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Match Report: Bolton Wanderers 0 - 2 Everton (Bolton Fan's Perspective)

By Rob
Monday 28th November 2011
Everton became the latest team to walk away from the Reebok Stadium with all three points thanks to two second half goals, helped no end by Bolton Wanderers being reduced to ten men inside 20 minutes with the fastest red card of the current Premier League season.

Wanderers find themselves deep in a relegation battle having now lost 10 out of their 13 league fixtures this season, and with their performances leaving little hope of survival for Trotters fans.

The home side started the meeting with Everton brightly, Chris Eagles causing the opposition defence troubles and Ivan Klasnic forcing a good save out of goalkeeper Tim Howard.

But Bolton's gameplan evaporated with the dismissal of David Wheater after just 19 minutes. Wheater took a heavy touch on the ball and caught Diniyar Bilyaletdinov late after the winger nicked the ball away from him. Whether it warranted a red card is debatable, it was an honest attempt to go for the ball and while he didn't win the ball there was no malice in the challenge - so realistically a yellow card was probably the fairest result. But then again, this is modern day football with modern day referees who want to be seen as the centre of attention, regardless of whether they ruin the football matches they are in charge of.

From that moment on Bolton never realistically stood a chance in the game, yet Everton failed to threaten the hosts' goal until they scored four minutes after half-time through Marouane Fellaini.

From that point on Wanderers faced a huge uphill task to rescue anything out of the game and could have fallen further behind as Everton threatened to double their lead through chances for Louis Saha and Tim Cahill. But the key man on the day was marauding left-back Leighton Baines, who caused the Wanderers defence all sorts of problems.

Bolton could, and perhaps should, have found a way back into the game when Eagles sent Klasnic free of the defence and fired at goal from the left edge of the box but saw his shot saved by the legs of Howard.

But Everton finally put the game to bed when Cahill squared the ball across the box for super sub Apostolos Vellios to tap home from close range 12 minutes from time.

A good win for Everton sees them begin to produce some consistent winning form, but realistically it was yet another home Bolton performance and a red card decision that handed the game on a plate to the visitors.

The home side find themselves really in the mire, with a horrible run of form most thought would be rectified after a very tough opening to the season seemingly continuing. Even the 5-0 defeat of Stoke City a few weeks ago doesn't seem to have changed things, the side are still lacking creativity, cutting edge and a lack of defensive discipline that is hurting them sorely. With an horrendously long injury list and suspensions adding to a visit to the in-form Tottenham Hotspurs next week, the woeful run looks set to continue for at least one more match.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskalainen; Robinson, Cahill, Knight, Wheater; M Davies, Muamba (Pratley 61), Reo-Coker (Steinsson 71), Eagles; Davies (Tuncay 71), Klasnic. Unused subs: Bogdan, Petrov, Kakuta, O'Halloran.

Everton: Howard; Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines; Coleman, Fellaini, Osman, Bilyaletdinov (Gueye 90+1); Cahill (Barkley 88); Saha (Vellios 74). Unused subs: Mucha, Mustafi, Stracqualursi, McAleny.

Goals: Fellaini (49), Vellios (78)
Rob

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