Sunday August 29, 2010 Day 3 Finished Reebok Stadium

Bolton Wanderers 2 - 2 Birmingham City

  • Davies 71’ (pen.)
  • Blake 81’
  • Johnson 4’
  • Gardner 51’

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  1. Ten-man Bolton fight for draw

    Ten-man Bolton fight for draw

    Bolton Wanderers fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Birmingham City despite going down to 10 men at the Reebok Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • Birmingham City
    • 90+5' The final whistle goes to end an exciting, incident-packed match. Both teams remain unbeaten this season, but both will feel they could have won this.
    • 90+3' Birmingham win their first corner of the game in the third minute of stoppage time. Johnson heads it off target.
    • 90+1' Bowyer plays in Jerome and Bogdan is off his line to make the save! It was a tame effort from Jerome, but a vital save from the man making his Premier League debut nonetheless.
    • 90' There will be five minutes of added time.
    • 89' Jerome surges forward and Muamba pulls him down in midfield, finally earning him that yellow card he's been looking for.
    • 88' Blake floats the ball into the area and Cahill goes for the spectacular overhead kick but can't connect. Birmingham eventually clear.
    • 87' Davies is double-teamed as he goes for a high ball and Bolton have a free-kick. It's quite far out but Blake has placed the ball again...
    • 86' Dann gives the ball away to Davies, who thumps his effort wide of the upright!
    • 85' Fahey drives forward and goes for goal, but his drilled effort from distance flies well wide of the target.
    • 83' Davies is booked for an aerial foul on Ridgewell. Are we going to get a winner here?
    • 82' Jerome latches on to a ball into the box and Cahill does well to take the sting out of the pass across the six-yard area and Bogdan collects.
    • 82' blake scores his first goal for Bolton against one of his old clubs. Owen Coyle leaps in the air in delight!
    • 81' GOAL! Blake curls a sweet strike right into the far top corner out of Foster's reach, and 10-man Bolton are level!
    • 80' Cahill wins a free-kick for Bolton in a decent area. Robbie Blake is placing the ball. He sure can hit them...
    • 79' Birmingham’s record in 28 Premier League matches in which they took a 2-0 lead is 27 wins, one draw (26 Apr 2008, 2-2 vs Liverpool) and zero defeats. (Infostrada)
    • 77' Blake has the ball at his feet in front of goal, but the whistle blows for a foul by Cahill in the build-up.
    • 76' Birmingham substitution: Keith Fahey replaces Sebastian Larsson.
    • 75' Larsson put his arm up for attention as soon as he was tackled. He's on his feet now, but limping off the field.
    • 74' Larsson is writhing around on the floor in considerable pain after a challenge from behind by Davies. He's being treated on the pitch now.
    • 72' Larsson is the latest player to go into the referee's book for a foul.
    • 71' That was Kevin Davies's 100th league goal.
    • 71' GOAL! Davies nonchalantly chips the ball right into the roof of the net! Great pen, and Bolton are back in this match now.
    • 70' PENALTY! Johnson involved again as he climbs on the back of Davies and referee Kevin Friend points to the spot! Davies will take the kick himself...
    • 69' Owen Coyle exchanges a few words with the referee. The Botlon boss remains in the dugout.
    • 68' Birmingham substitution: Matt Derbyshire replaces James McFadden.
    • 67' Bolton substitution: Robbie Blake replaces Johan Elmander.
    • 65' McFadden scoops out a cross towards the far post, but Cahill clears before Jerome can get to it.
    • 64' Bolton are preparing to make a change, with Robbie Blake getting ready to come on.
    • 63' Bolton have another corner, their sixth. The ball falls at the feet of Steinsson inside the six-yard box, but he's somehow denied under pressure from Bowyer!
    • 62' Kevin Davies' last goal came against Birmingham on the final day of last season.
    • 60' Three outfield players have received more than four direct red cards in the Premier League: Duncan Ferguson (6), Dion Dublin (5) and Francis Benali (5). (Infostrada)
