Saturday April 28, 2012 Day 36 Finished Stadium of Light

Sunderland 2 - 2 Bolton Wanderers

  • Bendtner 36’
  • McClean 55’
  • Davies 26’, 71’

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  1. Bolton hopes hit by draw

    Bolton hopes hit by draw

    Bolton's fight for Premier League survival was dealt a blow when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sunderland
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • - A very fair point apiece after a hard-fought match this afternoon - but it's a point that does Bolton few favours as they fight to stay in the top flight.
    • 90'+5 One more corner for Bolton... cleared straight out by Colback, and the whistle goes for the end of the match.
    • 90'+4 Wayne Bridge almost gives away a winner! His blunder sends Klasnic clean through but the striker's effort is stopped by a diving Gordon.
    • 90'+4 The ball is whipped in by Petrov but Turner heads it clear.
    • 90'+4 Final chance for Bolton as Bridge concedes a corner under pressure from Miyaichi...
    • 90'+3 Ream hammers it in and Kevin Davies is there to flick it on, but nobody can get onto the end of it.
    • 90'+2 Bolton win a free kick as Colback hauls down Kevin Davies - this will be a long one into the box...
    • 90'+1 Sub Wayne Bridge tries to make something happen up the left, but slips over just as he's getting into the box.
    • 89' Four extra minutes to play, impossible to call this as tired players slog end to end...
    • 87' Great chance for Klasnic as he gets onto a nod down by Kevin Davies and forces an instinctive stop by Gordon.
    • 86' Bolton get up field for the first time in a good five minutes...
    • 85' This could be just Bolton's fourth draw of the season unless one of the teams can find a late winner - not looking likely at the moment...
    • 84' Kevin Davies covers back to deny Sunderland a corner kick - tireless at both ends, the man is something of a marvel at his age.
    • 83' Sessegnon now does win a free kick just outside the box on the left.
    • 82' Sunderland pushing into the box and Sessegnon tries to claim a spot kick after a challenge by Boyata.
    • 81' Wayne Bridge comes on for Kilgallon.
    • 80' Josh Vela comes on, Reo-Coker off for Bolton.
    • 79' Anyone's game now - both sets of players look tired.
    • 78' Fantastic chance missed by Kevin Davies! The Bolton forward is clear and in possession on the penalty spot, but loses his bearings and almost trips over his feet before he can get a shot away. He ends up nudging to Klasnic, who shoots wide of the left post.
    • 77' Great chance for Sunderland as Cattermole wins it and finds Bendtner in the box, but again his first chance lets him down.
    • 76' Petrov hits on the break with Klasnic waiting in the middle, but there's not enough support for him and Sunderland close him down.
    • 75' O'Shea and Elmohamaday link up beautifully on the right, the latter crosses for Bendtner and only a great block by Wheater keeps him out.
    • 74' Miyaichi tries a long-range effort for Bolton, it's straight off for a goal kick.
    • 72' O'Neill brings on Ahmed Elmohamady to inject some freshness.
    • 71' Total sucker punch for Sunderland as Sam Ricketts' cross finds Davies clear at the far post, and the veteran makes no mistake nodding back across the goal and past Gordon!
    • 70' BOLTON BACK IN THE GAME! It's Kevin Davies with the equaliser!
    • 69' Frazier Campbell down with an apparent cramp - not a great sign with over 20 minutes left.
    • 68' Nice opening for the Black Cats and Bendtner ends up on the ball in the middle of the box, but his first touch is a poor one and he loses the chance to shoot.
    • 67' Sunderland beginning to boss the game again, fniding all the space...
    • 66' Half chance on the break for Sunderland but Kevin Davies tracks back to clear the danger; Sunderland get it back and Campbell has a decent effort from just outside the box that floats just over the bar.
    • 65' Eagles and N'Gog off for Bolton, Klasnic and Miyaichi on. Eagles has looked excellent but seems to be limping, that's a big blow.
    • 64' O'Shea ends up with the ball in the box but fails with his audacious effort to turn and shoot.
    • 63' Sunderland trying to frustrate Bolton now, keeping the ball well and Colback wins a corner by forcing Boyata into a tackle in the box.
    • 62' Petrov wins a corner for Bolton, delivered well to Wheater but the big defender can't keep it down.
    • 61' Sunderland hit on the break with Sessegnon charging up the left, but the Frenchman's ball across is poor.
    • 60' Sam Ricketts pumps a long one into the box, taken well by Gordon.
    • 59' Chris Eagles absolutely tireless trying to make something happen, and he wins a free kick from Bardsley at the corner flag. No! The ref has bizarrely given it the other way. Mad decision.
    • 58' Bolton are pushing everyone forward now - it's desperate measures.
    • 57' Owen Coyle has his head in his hands. It all started so well this afternoon, he doesn't seem to know how this is happening...
    • 56' That's a massive blow for Bolton in the context of the relegation dogfight. Wigan are 4-0 up at Newcastle, incidentally.
    • 55' GOAL! It'S McClean! He's thundered the free kick so hard that it simply flew through Bogdan's arms, an outrageous strike!
