Reebok Memories: Bolton Hit Stoke For Five

  • April 29, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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With Macron set to take over sponsorship rights of Bolton's stadium, we take a look back at Wanderers' biggest ever win at 'The Reebok'.

In April 2011, Bolton were humiliated by Stoke City in an FA Cup semi-final tie at Wembley Stadium, losing 5-0 to the Potters on one of the biggest stages of all.

Seven months later, in the first meeting between the two clubs since that cup capitulation, Wanderers got a measure of revenge as they beat Tony Pulis' side by the same scoreline in a Premier League fixture at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton started the day second from bottom of the table, one point above basement club Wigan Athletic, having lost all five of their games on home soil. Wanderers boss Owen Coyle was under fierce pressure to turn results around, so few would have imagined what they were about to see over the course of the next 90 minutes.

Kevin Davies put the home side ahead inside two minutes, slotting home from close range after Ivan Klasnic had reacted quickly to take a free-kick for a back-pass which had been collected by City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Begovic was beaten again midway through the first-half, as his attempted clearance fell at the feet of Chris Eagles. The former Burnley man did well to control the ball, before rifling a shot from the left-wing back into the bottom corner of the net to double Wanderers' advantage.

Kevin Davies glanced an Eagles free-kick wide soon after, while Jussi Jaaskelainen did well to keep out a header from Peter Crouch as the Trotters took their two-goal lead into the break.

Mark Davies cleared a Robert Huth header off the line early in the second half, shortly after Cameron Jerome and Fabrice Muamba came close at either end.

The third goal of the game came just after the hour, as Eagles and Paul Robinson combined to set up Klasnic, who fired home from the edge of the box via the inside of the post.

Eagles latched on to a Kevin Davies flick to add a fourth with 17 minutes to go, before Klasnic completed the scoring inside the final 10 minutes by turning home David Wheater's header from close range.

Muamba and Tuncay Sanli both came within a whisker of making it six in the closing stages, while Crouch volleyed over at the other end, as Wanderers responded to the supporters who had been chanting 'We Want Five' by producing the club's biggest ever win at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Cahill, Wheater, Riley (Knight 89), Muamba, Eagles, M Davies, Reo-Coker (Pratley 89), K Davies, Klasnic (Tuncay 85)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Petrov, Kakuta, Ngog
Goals: K Davies 2, Eagles 23,73, Klasnic 61,82

Stoke City: Begovic, Huth, Upson, Wilkinson (Higginbotham 68), Woodgate, Whelan (Whitehead 69), Pennant (Jones 69), Delap, Walters, Crouch, Jerome
Subs Not Used: Sorensen, Shotton, Diao, Palacios
Booked: Walters

Referee: Howard Webb
Attendance: 20,028

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