    • 59' Elmander flicks on to Davies and Carr gets in ahead of him. Very cool head from the Birmingham skipper there.
    • 58' Elmander hooks a ball into the box for Lee to chase but Ridgewell intercepts and clears.
    • 57' McLeish is raging on the touchline. He must have had words with the referee to demand answers as to why the Jasskelainen incident didn't end with a penalty.
    • 56' Just as at the end of the first half, Bolton are looking the brighter side despite being down to 10 men.
    • 55' Lee finds Elmander inside the Birmingham box and the Swede goes for the shot on the turn... he can't get enough purchase on the shot and Foster catches it.
    • 54' Holden is almost free down the left, but Carr is back to cover at the expense of a throw.
    • 52' That's Gardner's third goal in two games, following his brace against Blackburn last week. He's only scored eight goals in 74 Premier League appearances.
    • 51' GOAL! McFadden's cross is headed back across goal by Jerome as Bolton's offside trap fails. Gardner is on to the loose ball and prods home from close range at the second time of asking! Owen Coyle will be furious with his defence there.
    • 50' Knight tests Bogdan with a bouncing backpass. The Hungarian clears out for a throw-in.
    • 49' Gardner plays the ball down the left channel but it's too far in front of Ridgewell. A muted start to the second half from both sides.
    • 48' Jaaskelainen’s 4 direct red cards equal the Premier League record for a goalkeeper set by Czech Republic's Pavel Srnícek from 1994 to 1999. (Infostrada)
    • 47' Jussi Jaaskelainen has picked up four career Premier League red cards, more than any other GK currently playing in the division. (Opta)
    • 46' Birmingham kick off and get the second half underway. Let's see if that 15-minute break has cooled tempers or not.
    • 45+3' The whistle goes for half-time, and it's all been about Roger Johnson, who opened the scoring with his first goal for Birmingham, and then got a slap from Jussi Jasskelainen!
    • 45+3' Foster punches the set piece clear, and then plucks Muamba's second ball out of the air.
    • 45+2' Larsson gives away a free-kick, giving Bolton one last chance in this half.
    • 45+1' There will be three minutes of added time. Muamba goes in hard on McFadden with a solid but fair tackle.
    • 45' Jerome is penalised for fouling Cahill as the pair jumped for a header.
    • 44' Elmander almost forces the mistake from Carr, but the backpass has just enough on it to reach Foster.
    • 43' Since joingin professional terms for Bolton as a trainee in 2007, Bogdan has made two appearance, one during a loan spell at Crewe and another for the Trotters in the Carling Cup.
    • 42' Holden dribbles the ball forward and his shot is deflected behind for another corner, which comes to nothing.
    • 41' Bogdan hoofs the ball forward and Davies wins a free-kick in a good position. Holden's strike is straight at the wall.
    • 40' It's not a penalty to Birmingham as it happens, as the referee had already given Bolton the free-kick for Johnson's foul on Jasskelainen, which makes the keeper's retalitaion even more ridiculous.
    • 39' Bolton substitution: Adam Bogdan replaces Martin Petrov, who is not happy!
    • 37' Now there's a real melee in the middle of the pitch as the two sets of players argue. Even Foster is up the field getting involved! Johnson gets a booking as Bolton's reserve keeper Adam Bogdan prepares to come on for his Premier League debut.
    • 36' JAASKELAINEN IS OFF! The Finnish keeper took exception to Johnson's challenge on him and slapped the defender round the face! Straight red for him!
    • 36' Larsson's delivery is better this time, but Cahill heads clear at the far post.
    • 35' Ridgewell wins yet another Birmingham free-kick on the left wing. Larsson places the ball as the referee has words with Bowyer...
    • 34' Gardner breaks forward down the right and crosses for McFadden to volley... the strike was right at Jaaskelainen, who parries.
    • 33' Bolton have another corner. Holden pings it to Lee at the near post, but nobody gets on the end of the Korean's flick-on.
