Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Bolton Wanderers

  • March 31, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton secured their third consecutive Premier League victory with a 3-2 success over bottom club Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Wolves dominated the first half but somehow failed to convert their chances into goals as the two sides went in goalless at the break.

Their pressure finally paid off eight minutes after the break when Michael Kightly curled the ball beyond Adam Bogdan from the edge of the box, but their lead lasted just ten minutes.

Former Wolves midfielder Mark Davies won a penalty in dubious circumstances and Martin Petrov converted from the spot and they took the lead ten minutes from time as Marcos Alonso reacted quickest to prod the ball home after David Ngog had hit the crossbar.

Bolton appeared to have the game won when substitute Kevin Davies slotted home a third with six minutes remaining, but Wolves were back in it when Matt Jarvis hooked the ball past Bogdan four minutes later.

Terry Connor's side continued to press for an equaliser in six minutes of stoppage time, but referee Jonathan Moss called time as Bolton claimed a vital three points in their battle against the drop.

Wolves began brightly and brought Bogdan into action as early as the fourth minute as Steven Fletcher picked out Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who made the Bolton goalkeeper push a shot behind for a corner.

Richard Stearman was on hand to block a Petrov shot at the other end moments later, before the Trotters midfielder miscued a volley wide of the target with 11 minutes gone.

Fletcher then headed wide from a Jarvis corner, before Ebanks-Blake scuffed a shot from distance that rolled harmlessly wide of the target.

Bolton were back on the attack as the game approached the half hour mark, with Ngog shooting wide moments before Petrov volleyed narrowly over Wayne Hennessey's goal.

Wolves hit back immediately and would have taken the lead but for a superb clawing save from Bogdan, who denied Fletcher a certain goal after he got the better of Tim Ream and David Wheater in the air.

With ten minutes of the first half remaining, Hennessey and his team-mate Roger Johnson clashed after a shot from Ivan Klasnic went out of play. The two Wolves players went head-to-head and needed to be calmed down by the match referee, who warned both players about their conduct.

When play continued, the hosts came within inches of taking the lead. After being denied by Bogdan earlier in the game, Fletcher this time had the Hungary international beaten, only to see his header cleared off the line by Ryo Miyaichi.

Fletcher had Bogdan beaten again in the final minute of the first half, but his close-range header clipped the top of the crossbar and went behind for a goal kick as the two sides, somehow, went in goalless at the break.

Both sides had chances to break the deadlock shortly after the restart. First, Johnson headed straight at Bogdan in the Bolton box, before the visitors broke up the other end and Wheater flicked a Miyaichi cross inches wide of Hennessey's goal.

Eight minutes into the second half, Wolves' perseverance in front of goal finally paid off as Kightly cut inside Alonso on the right flank, before curling the ball into the bottom corner of Bogdan's goal to give Connor's side the lead.

Wolves failed to build on their advantage and they were punished just after the hour as Bolton were awarded a penalty after Mark Davies went down under a challenge from Johnson.

Replays appear to show minimal contact but the decision stood and Petrov subsequently beat Hennessey from 12 yards. As part of his celebration, Petrov revealed a T-shirt displaying the words 'Be Strong Stan', a message of support for Aston Villa's Stiliyan Petrov, who has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

Petrov was Bolton's biggest goal threat and he forced Hennessey into another stop with 20 minutes to go. Jarvis headed wide for the hosts five minutes later, before Wheater was denied at the other end as he rose highest to meet a corner from Chris Eagles.

Bolton didn't have to wait long, though, as they completed the turnaround with ten minutes left on the clock. Ngog crashed a header against Hennessey's crossbar and the ball fell kindly to Alonso, who reacted smartly to guide the ball beyond the stranded goalkeeper and score his first goal in Wanderers colours.

Eagles and Nigel Reo-Coker both came close to adding a third and it eventually came on 84 minutes as Eagles picked out Kevin Davies, who turned away from Johnson before firing low across Hennessey and into the corner of the goal.

Wolves pulled one back with two minutes left on the referee's watch as Jarvis hooked a long ball beyond Bogdan, ensuring a tense finish at Molineux.

Petrov should have sealed the win for Bolton in the second minute of stoppage time, but he was denied by Hennessey after he had been put through by Eagles.

Wanderers then survived a frantic goalmouth scramble in the final minute, as referee Moss called time on an entertaining game which the hosts will wonder how they failed to win.

The victory means Bolton have secured three consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since December 2006, meaning they lie two places and one point above the relegation zone.

Next up for Owen Coyle's side is the visit of Fulham to the Reebok Stadium next Saturday afternoon, where they will be looking to clinch their fourth successive league success.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Bassong, Ward, Kightly, Davis (Henry 87), Edwards (Milijas 87), Jarvis, Ebanks-Blake (Doyle 81), Fletcher
Subs Not Used: de Vries, Hunt, Berra, Zubar
Booked: Stearman
Goals: Kightly 53, Jarvis 88

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Ricketts, Ream, Wheater, Alonso, Miyaichi (Eagles 77), M Davies, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Klasnic (K Davies 70), Ngog (Knight 90)
Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Sordell, Vela
Booked: Klasnic
Goals: Petrov 63(pen), Alonso 80, K Davies 84

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Attendance: 25,215

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