in the half as Zat Knight appeared to handle inside the area, but referee Peter Walton waved away the protests and play continued.

Martin Petrov won a corner at the other end just moments later as his shot from distance was tipped behind. Davies headed wide from the resulting corner, when he should arguably have doubled the lead.

That miss was to be costly as the visitors were level just three minutes after the break. An Etherington corner was flicked on by Robert Huth and Delap stole in unmarked at the far post to volley into the unguarded net, much to the delight of the 4,000-plus travelling support behind the goal.

They were almost infront on the hour as Kenwyne Jones and former Wanderer Jon Walters combined to set up Whitehead, but he was denied by the legs of Jaaskelainen when he should have scored.

Elmander pounced on a flick from Davies moments later, only to send his shot wide of the target and Danny Collins sent a looping header wide at the other end as the game appeared to be heading for a draw.

However, the 77th minute introduction of Klasnic changed the tide of the game and he was involved heavily in four minutes of stoppage time that were to be added at the end of the regulation 90.

After Gary Cahill's header was spilled by Sorensen, the Potters goalkeeper thought he had saved his side by keeping out Davies from close range. It was not to be his day though as a Gretar Steinsson throw was flicked on by the Bolton captain and Klasnic turned to volley into the bottom corner.

That led to an explosive finish both on and off the field, as Stoke fans had to be restrained by police for climbing over the segregation netting and barriers into the home section of the crowd.

Meanwhile, on the pitch, Klasnic was booked for raising his hands in the direction of Whitehead, before being shown his marching orders just moments later for what looked like an elbow on substitute Gudjohnsen.

Referee Walton brought a frantic finish to an end after the four minutes of added time were up, sealing Bolton's first home win of the season, leaving them in 7th place in the Premier League table.

Next up for Owen Coyle's side is a short trip to Wigan Athletic's DW Stadium next weekend.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong (M Davies 86), Muamba, Holden, Petrov (Taylor 65), K Davies, Elmander (Klasnic 78)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Ricketts, Rodrigo, Blake
Booked: Steinsson, Klasnic
Sent Off: Klasnic
Goals: Chung-Yong 22, Klasnic 90

Stoke City: Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Faye, Collins, Pennant (Fuller 67 (Gudjohnsen 77)), Delap, Whitehead, Etherington, Walters (Whelan 86), Jones
Subs Not Used: Begovic, Higginbotham, Wilson, Wilkinson
Booked: Huth, Whitehead
Goals: Delap 48

Attendance: 22,975
Referee: Peter Walton

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