Saturday January 15, 2011 Day 23 Finished Britannia Stadium

Stoke City 2 - 0 Bolton Wanderers

  • Higginbotham 37’
  • Etherington 63’ (pen.)

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  1. Stoke breeze past Bolton

    Stoke breeze past Bolton

    Stoke overcame gale force winds to notch a 2-0 win against toothless Bolton at the Britannia Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Stoke City
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • 90+4' FULL TIME! Stoke claim a deserved victory against Bolton Wanderers - who offered precious little on a disappointing day for Owen Coyle.
    • 90+3' Decent pressure from Bolton in the closing moments, but Cohen's close-range effort goes well over the bar
    • 90+2' Kevin Davies fires a looping shot towards goal from 20-odd yards, and Begovic tips the ball over the bar for a corner
    • 90+1' Knight seems to get the message, but his attempt to knock the ball forwards goes straight to a red and white shirt. That could be it for the Trotters this afternoon
    • 90' Bolton holding onto the ball, but in the middle third. They need to move it forwards, and fast!
    • 89' There will be four minutes added on. Time for some late drama? We can but hope.
    • 88' Stoke chewing up the final few minutes now, keeping the ball on their left flank
    • 87' Stoke sub: Matthew Etherington off, Danny Pugh on
    • 85' Scrambled clear, and Bolton look to break along the left wing
    • 84' That's the final throw of the dice for Owen Coyle, but it's surely too late for Bolton to get anything from this game. Ricketts concedes a throw deep in Bolton's half
    • 83' Bolton sub: Stuart Holden off, Tamir Cohen on
    • 82' Stoke sub: Kenwyne Jones off, Jon Walters on
    • 81' He tries to launch the ball into the box again, but instead chucks it straight over Jaaskelainen's bar and out for a goal kick!
    • 81' Delap takes a crunching tackle from Ricketts on the left wing, but only earns a throw
    • 80' The ball drops to Higginbotham, who goes down under a clumsy challenge from Elmander in the box! Nothing doing from the ref
    • 79' Delap with another long throw into the box - headed well clear by Cahill under pressure from Jones
    • 78' Patient play from Bolton, stringing a good 20-odd passes together across the midfield. Holden tries to pick out Elmander up top, but the Swede is judged to have fouled Huth and Stoke get the ball back
    • 77' Begovic hammers a goal kick upfield, and Bolton reclaim possession
    • 76' This game is running away from Bolton now. Owen Coyle is screaming from the touchline, trying to inject some energy into his troops
    • 74' Kevin Davies dinks a lovely ball over the defence to Elmander, but the striker never looks convincing as he races to get to the ball before Begovic. The Stoke keeper wins the race, and clears
    • 73' Robert Huth barges late into Elmander on the half way line, but gets away without a card
    • 72' Petrov breaks clear on the left wing, finds the byline, and lifts a cross to the back stick. Headed clear
    • 71' Stoke sub: Marc Wilson off, Glenn Whelan on
    • 70' Holden brings the ball inside from the left, before laying off Ricketts in acres of space. The fullback doesn't fancy the shot, delays, and then hits a slow, tame effort towards the bottom right corner which is easily saved
    • 69' Rodrigo fires in the corner, which is headed well clear
    • 68' Cahill finds Rodrigo 25 yards out in the middle. The substitute takes a touch, spins, and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Begovic!
    • 67' It's just not happening for Bolton. Mark Davies storms through the midfield before playing a nice one-two with Elmander, but ruins the move by falling over as he knocks the ball straight out of play on the left for a throw
    • 66' Bolton substitutions: Fabrice Muamba and Matty Taylor off, Martin Petrov and Rodrigo Moreno on
    • 65' Bolton try a quick break, and Taylor shoots from 25 yards! Begovic makes a fine save low to his left, and Stoke scramble the ball clear
    • 64' Muamba hauls down Tuncay as Stoke try to break again, and that's another yellow card for Bolton
    • 63' GOAL! Etherington strokes the penalty into the bottom right corner! Jaaskelainen dives the right way, but only gets enough of a hand on the ball to turn it onto the post and in
    • 62' Knight is lucky to get away with a yellow card. Etherington steps up to take the penalty...
    • 62' PENALTY! Tuncay plays Etherington into the box from the right wing, and Zat Knight crudely brings him down with a slack sliding challenge!
    • 61' Huth intercepts a long ball well, and picks out Tuncay with his low clearance. Stoke can break here!
    • 60' Delap sends the long throw towards Huth at the near stick, but Michael Oliver spots an infringement and blows for a Bolton free kick
    • 59' The first ball in is cleared for another corner, which is headed well clear at the near post by Elmander.
    • 59' Stoke go back on the attack now, winning a corner on the left
    • 58' Swung into the middle, Jones misses his header and the ball almost falls to Kevin Davies at the far post! The Bolton captain can't control, however, and Begovic pounces on the ball. Let-off for Stoke
