Bolton suffer their 10th defeat of the season
- Saturday, November 26, 2011
- Venue: The Reebok
- Attendance: 24,058
- Referee: Michael Oliver
- David Wheater 
- Leon Osman 
- Marouane Fellaini 
- Nigel Reo-Coker 
- Apostolos Velliosn 
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.