Sunderland 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • December 18, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton suffered defeat for just the fourth time this season as they were beaten 1-0 by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Danny Welbeck's 32nd minute header proved to be the difference between the two sides, gambling after Jussi Jaaskelainen had saved initial attempts from Darren Bent and Asamoah Gyan.

Wanderers saw a couple of big chances come and go, most notably through Zat Knight and Ivan Klasnic at the end of each half, but it wasn't enough as Sunderland leapfrogged the Trotters into sixth place in the Premier League.

The visitors started well on a bright day in the North East, with Martin Petrov giving an early signal of intent with a shot that warmed the hands of Black Cats goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

They should have been in front just two minutes later when Matt Taylor beat Nedum Onuoha to cross the ball from the left and Kevin Davies looked certain to score, only to be denied by the outstretched leg of Gordon.

Darren Bent should have opened the scoring on 15 minutes, but somehow fired an effort high into the stands when presented with a golden opportunity infront of goal.

Bent's strike partner, Gyan, was denied on the half-hour as Jaaskelainen reacted well to his shot after it had taken a deflection off Gary Cahill.

Sunderland increased their pressure and were ahead just a minute later. After Bent had been denied by Jaaskelainen, the ball took a knick off a combination of Gyan and Sam Ricketts, before falling for Welbeck to head beyond Jaaskelainen and Cahill on the line.

Owen Coyle's side went in search of an equaliser before the break and were denied by a superb piece of goalkeeping in stoppage time.

From a Taylor corner, Cahill rose highest at the back post and with the goal at his mercy, Zat Knight's goalbound header was somehow pushed over the crossbar by Gordon. A superb save from the Sunderland stopper, maintaining his side's lead going into the break.

The hosts were left to breathe a huge sigh of relief after the restart, with Lee Cattermole avoiding a second yellow card for a challenge on Johan Elmander after earlier being booked for a foul on Stuart Holden.

Wanderers did not let the decision of referee Chris Foy drag them down and Elmander brought Gordon into action in the 52nd minute with a snapshot from the edge of the box.

Sunderland broke, however, and after Welbeck had met a Jordan Henderson corner, Gyan would have scored had it not been for the vital interception of Jaaskelainen.

With 20 minutes remaining, the game was almost over. After Bent was picked out by Henderson, he laid the ball off to Gyan and he found Welbeck whose shot clipped the post and bounced wide.

Cahill looked set to equalise for Wanderers inside the final five minutes, but his goalbound strike was blocked by Anton Ferdinand.

Bolo Zenden headed wide for Sunderland in stoppage time, before Klasnic, on as a substitute, sliced a shot wide from close range in the final minute as Wanderers slipped to defeat for the second away game running.

Bolton return to action on Boxing Day when West Bromwich Albion are the visitors to the Reebok Stadium. With snow expected to hit the Premier League programme over the Christmas period, supporters are urged to keep up-to-date with the latest travel information.

Just two games survived the cold snap on Saturday and at the time of writing, just one Premier League fixture is set to go ahead on Sunday, followed by one on Monday night. The postponements mean Bolton will go into Christmas occupying seventh spot in the table.

Sunderland: Gordon, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Mensah (Elmohamady 21), Bardsley, Henderson, Cattermole, Richardson, Welbeck, Gyan (Zenden 73), Bent
Subs Not Used: Mignolet, Angeleri, Malbranque, da Silva, Riveros
Booked: Cattermole
Goals: Welbeck 32

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Taylor (Rodrigo 83), Holden, Muamba (Cohen 83), Petrov (Klasnic 63), Elmander, K Davies
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Steinsson, Blake, Chung-Yong
Booked: Cahill, Holden, Muamba

Attendance: 35,101
Referee: Chris Foy

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