Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Crystal Palace

  • September 29, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton crashed to their first home defeat of the season as a late Glenn Murray penalty gave the Eagles a 1-0 win at the Reebok Stadium.

With the game seemingly heading for a goalless draw, the visitors were awarded a penalty ten minutes from time when Zat Knight was adjudged to have fouled Wilfried Zaha inside the Wanderers box.

Former Rochdale forward Murray stepped up to take the resulting spot kick and sent Bogdan the wrong way, giving Palace their first ever league win at Bolton.

Wanderers boss Owen Coyle made one change to the side that won at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, with Stephen Warnock making his Trotters debut at left-back in the place of the injured Marcos Alonso.

Warnock was under pressure right from the off and he failed to keep track of Zaha, who forced Adam Bogdan into parrying the ball away from goal inside the opening minute.

Bolton soon got their foot on the ball and started to play, but were toothless in front of goal, with David Ngog and Chris Eagles both shooting over the bar, with the former from close range.

Midway through the opening period, Owen Garvan's cross to the far post was met by Murray, but his headed fell into the hands of a relieved Bogdan, who had been left exposed by his defenders.

There was controversy in the final 10 minutes of the half, as Mark Davies' goalbound header appeared to strike the hand of Palace defender Darcy Blake. Despite strong appeals from the home side, referee Geoff Eltringham ordered play to continue, much to the disgust of the Wanderers supporters.

Shortly afterwards, a goalmouth scramble resulted in Chris Eagles and Kevin Davies both having shots blocked from close range, while Palace almost took the lead with the final action of the half, but Murray's header flew inches wide of Bogdan's far post.

The hosts came out well after the break and were unlucky not to have taken the lead when Mark Davies received possession inside the Palace box, cut inside a challenge and shot goalwards, only to be denied by a smart stop from Julian Speroni.

Speroni was needed again, moments later, and he was in the right place to deny Kevin Davies, who had rose highest to flick a header towards goal after Matt Mills had directed an Eagles free-kick into his path.

Controversy struck as the game entered the final ten minutes. With Warnock out of position on the Palace right, Zaha was left one-on-one with Knight. After turning the Wanderers defender one way and then the other, Zaha went down inside the box under a challenge from Knight and the referee pointed to the penalty spot, despite television replays showing minimal contact.

Murray stepped up to take the resulting spot kick and slammed the ball into the corner of Bogdan's goal, who had gone the wrong way.

Bolton pressed forward for an equaliser, with Knight playing in a forward role, but the hosts were left open to the counter attack and Zaha shot narrowly wide of the target after racing his way beyond the Trotters defence.

Lee Chung-Yong, who was on as a substitute for Eagles, shot narrowly over the top of Speroni's goal in the closing stages, but Bolton lacked that cutting edge throughout the game as they fell to their first home defeat of the season.

Coyle will be hoping his side can bounce back to winning ways when they host Leeds United on Tuesday night.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Warnock, Eagles (Chung-Yong 80), Andrews (Petrov 70), M Davies, Spearing, Ngog (Sordell 76), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ream, Ricketts, Pratley
Booked: Spearing

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Parr (Moxey 64), Blake, Delaney, Bolasie (Williams 75), Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Zaha, Murray
Subs Not Used: Price, Martin, Moritz, Goodwillie, Wilbraham
Booked: Zaha
Goals: Murray 80'(pen)

Referee: Geoff Eltrigham
Attendance: 16,727

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Peterborough United 2 6
2 Exeter City 2 4
3 Bolton Wanderers 2 4
4 Sheffield Wednesday 2 4
5 Accrington Stanley 2 4
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