Sunday May 13, 2012 Day 38 Finished Britannia Stadium

Stoke City 2 - 2 Bolton Wanderers

  • Walters 12’, 77’ (pen.)
  • Davies 39’
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  1. Bolton sent down by draw at Stoke

    Bolton sent down by draw at Stoke

    Bolton were relegated from the Premier League after a 2-2 draw against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. More

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    Time:90'
    • Stoke City
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • - Don't forget, you can watch highlights of this and every match from 00:01 on Monday morning.
    • - What an incredible finish to the season! Thanks for joining us for a thrilling day, and we'll see you in August!
    • - Worse heartbreak for Bolton now - City have scored twice in injury time to claim the title! QPR would have gone down had Bolton won here today!
    • 90'+4 BOLTON ARE DOWN!
    • 90'+2 So close for Ream! Great header from Petrov's corner stopped by a brilliant reaction save from Sorensen!
    • 90'+1 It's 2-2 at City v QPR!
    • 90' Four extra minutes for Bolton...
    • 89' Wild effort by Petrov as the ball comes out to him, sliced miles off target.
    • 89' Sordell shoots, winning another corner for Bolton... straight off for yet another...
    • 88' The corner is cleared, but another is won... QPR still lead City anyway.
    • 87' Bolton come straight back up the other end and win a corner...
    • 86' Jerome scores - 3-2 Stoke - but no, it's disallowed! The striker had edged offside, good call by the linesman.
    • 86' Petrov takes the free kick, but it's spun right into the hands of Sorensen.
    • 84' Blatant dive just outside the box by Ngog earns a yellow for Rob Huth.
    • 83' Good start by Sordell as he crosses and finds Lee, who has a clear sight of goal but blazes over.
    • 82' QPR still 2-1 up, Bolton still desperate for a winner, but now they'll look for it with Marvin Sordell instead of Kevin Davies.
    • 81' Chris Eagles comes off, Chung-Yong Lee replaces him for Bolton.
    • 80' Etherington tussles with Boyata on the left flank, Bolton end up winning a throw.
    • 79' It's all going horribly wrong for Bolton now, even if they score QPR are still (somehow) leading Manchester City 2-1. Owen Coyle looks furious.... but if you think he's angry now, wait until he sees the replays showing that Crouch was barely feathered by Bogdan's arm. Definitely looked like a dive.
    • 78' STOKE EQUALISE! Walters slots home from the spot with Bogdan going the right way but too late to prevent the thumped right-foot shot from striking home.
    • 77' PENALTY TO STOKE! Peter Crouch is through on goal but is tripped by Bogdan - suggestion of a dive, but Chris Foy points to the spot!
    • 76' Petrov and Eagles stand over the free kick... Petrov hits it beautifully, but it dips and swerves just past the right upright.
    • 75' Free kick to Bolton for a challenge by Wilkinson on Eagles, 35 yards out and dead in front of goal.
    • 74' Jerome out on the left flank for Stoke now, Tony Pulis's men showing off silky passing... right up until Reo-Coker steps in to steal the ball.
    • 73' Nice move by Bolton releases Petrov on the left, but his cross is intercepted by Huth.
    • 72' Half-chance for Stoke as Crouch has a dig from a tight angle outside the box on the right - it's a tricky low one, but Bogdan takes it well.
    • 71' Kevin Davies has a go at scoring a second miracle goal with a left-foot punt from 50 yards while Sorensen is off his line - not on target, though.
    • 70' Straight away Ngog earns a free kick as he's scythed down by Shawcross.
    • 70' First change for Bolton as Ngog comes on for Klasnic.
    • 69' Bolton come forward, but with no real cutting edge and Stoke close out the danger easily.
    • 68' Bolton fans around the ground have their heads in their hands... but on the pitch it's still Stoke who are pulling all the strings.
    • 67' QPR LEAD CITY 2-1! Bolton are headed for the Championship! City v QPR latest
    • 66' Petrov has a long-range effort from the left flank, maybe trying to 'do a Kevin Davies', but Sorensen takes it easily.
    • 66' Still 1-1 between City and QPR - as it stands Bolton are still going down...
