Saturday May 3, 2008 Day 37 Finished Reebok Stadium

Bolton Wanderers 2 - 0 Sunderland

  • Diouf 42’
  • Murphy 81’ (o.g.)

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • Sunderland
    • 90+2' It's all over at the Reebok, and Bolton have effectively secured top flight football for another season!
    • 87' Bolton have retreated into their own half somewhat following the second goal, but there is no real reason to. Sunderland are still posing virtually no threat to Al Habsi's goal.
    • 81' GOAL!! Bolton have a corner swung in, and Daryl Murphy glances a header past his own goalkeeper! Andy Reid is on the line at the farp ost but he doesn't react quickly enough to clear the ball before it crosses the line! Bolton can breathe a sigh of relief!
    • 78' The triple-change has failed to inject anything extra into Sunderland's performance, and they remain as plodding as ever.
    • 73' Samuel sends in a long throw and it's flicked on for DIOUF... He steers the header wide with Gordon rooted to the spot! That should have been 2-0!
    • 69' Daryl Murphy has the ball on the right wing and sends and great cross in for KENWYNE JONES... He cna't get a connection with the goal open from six yards out! It was a difficult height for him but he should have got something on it!
    • 68' Andy O'Brien fires in a free kick from the halfway line. Gordon comes out to punch and misses it! Luckily for him it doesn't fall kindly for any Bolton players.
    • 60' Roy Keane has seen enough and makes a triple-change, just to remind his players that their places are not safe. The changes are - (sharp intake of breath) - O'Donovan on for Chopra, Murphy on for Nosworthy and Leadbitter on for Miller.
    • 60' Gretar Steinsson muscles Kenwyne Jones off the ball. The Sunderland target man is used to feeding off scraps, but even by his standards he's had little to work with today.
    • 56' Richardson tries a pot shot from distance, and it's deflected behind for a corner. It's taken short and Reid curls it in for EVANS... Headed over the bar!
    • 54' Taylor disposesses Whitehead at the byline and he sends a cross to DIOUF AT THE FAR POST... His diving header comes back off the post! The ball canons off Collins's shin and out for a corner!
    • 52' Chopra turns well and runs past Cahill. He gets his shot off and it's headeing for the bottom corner... there's not enough power on it and Al Habsi is down to save comfortably.
    • 48' Former Sunderland midfielder Gavin McCann hauls down Kieran Richardson. The wasting of the resulting free kick perfectly illustrates how Roy Keane's side have all but checked out this season now that they are safe.
    • 46' No changes at half-time, and Bolton get the second half underway.
    • 45+1' Half-time at the Reebok, and El-Hadj Diouf's goal is the difference between the two sides. The man who will surely be out of the door could just have ensured his current side stay up.
    • 45+1' Sunderland decide that after conceding is the time for a rare foray forward. The move ends with Nosworthy sending a cross into the stands behind the goal.
    • 44' Gavin McCann goes in hard on Andy Reid, and is lucky to escape a booking. The free kick is wasted by Sunderland.
    • 42' GOAL!! A great cross by Nolan finds Diouf at the far post, and the Senegalese has time to chest it and blast a shot into the far top corner!
    • 41' Richardson fires a wicked ball towards JONES... He just couldn't get a touch on it. A nick of his toe would have beaten Al Habsi.
    • 39' Reid sends up a diagonal ball for jones, but it's cleared only as far as WHITEHEAD... The shot canons off of Cahill!
    • 38' Taylor digs out a great cross for Cahill, but Higginbotham is there the get his head on the ball before the Bolton defender. The Trotters have been getting plenty of balls into the box, but not many have been of real quality.
    • 32' Diouf slips the ball through to Steinsson for him to cross in, but the ball is woefully long and misses everyone.
    • 28' Diouf is in acres of space to send in the cross, and it's bound for DAVIES AT THE FAR POST... HEADED OVER! He outjumped Evans but couldn't keep the effort down!
    • 26' Nolan wins the ball off Andy reid in midfield, but his slide-rule pass for Davies is just a touch short. The crowd at the Reebok are really vocal this afternoon, though it's fair to say that the ratio of crowd noise to on-pitch action is not a balanced one!
    • 22' Jones flicks on for Chopra, who goes down in the box, but referee Martin Atkinson looks away. Bolton break and win another throw. Steinsson sneds it in but Davies can't get the flick-on.
    • 20' Steinsson sends in the classic Bolton long throw, but Gordon is there to bat the ball out of Davies's path.
    • 18' Michael Chopra chases down a long ball that bounces awkardly for al Habsi. The goalkeeper comes out and Chopra heads the ball out of his hands1 The referee gives a free kick to Bolton. AL-habsi is looking shaky, he miscued a simple kick earlier on too.
    • 12' Bolton have a free kick from a deep position. O'Brien sends it up to Davies, and his flick-on hits Evans's arm... NO PENALTY! Evans knew nothing about it, he was so close to Davies.
    • 9' Diouf nods Taylor's crossfield ball towards Davies, but it's intercepted. Sunderland have barely had the ball in the Bolton half so far.
    • 6' Kevin Davies charges down a clearance from Danny Collins. His tireless effort will be key for the Trotters in this one.
    • 3' Jonny Evans goes sliding in on Taylor, and stays down clutching his leg. He's only just returned from a hamstring injury too. He's up on his feet, and seems ok.
    • 2' A frantic start by Bolton, which ends in Matty Taylor being fouled. Taylor takes the free kick himself, and it's headed out for a Sunderland throw. Samuel fires the ball in for Cahill, but he can't steer his header goalwards.
    • 1' Welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland! Bolton remain just one point above the bottom three, and with a trip to Chelsea on the final day of the season, they must get three points from already-safe Sunderland today. The match is underway!
  • Team Stats