    • 55' Mark Davies puts in a tackle so late on Sessegnon that even Easyjet would be ashamed of it. Free kick dead in front, 23 yards out...
    • 54' It's Eagles who floats the ball in, but O'Shea heads it clear.
    • 53' Eagles forces Bardsley into conceding a corner.
    • 52' A slower pace to this second half so far, Sunderland seeming to sit back and soak it all up at the moment.
    • 51' Davies tries to make a run onto a long ball but is judged offside - a marginal call, but replay suggests it was the correct one.
    • 50' Chris Eagles tries a cheeky effort with nothing much on just outside the box, but Gordon is right behind it.
    • 49' Bolton are pushing upfield much more at the moment - Boyata is playing almost as a winger from the looks of it.
    • 48' Bardsley only has himself to blame: he was jumping to head Petrov's free kick cross and misjudged the flight.
    • 47' Bardsley is down with a nosebleed after being clobbered in the face by the ball - he's being patched up now.
    • 46' We're back in action at the Stadium of Light, can Bolton regain the initiative? It says everything that they had 60% of the possession in the first 25 minutes, but ended up with just 42% of it for the half. That's how dominant Sunderland became.
    • - A decent half of football: Bolton were all over their hosts in the early stages and well worth their lead, but the last 20 minutes of the period Sunderland could have had three or four goals. We'll be back in a bit with the second half.
    • 45'+2 The corner is deflected straight off and straight after the goal kick Lee Probert blows up for half-time.
    • 45'+1 FABULOUS SAVE BY GORDON! N'Gog and Kevin Davies link up on the break and N'Gog's mishit shot almost bounces over the keeper, but the Sunderland keeper does just enough to tip it onto the bar.
    • 45' Chris Eagles tries to break and wins a free kick, but it's confidently taken by Gordon.
    • 44' Bardsley whips it in and Sessegnon ends up picking the ball up on the far side, but nobody gets on to the end of his cross.
    • 43' Nice work by McClean on the left and he wins a corner. Another good chance for the Black Cats...
    • 42' Bardsley takes it's headed clear by Kevin Davies.
    • 41' Free kick to Sunderland as Cattermole is brought down by N'Gog, 35 yards out and on the left.
    • 40' The game calms down a little after that frenetic burst of action, Sunderland still in the ascendancy and looking for gaps.
    • 39' Replays show Bolton were lucky: the ball clearly hit Tim Ream's arm which was thrown high, but it would have been a harsh call.
    • 38' It's all happening now! Sunderland denied a handball claim in a melee in the box, then Bogdan is forced to make a great stop from O'Shea.
    • 37' Lovely team move: the Dane got onto a perfect pass from Colback, and was given all the space in the world by the defence to slot home past Adam Bogdan.
    • 36' GOAL FOR SUNDERLAND! It's Nicklas Bendtner!
    • 36' Cattermole goes into the book for a late, sliding tackle on Mark Davies. If he'd made better contact that could even have been red.
    • 35' Bolton hit on the break and Ricketts has a crack from long range that is the spitting image of Jonny Wilkinson's last-minute winner for Toulon last night.
    • 34' Magical move by Campbell! He beats two men, cuts in and passes to the unmarked Sessegnon to bury it... but the Frenchman's appalling first touch sends the ball straight to the defence.
    • 33' Fraizer Campbell comes into the match for the first time... but goes straight out of it as his 'cross' from the right ends up in the third row.
    • 32' McClean's ball into the box is a tricky one that O'Shea gets to, flicking towards the bottom corner... but it's just wide of the left post! Great effort.
    • 31' Sunderland win a free kick as Reo-Coker takes out Cattermole, 40 yards out and just to the right.
    • 30' Bolton trying a slower build-up that falters when Petrov overhits his cross all the way over the other side of the pitch.
    • 29' Sessgnon is wincing after Ricketts trod on his hand - accidentally, but boy that looked sore.
    • 28' Sessegnon has a penalty claim dismissed, but if he'd been trying to score rather than looking for a spot kick Lee Probert might have been more inclined to give that one.
    • 27' A lightning move by Bolton upfield sees Petrov cross in from the left, the ball finding Davies at the far post to lash home a first-time volley that leaves Gordon no chance.
    • 26' GOAL! Kevin Davies scores for Bolton!
    • 26' Sunderland rush upfield and Bardsley brings the ball into the box, but Boyata closes him down and clears upfield.
    • 25' Nice work by Davies to win the ball in the centre, passes out to Petrov who crosses in and finds N'Gog, but the striker's header is well off target.
    • 24' Loudest voice in the stadium: Owen Coyle. You can probably hear him from wherever you are. Screaming so much sounds like he'll be hoarse by half-time!
    • 23' N'Gog picks up the ball just outside the box but inadvertently controls it with his hand to see the chance come to naught.
    • 22' Bardsley cuts in from the left and tries a shot from the corner of the box, but it comes back off the first defender.
    • 21' Sunderland are getting into this match more and more at the moment after a sluggish start.
    • 20' Bolton's Kevin Davies gives away his second foul of the match, much to the anger of the Sunderland fans who boo roundly.