    • 65' Stoke waste a long free kick into the box, Crouch failing to collect Huth's ball.
    • 64' Another change for Stoke, Upson coming off and Ryan Shotton coming on in his place.
    • 63' Bolton finally get up the Stoke end with Eagles and Klasnic combining well on the left, but Upson steps in to clear the danger confidently. He's looked excellent this afternoon.
    • 62' Stoke probe forwards yet again, Bogdan there this time to collect a floating ball in by Whelan for Crouch.
    • 61' Lovely work by Jerome to get into the box and cut back to Walters, but he's closed down by the men in black. Bolton hanging on.
    • 60' GREAT CHANCE FOR STOKE! A magical pass from Whelan puts Etherington into the box with a chance, but he can't keep his left-foot effort down and it goes just over the bar. Bogdan was well beaten if he'd hit the target...
    • 59' Down on the Bolton bench things are happening - Coyle is getting ready to bring on some fresh legs.
    • 58' QPR down to 10 men is good news for Bolton, but Stoke are increasingly on top here at the Britannia at the moment...
    • 57' It's all kicking off at City v QPR - Joey Barton has just been sent off, then goes bananas kicking Aguero, headbutting Kompany and trying to have a go at Balotelli!
    • 56' Jerome gets an accidental elbow in his face from Ricketts.
    • 55' Lovely move by Bolton sees Petrov slide the ball back to Klasnic, but the striker almost clatters it out of the stadium. Shocker....
    • 54' Mark Davies tries to get onto a long ball up the right but Shawcross is there to shepherd the ball off for a goal kick.
    • 53' Good chance for Jerome straight away! He gets onto a long ball into the box and stays on his feet well, but Ream blocks his shot nicely.
    • 52' Ricardo Fuller seems to have picked up a knock and is coming off - Cameron Jerome will play the last 40 mintues for Stoke.
    • 51' Bolton break, and it's a good chance for Petrov as he has a free shot at goal after running onto a pass from Eagles - it's just past the right upright and Petrov holds his face in disbelief...
    • 50' Half chance for Stoke as Shawcross gets on the end of a free kick into the box by Etherington, but he can only head it straight off the pitch.
    • 50' Terrible news for Bolton as QPR equalise at Manchester City! City v QPR - live!
    • 50' Bolton now win a corner, Eagles takes it but its collected safely by Sorensen.
    • 49' Eagles take the free kick from 35 yards and dead in front, but just clobbers it into the wall.
    • 48' Mark Davies wins a free kick; City still just 1-0 up on QPR by the way... Latest from every match.
    • 47' Dangerous moment for Bolton as Etherington crosses from the left for Crouch, but the ball is cut out by Tim Ream. Crouch then ruled offside anyway, even though he was a yard or two on.
    • 46' We're back in action at the Britannia Stadium, and somehow it feels like the surprises aren't yet done for the day.
    • - The whistle goes to bring the half to an end, and we've seen three of the craziest goals of the season so far - but Bolton wouldn't care if they'd had an assist from a beach ball, as it stands they are winning, QPR are losing, and Owen Coyle's men are on course to stay in the top flight.
    • 45'+2 Chris Eagles tries an ambitious lob to make it 3-1, but it floats off for a goal kick.
    • 45'+1 Astonishing stuff - Davies's 'shot' was almost certainly a cross, but Bolton fans don't care and they've cracked out their 'Great Escape' banner.
    • 45' UNBELIEVABLE GOAL FOR BOLTON! IT'S KEVIN DAVIES! An amazing long-range strike almost from the right touchline finds the top corner at the near post!
    • 44' Replays show that Davies's goal actually came as a defelection off his groin... Agony and ecstasy in one go!
    • 43' More good news for Bolton: Manchester City have scored against QPR, Bolton are right back in the hunt to escape relegation.
    • 42' Stoke win a corner and Walters goes down in the box, but no penalty.
    • 41' Davies didn't know a thing about that one - we've seen perhaps the two strangest goals of the season in the space of 45 minutes.
