Sunday, 6 November 2011

Match Report Bolton 5 Stoke 0

Bolton hammered five past Stoke without reply to gain sweet revenge for last season's FA Cup semi-final defeat by the same opponents. Ivan Klasnic and Chris Eagles both struck twice at the Reebok Stadium as struggling Bolton claimed the first points of their campaign on their home ground, while captain Kevin Davies also got on the scoresheet. The Potters, no doubt drained from Thursday's Europa League trip to Tel Aviv, controversially went behind after two minutes. First referee Howard Webb penalised Asmir Begovic for a back pass after Glenn Whelan lobbed the ball into his own area and Matthew Upson left it to the goalkeeper. The Potters had barely had time to contest the decision before Klasnic grabbed the ball and a tapped a quick free-kick for Davies to roll into an unguarded net. Bolton doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when Eagles brilliantly fired into the bottom corner from a tight angle and the home side made it three-nil when Klasnic swept home a left-footed shot from the edge of the area. The fourth goal came in the 73rd minute. Kevin Davies flicked a long ball into the path of Klasnic and the Croatian instantly touched on for Eagles to race through and slip the ball home before Wanderers grabbed a fifth nine minutes from time when Klasnic diverted a David Wheater header past Begovic.

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