    • 57' Knight picks out Kevin Davies on the right with a lovely ball into the wind, and Davies wins a corner with a deflected cross
    • 56' Higginbotham tries to pick out Etherington on the left wing, but the ball goes straight out for a goal kick
    • 55' It's taken quickly - with Jaaskelainen furiously backpedalling - and TUNCAY SHOOTS! Just over the bar!
    • 54' Knight holds off Jones on the Stoke left, waiting for Jaaskelainen to come and clear another long ball. The keeper plays save, and passes the ball straight out of play for a throw
    • 53' The free kick is hoofed forwards, and out for a Bolton throw
    • 52' Lovely footwork from Jones, holding off three Bolton players with a Zidane-esque spin, before taking a sloppy challenge from behind by Elmander and winning a free kick
    • 51' Muamba flies into a late challenge just inside the Stoke half, and is lucky to get away without a card
    • 50' SAVED BY BEGOVIC! Decent save, parrying Holden's vicious free kick - which was too close to the keeper
    • 49' Mark Davies is fouled 20 yards from goal, and the ball falls to Taylor who tries to bundle his way into the box. He is then felled, and the referee finally blows his whistle. Holden to take the free kick...
    • 48' Stoke have five players going forwards on the counter, and the ball is played to Tuncay in the centre. The Turk throws a dummy to let the ball through to Etheringon, but it's read by Robinson and Bolton clear. Wasted chance
    • 47' Ricketts is given too much space on the right wing, cuts back onto his left foot, and swings a lovely ball in to ELMANDER! The Bolton striker has a free header, but sends it well wide of the near post
    • 46' Welcome back for the second half! I'd love to have been a fly on the wall for Owen Coyle's half time team talk! His Bolton side were disappointing in the opening 45 minutes, and are against the wind now
    • 45+3' HALF TIME! It was the last chance of the first half, and Stoke have the lead they just about deserve on the balance of play. Hardly a classic at the Britannia, but a fascinating clash nonetheless! Join us in a few moments for the second half.
    • 45+2' And it's a poor one, too close to Begovic who rises to pluck the ball out of the air. Is that the last chance of the half?
    • 45+1' We're in the first of two minutes stoppage time. Bolton win their first corner of the match on the left...
    • 45' Elmander picks out Taylor on the left wing, but once again the harrying from Stoke is excellent, and Taylor can only go backwards
    • 44' Shawcross's low ball forwards is cut out in the middle, and Bolton are back on the ball with Elmander
    • 43' Davies slides very late into Tuncay in the middle of the pitch. The Stoke man is quickly back to his feet, though, and Michael Oliver's cards stay in his pocket
    • 42' Tuncay is in the centre, but Etherington's cross is blocked. The ball falls back to him, and his second attempt does find Tuncay but the Turk is, now, offside
    • 41' Stoke regain possession and look to counter - with Etherington on the left wing
    • 40' Bolton try to assert themselves in Stoke's half, passing the ball around with pace
    • 39' Jaaskelainen was desperately unlucky there - replays show he might have actually knocked the ball over the line himself with an outstretched leg. Definitely crossed the line though
    • 38' GOAL! STOKE TAKE THE LEAD! The corner is take to the back stick, and Danny Higginbotham turns it goalwards from two yards out! Jaaskelainen almost kept it out, but the linesman says it went over the line and the goal stands
    • 37' Zat Knight heads Etherington's cross out at the near stick for a corner
    • 36' He's yet to really trouble Jaaskelainen, Huth, but he's getting onto the ball on practically every Stoke set piece!
    • 35' Delap launches another long throw into the box, and HUTH'S THERE! HEADER OVER THE BAR AGAIN!
    • 34' Thrown long by Delap, and cleared for another throw
    • 33' Etherington takes on Ricketts on the Stoke left, and looks to have the beating of the Welsh fullback as he jinks inside and out before Ricketts pulls out another solid challenge to clatter the ball clear for a throw. Cracking battle going on there!
    • 32' Holden has a pop from range, but it's well wide of the left upright
    • 31' Bolton try to pass across the defence and keep some possession, but Stoke are closing down with real fervour at the moment. Zat Knight plays back to Jaaskelainen under pressure, and the keeper hoofs clear
    • 30' Lovely play from Bolton on the break. Mark Davies lifts the ball over the defence to Taylor, who plays a neat first time pass towards Elmander. Shawcross gets a vital touch on the final pass, and Begovic gathers
    • 29' Delap lifts a ball forwards to Tuncay, who manages to squeeze off a weak shot which Jaaskelainen saves
    • 28' Etherington is back on for Stoke, but doesn't look too happy. He's moving gingerly, and hasn't stopped shaking his head since he came back on!
    • 27' The big striker looked offside for that chance, but the linesman's given a corner regardless. It's swung into the middle and met by HUTH! HEADED WIDE!
    • 26' Tuncay plays back to Whitehead on the right wing, who sweeps a cross to JONES! HALF-VOLLEYED TOWARDS GOAL AND TIPPED OVER THE BAR BY JAASKELAINEN!