    • 40' BOLTON EQUALISE! AMAZING SCENES! A long clearance by Bogdan gets almost into the box, and Rob Huth's wild swipe to clear clatters off Mark Davies's shins and into the net!
    • 39' Sam Ricketts goes in the book for a late sliding challenge on Whitehead. Good job he jumped over that or his feet might well have been removed completely.
    • 38' Petrov regains the ball for Bolton and has another long-range crack from 5 yards outside the box, but he hooks wide of the right post.
    • 37' Bolton come forward once more and Sam Ricketts tries to lift the ball in, but it deflects into the air and Sorensen is underneath it.
    • 36' Stoke come back into the Bolton box, but Knight clears the danger.
    • 35' Sorensen's save from Klasnic looks better every time on the replay... Here comes Petrov with a free kick from 40 yards out, and Sorensen is there once again to take the ball safely.
    • 34' How did Bolton not get one back there? Breathless stuff...
    • 33' Klasnic! So close to an equaliser! The Bolton striker unleashes a stunning drive from just outside the box which is like a Cruise missile heading for the bottom corner... but Sorensen gets a palm to it and turns it round the right post.
    • 32' Kevin Davies hits the bar! The strikerg gets his head to a Petrov cross from the left and flips it over Sorensen, but it doesn't dip enough to go in - Bolton regain it and come again though...
    • 32' Peter Crouch ends up making a run up the left and cutting inside to shoot - it's a good strike but Bogdan is well placed and takes it comfortably.
    • 31' Bolton win a corner but it doesn't get past the first man, and Stoke break...
    • 30' Owen Coyle has calmed down marginally but he still looks pretty angry. Chris Foy not getting an Xmas card this year.
    • 29' Even Rob Huth is getting in on the action, the defender coming forward to have a crack at Bogdan from 35 yards. Nearer the corner flag than the goal, though.
    • 28' Peter Crouch tries to get on the end of an overhit pass, but it's a comedy moment as he ends up shepherding the ball off the pitch.
    • 27' Another good chance for Stoke, Dean Whitehead making a run up the right and crossing for Walters, who turns and shoots in the box but sees his effort drift wide of the left post.
    • 26' Bolton finally emerge from their own half after being pegged back for the last few minutes, but can't make anything happen. Posesssion is 61-39 in Stoke's favour so far...
    • 25' Andy Wilkinson takes a long throw in for Stoke which finds Whelan, but his sliced shot is closer to the half-way line than the goal. Yes, the half-way line. That really was not good.
    • 24' Wayne Rooney has put Manchester United 1-0 up elsewhere, QPR are still holding Man City 0-0. Follow every game live.
    • 23' Another corner for Stoke, conceded by Eagles - Whelan takes from the left, headed clear by Tim Ream.
    • 22' The corner is cleared to Glenn Whelan who takes a shot, but it's deflected off for another corner which is then squandered.
    • 21' Stoke come back upfield and win a corner, Fuller will take...
    • 20' Upson showed real class with that tackle in a dangerous position.
    • 19' Lovely 50-yard run from Chris Eagles into the box, but he ignores the simple pass to Klasnic for too long and gets taken out with a perfect tackle from Matthew Upson. Wonderful timing.
    • 18' Bolton's players look inspired by that injustice, and are pressing and running harder than ever.
    • 16' Replays show just how outrageous the decision was for the goal - it's clear the only reason Bogdan spilled it was because Walters sent him flying. It really is one of the worst refereeing decisions of the season.
    • 15' Eagles dithers over taking the corenr, while back on the bench Coyle is still raging about the goal. When it comes the corner is a poor one.
    • 14' GREAT CHACNE FOR STOKE! Sorensen spills a low cross by Petrov but Rob Huth is there to stop Eagles pouncing to stick it in the net!
    • 13' GOAL FOR STOKE! It's a shocker as a ball in from Etherington's cross from the right finds Walters, who bundles into Bogdan sending himself, the Stoke goalkeeper and the ball into the net. Bogdan had his hands on it but spilled it, and somehow Chris Foy claims that isn't a foul. Totally outrageous decision!
