Wednesday March 4, 2009 Day 28 Finished Britannia Stadium

Stoke City 2 - 0 Bolton Wanderers

  • Beattie 12’
  • Fuller 73’

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  1. Strikers fire Stoke to victory

    Strikers fire Stoke to victory

    James Beattie and Ricardo Fuller were both on target for Stoke as the Premier League strugglers downed Bolton 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Stoke City
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • - Beattie and substitute Fuller were the goalscorers for Stoke but Bolton were not without their chances. When they did hit the target they come up against an impressive Thomas Sorensen and a resolute Potters defence. 2-0 the final score.
    • - A HUGE three points for the home side in their battle to climb out of the bottom three in the Premier League.
    • 90'+5 The roar goes up around the Britannia as the final whistle sounds.
    • 90'+4 Makukula ploughs on but he has fouled Abdoulaye Faye and that looks to be it for Bolton.
    • 90'+4 There's no consolation for the visitors as the defence holds firm.
    • 90'+3 CHANCE. Elmander with a dipping volley, parried brilliantly by Sorensen.
    • 90'+3 Bolton come again. McCann drives forward. Finds Kevin Davies to Elmander.
    • 90'+2 Bolton earn a corner but it's a poor delivery and Amdy Faye clears.
    • 90'+1 Bolton look to have run out of ideas as Stoke maintain their stubborn stout defence in front of 26,390.
    • 90' Stoke trying to keep a hold of the ball and run down the clock.
    • 89' Now Shawcross is struggling with a knock for Stoke.
    • 88' With Bolton committing foward, Stoke counter. Samuel is robbed on the edge of the box, Beattie feeds Lawrence, ONE-ON-ONE, but Jaaskelainen gathers at his feet.
    • 87' Wanderer's come again. Gardner to Mattie Taylor. Long ball into the area but it's easy for Sorensen with Elmander in close proximity.
    • 85' Bolton deperate to gain something from the tie but they trail by two.
    • 84' At the other end Bolton earn a free. Mark Davis curls it in. The ball break to Kevin Davies at the back post but his header is into the grateful arms of Sorensen.
    • 83' Stoke's Liam Lawrence takes a tumble in the penalty area but the referee deems him to be 'simulating'.
    • 82' Makukula straight into the action has a shot charged down on the edge of the box after good work by Mattie Taylor.
    • 81' Abdoulaye Faye seems to struggling with an injury in the Stoke backline.
    • 80' Megson makes another change. Makukula for Steinsson.
    • 79' Stoke pressing once more forcing the corner. Lawrence takes. CHANCE. Sonko powers a header off the crossbar.
    • 77' Bolton's Andy O'Brien for a high foot. His fourth booking of the season.
    • 77' An inspired substitution by Tony Pulis? Perhaps but Stoke are in the driving seat now.
    • 74' Delap's long throw fell to Whelan. His initial shot was blocked by Jaaskelainen but the rebound fell to Fuller and with the 'keeper on the ground, the second half sub fired home.
    • 73' Whelan's shot stopped by the 'keeper. GOAL. Sub Fuller blasts past Jasskelainen. 2-0.
    • 72' Stoke earn a throw half way into Bolton half. Delap to take.
    • 72' Stoke make another change. Sonko is on for Wilkinson.
    • 71' Bolton force the corner but Kevin Davies was all over Abdoulaye Faye and the attack comes to nothing.
    • 70' And it's Bolton who continue to press. Now it's the home side who are conceding.
    • 68' The inswinging corner came off the leg of a Stoke defender but the goalkeeper was impeded as he attempted to rise. It won't count.
    • 67' From the resultant corner, it's IN THE NET. But it won't count. Sorensen was being fouled.
    • 67' Bolton free kick inside the Stoke half. Mark Davies takes. CHANCE. Sorensen is forced to flick behind.
    • 65' The Stoke bench reacts and introduce Amdy Faye for Diao.
    • 63' Megson opts for the change. Gardner is on for Muamba.
    • 63' Whelan takes but Jasskelainen punches again and Faye completes the clearance.
    • 62' Stoke in possession in midfield. Whelan feeds Wilkinson, a one-two with Fuller, and his effort deflects off McCann. Stoke corner.
    • 61' The game has entered a scrappy phase once more and Ricardo Gardner is warming up on the Bolton touchline.
    • 60' Once more, the defence handles it. Ironically, Bolton have coped well with Delap's throw-ins but it was from play that Beattie found the net. Whelan's header disecting the centre-backs and the striker slotting home.
    • 58' Stoke coming back into the tie with O'Brien conceding a throw to the right of the box. Delap is up.
    • 56' Fuller is on for Sidebe as Stoke make a change.
    • 55' Snap-shot from Stoke's Glenn Whelan is off target from his left boot.
    • 54' The ball is spending a lot of time in the air from both sides but defences are on top so far.
    • 53' This time Bolton come forward. Taylor's inswinging ball is easy for Sorensen.
    • 52' The yellow ball is in use though the snow seems to have ceased for now.
    • 51' Now the home side come forward. Delap has a shot charged down on the edge of the area, breaks to Wilkinson but his long-range effort is also charged down.
    • 50' Stoke have barely had a look in so far in the opening minutes of the second half.
    • 49' Sorensen under pressure and Elmander is judged to have fouled the custodian.
    • 48' Bolton beginning with more urgency, and they've earned a corner off Higginbotham.
    • 47' The snow has eased at the start of the second half.
    • 46' Already a Bolton free-kick just on halfway. Taylor's delivery is right and wide.
    • 46' Bolton will get us underway with no changes on either side.
    • - The teams are back on the pitch as we get ready for the second half.
    • 45'+1 And there goes the half-time whistle with Stoke leading at the break as the Britannia becomes something of a winter wonderland for the home side.
    • 44' The snow is really starting to come down now as Bolton earn another free-kick in a similar position. Samuel takes. This time Andy O'Brien is lurking at the back-post but the centre-back's effort is weak and off target.