    • 32' Bowyer's booking here was his 95th in Premier League, further extending his record.
    • 31' Holden's corner goes all the way to Cahill at the far post. He backheels to Petrov, who miscues his shot. Davies lofts it back across the box and Elmander completely misses the ball with his attempted volley. Nobody covered themselves in glory in that move.
    • 30' Good work by Davies down the right wing and he feeds Holden, but the cross is too close to the near post to find a Bolton player.
    • 29' Davies flicks a header on to Elmander, but the Swede messes up the attempted pass out wide.
    • 28' The move ends with Muamba's cross drifting out for a goal kick.
    • 27' This is better from Bolton now. They are seeing plenty of the ball, but Birmingham are adept at holding teams off.
    • 26' Davies feels aggrieved after being penalised for fouling Dann as he jumped for a high ball. The Bolton skipper must here the referee's whistle in his sleep, so often is he either fouled or commits fouls.
    • 24' Roger Johnson’s fourth minute strike ranks as the fastest Premier League goal this season and only two of 80 that have been scored in the first 10 minutes of a match. Chelsea’s Florent Malouda netted on six minutes against West Brom. (Infostrada)
    • 23' Lee Bowyer was booked for dissent following Jerome's penalty claim. Replays show the striker swung to strike and missed the ball, ending up on his backside. Never a penalty.
    • 22' Holden whips in the strike from the left and Foster palms it two-handed over the bar! Foster collects the subsequent corner with confidence, but his long throw out is wayward.
    • 21' Bolton break forward and win a free-kick on the edge of the box. Holden will take it...
    • 20' Lee brings down Ridgewell and Birmingham have another free-kick on the left. Jerome goes down and claims a penalty, but the referee isn't interested.
    • 19' Bolton's gameplan is evidently to stop McFadden. Steinsson and Lee are double-teaming the Scotsman every time he's on the ball.
    • 18' Davies lays off Steinsson's long ball to Petrov, whose half-volley strike takes a deflection and Foster is down to save!
    • 17' Elmander fires the strike into the wall and Birmingham clear all the way to Jaaskelainen.
    • 16' Bolton are beginning to apply the pressure now, getting men forward in numbers, and they are rewarded with a free-kick after Gardner fouls Davies. It's within shooting distance, and Elmander fancies it.
    • 15' Birmingham have scored their first first-half goal this season. Bolton have yet to score a first half Premier League goal this season. In that respect, they join Liverpool, West Brom, West Ham and Wigan. (Infostrada)
    • 14' This is the first time this season that Bolton are behind. The only teams that have not yet trailed are Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City. (Infostrada)
    • 13' Bowyer is OK to continue. Craig Gardner has the ball in the back of the net, but the whistle had already gone after he had fouled Zat Knight.
    • 12' Muamba fouls Bowyer with a high challenge. Surely that's his last offence before a booking. Bowyer took a nasty knock to the knee in that challenge, and is receiving treatment.
    • 11' Johnson leaps tp try and meet Larsson's free-kick but it's over his head and out for a goal kick. At the other end Carr gives the ball away to Petrov, but the Bulgarian couldn't make the most of the chance with his low strike.
    • 10' Larsson's free-kick is a disappointing one and it's headed away with ease. Bowyer gets barged over from behind by Stuart Holden. Another Blues free-kick fromt he left.
    • 9' McFadden jinks and turns on the wing with two men around him and draws the fouil from Gretar Steinsson. Birmingham's big men come up again.
    • 8' McFadden tries to find Cameron Jerome with a header down the line but it goes out of play.
    • 7' Davies charges down Scott Dann's clearance but the ball runs all the way to Jaaskelainen.
    • 6' Jussi Jaaskelainen hoofs a long ball forward. Davies flicks it on for Johan Elmander who fires his first-time strike well over the bar.
