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Bolton   2 - 2   Man Utd

Man Utd striker Michael Owen (left) glances in a header to draw his side level at Bolton
Owen (left) glances in a header which went in off the post

By Mandeep Sanghera

Manchester United failed to capitalise on a defeat for Premier League leaders Chelsea as a Michael Owen goal rescued a draw for them at resolute Bolton.

The home side went ahead when defender Zat Knight flicked in a corner only for Nani to end a powerful run with an angled strike to equalise.

Martin Petrov restored Bolton's lead when he cut inside and had a shot deflected in off Darren Fletcher.

Substitute Owen then glanced in a Nani free-kick to earn a point for United.

The draw will have annoyed United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who had emphasised his side's need to close the gap at the top of the table to a single point following Chelsea's loss at Manchester City 24 hours earlier.

Phelan expects 'nip and tuck season'

And with the Red Devils having registered 10 wins from the last 11 games against Bolton, the visitors might have been confident of victory.

However, as with so many of the underdogs over the weekend, Bolton upset their more illustrious opponents, while the defensive frailties which have undermined United's season so far were again exposed.

The visitors went behind early on when Knight beat United centre-back Jonny Evans to a corner and glanced in a shot.

Bolton's work ethic in closing down and pressing United unsettled their north west opponents but the visitors still carried a threat on goal.

An unmarked Ryan Giggs shot straight at Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who also dived low to his right to keep out a Fletcher strike.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle is working on trying to create more of a passing side but the Trotters still have much of the physical presence of past years.

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Powerful striker Kevin Davies is central to a more direct style and he produced a flick-on that Johan Elmander was close to diverting past keeper Edwin Van der Sar.

Bolton centre-back Sam Ricketts produced a surging run from defence and had a 22-yard shot saved before United winger Nani produced a similar solo burst on the home goal but, in contrast, finished with an angled shot from 18 yards.

The alert Knight had to clear a Nani cross with Wayne Rooney set for a tap in as the visitors slowly turned up the pressure on the Bolton defence.

Rooney, who was booed by the home fans on his first away appearance since allegations about his private life emerged, fizzed a 22-yard shot over as he tried to add to his one goal for United so far this season.

Ferguson has been concerned at the impact of the media spotlight on a striker who cut a forlorn figure for the most part and his involvement ended on 61 minutes as he was replaced by Federico Macheda.

Coyle takes positives from draw

Macheda instantly played a one-two with the in-form Berbatov, who had a stinging shot blocked away by Jaaskelainen.

United's desire to get forward left them susceptible to the counter-attack and Bolton showed the ability to capitalise.

Petrov cut inside Park Ji-Sung and drove in a shot which was deflected past Van der Sar by Fletcher.

United centre-back Rio Ferdinand was not included in the visitors's squad for the match and watched from the stands as events almost got even better for Bolton.

The hard-working Elmander cleverly flicked the ball past Nemanja Vidic only to blaze a shot horribly over.

The miss was quickly punished as Owen glanced in a Nani free-kick as an absorbing game finished with the spoils shared and United still searching for their first away win in the league this season.

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Sunday, 26 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 2-2 Man Utd FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Knight 6
  • Petrov 67
  • Nani 23
  • Owen 74

