Bolton's Ivan Klasnic celebrates his late winner against Everton
By Les Roopanarine
Bolton marked Gary Megson's second anniversary in charge with a thrilling late victory against Everton.
Chung-Yong Lee opened the scoring and Gary Cahill headed home Matt Taylor's free-kick to double Bolton's lead.
Everton hit back either side of the break through Louis Saha and Marouane Fellaini, with league debutant Lucas Neill the provider on both occasions.
But substitute Ivan Klasnic scored at the death to complete a dramatic win for Bolton.
The Croatia international's late intervention compounded a miserable week for Everton, whose 5-0 Europa League mauling by Benfica on Thursday was the heaviest defeat in their European history.
But for Bolton, Klasnic's first goal in English football since his September loan move from Nantes - and, more pertinently, the first home win of the season that it yielded - could hardly have been more timely.
Megson praises Bolton desire
Bolton had not taken three points at the Reebok Stadium since April, and their collective anxiety to draw a line under that unwelcome statistic had been apparent from the outset.
With four minutes gone the Everton defence, still nursing a lingering hangover from events in Lisbon, was reeling anew as both Tamir Cohen and Kevin Davies spurned clear opportunities from close-range headers.
Roused from their initial torpor, Everton hit back through Jo, who marked his first Premier League start since mid-September with a fine attacking display that will surely have advanced his claims to more regular inclusion.
Having forced an early save from Jussi Jaaiskelainen with a low drive, Jo captured the prevailing mood by heading wide from Dan Gosling's corner before clipping the bar with a dinked cross.
Another attacking incursion by the Brazilian saw Bolton survive a plausible penalty claim, Zat Knight bundling over the on-loan Manchester City man as he bore down on goal.
By then, however, Everton were behind, their defensive frailties exposed anew as Sam Ricketts, whose surging forays along the right flank caught the eye throughout, eluded the attentions of Tony Hibbert to centre.
Ricketts' ball found Lee in yards of space, affording the South Korean ample time to drill a low shot through a cluster of bodies and past Tim Howard, the beleaguered Everton goalkeeper.
Two years to the day since Megson's arrival at the Reebok Stadium, his side were showing further evidence of their newfound willingness to eschew the direct approach in favour of a high-tempo passing game.
Everton were soft-centred - Moyes
And ten minutes later Bolton were two to the good, Taylor floating in a free-kick for Cahill, who rose above Sylvain Distin and Tim Cahill to burnish his England credentials with his second Premier League goal of the campaign.
Trailing by two goals with less than half an hour gone, Everton must have been fearing another capitulation.
But David Moyes is nothing if not an instiller of character, and that quality was soon in evidence, Saha collecting a slotted through-ball from Neill before blasting a spectacular rising effort past Jaaiskelainen from 25 yards.
Infused with renewed belief, Everton came out strongly after the break and within ten minutes they were level, Fellaini gathering Neill's long pass before rounding Cahill and thumping the ball beyond Jaaiskelainen.
The match then began to assume a more physical edge, with Knight fortunate to avoid censure from referee Phil Dowd for an apparent stamp on Cahill.
The theme continued when Klasnic, on as a replacement for Ricardo Gardner, briefly raised concern after falling heavily under a challenge from Neill.
But it was Klasnic who was to have the final say, firing home the winner four minutes from time after Jaaiskelainen's long ball out from the back had rebounded off Neill and Davies and fallen at his feet.
It was the best anniversary present Megson could have wished for - and the kind of luck that Moyes, whose injury-ravaged side surely deserved a point, desperately needs.
Bolton manager Gary Megson:
"We asked the players to start at a high tempo and catch them on the back foot, and they did it.
"But we've also got that quality to keep going - we score quite a few goals late on.
"At 2-2, we lost the momentum and Everton gained it. But Ivan is a terrific finisher, he's got a great left foot.
"I don't think we could have had the ball drop to anybody better for us in that 18-yard box."
Everton manager David Moyes:
"We worked very hard to get back in the game, but we should never have got ourselves in that position in the first place.
"We seemed to run out of steam in the last 20 minutes, but we were poor at the back today and it cost us.
"It's not like us, we're normally tougher, but we're a bit soft-centred at the moment."
90:00+4:06 The referee signals the end of the game.
90:00+3:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tim Cahill on Kevin Davies. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
90:00+1:57 Tony Hibbert challenges Ivan Klasnic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
90:00+0:53 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
90:00+0:23 Louis Saha fouled by Ivan Klasnic, the ref awards a free kick. Lucas Neill takes the free kick.
89:09 Unfair challenge on Dan Gosling by Jlloyd Samuel results in a free kick. Lucas Neill delivers the ball from the free kick
right-footed from right wing, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
88:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini by Tamir Cohen. Free kick taken by Lucas Neill.
87:57 Substitution Chung-Yong Lee leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Basham.
85:02 Kevin Davies provided the assist for the goal.
85:02 GOAL - Ivan Klasnic:Bolton 3 - 2 Everton Ivan Klasnic scores a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 3-2 Everton.
84:37 Joao Alves Jo is caught offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
84:10 Foul by Gary Cahill on Dan Gosling, free kick awarded. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
81:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ivan Klasnic by Lucas Neill. Free kick taken by Matthew Taylor.
80:23 Lucas Neill challenges Matthew Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Chung-Yong
Lee from left wing.