    • 43' The commentator's curse. Just as I say it, Taylor fires at Sorensen's post but the 'keeper was equal to it.
    • 42' Bolton earn a free kick to the right of the Stoke box. Mattie Taylor to take. Left footed. CHANCE. Sorensen dives to his left and parries away.
    • 41' James Beattie's fifth goal of the season is still the difference between the sides and Thomas Sorensen has been largely untroubled in the Stoke goal.
    • 41' Another Stoke free-kick this time to the right of the penalty area. Lawrence to take. Curls in but flicked off the head of Sidebe. Bolton goal-kick as we approach half-time.
    • 39' Shawcross is impressing for Stoke this evening but on that occasion, a little too robust in the challenge.
    • 38' Another Delap throw-in. Out comes Jasskelainen, but Shawcross was fouling. More consternation in the Bolton defence from a Stoke throw-in.
    • 37' Gary Megson is animated on the Bolton line but his side remain behind.
    • 36' Back come Stoke. Jasskelainen comes to claim another Delap ball as the snow begins to fall at the Britannia Stadium.
    • 35' Bolton earn a throw-in now inside the Stoke half. Steinsson's throw is flicked on by Davies but again there is no one following up for Wanderer's despite Davies claiming a corner.
    • 34' For all their possession, Bolton are putting themselves under immense pressure with the concession of corners and throw-ins.
    • 33' Stoke upping the pressure now. Lawrence's corner is headed away.
    • 32' O'Brien clears for a corner. Lawrence curls in right-footed and Shawcross header is deflected over the bar.
    • 31' Jasskelainen punches clear once more such is the threat from the Stoke set-pieces.
    • 30' Stoke win it back and Delap's cross is cut out. Delap is fouled by Mark Davies.
    • 29' Again Bolton pour forward. McCann to Steinsson but cleared by Higginbotham. But Bolton retain possession.
    • 28' Davies, it was who rose for it. It's Beattie's goal which still seperates the sides.
    • 28' Samuel's throw. Beattie beaten to it by Shawcross.
    • 27' Stoke enjoying some joy on the flanks but it's Bolton who earn a throw-in half-way in the Stoke half.
    • 26' Higginbotham muscles his way to ball, but his effort is off target.
    • 26' Liam Lawrence is bundled over by Jlloyd Samuel. Free to Stoke on right wing.
    • 25' Bolton are definitely seeing more of the ball and probing for that defence splitting move.
    • 23' Bolton free by Andy O'Brien, knocked down to Taylor, good effort. Straight at Sorensen.
    • 22' The game has entered a scrappy phase punctuated by stoppages and niggly fouls.
    • 22' Bolton are struggling to dictate here despite Stoke sitting back somewhat since Beattie's breakthrough.
    • 21' Bolton throw-in. Faye allows ball to run through to Sorensen and the 'keeper slows down proceedings.
    • 19' Glenn Whelan is fouled by Elmander. Free close to half-way but it comes to nothing.
    • 18' An ambitious effort by Elmander sails harmlessly over the bar.
    • 18' Patient Bolton build-up. Delap cuts out but Muamba has it.
    • 16' Since they've gone one down, Bolton have enjoyed more possession.
    • 15' Bolton earn a throw in, launched into penalty area. Flicked goalwards by Elamander but there was no Bolton player on hand at the back post.
    • 14' The crowd is in full-voice now with Beattie's lead goal.
    • 13' An all too easy goal for Stoke. Beattie had time to fire past Jaaskelainen's right.
    • 12' GOAL. James Beattie. Beattie in acres of space puts Stoke in front.
    • 11' Delap's throw is punched clear by Jaaskelainen but he was fouled as he did so. Free-kick.
    • 10' Jaaskelainen punches clear.
    • 10' Stoke come back and earn a free kick ten yards inside the Bolton half.
    • 9' A good effort from the Bolton man but the 'keeper was equal to it.
    • 9' Elmander, great effort, right footed shot brought an instinctive save from Sorensen.
    • 8' Stoke's Beattie is caught offside.
    • 6' Stoke come forward again but once more Whelan's pass is cut out.
    • 5' Headed clear back to Liam Lawrence on the Stoke right to Whelan but his pass forward is wayward.
    • 4' Corner to Stoke after Taylor clears.
    • 4' Andy O'Brien allows the ball to run and Jaaskelainen is forced to boot clear.
    • 3' Delap is already causing concern in the Bolton defence but Jaaskelainen claims with ease.
    • 2' Liam Lawrence plays in Beattie but dealt with by the Wanderers defence. Throw-in to Stoke. Delap, cleared by taylor.
    • 1' Sorensen comes to claim an early Bolton free-kick.
    • 1' Bolton in early possession but Stoke earn the first throw-in taken by Andy Wilkinson.
    • 1' We're underway here with referee Mike Dean sounding the whistle.
    • - The teams are entering the arena here with the home fans baying for more blood and the points which would lift them out of the lower reaches of the table.
    • - We are about five minutes to kick-off at the Britannia.
    • - Gardner remains on the bench for Bolton despite his impact last weekend as Gary Megson keeps faith with the side that held Newcastle scoreless.
    • - Rory Delap is a big addition to the home side who's threat from throw-ins has been the undoing of many Premier League defences this season.
    • - Bolton are looking for their fourth win in five games.
    • - Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Soresen returns for Stoke after recovering from a head injury.
    • - It's been 45 years since Bolton last won at Stoke, who of course, are making a great fist of staying in the top flight.
    • - Bolton remain unchanged from the side that defeated Newcastle United last weekend. Ricardo Gardner netted the only goal as Gary Megson's side climbed to 10th in the table.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Stoke City's clash with Bolton Wanderers at the Britannia Stadium. The Potters make three changes from the side that grabbed a last gasp draw away at high-flying Aston Villa with Abdoulaye Faye, Glenn Whelan and the influential Rory Delap returning to the line-up.
  • Team Stats