    • 12' Another great chance for Stoke as Etherington cuts into the box and hits a lovely left-foot rocket that is on target and stopped only by a theatrical dive by Bogdan.
    • 11' Solid chance for Crouch as Stoke win a throw, taken quickly by Whitehead to the big man who tries to float it into the top right corner but misses by inches...
    • 11' Stoke much the better side in this opening 10 minutes - Bolton are in for a nervy afternoon...
    • 10' The free kick by Petrov is a miserable mishit, blazed miles over the bar...
    • 9' Bolton come up the other end and win a free kick immediately, 35 yards out and dead in front. Petrov lines it up...
    • 8' Ryan Shawcross gets his head to the corner, but it goes off and the visiting fans breathe again.
    • 7' First proper chance of the match falls to Ricardo Fuller, who beats Boyata to cut into the box and forces Bogdan to save down to his right. Corner to Stoke!
    • 6' Etherington throws the ball into the box and Walters manages to get a foot on it, but it's a tame effort that's effectively a pass back to Adam Bogdan.
    • 5' Stoke's players are switching across the pitch straight away, Etherington trying to run up the right now and winning a throw.
    • 4' Stoke make it into the Bolton box as Crouch and Glenn Whelan link up, but an aimless hack clear by Zat Knight ends up clearing the trouble.
    • 3' Etherington now tries to run up the left but is cut out - it's a bright start from the hosts.
    • 2' Stoke come up to the Bolton box, with Jon Walters trying unsuccessfully to get a ball in from the right then Peter Crouch trying from the other flank.
    • 1' First move of the match is an attack by Bolton which ends prematurely as Chris Eagles slips on his backside.
    • 1' We're under way at the Britannia Stadium!
    • 14:59 Bolton are playing in an all-black second strip this afternoon; Stoke will kick off, Chris Foy is about to blow the whistle.
    • 14:58 Owen Coyle and Tony Pulis share a joke an a hug on the touchline before the match, with Coyle looking surprisingly chipper considering the axe that hangs over his team today.
    • 14:57 It's a stunning day in the Midlands for this match, with bright sunshine and a full house. What could be better!
    • 14:56 Stoke have lost Marc Wilson to back trouble, but Andy Wilkinson is fit after a groin problem and Dean Whitehead and Matthew Etherington are both back in action for the hosts.
    • 14:55 Zat Knight starts for Bolton today after David Wheater hobbled off injured against West Brom last week. Ivan Klasnic also starts up front for the Trotters following David Ngog's anonymous showing in that match last weekend.
    • 14:50 It's not just the relegation battle that is being decided today: the fight for European spots is intense as well, with Tottenham, Newcastle and Arsenal all duking it out for Champions League football. Final day permutations
    • 14:45 Bolton fans will want to keep abreast of what's happening at Eastlands this afternoon where QPR are trying to nick a point that would keep them up (barring a 10-0 victory by Bolton here this afternoon). Follow Man City v QPR live!
    • 14:43 The stats boffins over at Infostrada have just let us know that Stoke are fielding their oldest line-up of the year, with a positively jurassic average age of 30 years and 32 days.
    • 14:40 Tony Pulis's men will be in no mood to lie down this afternoon, though: the Potters are within touching distance of their best-ever points tally in the Premier League after an excellebnt season. Pulis: Top flight a dream for us
    • 14:35 The good news for Bolton fans is that Stoke are on an equally mediocre run, with just one win in their last 10 league matches. You can also add in the fact that Stoke have never won on the final day of a Premier League season.
    • 14:30 Bolton's form coming into this match is pretty much awful: they have won just once in their last seven matches, and threw away a 2-0 lead with 13 minutes left just last week to find themselves in this predicament. Premier League table
    • 14:25 Owen Coyle has total confidence in his men: "I truly believe we will," he stated on Friday when asked if Bolton would stay up. You have to think that City will do the first part of Bolton's job for them by beating QPR, so who knows? Coyle: Trotters up for challenge
    • 14:20 TEAMS - STOKE: Sorensen, Huth, Whelan, Fuller, Shawcross, Whitehead, Walters, Upson, Crouch, Etherington, Wilkinson. Subs: Begovic, Jones, Delap, Shotton, Jerome, Woodgate, Palacios. //// BOLTON: Bogdan, Boyata, Knight, Ream, Ricketts, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Mark Davies, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Klasnic. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Ngog, Chung-Yong, Sordell, Ryom Vela.