    • 25' Kenwyne Jones races to put pressure on Jaaskelainen after Cahill's backpass, and he gets his reward as the Bolton keeper slices his clearance out for a throw
    • 24' Ricketts and Etherington are in a foot race to keep the ball in play on the Bolton right wing. Ricketts has a bite at him, before absolutely clattering into a sliding challenge - ball first. Fair challenge, but Etherington stays down...
    • 23' Chucked into the middle... and headed by HUTH! OVER THE BAR! Cracking header from the German, but he couldn't get enough power or accuracy to trouble Jaaskelainen
    • 22' Promising from Stoke, who earn a throw on the left in prime Delap territory
    • 21' Brilliant control by Delap, as he brings down a long goal kick before laying the ball off for TUNCAY 35 YARDS OUT! The Turk's low shot is well saved by Jaaskelainen, diving low to his right and holding onto the ball
    • 20' It's only half-cleared at the front post, and drops to WILSON ON THE VOLLEY! Blocked by Taylor!
    • 19' Safety first from Cahill, hammering the ball out of play on the right under pressure from Jones. Over goes Delap!
    • 18' Bolton look to counter, and Elmander tries to lob Begovic with a clever volley under a long ball. Begovic scrambles backwards... but the ball drops harmlessly over the bar
    • 17' Swung into the box... AND JAASKELAINEN SPILLS IT! The keeper's blushes are spared though, as Huth is penalised for pulling him back in the chase for the loose ball
    • 16' Fine play from Delap on the right wing, as he hares to the byline before forcing a corner from Matt Taylor with a blocked cross
    • 15' The fans aren't too happy with Davies's physical approach to the game in the opening 15 minutes! The striker tries to pick out Taylor with a deep cross from the right, but the ball is headed clear
    • 14' Ricketts with the long throw from just inside his own half, tries to pick out Davies further down the wing but striker's header on finds Begovic
    • 13' Etherington with the ball on the left for Stoke. He tries to lift a ball along the wing, but the wind carries it straight out
    • 12' Tuncay breaks through a tackle on the right wing, before swinging a cross into the box. The wind is reaching gale force at the Brittannia, however, and the ball glides away from Jones and out of the danger zone
    • 11' Jaaskelainen gathers a long ball, before launching back towards Kevin Davies. It's too long, and Begovic claims it
    • 10' Matthew Taylor goes for one of those every-other-season-wondergoals, tapping the ball up 35 yards out and swinging a left boot at it. Suffice to say, it's a good 10 yards wide
    • 9' The crowd are starting to get on Stoke's back now, as Bolton seem to have an age on the ball in their own half. Stoke applying very little pressure
    • 8' Tuncay with the ball on the left for Stoke, tackled by Ricketts
    • 7' A poor free-kick in the end as the ball is battered straight into the wall and goes nowhere near the goal. It's an easy clearance for Bolton, who hoof the ball upfield in a bid to counter. There's no-one there though
    • 5' Stoke have themselves a fairly early free-kick as Jones backs into Knight on the edge of the box prompting the latter to hold on. The free kick is right in front of goal just a yard or so outside the box ...
    • 2' Bad news for Jones early on as he clutches his ankle after a minor clash with Cahill. Jones landed awkwardly after going up for a header and although he's moving a little gingerly, it was pretty innocuous and he'll probably run it off in a minute or so
    • 1' Play is underway at the Britannia Stadium with Stoke kicking things off playing from left to right ...
    • 14:57 Owen Coyle has won two of the three PL meetings with Tony Pulis. His first ever PL match as a manager came against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium – his Burnley side losing 2-0 in August 2009.
    • 14:51 Only one of the 63 top flight matches between the sides has ended goalless. That was in Bolton in April 1937.
    • 14:45 Bolton have won two of their last three league visits to Stoke. Their only defeat in the last four was 2-0 in March 2009.
    • 14:41 Bolton are unbeaten in their last three PL matches against Stoke, winning by a 2-1 scoreline in each of the last two. Score predictions for today, anyone?!
    • 14:36 Bolton are looking to complete the PL double over Stoke for the first time, and the league double for the first time since 1952-53.
    • 14:33 Stoke, meanwhile will shape up like this: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham, Delap, Whitehead, Wilson, Etherington, Jones, Sanli. Subs: Sorensen, Collins, Whelan, Pugh, Pennant, Walters, Faye
    • 14:32 The teams are in and Bolton line-up like this today: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Mark Davies, Muamba, Holden, Taylor, Kevin Davies, Elmander. Subs: Bogdan, Petrov, Moreno, Blake, Cohen, Alonso
    • 14:24 Stoke and Bolton have met 63 times in the top flight. Bolton have won 27, Stoke 25 and there have been 11 draws.
    • 14:20 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Stoke's clash with Bolton at the Britannia Stadium
  • Summary

