Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 13, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Stuart Holden's first goal for Bolton proved to be the winner as Owen Coyle's side claimed a 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

The Trotters stormed into an early lead when Richard Stearman headed past his own goalkeeper inside the first minute.

Johan Elmander added a superb second just after the hour, before Holden looked to have sealed the points midway through the second half.

But that was not the end of events in the Midlands as Kevin Foley pulled Wolves back into it just two minutes later.

Steven Fletcher got on the scoresheet 13 minutes from time to set up a tense finish, but Bolton held on to claim the three points which moves them up to fifth place in the Premier League.

After conceding in the final minute at Everton on Wednesday night, Bolton raced out of the blocks and were ahead in less than 60 seconds against their fierce rivals.

Lee Chung-Yong's cross was initially blocked but he reacted smartly to head the ball into the danger zone where Stearman, under pressure from Matt Taylor, headed past his own goalkeeper to give the visitors a dream start.

The hosts went in search of an immediate equaliser and Jussi Jaaskelainen was brought into action for the first time when he turned Karl Henry's shot behind. From the resulting corner, Nenad Milijas saw a shot blocked.

There was controversy soon after as Gary Cahill appeared to pull back Sylvain Ebanks-Blake inside the area, but referee Peter Walton adjudged the Wolves forward to have controlled the ball with his hand prior to the incident and awarded Bolton a free-kick.

Chances at both ends followed. First, Kevin Davies shot straight at Marcus Hahnemann in the Wolves goal, before Ebanks-Blake hit the post at the other end after he was once again held up for handball.

On 34 minutes, Milijas tested Jaaskelainen with a free-kick from distance. The Finn could only parry the shot and the ball fell to Ebanks-Blake, but he volleyed high over the crossbar. Moments later, Taylor sent a free-kick of his own straight into the hands of Hahnemann.

Jaaskelainen was alert to deny Milijas again soon after, before once again being in the way to deny Matt Jarvis as Bolton took their lead into the break.

Milijas had another attempt soon after the restart, but he saw his clipped effort land on the top of Jaaskelainen's goal, just shaving the crossbar on its way over.

Fabrice Muamba, who has just one goal to his name in Bolton colours, could have doubled the lead on 49 minutes, but his effort hit Christophe Berra and went behind for a corner.

The second goal was to be pivotal in this game and it came just after the hour, with Bolton adding a second in fine style.

Receiving the ball from Holden, Elmander, with his back to goal, turned away from Henry and after putting the ball through the legs of Steven Mouyokolo, directed his shot into the bottom corner.

Five minutes later, the game looked to be heading back to the Reebok Stadium. Davies picked out Chung-Yong and the South Korea international spotted the run of Holden, who tapped the ball into the empty net to give Bolton a 3-0 advantage.

However, just as they had against Tottenham Hotspur last week, Bolton became complacent with their lead and Wolves were back in the game just two minutes later when Foley curled an effort into the corner after being set up by Jarvis.

That gave Wolves hope and they scored again on 78 minutes. Jaaskelainen came and missed a corner from Jarvis, allowing Fletcher to head the ball into the empty net behind him.

Ivan Klasnic, who had come on for Elmander, scuffed a shot wide soon after, before Elokobi's cross at the other end was just too high for Ebanks-Blake.

Martin Petrov, another Bolton substitute, sent a low cross across the Wolves box on 88 minutes, but similar to Ebanks-Blake at the other end, it was just too far infront of Davies as Bolton looked to put the game beyond doubt.

Then, deep into stoppage time, Mouyokolo rose inside the visitors box but he sent his header just wide, allowing Bolton to breathe a collective sigh of relief as they held on to claim the three points.

After collecting seven points from their three games this week, Bolton jump above Newcastle United in the Premier League, occupying fifth spot ahead of next week's meeting with the Magpies at the Reebok.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Hahnemann, Foley, Stearman, Mouyokolo, Elokobi, Hunt (Fletcher 66), Henry, Milijas, Jarvis, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake
Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Van Damme, Ward, Jones, Bent, Mancienne
Booked: Hunt
Goals: Foley 69, Fletcher 77

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong, Muamba, Holden, Taylor (Petrov 82), K Davies, Elmander (Klasnic 74)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, M Davies, Rodrigo, Blake, Alonso
Goals: Stearman 1(og), Elmander 62, Holden 67

Referee: Peter Walton
Attendance: 27,508

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