    • 5' That's Roger Johnson's first ever goal in Birmingham City colours.
    • 4' GOAL! Kevin Davies heads away Sebastian Larsson's delivery but Birmingham retain possession. Bowyer pulls the ball back across goal from the byline and Roger Johnson is on hand to prod home from close range!
    • 3' Both sides get the chance to knock it around amongst themselves in these early stages. Muamba brings down McFadden. Dann and Johnson come forward for the set piece.
    • 2' Former Birmingham midfielder Fabrice Muamba gives away the game's first free-kick with a foul in midfield.
    • 1' Bolton kick off and get this show on the road!
    • 13:27 The teams are walking out on to the field now. We'll be underway shortly...
    • 13:25 On this day in 2004, Bolton Wanderers beat Liverpool 1-0 at the Reebok Stadium, courtesy of a Kevin Davies goal. (Infostrada)
    • 13:25 Bolton are also yet to taste defeat this season. A goalless draw with Fulham preceded a 3-1 win at West Ham and a 1-0 victory at Southampton in the Carling Cup.
    • 13:25 Birmingham are showing no signs of second season syndrome as yet. They remain unbeaten so far this term having drawn 2-2 at Sunderland on the opening day, then beating Blackburn 2-1 at St Andrews last weekend.
    • 13:20 Bolton boss Owen Coyle accepts the transfer window is now very much a part of English football - but was a far bigger fan of the system that preceded it: "I'm very old-fashioned in many ways and I'm from the old school - there really shouldn't be a transfer window. I can understand why people brought it in, but for me, the old-fashioned system, where if you had two or three injuries you would go and buy a player if possible - I don't see what is wrong with that."
    • 13:15 Bolton have won their last three games against Birmingham.
    • 13:15 The Trotters have either scored at least twice (six times) or failed to score (seven times) in their last 13 league games.
    • 13:15 The 2-1 victory at Portsmouth remains Birmingham’s only win on the road in the Premier League in 2010 (one draw, eight defeats).
    • 13:15 Birmingham have managed only two successful dribbles over the course of their opening two games this season.
    • 13:15 Sebastian Larsson has assisted three of Birmingham’s four league goals this season.
    • 13:15 Johann Elmander scored a brace in his last Premier League outing. He hit just three goals in total in the whole of 2009/10.
    • 13:15 Bolton have failed to score in three of their last five home games.
    • 13:15 In the last six meetings between these teams the home side has won on five occasions.
    • 13:15 In the last 35 meetings in all competitions between these sides there has only been one goalless draw.
    • 13:15 Last season Bolton conceded nine goals to opposition defenders, a joint high in the division.
    • 13:10 Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
    • 13:05 Birmingham's James McFadden, who complained of a tight groin against Rochdale on Thursday, starts this afternoon. Blues boss Alex McLeish made eight changes to his side for the cup win and Ben Foster, Stephen Carr, Liam Ridgewell, Barry Ferguson, Craig Gardner and Cameron Jerome all return to the starting line-up. Former Blackburn striker Matt Derbyshire is on the bench after opening his account against Dale, while full-back David Murphy is also a substitute.
    • 13:05 Bolton are missing striker Ivan Klasnic. The Croat scored the winner in the midweek victory over Southampton in the Carling Cup, but was substituted at half-time after suffering a thigh strain and has not recovered in time to make the squad. Sean Davis, who missed most of last season through injury, is being kept on the sidelines as a precaution for up to two months after feeling some discomfort in his knee.
    • 13:00 Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Lee, Holden, Muamba, Petrov, Elmander, Kevin Davies. Subs: Bogdan, Taylor, Mark Davies, Ricketts, Blake, Alonso, Andrew O'Brien /// Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Gardner, Ferguson, McFadden, Bowyer, Jerome. Subs: Taylor, Murphy, O'Connor, Derbyshire, Fahey, Zigic, Valles