    • 68' Cahill finds Rodrigo 25 yards out in the middle. The substitute takes a touch, spins, and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Begovic!
    • 65' Bolton try a quick break, and Taylor shoots from 25 yards! Begovic makes a fine save low to his left, and Stoke scramble the ball clear
    • 63' GOAL! Etherington strokes the penalty into the bottom right corner! Jaaskelainen dives the right way, but only gets enough of a hand on the ball to turn it onto the post and in
    • 62' PENALTY! Tuncay plays Etherington into the box from the right wing, and Zat Knight crudely brings him down with a slack sliding challenge!
    • 38' GOAL! STOKE TAKE THE LEAD! The corner is take to the back stick, and Danny Higginbotham turns it goalwards from two yards out! Jaaskelainen almost kept it out, but the linesman says it went over the line and the goal stands
    • 35' Delap launches another long throw into the box, and HUTH'S THERE! HEADER OVER THE BAR AGAIN!
    • 27' The big striker looked offside for that chance, but the linesman's given a corner regardless. It's swung into the middle and met by HUTH! HEADED WIDE!
    • 26' Tuncay plays back to Whitehead on the right wing, who sweeps a cross to JONES! HALF-VOLLEYED TOWARDS GOAL AND TIPPED OVER THE BAR BY JAASKELAINEN!
    • 23' Chucked into the middle... and headed by HUTH! OVER THE BAR! Cracking header from the German, but he couldn't get enough power or accuracy to trouble Jaaskelainen
    • 20' It's only half-cleared at the front post, and drops to WILSON ON THE VOLLEY! Blocked by Taylor!
    • 17' Swung into the box... AND JAASKELAINEN SPILLS IT! The keeper's blushes are spared though, as Huth is penalised for pulling him back in the chase for the loose ball

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • A. Begovic
      • A. Wilkinson
      • R. Shawcross
      • R. Huth
      • D. Higginbotham Goal
      • D. Whitehead
      • M. Wilson Substitution Out (71′)
      • R. Delap
      • M. Etherington Goal Substitution Out (88′)
      • K. Jones Substitution Out (81′)
      • T. Sanli

      Subs

      • T. Sørensen
      • J. Pennant
      • D. Pugh Substitution In88′
      • A. Diagne-Faye
      • J. Walters Substitution In81′
      • D. Collins
      • G. Whelan Substitution In71′
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Jääskeläinen
      • S. Ricketts
      • G. Cahill
      • Z. Knight Yellow Card
      • P. Robinson
      • F. Muamba Yellow Card Substitution Out (66′)
      • S. Holden Substitution Out (83′)
      • M. Davies
      • M. Taylor Substitution Out (66′)
      • K. Davies
      • J. Elmander

      Subs

      • R. Blake
      • M. Petrov Substitution In66′
      • T. Cohen Substitution In83′
      • &. Bogdán
      • Rodri Substitution In66′
      • M. Alonso
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