79:45 Substitution Seamus Coleman on for Johnny Heitinga.
78:15 Outswinging corner taken by Dan Gosling from the right by-line played to the near post, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
78:05 The ball is crossed by Dan Gosling, blocked by Jlloyd Samuel.
76:19 Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee, Header from close range by Kevin Davies misses to the right of the goal.
Correction - 75:22 Foul by Tim Cahill on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Taylor, save by Tim Howard.
75:22 Unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Tim Cahill results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Taylor,
save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
74:47 Centre by Samuel Ricketts.
74:14 Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
73:13 Louis Saha fouled by Fabrice Muamba, the ref awards a free kick. Tony Hibbert takes the direct free kick.
72:40 Matthew Taylor fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick. Jlloyd Samuel takes the direct free kick.
72:18 Samuel Ricketts produces a cross, clearance by Tony Hibbert.
72:09 Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee.
69:57 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Cahill. Tony Hibbert restarts play with the free kick.
67:06 Fabrice Muamba has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Jack Rodwell gets a block in. Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee from the
left by-line played to the near post, Joao Alves Jo manages to make a clearance.
66:10 Tamir Cohen takes a shot. Blocked by Marouane Fellaini.
65:53 The ball is sent over by Ivan Klasnic.
64:46 Dan Gosling crosses the ball, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
64:32 The ball is sent over by Jlloyd Samuel, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
63:37 Substitution Ricardo Gardner leaves the field to be replaced by Ivan Klasnic.
62:59 Matthew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
62:59 Booking Booking for Marouane Fellaini for unsporting behaviour.
62:32 Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tamir Cohen.
61:37 Ricardo Gardner fouled by Lucas Neill, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jlloyd Samuel.
60:47 Lucas Neill takes the free kick.
60:47 Booking Jlloyd Samuel is given a yellow card.
60:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dan Gosling by Jlloyd Samuel.
60:09 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
58:31 Dan Gosling crosses the ball, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
56:47 Johnny Heitinga fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
56:47 Booking The referee shows Gary Cahill a yellow card.
56:27 Foul by Gary Cahill on Louis Saha, free kick awarded.
54:57 The assist for the goal came from Lucas Neill.
54:57 GOAL - Marouane Fellaini:Bolton 2 - 2 Everton Marouane Fellaini finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal.
Bolton 2-2 Everton.
53:49 The ball is crossed by Samuel Ricketts, clearance made by Joao Alves Jo.
52:46 Chung-Yong Lee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dan Gosling. Lucas Neill takes the free kick.
51:58 Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Gardner. Zat Knight takes the free kick.
50:36 The referee blows for offside against Tim Cahill. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
49:58 Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
46:22 Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Heitinga. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
45:17 Corner from left by-line taken by Dan Gosling.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:00+2:07 The referee calls an end to the first half.
44:14 Unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Zat Knight results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Joao Alves Jo from the free kick.
43:19 Louis Saha takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill. Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
42:19 Matthew Taylor takes a corner.
41:37 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
40:44 Dan Gosling crosses the ball.
40:08 Foul by Zat Knight on Louis Saha, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tony Hibbert.
38:42 The offside flag is raised against Kevin Davies. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
35:30 Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
35:14 Matthew Taylor is adjudged to have handled the ball. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
34:02 Ricardo Gardner takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
31:12 The assist for the goal came from Lucas Neill.
31:12 GOAL - Louis Saha:Bolton 2 - 1 Everton Goal scored by Louis Saha from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Bolton 2-1 Everton.
30:08 Booking Kevin Davies is booked.
28:56 Louis Saha takes a shot. Jlloyd Samuel manages to make a clearance. Joao Alves Jo has an effort at goal from just outside
the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
27:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Louis Saha. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
26:19 Matthew Taylor provided the assist for the goal.
26:19 GOAL - Gary Cahill:Bolton 2 - 0 Everton Gary Cahill finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Bolton 2-0 Everton.
25:16 Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. Matthew Taylor takes the free kick.
23:35 Shot from just outside the area by Joao Alves Jo goes over the bar.
22:32 Dan Gosling takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Louis Saha produces a header from deep
inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
22:18 A cross is delivered by Tony Hibbert, clearance made by Zat Knight.
21:00 Dan Gosling takes a shot. Zat Knight gets a block in.
18:33 Marouane Fellaini challenges Jlloyd Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jlloyd Samuel.
15:52 The assist for the goal came from Samuel Ricketts.
15:52 GOAL - Chung-Yong Lee:Bolton 1 - 0 Everton Goal scored by Chung-Yong Lee from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 1-0 Everton.
15:49 The ball is swung over by Samuel Ricketts,
12:30 Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Taylor. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from
10:40 Tony Hibbert produces a cross.
8:53 Louis Saha takes a shot. Blocked by Samuel Ricketts. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Dan Gosling, Headed effort on
goal by Joao Alves Jo from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
8:10 Ricardo Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Cahill. Free kick taken by Tony Hibbert.
7:19 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
6:53 Ricardo Gardner is ruled offside. Lucas Neill takes the indirect free kick.
3:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Hibbert on Matthew Taylor. The ball is sent over by Matthew Taylor, Kevin Davies has
a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
2:02 Tamir Cohen has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
0:32 Ricardo Gardner fouled by Joao Alves Jo, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
0:00 The match has kicked off.
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