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Nov 26

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Bolton Wanderers 0 – 2 Everton

Bolton suffer their 10th defeat of the season

Everton Football Club

  • Saturday, November 26, 2011
  • Venue: The Reebok
  • Attendance: 24,058
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • David Wheater [20] BWFC
  • Leon Osman [44] EFC
  • Marouane Fellaini [49] EFC
  • Nigel Reo-Coker [59] BWFC
  • Apostolos Velliosn [78] EFC

Winning was the only option for The Wanderers who desperately needed three points to stand any chance of rising above the dreaded relegation line. The dull weather seemed apt for Bolton league position with the drizzle filled, floodlit air representing recent miserable results. Determination was key for The Wanderers; a winning attitude and lively start.

Indeed Bolton showed instant promise with a shot within a minute of referee Oliver’s first whistle blast but alas Kevin Davies’s shot rose harmlessly over Tim Howard’s bar.

Bolton Wanderers continued to look like the likely candidates to score first for the first 15 minutes or so. Chris Eagles and Ivan Klasnic combined well, and frequently, as Bolton attacked mainly via the left wing. Occasionally a long central ball would meet Kevin Davies’s head only to be flicked on to where he thought Klasnic should have been. A look of puzzlement on Klanic’s face often greeted Kevin once the ball had been cleared, unfortunately they seem to be on a different wavelength.

Everton did create chances too leaving Bolton to defend a series of three corners in quick succession, all of which were defended well but increased the heart-rate of many a Trotter fan 10 minutes into the match. The pressure was released by a Leighton Baines foul on Wheater from which the resulting free-kick led to Ivan Klasnic forcing Tim Howard to make a save with an attempt from outside Everton’s penalty area.
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Nov 19

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West Bromwich Albion 2 – 1 Bolton

West Brom cause Wanderers misery

West Bromwich Albion Football Club

  • Saturday, November 19, 2011
  • Venue: The Hawthorns
  • Attendance: 26,221
  • Referee: Neil Swarbrick
  • Jerome Thomas [16] WBA
  • Ivan Klasnic (pen) [21] BWFC
  • Jerome Thomas [28] WBA
  • Shane Long [56] WBA

Bolton's Gary Cahill blocking West Brom's winning scorer Shane Long

The Hawthorns may have been somewhere that Bolton Wanderers should have picked up at least a single point, especially after the ego boosting demolition of Stoke. Alas, not even a Ivan Klasnic equaliser from the spot could lever a useful point from West Brom.

After the match Owen Coyle told the BBC;

“The game looked evenly poised at half-time but we were not at the same level in the second half.

“The game was there to win, and we had a platform to at least get a draw, but we left with nothing and that is disappointing.

“At 2-1 we were chasing the game and, as much as we pushed on, we didn’t create the type of chances we did in the first half.”

For a more detailed match report visit the official BWFC website or go to BBC Sport.

Nov 6

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Bolton Wanderers 5 – 0 Stoke City

Joyous scenes at The Reebok

Stoke City Football Club

  • Sunday, November 6, 2011
  • Venue: The Reebok
  • Attendance: 20,028
  • Referee: Howard Webb
  • Kevin Davies [2] BWFC
  • Chris Eagles [23] BWFC
  • Ivan Klasnic [51] BWFC
  • Jonathan Walters [76] SCFC
  • Chris Eagles [73] BWFC
  • Ivan Klasnic [81] BWFC

Yeah you read that right, Bolton won with an impressive five goals.

There are times when your faith in your chosen football club begins to dither or perhaps fade and there are times when that fading faith is fully restored and energised. Today’s result — thankfully — did the latter.
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Oct 16

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Wigan Athletic 1 – 3 Bolton Wanderers

Revitalised Wanderers break loosing streak

Wigan Athletic Football Club

  • Saturday, October 15, 2011
  • Venue: The DW Stadium
  • Attendance: 17,261
  • Referee: Mike Dean
  • Nigel Reo-Coker [4] BWFC
  • Darren Pratley [23] BWFC
  • Mohamed Diame [40] WAFC
  • Franco Di Santo [45+1] WAFC
  • David Ngog [45+3] BWFC
  • Paul Robinson [63] BWFC
  • Dedryck Boyata [67] BWFC
  • Maynor Figueroa [71] WAFC
  • Gary Caldwell [73] WAFC
  • Kevin Davies (penalty miss) [73] BWFC
  • Antolin Alcaraz [79] WAFC
  • Martin Petrov [82] BWFC
  • Chris Eagles [90+2] BWFC

Bolton Wanderers lifted themselves off the bottom with a deserved win away to Wigan. Loosing every Premier match since the first game of the season had left Bolton languishing at the bottom of the league. A two week break after the arduous defeats gave manager Owen Coyle a chance to imbue the squad with confidence and enthusiasm.
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