Saturday January 21, 2012 Day 22 Finished Reebok Stadium

Bolton Wanderers 3 - 1 Liverpool

  • Davies 4’
  • Reo-Coker 29’
  • Steinsson 50’
  • Bellamy 37’

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  1. Bolton dismiss awful Liverpool

    Bolton dismiss awful Liverpool

    Bolton Wanderers climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 3-1 win against an abject Liverpool side at the Reebok Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • Liverpool
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' Bolton secure their second home win of the season, and are out of the relegation zone. A miserable night for Liverpool and Kenny Dalglish.
    • 90+2' So comfortable for Bolton. Liverpool have been incredibly disappointing in the second half. Well, the first half, too. Rubbish. Kuyt booked.
    • 90+1' Here's Tuncay, who replaces Chris Eagles.
    • 90' Two minutes of added time to be played, and Tuncay is about to come on.
    • 89' Bolton work the ball for Eagles, who glides into shooting position but blazes his effort high and wide.
    • 88' Now, Bolton have a free-kick on the left just outside the Liverpool box.
    • 87' A big cheer for Kevin Davies as he replaces David N'Gog.
    • 86' Bolton appear in complete control now. Liverpool have no ideas, and more seriously no passion. Worrying times for Kenny Dalglish.
    • 84' Oh my. Petrov sees his name in lights and attempts the most spectacular volley of all time. The outcome is predictably hopeless.
    • 83' EAGLES!! Hits a left-foot shot on the stretch that takes a touch off Skrtel and goes just wide!
    • 82' That's a frustrated shove from Gerrard, pushing Petrov over. The Liverpool skipper has been a peripheral figure today.
    • 81' Petrov shows some great skill to bring the ball out of defence, then finds Eagles - he goes for goal but sends it wide.
    • 79' Liverpool don't have much else on the bench - only Jonjo Shelvey plus three defenders...
    • 78' Bellamy looks Liverpool's best hope and he drives into the Bolton box... he goes for goal, the shot takes a touch and Bogdan gets down well to save it.
    • 77' Meanwhile, Johnson is forced into a hurried backpass to Reina, who deals with a potentially uncomfortable situation very well, clearing his lines.
    • 75' Bolton are starting to play the ball around like Early Coyle Waderers. This is more like it - amazing what a bit of confidence can do.
    • 74' Liverpool have created a couple of chances, but they look so flawed in attack. There's almost nothing through the middle - amazing, considering the presence of Steven Gerrard.
    • 72' Gerrard rushes to meet a loose ball at the edge of the box, but referee Friend says he committed a foul on the way there...
    • 71' Downing sprints down the left and pulls back for CARROLL!! Makes a complete mess of the shot, sending it backwards to the edge of the box.
    • 70' Agger!! Hits a long-range effort that clips the top of the bar on its way over!
    • 69' Eagles slashes wildly at a shot and nearly sends it out for a throw.
    • 68' A loose ball in the Bolton box falls to Carroll who flicks out his boot and sends the ball over the bar.
    • 67' Downing crosses from the left, and Knight heads over his own bar.
    • 65' Liverpool subs: Kuyt and Downing on for Maxi and Adam.
    • 64' Adam fouls Reo-Coker and gets a talking-to from Kevin Friend. He has transgressed several times today.
    • 63' Jose Enrique is the first player booked for a cynical foul out on the Bolton right.
    • 62' Now it's Liverpool's turn to fire a couple of pacy crosses into the box. Both dealt with by Bolton.
    • 61' Petrov's corner is cut out, then Davies has a cross put behind for another corner.
    • 60' Slick move from Bolton and a good Steinsson cross... put behind for a corner by Johnson.
    • 59' Liverpool corner swung in by Gerrard, and caught with some authority by Bogdan.
    • 58' N'Gog beats Johnson in the Liverpool box and his shot is blocked. That was actually quite good from the Frenchman.
    • 57' Bellamy is caught in the face by the hand of Wheater. Didn't look deliberate, but I'm sure Wheater won't be apologising...
    • 56' Liverpool look to knock the ball around at the back, but it's a bit ragged and they're lucky not to get caught out.
    • 55' Bellamy battles away and wins a throw off Reo-Coker. No love lost there.
    • 54' So, what have Liverpool got on the bench? Dirk Kuyt and Stewart Downing are the best attacking options. Or just push Bellamy all the way up front.
    • 52' So, can Liverpool come back from another two-goal deficit? That shouldn't have stood, but it was a great finish from Steinsson.
    • 51' Ooh.... the replay shows that Martin Petrov's corner went out of play for a goal kick on its way into the box! Liverpool might count themselves unlucky there.
    • 50' GOAL! STEINSSON for Bolton! The corner is headed back across goal and drops to the Icelander, who hits a thumping half-volley into the corner!
    • 49' Eagles crosses from the right for N'Gog, who makes a right mess of his attempted volley. Still, Bolton win a corner.
    • 47' Adam breaks through the left channel - he has Maxi outside him but takes on the shot, which is blocked.
    • 46' Second half under way - no personnel changes from either side.
    • 46' That's half-time, and Reo-Coker has to be dragged away from a confrontation with Bellamy. Back in a few minutes.
    • 45+4' PETROV!! He absolutely smashes the free-kick, and Reina makes a superb save to deny him!
    • 45+3' Adam and Agger team up to bring N'Gog down and this will be a dangerous free-kick for Bolton to end the half.
    • 45+2' Agger scoops the ball over the top for Gerrard, who hits a left-foot shot. It appears to be going some way wide, but Bogdan tips it behind for a corner anyway.
    • 45+1' Gerrard hits a great pass for Bellamy to chase down the right... the Welshman crosses but it is headed clear.
    • 45' Two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
    • 44' There is a moment of panic as Knight's long ball is headed down into the danger area by N'Gog... but Reina dives on the ball.
    • 42' Henderson nearly gets caught in possession by the Liverpool corner flag. but he manages to play it out off Eagles.
    • 41' Bellamy jinks inside and out, then drills a low shot straight at Bogdan.
    • 40' Bolton have gone back into defensive mode - happy to let Liverpool boss possession. This is hardly the vision Owen Coyle had in that brief moment when Bolton, not Swansea, were the ones being compared to Barcelona.
    • 38' Well, Liverpool are back in this, and there are surely more goals for the taking. Dalglish is still furious about something.
    • 37' GOAL!! BELLAMY PULLS ONE BACK! It's another bad goal to concede. The ball is flicked through the middle for Bellamy, who sprints past Knight and Wheater - and he finishes deftly past Bogdan. That Bolton clean sheet was never going to last.
    • 36' Reo-Coker is penalised for a foul on Adam inside the centre-circle, and here's a chance for Liverpool to get bodies forward.
    • 35' To paraphrase Richard Keys, Kenny is going potty. He's angry about a supposed foul on Jose Enrique by Chris Eagles. He ought to be angry about his side's atrocious defending.
