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Bolton 3 - Stoke 1

Reebok Stadium

16th August 2008

Attendance: 22,717

Bolton Flops Go Top

Bolton breezed past Stoke City with a display of scintillating football in the opening game at the Reebok. Sadly, the previous sentence is a lie. The victory was more to do with luck and incompetence by the visitors than any enterprising play by the home team.

The first goal was an accident and the second and third came from appalling defensive work. It is the mark of Gary Megson's relentless negativity that with a winning lead against this season's Premier League whipping boys he chose not to contest the second half.

The win is welcome, especially after last year's horror show against Newcastle. But as an indicator of how the Wanderers will do this time round, it's about as useful as the pre-season friendly at Doncaster.

Star Player

Johan Elmander.

Player Ratings


Jussi Jaaskelainen 6

Had little to do.

Gretar Stenisson 7

Was untroubled defensively and a threat going forward.

Jlloyd Samuel 6

One of his better games.

Kevin Nolan 6

Good pass to Stenisson for the opener but too often anonymous.

Gary Cahill 7

Stood off for Stoke's goal

Andy O'Brien 6

Struggled to deal with Dave Kitson

Matt Taylor 3

The worst performance by someone wearing a Bolton shirt in a long time. A sluggish, flat-footed, lightweight headless chicken.

Joey O'Brien 7

Performed competently but his speed of thought and vision needs to improve.

Johan Elmmander 8

An impressive debut. Elamander is neat, compact and a willing runner.

Fabrice Muamba 6

Started poorly but improved as the game went on. Doesn't know where he should be playing. Neither does anyone else.

Kevin Davies 6

Did well with the goal despite the close attentions of Stoke's defenders. Ineffective on the right.

Gavin McCann 5

Didn't actually touch the ball.




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The Journalist

Writer: Richard McCormick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 17 2008

Time: 1:26PM

Your Comments

Absolute *****e match report. Don't think you were there.
Geruish
Good report. At last, someone seeing it like it really is.
FrankieW
I'd rather the truth than pointless hyperbole just because we managed to get the three points. Good work!
Bamberini
Finally a Wanderers fan i can get on board with..........this match report was proven by the facts. After 45 Mins u had had 3 shots (3 goals) and after 80 mins u had still only had 3 shots!! Stke are absolutely SH*T......dont be lolled in to a false sense of security, it's not like you went to Goodison and won!!??? ha ha
mani13963
 

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