Match Report
Bolton Wanderers 0 - 0 Southampton
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Bolton Wanderers - Southampton
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By Graham Hiley

Antti Niemi recovered from his mi nor groin injury to take over from Paul Jones in goal.
Paul Telfer returned on the right of midfield with Fabrice Fernandes left out of the 16 altogether along with Neil McCann following recent disappointing displays.
Their places were taken by David Prutton and Leandre Griffit who were both on the bench.

Bolton were still without both centre-backs with Emerson Thome not yet fit so former Saints favourite Simon Charlton continued in the centre.
Kevin Davies led the attack aganst his old club and Youri Djorkaeff was still sidelined by injury.

Saints: Niemi, Dodd, Lundekvam, M Svensson, Le Saux, Telfer, Delap, A Svensson, Marsden, Beattie, Phillips (Higginbotham 85). Subs: Griffit, Ormerod, Prutton, Jones.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Hunt, Ngotty, Charlton, Gardner, Frandsen, Campo, Okocha, Nolan, Davies (Jardel 67), Stelios (Pedersen 74). Subs: Barness, Ba, Poole.
Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorks) Attendance: 25,619

It was cold and overcast but dry and the first attempt on goal came from the home side on four minutes.
Gardner hit a long diagonal crossfield ball to Davies on the right. The flag stayed down and he put a controlled header into the path of Nolan who hammered it first time from 30 yards. The effort flew narrowly over the bar though Niemi had it covered.

Dodd was judged to have fouled Nolan 25 yards as the pair collided on eight minutes and his annoyance was compounded when he was booked.
However there was no further punishment as Okocha clipped the free-kick well over.

Campo's header was an easy take for Niemi from a long throw on the left.
The keeper's first real save came after 13 minutes when Michael Svensson was mugged in midfield by Frandsen who found Okocha.
The Nigerian steadied himself and hammered a powerful low 25-yard shot on the run but Niemi dived left to smother safely.

Phillips drew the foul from Ngotty 30 yards out. Beattie's powerful free-kick deflected off the wall and flashed past the left post for a corner.
The kick by Anders Svensson on left went low across goal with no-one able to get a touch.

Almost immediately Bolton won a free-kick 28 yards out on 18 minutes. It was teed up for Okocha who clipped it powerfully over the wall and towards the top left corner.
But Niemi hurled himself full-length to reachi it with a specatacular tip over the bar. Beattie strongly headed away the corner.

Ngotty just won a race with Beattie for a lofted ball forward by Anders Svensson and then Davies was disappointed to chip weakly into the arms of Niemi when in space on the edge of the area.
After 26 minutes Campo was booked for tripping Beattie on the right edge of the area just as the Saints striker was about to shoot on a run at goal.

It was almost exactly the same position from where Le Saux scored a defelcted free-kick at Bristol City recenlty.
Once again he lined up but this time his shot hit the wall and bounced away.

Phillips was unable to get a controlled shot from a low cross by Beattie on the right. A free-kick by Jaaskelainen for a push by Beattie was flicked on well by Davies towards Nolan but Le Saux kicked clear.

Niemi saved to his right from Frandsen but the flag was up for a foul by Nolan.
Anders Svensson delayed his pass beautifully to allow Beattie to run through from deep and beat the offside.
He timed it to perfection but Gardner just managed to beat him to the ball which would have given the Saints striker a clear run at goal.

Marsden's cross from the left picked out Telfer in space beyond the far post but his cross-shot was defected wide.
Bolton broke from the corner to win one of their own but Beattie headed clear. In injury-time Okocha did well to keep the ball in but his cross was headed straight at Niemi by Campo.

Half-time: Bolton 0 Saints 0

In the opening minute of the second half, Lundekvam brought the ball out of defence smoothly and slipped a diagonal pass for Beattie up the right.
He hared past Gardner and hit a strong low cross towards Phillips but Jaaskelainen cut it out well.

The home fans shouted for handball as a Davies cross hit the chest of Le Saux in the box and the follow-up was hit straight at Niemi by Campo.
Marsden and Beattie combined to give Telfer a run through the inside right channel. It opened up for a shot but the 25-yard effort flew wide of the near post.

Okocha's skills were quite out of keeping with the rest of the game and he lit it up again on 54 minutes with a powerful shot from the right edge of the area.
But in his own way Niemi was also entertaining and again he matched the Nigerian with another fingertip save.

Telfer's quick throw found Phillips racing through the inside right channel and his shot on the run drew Jaaskelainen's first real save with charlton heading the rebound behind for a corner.
The game suddenly burst into life and Phillips could not quite connect cleanly in front of goal from a header down by Delap.

Bolton broke and Okocha found Nolan in space down the right and with support coming up fast.
He squared for Frandsen whose mis-kick went for Stelios to slot home from six yards but he was well offside and the flag went up immediately. 

Saints went close again after 61 minutes when Beattie hammered a 28-yard inside right free-kick past the wall but the keeper saved to his left.
Michael Svensson was booked for a foul on Nolan. The chipped free-kick sould have given Davies a free header but he failed to connect and Niemi gathered.

Jardel replaced former Saints striker Davies on 67 minutes and three minutes later Phillips nodded just wide of the left post.
Jardel then hooked a tame angled shot into the arms of the keeper before Pedersen came on for Stelios with 16 minutes to go.

Campo's 25-yard effort was too hot for Niemi to hold but he reacted quickly to gather the rebound.
There was a loud shout for a penalty as Pedersen's header appeared to strike the arm of Dodd as he jumped but referee Webb waved play on.

Gardner's 25-yard shot was so far wide it almost hit the corner flag and then Pedersen won a corner off Dodd. Again Beattie headed clear.
Bolton should have taken the lead with eight minutes to go when Okocha made a super surging run through the middle and slipped a cute diagonal pass for Jardel in space to the right of goal.
But with the goal at his mercy the Brazilian tried too hard to place it and clipped the shot past the angle of left post and bar.

With five minutes left Saints were reduced to 10 men when Michael Svensson was controversially sent off for a second bookable offence.
As Okocha prepared to take a free-kick, there was a lot of jostling for position.
Jardel appeared to push Graeme Le Saux and then fell to the ground heavily as Michael Svensson jumped in and gave a light push.Tthe linesman instantly flagged and summoned the referee.

After a long consultation, Howard Webb booked both players but the Swede's yellow was followed by a red. It was probably worth a booking but the Brazilian certainly made a meal of it
Saints immediately replaced him by sending on Higginbotham at the expense of Phillips. Michael Svensson will now miss the home game against Chelsea with a one-match ban.

In injury-time Pedersen just failed to connect with a header in front of goal as Saints clung on for a point.

 Full-time: Bolton 0 Saints 0





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