    • 34' Carroll runs willingly down the left flank and crosses for Maxi... the Argentine cannot get his shot away from the edge of the box.
    • 33' Jose Enrique charges down the left, crosses low and it is put out for a Liverpool corner...
    • 32' Bellamy crosses pacily from the Liverpool left... Wheater blocks and the ball is hacked away.
    • 31' Liverpool feel they should now be level from the penalty spot, but they are two down. More horrible defending from the visitors.
    • 30' GOAL!! TWO FOR BOLTON! Reo-Coker makes an untracked run from midfield, receives the ball in from the right from Eagles, and his shot sneaks past Reina!
    • 29' Liverpool want a penalty as the ball hits Zat Knight on the arm!! No dice, says referee Friend. I think it would have been a harsh award.
    • 28' Wheater comes charging out from the back to bash a clearance on the volley, but he is penalised for a foul on Carroll.
    • 27' Liverpool's struggles in front of goal this season have been well-documented, and they have a great opportunity to get the ball rolling against a fragile Bolton side. So far, they have not impressed.
    • 25' It's a good delivery from Petrov, but everyone jumps underneath the ball and it bounces away.
    • 25' Bolton cross put behind by Glen Johnson... Martin Petrov to take.
    • 23' Gerrard pings a fine diagonal ball to Carroll, whose header is saved by Bogdan. In fact, Carroll is offside anyway.
    • 22' Bolton are sitting back and looking to stifle Liverpool. Judging by their league-worst 46 goals conceded, I'm not sure that's a wise move.
    • 21' Gerrard crosses from the Liverpool left... Knight clears.
    • 20' If we were trying to be poetic, you might call this game a foxtrot. It's slow, slow, quick and then slow. If you weren't, you'd call it disjointed dross.
    • 18' Craig Bellamy is penalised for a challenge on Zat Knight, and reacts with his customary good grace.
    • 17' Henderson drills a low shot from 20 yards, but it is straight at Bogdan who holds onto the ball.
    • 15' Reo-Coker hits it long into the box for N'Gog, but the ball bounces through to Reina.
    • 14' Bellamy whips the corner in, but Wheater heads clear.
    • 13' Gerrard finds Henderson wide on the right... he gets a decent left-foot cross in and Steinsson heads behind for a corner.
    • 12' Steinsson with a long throw from the Bolton right.. ably cleared by Agger.
    • 11' After an extremely shaky start, Liverpool are just starting to get a foothold on the game.
    • 10' Maxi Rodriguez chases down a great long Reina clearance, but uses his hand to bring the ball under control. Poor.
    • 8' Bellamy races down the right and crosses low... Bogdan dives on the loose ball as Carroll bears down on him.
    • 7' Eagles catches Jose Enrique in possession and bears down on goal... he pokes a low cross in front of goal but there is nobody there to turn it in!
    • 6' Adam brings Eagles down with a hefty challenge 40 yards from the Liverpool goal. Free-kick.
    • 5' That was a video nasty from Dan Agger and Glen Johnson - they just let Davies run. But what a start from Bolton!
    • 4' GOAL!! Mark Davies for Bolton!! He is allowed to run into the box, and places a left-foot finish in off the post! Where was the Liverpool challenge?
    • 3' Liverpool knock it around at the back before Reina lumps a long ball downfield. Won in the air by Wheater.
    • 2' A long diagonal ball is played into the Bolton box... and chested back to Adam Bogdan.
    • 1' Off we go! Bolton kick off, playing from left to right as we see it. Both teams in their home kit.
    • 17:30 On Twitter, @HCallumH has a player valuation: "I'd say Torres is still worth around 20m due to his past reputation and Carroll, now, is probably worth around 10m." That may be what they are worth, but neither club would sell for that amount, surely?
    • 17:29 Out come the teams at the Reebok Stadium. Steven Gerrard appears to cross himself - does he always do that? Obviously he can do what he likes, but I can't say I've ever noticed it before. Tell me!
    • 17:27 The two components of last year's January deadline-day business are on a combined run of 21 games without a goal. How much would £50m Fernando Torres and £35m Andy Carroll fetch today?
    • 17:25 Asked if his team selection was made with half an eye on the Carling Cup second leg, Kenny Dalglish tells ESPN he has "a full eye" on today's game. Which leaves a whole eye to look at other things...
    • 17:25 I've just done Norwich-Chelsea and Everton-Blackburn - both games were clunkers, frankly. Let's hope for better this time.
    • 17:20 My name is Alex Chick - I'm at the tail end of a back-to-back-to-back live extravaganza, but if you tweet me @alexchick81 I'll do my best to respond. Only if you're funny, though. Follow me on Twitter
    • 17:15 Bolton skipper Kevin Davies is on the bench today and does not know whether he has a future at the Reebok Stadium. With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, talks over an extension are yet to begin. "I have no idea what my future will be," he told the Bolton Evening News. "Obviously I am disappointed not to be playing. But my performances haven't been good enough to stay in the team."
    • 17:10 Today's referee is Kevin Friend from Leicestershire.
    • 17:05 TEAMS: Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Knight, Wheater, Ricketts, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Petrov, Mark Davies, Ngog. Subs: Lynch, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Pratley, Boyata, O'Halloran, Riley /// Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Maxi, Henderson, Adam, Bellamy, Gerrard, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Coates, Kuyt, Downing, Carragher, Shelvey, Kelly
    • 17:00 And Reina is wary of the Ngog threat. "He is a great player," the Spain international said. "I remember saying to him he was not going to Bolton until after we'd played them in the first half of the season and that's what happened. He has been important for them, scoring a few goals, and he will be a threat, but they have plenty of other threats."
    • 16:55 David Ngog faces old club Liverpool for the first time since his £4million summer move to Bolton. The striker replaces Kevin Davies as the relegation-threatened Trotters look to improve a woeful home record at the Reebok Stadium. Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen has returned to training after a thigh injury but the Finn is not fit to return.
    • 16:50 Midfielder Jay Spearing misses out for Liverpool. The 23-year-old missed last week's goalless draw with Stoke with a hamstring injury and is not risked. Centre-back Daniel Agger returns after being rested which means Jamie Carragher is on the bench while striker Luis Suarez is still suspended.
    • 16:45 Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina is confident the squad will not allow dreams of Wembley interfere with a vital trip to Bolton. The Reds are just 90 minutes away from their first final in six years and face Man Urd next week but Reina said: "It definitely won't be difficult to put those games to the back of our minds because the first game is Bolton and is therefore the most important of all three. It is vital for us. We have to get some momentum going and keep winning games."
  • Summary