    Bolton Wanderers Stats Sunderland
    46% Possession 53%
    6 Shots 6
    1 Shots on target 2
    1 Saves 0
    3 Corners 1
    13 Fouls 11
    1 Offsides 1
    1 Yellow cards 0
    0 Red cards 0
    10 Tackles 22
    237 Accurate passes 288
    71 Bad passes 53
  • Player Stats

    G =
    Goals
    S =
    Shots
    SoT =
    Shot on Target
    F =
    Fouls
    FW =
    Fouls Won
    O =
    Offsides
    A =
    Assists
    AP =
    Accurate Passes
    BP =
    Bad Passes
    T =
    Tackles
    • Bolton Wanderers
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      26 Ali Al-Habsi 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 14 3 0
      3 Jlloyd Samuel 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 28 25 1
      33 Gary Cahill 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 0
      31 Andy O'Brien 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 13 2 0
      32 Matthew Taylor 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 22 12 1
      15 Grétar Steinsson 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 19 1 2
      4 Kevin Nolan 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 25 5 3
      19 Gavin McCann 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 34 6 2
      17 Danny Guthrie 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 29 4 0
      14 Kevin Davies 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 24 7 1
      21 El Hadji Diouf 1 3 1 0 3 1 0 22 6 0
      47 Grzegorz Rasiak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      5 Abdoulaye Meite 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      7 Stelios Giannakopoulos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      12 Ian Walker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      25 Tamir Cohen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    • Sunderland
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      1 Craig Gordon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0
      15 Danny Collins 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 25 16 5
      5 Nyron Nosworthy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 2
      44 Jonny Evans 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 37 2 2
      14 Danny Higginbotham 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 23 4 0
      8 Dean Whitehead 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 54 7 2
      10 Kieran Richardson 0 1 0 3 3 1 0 26 4 5
      12 Liam Miller 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 4 0
      20 Andy Reid 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 22 9 3
      17 Kenwyne Jones 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 10 4 1
      16 Michael Chopra 0 2 1 2 2 0 0 7 0 1
      32 Marton Fülöp 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      11 Daryl Murphy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
      18 Grant Leadbitter 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 24 0 0
      19 Dwight Yorke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      23 Roy O'Donovan 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 12 1 1
  • Summary

    • 81' GOAL!! Bolton have a corner swung in, and Daryl Murphy glances a header past his own goalkeeper! Andy Reid is on the line at the farp ost but he doesn't react quickly enough to clear the ball before it crosses the line! Bolton can breathe a sigh of relief!
    • 73' Samuel sends in a long throw and it's flicked on for DIOUF... He steers the header wide with Gordon rooted to the spot! That should have been 2-0!
    • 69' Daryl Murphy has the ball on the right wing and sends and great cross in for KENWYNE JONES... He cna't get a connection with the goal open from six yards out! It was a difficult height for him but he should have got something on it!
    • 68' Andy O'Brien fires in a free kick from the halfway line. Gordon comes out to punch and misses it! Luckily for him it doesn't fall kindly for any Bolton players.
    • 56' Richardson tries a pot shot from distance, and it's deflected behind for a corner. It's taken short and Reid curls it in for EVANS... Headed over the bar!
    • 54' Taylor disposesses Whitehead at the byline and he sends a cross to DIOUF AT THE FAR POST... His diving header comes back off the post! The ball canons off Collins's shin and out for a corner!
    • 42' GOAL!! A great cross by Nolan finds Diouf at the far post, and the Senegalese has time to chest it and blast a shot into the far top corner!
    • 41' Richardson fires a wicked ball towards JONES... He just couldn't get a touch on it. A nick of his toe would have beaten Al Habsi.
    • 39' Reid sends up a diagonal ball for jones, but it's cleared only as far as WHITEHEAD... The shot canons off of Cahill!
    • 28' Diouf is in acres of space to send in the cross, and it's bound for DAVIES AT THE FAR POST... HEADED OVER! He outjumped Evans but couldn't keep the effort down!
    • 12' Bolton have a free kick from a deep position. O'Brien sends it up to Davies, and his flick-on hits Evans's arm... NO PENALTY! Evans knew nothing about it, he was so close to Davies.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • A. Al Habsi

      Subs

      • I. Walker
      • S. Giannakopoulos
      • G. Rasiak
      • T. Cohen
      • A. Méité
    • Starting line-up

      • C. Gordon

      Subs

      • D. Yorke
      • D. Murphy Substitution In60′ Own Goal
      • R. O'Donovan
      • G. Leadbitter Substitution In60′
      • M. Fülöp
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