    Stoke City Stats Bolton Wanderers
    36% Possession 63%
    11 Shots 15
    3 Shots on target 5
    3 Saves 1
    6 Corners 7
    14 Fouls 15
    3 Offsides 0
    2 Yellow cards 1
    0 Red cards 0
    12 Tackles 17
    115 Accurate passes 227
    35 Bad passes 56
  • 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
    • Stoke City
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      29 Thomas Sorensen 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 0
      17 Ryan Shawcross 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 7 0 2
      25 Abdoulaye Faye 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 9 2 1
      28 Andy Wilkinson 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 0
      3 Danny Higginbotham 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 10 5 0
      6 Glenn Whelan 0 3 1 0 2 0 1 19 11 1
      24 Rory Delap 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 6 5 3
      7 Liam Lawrence 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 18 1 0
      18 Salif Diao 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 13 3 1
      11 Mamady Sidibe 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 6 2 0
      20 James Beattie 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 12 3 1
      10 Ricardo Fuller 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 5 0 1
      33 Ibrahima Sonko 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
      14 Danny Pugh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      19 Amdy Faye 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
      23 Michael Tonge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      1 Steve Simonsen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      27 Henri Camara 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    • Bolton Wanderers
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      22 Jussi Jaaskelainen 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 10 3 0
      31 Andy O'Brien 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 27 3 0
      5 Gary Cahill 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 14 1 0
      7 Matthew Taylor 0 4 2 0 1 0 0 20 9 0
      15 Grétar Steinsson 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 9 0 1
      3 Jlloyd Samuel 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 27 15 2
      19 Gavin McCann 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 30 4 4
      6 Fabrice Muamba 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 23 5 3
      16 Mark Davies 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 18 4 4
      9 Johan Elmander 0 4 2 2 1 0 0 18 3 2
      14 Kevin Davies 0 2 1 3 3 0 0 22 7 1
      26 Ali Al-Habsi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      11 Ricardo Gardner 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 8 2 0
      30 Chris Basham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      18 Sebastien Puygrenier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      21 Ariz Makukula 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
      24 Danny Shittu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      10 Ebi Smolarek 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • Summary

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Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • T. Sørensen
      • A. Wilkinson Substitution Out (71′)
      • R. Shawcross
      • A. Diagne-Faye
      • D. Higginbotham
      • G. Whelan
      • S. Diao Substitution Out (65′)
      • L. Lawrence Yellow Card
      • R. Delap
      • M. Sidibe Substitution Out (56′)
      • J. Beattie Goal

      Subs

      • A. Faye Substitution In65′
      • S. Simonsen
      • I. Sonko Substitution In71′
      • D. Pugh
      • M. Tonge
      • R. Fuller Substitution In56′ Goal
      • H. Camara
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Jääskeläinen
      • G. Steinsson Substitution Out (80′)
      • G. Cahill
      • A. O'Brien Yellow Card
      • J. Samuel
      • F. Muamba Substitution Out (63′)
      • G. McCann
      • M. Davies
      • M. Taylor
      • K. Davies
      • J. Elmander

      Subs

      • R. Gardner Substitution In63′
      • D. Shittu
      • A. Makukula Substitution In80′
      • A. Al Habsi
      • E. Smolarek
      • S. Puygrenier
      • C. Basham
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