    • 83' EAGLES!! Hits a left-foot shot on the stretch that takes a touch off Skrtel and goes just wide!
    • 71' Downing sprints down the left and pulls back for CARROLL!! Makes a complete mess of the shot, sending it backwards to the edge of the box.
    • 70' Agger!! Hits a long-range effort that clips the top of the bar on its way over!
    • 50' GOAL! STEINSSON for Bolton! The corner is headed back across goal and drops to the Icelander, who hits a thumping half-volley into the corner!
    • 45+4' PETROV!! He absolutely smashes the free-kick, and Reina makes a superb save to deny him!
    • 37' GOAL!! BELLAMY PULLS ONE BACK! It's another bad goal to concede. The ball is flicked through the middle for Bellamy, who sprints past Knight and Wheater - and he finishes deftly past Bogdan. That Bolton clean sheet was never going to last.
    • 30' GOAL!! TWO FOR BOLTON! Reo-Coker makes an untracked run from midfield, receives the ball in from the right from Eagles, and his shot sneaks past Reina!
    • 29' Liverpool want a penalty as the ball hits Zat Knight on the arm!! No dice, says referee Friend. I think it would have been a harsh award.
    • 7' Eagles catches Jose Enrique in possession and bears down on goal... he pokes a low cross in front of goal but there is nobody there to turn it in!
    • 4' GOAL!! Mark Davies for Bolton!! He is allowed to run into the box, and places a left-foot finish in off the post! Where was the Liverpool challenge?
    • 17:05 TEAMS: Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Knight, Wheater, Ricketts, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Petrov, Mark Davies, Ngog. Subs: Lynch, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Pratley, Boyata, O'Halloran, Riley /// Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Maxi, Henderson, Adam, Bellamy, Gerrard, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Coates, Kuyt, Downing, Carragher, Shelvey, Kelly

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