    • 14:15 Afternoon everybody - it's do-or-die time for Owen Coyle's Bolton side this afternoon at the Britannia Stadium. The Trotters must win and hope that QPR don't upset title favourites Manchester City if they are to stay up.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Stoke City v Bolton. The match kicks off at 3pm, but we'll have all the latest team news and build up from 45 minutes before then.
  • Summary

    • 90'+2 So close for Ream! Great header from Petrov's corner stopped by a brilliant reaction save from Sorensen!
    • 86' Jerome scores - 3-2 Stoke - but no, it's disallowed! The striker had edged offside, good call by the linesman.
    • 78' STOKE EQUALISE! Walters slots home from the spot with Bogdan going the right way but too late to prevent the thumped right-foot shot from striking home.
    • 77' PENALTY TO STOKE! Peter Crouch is through on goal but is tripped by Bogdan - suggestion of a dive, but Chris Foy points to the spot!
    • 60' GREAT CHANCE FOR STOKE! A magical pass from Whelan puts Etherington into the box with a chance, but he can't keep his left-foot effort down and it goes just over the bar. Bogdan was well beaten if he'd hit the target...
    • 51' Bolton break, and it's a good chance for Petrov as he has a free shot at goal after running onto a pass from Eagles - it's just past the right upright and Petrov holds his face in disbelief...
    • 45' UNBELIEVABLE GOAL FOR BOLTON! IT'S KEVIN DAVIES! An amazing long-range strike almost from the right touchline finds the top corner at the near post!
    • 44' Replays show that Davies's goal actually came as a defelection off his groin... Agony and ecstasy in one go!
    • 40' BOLTON EQUALISE! AMAZING SCENES! A long clearance by Bogdan gets almost into the box, and Rob Huth's wild swipe to clear clatters off Mark Davies's shins and into the net!
    • 33' Klasnic! So close to an equaliser! The Bolton striker unleashes a stunning drive from just outside the box which is like a Cruise missile heading for the bottom corner... but Sorensen gets a palm to it and turns it round the right post.
    • 32' Kevin Davies hits the bar! The strikerg gets his head to a Petrov cross from the left and flips it over Sorensen, but it doesn't dip enough to go in - Bolton regain it and come again though...
    • 27' Another good chance for Stoke, Dean Whitehead making a run up the right and crossing for Walters, who turns and shoots in the box but sees his effort drift wide of the left post.
    • 14' GREAT CHACNE FOR STOKE! Sorensen spills a low cross by Petrov but Rob Huth is there to stop Eagles pouncing to stick it in the net!
    • 13' GOAL FOR STOKE! It's a shocker as a ball in from Etherington's cross from the right finds Walters, who bundles into Bogdan sending himself, the Stoke goalkeeper and the ball into the net. Bogdan had his hands on it but spilled it, and somehow Chris Foy claims that isn't a foul. Totally outrageous decision!
    • 12' Another great chance for Stoke as Etherington cuts into the box and hits a lovely left-foot rocket that is on target and stopped only by a theatrical dive by Bogdan.
    • 11' Solid chance for Crouch as Stoke win a throw, taken quickly by Whitehead to the big man who tries to float it into the top right corner but misses by inches...
    • 7' First proper chance of the match falls to Ricardo Fuller, who beats Boyata to cut into the box and forces Bogdan to save down to his right. Corner to Stoke!
    • 14:20 TEAMS - STOKE: Sorensen, Huth, Whelan, Fuller, Shawcross, Whitehead, Walters, Upson, Crouch, Etherington, Wilkinson. Subs: Begovic, Jones, Delap, Shotton, Jerome, Woodgate, Palacios. //// BOLTON: Bogdan, Boyata, Knight, Ream, Ricketts, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Mark Davies, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Klasnic. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Ngog, Chung-Yong, Sordell, Ryom Vela.

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