Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Everton

  • February 13, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton put distance between themselves and the bottom three, as well as maintaining their push for Europe with a 2-0 victory over Everton.

Sitting just six points above the relegation zone going into the game, Wanderers knew that their opponents would leapfrog them in the table with a win at the Reebok Stadium.

However, goals in either half from Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge gave Owen Coyle's side the points, keeping them in eighth position and piling the pressure onto David Moyes' team, who remain in 13th.

Wanderers, who had lost five of their previous seven, started brightly and saw Sam Ricketts shoot from distance in the opening five minutes. However, his shot flew wide of Tim Howard's target.

From their next attack, however, they did take the lead. After Victor Anichebe fouled Matt Taylor, Stuart Holden's free-kick from the left picked out Cahill. His header took a deflection off Johnny Heitinga, wrong-footing Howard and nestling in the back of the net.

Everton responded well and should have been level five minutes when Leighton Baines' cross from the left picked out Tim Cahill, who somehow managed to fire over the crossbar from close range.

Play was stopped on 27 minutes after a challenge involving Anichebe and Zat Knight. Both players received medical attention on the field, before Knight had to be replaced with what appeared to be a knee injury.

David Wheater came on for the unfortunate Knight and when play restarted, Taylor struck a tame free-kick into the arms of Howard as Bolton kept up the pressure on their visitors.

At the other end, Tim Cahill brought Jussi Jaaskelainen into action with a weak shot from the edge of the area as the first half finished on a quiet note, with Wanderers leading 1-0.

Everton rallied after the break and could count themselves unlucky not to have levelled in a five minute spell which had the hosts on the ropes.

First, Anichebe saw a goalbound shot blocked by Cahill, before Marouane Fellaini fired over after being teed up by Seamus Coleman. Two glorious chances for Moyes' side.

Cahill continued to trouble the Bolton defence and he sent a snapshot over the bar just after the hour, moments before the Trotters doubled their advantage.

Sturridge was left free inside the box and after receiving a flicked header from substitute Lee Chung-Yong, he lashed a half volley beyond Howard to claim his third goal in as many games since joining on loan from Chelsea.

Bolton thought they had a third with ten minutes remaining. After racing to the by-line, Sturridge backheeled for Holden to fire past Howard, only to see the referee's assistant flagging for a goal-kick after Sturridge had just run the ball too far.

The visitors went in search of a late route back into the game and Jaaskelainen was required to prevent substitute Jose Baxter from pulling one back three minutes later.

At the other end, Elmander saw a superb strike from the edge of the box sail just the wrong side of the post and after two minutes of stoppage time, referee Lee Probert called an end to proceedings.

The win keeps Wanderers in eighth position in the Premier League, nine points clear of the relegation trap door and one point behind seventh placed Sunderland.

Next up for the Trotters is a trip to the DW Stadium where they will face Wigan Athletic in an FA Cup fourth round replay on Wednesday night. Should they be victorious, they will face Fulham in the fifth round at Craven Cottage next Sunday, before returning to league action at Newcastle United in a fortnight.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight (Wheater 27), Robinson, Elmander, M Davies, Holden, Taylor (Chung-Yong 59), K Davies, Sturridge (Muamba 90)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Petrov, Klasnic, Rodrigo
Booked: Elmander
Goals: Cahill 10, Sturridge 67

Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Coleman (Osman 61), Arteta, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov (Beckford 61), Cahill, Anichebe (Baxter 78)
Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hibbert, Jagielka, Duffy

Referee: Lee Probert
Attendance: 22,986

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20 Tranmere Rovers 18 17
21 Milton Keynes Dons 19 14
22 Southend United 20 6
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