Swansea City 3-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 29, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Swansea City piled the pressure on Bolton boss Owen Coyle with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Wanderers at the Liberty Stadium.

After a goalless first half, Joe Allen gave the hosts the lead four minutes after the restart, moments after Ricardo Gardner had been sent off for the visitors for a second yellow card.

Scott Sinclair doubled their lead from the penalty spot on 57 minutes, before Danny Graham put through his own goal on 73 to put Wanderers in with a shout.

Graham made up for his error in stoppage time though, running clean through on goal before calmly slotting past Jussi Jaaskelainen to complete the scoring.

The first half was one of few chances, with Bolton the first to have a shot on target. It came in the 20th minute, with David Ngog turning on the edge of the area and forcing Michel Vorm to tip the ball over his own crossbar with a smart half-volley.

Four minutes later, Neil Taylor cut in from the left flank and curled a shot goalwards, only for Gardner to prod the ball over the top with a sliding block ahead of Jaaskelainen.

Darren Pratley, who was up against his former club, sent a weak shot straight at Vorm on 26 minutes and he was involved again eight minutes before the break, but he could only succeed in finding the upper tier of the stand with a poor strike.

Ngog headed over the bar from a Gretar Steinsson throw-in as the first half drew to a close, the end of a poor opening 45 minutes in South Wales.

If the first half was void of action, then the second period was completely the opposite. Within seconds of the restart, Graham managed to find space between Gary Cahill and David Wheater and with only Jaaskelainen left to beat, he curled his effort narrowly wide of the target.

Then, three minutes after the break, the game changed on a major talking point. Gardner, who had been booked for a soft foul in the first half, tugged the shirt of Nathan Dyer when he was racing clear and was given his marching orders by referee Mark Clattenburg.

From the free-kick which followed the dismissal, Graham was afforded too much room by Cahill and Gretar Steinsson and he skipped between them before firing low past Jaaskelainen.

Less than 60 seconds later, Dyer raced clear of stand-in left-back Martin Petrov, only to be denied a goal by the legs of the Bolton goalkeeper.

As a result of Gardner's dismissal, Petrov was sacrificed for Paul Robinson on 52 minutes, but it made little difference as the Swans continued to hold the upper hand.

Jaaskelainen was on hand to push a Sinclair strike, but the former Chelsea youngster did get on the scoresheet with 57 minutes on the clock after Pratley had fouled Angel Rangel inside the box.

Sinclair stepped up to take the resulting penalty and sent Jaaskelainen the wrong way to double the Swans' lead with a confident strike in to the bottom corner.

The penalty scorer shot just wide moments later, before Graham headed onto the crossbar just after the hour with Jaaskelainen routed to the spot.

Bolton appeared down and out until 17 minutes from time as they were given a slight glimmer of hope.

Wheater had raced 40 yards towards the home goal, before playing the ball out wide to Chris Eagles. The former Burnley man cut inside from the left and his low cross was turned past his own goalkeeper by Graham.

Bolton couldn't capitalise on that goal though and Swansea should have settled affairs with eight minutes to go, but Sinclair somehow rattled the underside of the bar from close range.

In an attempt to take a point from the game, Cahill joined the Bolton attack for the final moments. The lack of numbers in defence took had a negative impact though, as the hosts sealed the victory in the final minute of stoppage time.

Graham managed to get the better of the Bolton offside trap and after racing half the length of the field, he calmly slotted the ball beyond Jaaskelainen to condemn the visitors to their 13th defeat in 15 Premier League games.

The result leaves Bolton 19th in the table, one point above bottom club Wigan Athletic. The Trotters return to action next Sunday when they host Stoke City at the Reebok Stadium.

Swansea City: Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor, Dyer (Moore 90), Gower, Britton, Allen, Sinclair, Graham
Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Orlandi, Routledge, Lita, Richards, Moras
Booked: Britton, Rangel, Gower
Goals: Allen 49, Sinclair 57(pen), Graham 90

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Wheater, Gardner, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Pratley (Kakuta 75), M Davies, Petrov (Robinson 52), Ngog (Klasnic 75)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Muamba, Knight, K Davies
Booked: Pratley, Gardner, Robinson, M Davies
Sent Off: Gardner
Goals: Graham 73(og)

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Attendance: 19,477

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