Premier League - Bolton pounce to beat Wolves

Wed, 02 Feb 22:25:00 2011

A terrible back-pass right at the death from Ronald Zubar gave Daniel Sturridge his first goal for Bolton in a dramatic 1-0 win over Wolves at the Reebok Stadium.

With seconds left of injury time and the match seemingly headed for a goalless draw, Zubar committed the unforgivable as he rolled a back pass toward the goalkeeper granting Sturridge the opportunity to pounce.

Anticipating the mistake, the on-loan Chelsea striker latched onto the ball and side-footed his effort past a helpless Wayne Hennessey who up until that point had kept Wolves in the game.

Sturridge's goal came just minutes after Wolves striker Kevin Doyle had seen his deflected effort crash into the upright and bounce back out to safety.

Chances were few and far between in a match which lacked any real quality, but it was the visitors who should have taken an early lead through Matt Jarvis in the 11th minute.

The Wolves forward sprung the offside trap after latching onto a delightful long ball, but Jussi Jaaskelainen did just enough when one-on-one to force Jarvis to direct his shot wide of the post.

Bolton had an opportunity of their own seven minutes later when Chung-Yong Lee's dangerous cross from the right was met by Matt Taylor who struck his shot hard and low. Hennessey was equal to the effort, using his feet to get the ball away to safety.

As the teams emerged from the tunnels for the second-half, urgency was lacking and it wasn't until the 59th minute that Hennessey was again called into action.

A threat down the right wing all night, Lee put in another cross which caused Wolves defender Christophe Berra all sorts of trouble and he almost put the ball into the back of his own net but for Hennessey who made an instinctive save.

As both Owen Coyle and Mick McCarthy looked on Kevin Doyle nearly stole the show in the 88th minute when he motored across goal and pulled the trigger.

Taking a wicked deflection off left-back Paul Robinson, the ball floated towards goal, but luck was on the Trotters's side as it hit the post flush and bounced back out to safety.

A draw would have suited both teams as the game neared it's completion, but Zubar's unforgivable back pass with just seconds of stoppage time remaining ended any chance Wolves had of a point.

It was Bolton's second win over Wolverhampton this season and the first time the Trotters have completed a league double over Wolves since playing in the 2000/01 Championship season.

The three points come as great relief to Coyle's men after failing to record a win in their previous five Premier League matches.

Bolton now move up to eighth on the table with 33 points and are within striking distance of Liverpool in seventh.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has a number of worries for his side, who sit rock bottom on 21 points.

Things will not get any easier for Wolverhampton when they take on Manchester United and Arsenal in their next two matches. Bolton meanwhile will take confidence into their game against Tottenham on Saturday.

Mark Pangallo / Eurosport

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