    • 12:55 Hello and welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s live coverage of Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City, the first of four Premier League fixtures this afternoon.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Bowyer plays in Jerome and Bogdan is off his line to make the save! It was a tame effort from Jerome, but a vital save from the man making his Premier League debut nonetheless.
    • 86' Dann gives the ball away to Davies, who thumps his effort wide of the upright!
    • 81' GOAL! Blake curls a sweet strike right into the far top corner out of Foster's reach, and 10-man Bolton are level!
    • 71' GOAL! Davies nonchalantly chips the ball right into the roof of the net! Great pen, and Bolton are back in this match now.
    • 55' Lee finds Elmander inside the Birmingham box and the Swede goes for the shot on the turn... he can't get enough purchase on the shot and Foster catches it.
    • 51' GOAL! McFadden's cross is headed back across goal by Jerome as Bolton's offside trap fails. Gardner is on to the loose ball and prods home from close range at the second time of asking! Owen Coyle will be furious with his defence there.
    • 36' JAASKELAINEN IS OFF! The Finnish keeper took exception to Johnson's challenge on him and slapped the defender round the face! Straight red for him!
    • 34' Gardner breaks forward down the right and crosses for McFadden to volley... the strike was right at Jaaskelainen, who parries.
    • 31' Holden's corner goes all the way to Cahill at the far post. He backheels to Petrov, who miscues his shot. Davies lofts it back across the box and Elmander completely misses the ball with his attempted volley. Nobody covered themselves in glory in that move.
    • 22' Holden whips in the strike from the left and Foster palms it two-handed over the bar! Foster collects the subsequent corner with confidence, but his long throw out is wayward.
    • 18' Davies lays off Steinsson's long ball to Petrov, whose half-volley strike takes a deflection and Foster is down to save!
    • 11' Johnson leaps tp try and meet Larsson's free-kick but it's over his head and out for a goal kick. At the other end Carr gives the ball away to Petrov, but the Bulgarian couldn't make the most of the chance with his low strike.
    • 6' Jussi Jaaskelainen hoofs a long ball forward. Davies flicks it on for Johan Elmander who fires his first-time strike well over the bar.
    • 4' GOAL! Kevin Davies heads away Sebastian Larsson's delivery but Birmingham retain possession. Bowyer pulls the ball back across goal from the byline and Roger Johnson is on hand to prod home from close range!
    • 13:00 Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Lee, Holden, Muamba, Petrov, Elmander, Kevin Davies. Subs: Bogdan, Taylor, Mark Davies, Ricketts, Blake, Alonso, Andrew O'Brien /// Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Gardner, Ferguson, McFadden, Bowyer, Jerome. Subs: Taylor, Murphy, O'Connor, Derbyshire, Fahey, Zigic, Valles

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Jääskeläinen Red Card
      • G. Steinsson
      • G. Cahill
      • Z. Knight
      • P. Robinson
      • S. Holden Substitution Out (78′)
      • F. Muamba Yellow Card
      • C. Lee
      • M. Petrov Substitution Out (39′)
      • K. Davies Goal Yellow Card
      • J. Elmander Substitution Out (67′)

      Subs

      • A. O'Brien
      • R. Blake Substitution In67′ Goal
      • &. Bogdán Substitution In39′
      • M. Taylor
      • S. Ricketts
      • M. Davies Substitution In78′
      • M. Alonso
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster
      • S. Carr
      • R. Johnson Goal Yellow Card
      • S. Dann
      • L. Ridgewell
      • C. Gardner Goal
      • B. Ferguson
      • S. Larsson Yellow Card Substitution Out (76′)
      • J. McFadden Substitution Out (68′)
      • L. Bowyer Yellow Card
      • C. Jerome

      Subs

      • M. Taylor
      • D. Murphy
      • N. &#381igic
      • G. O'Connor
      • M. Derbyshire Substitution In68′
      • K. Fahey Substitution In76′
      • E. Vallès
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