    • 19' Bad news elsewhere for Bolton: Wigan are 2-0 up against Newcastle. Every game live!
    • 18' Ricketts immediately puts in another bad challenge, free kick from the right touchline... but it's headed clear by Boyata.
    • 17' Colback makes a run towards the box but is brought down by Ricketts - no foul says the ref, the fans do not agree.
    • 16' Sunderland come up the other end and win a corner, Bardsley takes it... and it's nodded clear by Reo-Coker.
    • 15' Lovely little move by Bolton as Mark Davies combines with Chris Eagles to get into the box and on the ball - but the linesman says it's offside.
    • 14' Kevin Davies lucky to escape a booking as he scythes James McClean down. He got a bit of the ball, in fairness.
    • 13' First shot for Sunderland as they break upfield and it's Bendtner, who cuts in from the left onto his right foot and curls it wide of the right post.
    • 12' Another chance straight away for Bolton as Petrov has a crack, but his strike from deep in the box is blocked by a diving John O'Shea.
    • 12' Mark Davies finds some space to have a crack from range, but he stubs his foot slightly in the shot and it's an easy stop for Gordon.
    • 11' Stunning sunshine in Sunderland, incidentally, but not as bright as this good start by Bolton.
    • 10' Nice strike by Reo-Coker there, but Gordon had it well covered.
    • 9' Reo-Coker gets back on the ball, shaking off Colback and Bardsley and unleashing a fierce shot from over 25 yards that whizzes by the right post.
    • 8' Reo-Coker tries to make a run up the right flank but he's cut out by Jack Colback.
    • 7' Chance falls for N'Gog who gets on the end of a ball launched high into the box - he gets a foot to it but his effort is blocked by Kilgallon.
    • 6' First move upfield for Sunderland with Sessegnon trying to make something happen, but he's closed down by Mark Davies.
    • 5' Bolton making all the running so far...
    • 4' Chris Eagles takes the free kick but it neither curls enough to find the bottom corner nor gives Bolton's strikers a chance to latch onto it at the far post.
    • 3' First attacking move is by Bolton who win a throw on the left flank - it's launched in by Ricketts but cleared away, only for Eagles to come back in and win a free kick just outside the box.
    • 2' Gordon's first touch is a kick clear from the box - let's hope he proves he's worth, because at his best he's a great talent as this video of his greatest ever save shows.
    • 1' We kick off at the Stadium of Light.
    • 14:59 The players are on the pitch and being introduced over the tannoy, with Craig Gordon getting a huge round of applause from the home fans. Gordon's contract is up in the summer, and he's been given this chance to persuade O'Neill that he is worth a new deal.
    • 14:57 The good news for Bolton in the relegation scrap is that they have a game in hand over their rivals for the drop; the bad news is that it's against Champions League-chasing Tottenham. That clash takes place on Wednesday.
    • 14:55 Sunderland have the tightest home defence in the league in this calendar year so far: they have conceded just three goals at the Stadium of Light since New Year's Day.
    • 14:52 Today's ref is Lee Probert, officially the top flight's least card-happy referee, who has dished out just 2.3 cards per game.
    • 14:50 Nicklas Bendtner starts up front today for Sunderland against a side who are his favourite opponents: he has netted three times against the Trotters.
    • 14:45 Whatever happens this afternoon we can almost certainly expect a positive result: Bolton have not drawn a match in their last 22 away matches in the league, and are on course to match Chelsea's 1997-98 record of recording just three draws in a Premier League season.
    • 14:40 Sunderland goalie Craig Gordon makes his first top flight appearance of the season for Sunderland, indeed it's his first since February 2011 against Tottenham. He has failed to keep a clean sheet in each of his last five appearances in the division. (Opta)
    • 14:35 Still, Bolton couldn't have picked a much better time to try and get a result: the Black Cats are on a dreary run at the moment, with four draws and a defeat in their last five league games. As if that weren't enough they failed to score in their last four matches.
    • 14:30 The omens don't look too good for Bolton today: Sunderland have won five successive Premier League meetings with Wanderers, and Owen Coyle has yet to see his men score in two visits to this ground as Bolton boss.
    • 14:25 TEAMS: Sunderland: Gordon, O'Shea, Turner, Kilgallon, Bardsley, Campbell, Cattermole, Colback, McClean, Bendtner, Sessegnon. Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Vaughan, Ji, Meyler, Kyrgiakos, Elmohamady. //// Bolton: Bogdan, Boyata, Ream, Wheater, Ricketts, Reo-Coker, Mark Davies, Petrov, Eagles, Ngog, Kevin Davies. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Knight, Klasnic, Sordell, Miyaichi, Vela.
    • 14:20 Sunderland have nothing left to play for this season, but Owen Coyle's Bolton are deep in the relegation mire and are in desperate need of a win this afternoon. Premier League table
    • 14:15 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of this Premier League clash between Sunderland and Bolton at the Stadium of Light.
  • Summary

