Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • February 02, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Daniel Sturridge scored on his Bolton debut as his late stoppage time strike saw the Trotters beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 at the Reebok Stadium.

In an otherwise uneventful match, Sturridge capitalised on a poor back pass from Ronald Zubar before poking the ball beyond Wayne Hennessey to seal Wanderers' first league win since Boxing Day.

The first chance of the game arrived on seven minutes when Stuart Holden's cross evaded Johan Elmander and Lee Chung-Yong, returning after representing South Korea in the Asia Cup, sent a shot over the crossbar.

A few minutes later, Wolves sprung the Bolton offside trap and should have taken the lead as Matt Jarvis found himself one-on-one with Jussi Jaaskelainen. His shot beat the Wanderers goalkeeper, but rolled just the wrong side of the post.

Bolton pushed straight up the other end and Hennessey produced a fine low stop to prevent Elmander from breaking the deadlock.

Hennessey was keeping his side in the game at this stage and he produced another fine save at the midway stage of the half, denying Matt Taylor with his feet after he had been sent clear on goal.

Adam Hammill saw a shot blocked for the visitors and Sam Ricketts saw an effort fly narrowly wide at the other end as the remainder of the first half faded out.

After the break, Hammill went on another run before seeing a shot blocked by Zat Knight, before Chung-Yong saw a flick cleared off the line after Kevin Davies had nodded a corner towards goal.

On 56 minutes, a strong challenge from Wolves' Richard Stearman prompted a reaction from Paul Robinson, resulting in referee Peter Walton booking both players.

Moments later, Bolton pressed forward and Hennessey once again kept the scores level when Christophe Berra directed the ball towards his own goal.

Elmander scuffed a shot wide midway through the half and it wasn't until three minutes from time that the next major opportunity arrived, as Wolves also pressed for a winner.

Kevin Doyle, who appeared to be standing in an offside position, picked up the ball on the right flank and after cutting inside, his shot deflected off Robinson before coming back out off the post, with Jaaskelainen beaten.

A winner did come, but much to the disappointment of the visitors, it was the home side that claimed it. A terrible pass from Zubar allowed Sturridge in on goal and he prodded the ball beyond a stranded Hennessey deep into stoppage time to seal Bolton's first league victory since Boxing Day.

The win moves the Trotters up to eight in the Premier League, while Wolves have slipped to the foot of the table following West Ham United's win at Blackpool.

Bolton return to action on Saturday when they face Harry Redknapp's Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong (Rodrigo 67), Holden, M Davies, Taylor (Sturridge 67), Elmander, K Davies (Muamba 90)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Petrov, Klasnic, Wheater
Booked: Robinson
Goals: Sturridge 90

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Hennessey, Zubar, Berra, Stearman, Elokobi, Hammill (Ebanks-Blake 89), Jones, Henry, Edwards (O'Hara 75), Jarvis (Ward 75), Doyle
Subs Not Used: Hahnemann, Craddock, Fletcher, Milijas
Booked: Stearman, Henry, Zubar

Referee: Peter Walton
Attendance: 18,944

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