    • 90'+4 Wayne Bridge almost gives away a winner! His blunder sends Klasnic clean through but the striker's effort is stopped by a diving Gordon.
    • 87' Great chance for Klasnic as he gets onto a nod down by Kevin Davies and forces an instinctive stop by Gordon.
    • 78' Fantastic chance missed by Kevin Davies! The Bolton forward is clear and in possession on the penalty spot, but loses his bearings and almost trips over his feet before he can get a shot away. He ends up nudging to Klasnic, who shoots wide of the left post.
    • 77' Great chance for Sunderland as Cattermole wins it and finds Bendtner in the box, but again his first chance lets him down.
    • 70' BOLTON BACK IN THE GAME! It's Kevin Davies with the equaliser!
    • 55' GOAL! It'S McClean! He's thundered the free kick so hard that it simply flew through Bogdan's arms, an outrageous strike!
    • 55' Mark Davies puts in a tackle so late on Sessegnon that even Easyjet would be ashamed of it. Free kick dead in front, 23 yards out...
    • 45'+1 FABULOUS SAVE BY GORDON! N'Gog and Kevin Davies link up on the break and N'Gog's mishit shot almost bounces over the keeper, but the Sunderland keeper does just enough to tip it onto the bar.
    • 38' It's all happening now! Sunderland denied a handball claim in a melee in the box, then Bogdan is forced to make a great stop from O'Shea.
    • 36' GOAL FOR SUNDERLAND! It's Nicklas Bendtner!
    • 34' Magical move by Campbell! He beats two men, cuts in and passes to the unmarked Sessegnon to bury it... but the Frenchman's appalling first touch sends the ball straight to the defence.
    • 32' McClean's ball into the box is a tricky one that O'Shea gets to, flicking towards the bottom corner... but it's just wide of the left post! Great effort.
    • 26' GOAL! Kevin Davies scores for Bolton!
    • 9' Reo-Coker gets back on the ball, shaking off Colback and Bardsley and unleashing a fierce shot from over 25 yards that whizzes by the right post.
    • 7' Chance falls for N'Gog who gets on the end of a ball launched high into the box - he gets a foot to it but his effort is blocked by Kilgallon.
    • 14:25 TEAMS: Sunderland: Gordon, O'Shea, Turner, Kilgallon, Bardsley, Campbell, Cattermole, Colback, McClean, Bendtner, Sessegnon. Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Vaughan, Ji, Meyler, Kyrgiakos, Elmohamady. //// Bolton: Bogdan, Boyata, Ream, Wheater, Ricketts, Reo-Coker, Mark Davies, Petrov, Eagles, Ngog, Kevin Davies. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Knight, Klasnic, Sordell, Miyaichi, Vela.

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