Bolton

Substitutes

Man Utd

Substitutes

Ref: DowdAtt: 23,926
BOLTON
MAN UTD

Possession

  • Bolton 41%
  • Man Utd 59%

Attempts on target

  • Bolton 9
  • Man Utd 6

Attempts off target

  • Bolton 6
  • Man Utd 6

Corners

  • Bolton 7
  • Man Utd 12

Fouls

  • Bolton 16
  • Man Utd 18
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:17 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+3:37 Mark Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Free kick crossed by Luis Nani, Johan Elmander manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+2:32 Substitution Robbie Blake comes on in place of Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 90:00+1:11 Substitution Matthew Taylor is brought on as a substitute for Martin Petrov.
  • 90:00+1:11 Effort from deep inside the area by Johan Elmander misses to the left of the target.
  • 88:24 Corner taken by Martin Petrov, Kevin Davies takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
  • 87:32 Samuel Ricketts fouled by Michael Owen, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 86:28 Paul Scholes concedes a free kick for a foul on Johan Elmander. Martin Petrov fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 85:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Ji-Sung Park. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 84:40 Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, comfortable save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 84:13 Effort on goal by Johan Elmander from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 83:44 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Vidic. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
  • 83:03 Samuel Ricketts takes the direct free kick.
  • 83:03 Booking The referee cautions Nemanja Vidic for unsporting behaviour.
  • 82:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johan Elmander by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 81:55 Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Kevin Davies.
  • 80:49 Paul Scholes takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 79:57 Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.
  • 79:57 Booking Mark Davies goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 79:46 Foul by Mark Davies on Ji-Sung Park, free kick awarded.
  • 77:08 Effort from deep inside the area by Luis Nani misses to the left of the target.
  • 76:39 Foul by Mark Davies on Ji-Sung Park, free kick awarded. Paul Scholes takes the free kick.
  • 75:57 Mark Davies fouled by Michael Owen, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Samuel Ricketts, clearance by Jonathan Evans.
  • 74:42 Martin Petrov produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 74:42 Booking Paul Scholes receives a yellow card.
  • 74:32 Paul Scholes challenges Johan Elmander unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 73:32 Assist on the goal came from Luis Nani.
  • 73:32 GOAL - Michael OwenBolton 2 - 2 Man Utd Michael Owen finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Bolton 2-2 Man Utd.
  • 73:14 Paul Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ji-Sung Park. Luis Nani delivers the ball,
  • 72:46 Shot from deep inside the area by Johan Elmander clears the crossbar.
  • 70:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Chung-Yong Lee. Paul Scholes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:17 Substitution Darren Fletcher goes off and Michael Owen comes on.
  • 69:31 Foul by Luis Nani on Paul Robinson, free kick awarded. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 68:21 Unfair challenge on Paul Scholes by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Paul Scholes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:30 Assist by Johan Elmander.
  • 66:30 GOAL - Martin PetrovBolton 2 - 1 Man Utd Martin Petrov finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Bolton 2-1 Man Utd.
  • 65:16 Corner taken short by Luis Nani, Centre by Ji-Sung Park, clearance made by Samuel Ricketts. Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Johan Elmander manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:37 Unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Paul Robinson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
  • 62:55 Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
  • 62:55 Substitution Fabrice Muamba goes off and Mark Davies comes on.
  • 62:55 Patrice Evra challenges Chung-Yong Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 61:47 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Corner taken by Ji-Sung Park from the left by-line played to the near post, Johan Elmander manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:31 Clearance by Johan Elmander.
  • 60:31 Substitution Federico Macheda comes on in place of Wayne Rooney.
  • 60:31 Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner to the near post,
  • 60:06 Foul by Fabrice Muamba on Darren Fletcher, free kick awarded. Paul Scholes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:11 Unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts by Wayne Rooney results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 57:59 Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Kevin Davies makes a clearance.
  • 56:23 Inswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line played to the near post, Luis Nani makes a clearance.
  • 55:59 The official flags Wayne Rooney offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 54:50 Patrice Evra challenges Chung-Yong Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson from right channel, Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
  • 52:48 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Martin Petrov, Header from close in by Kevin Davies misses to the right of the goal.
  • 52:48 Substitution Ji-Sung Park comes on in place of Ryan Giggs.
  • 51:59 Martin Petrov takes a shot. Jonathan Evans gets a block in.
  • 50:14 Shot from just outside the box by Martin Petrov goes over the target.
  • 47:06 Johan Elmander gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 46:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans by Kevin Davies. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:44 Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:58 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+0:58 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Nemanja Vidic misses to the right of the goal.
  • 44:11 Johan Elmander takes a shot. John O'Shea gets a block in. Corner taken by Martin Petrov.
  • 39:29 Shot by Wayne Rooney from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 35:31 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Patrice Evra results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Martin Petrov, Kevin Davies challenges Nemanja Vidic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
  • 33:10 Paul Robinson fouled by Patrice Evra, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
  • 32:35 Corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Paul Robinson.
  • 32:14 Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
  • 31:41 Short corner worked by Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra produces a cross.
  • 30:28 The referee blows for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Gretar Rafn Steinsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Darren Fletcher makes a clearance.
  • 26:58 Martin Petrov produces a cross, clearance made by Jonathan Evans. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stuart Holden, Wayne Rooney manages to make a clearance.
  • 25:58 Foul by Martin Petrov on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Luis Nani.
  • 22:17 The assist for the goal came from Wayne Rooney.
  • 22:17 GOAL - Luis NaniBolton 1 - 1 Man Utd Luis Nani scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 1-1 Man Utd.
  • 21:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight by Dimitar Berbatov. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 21:25 Samuel Ricketts takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 20:58 Foul by Paul Robinson on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Luis Nani.
  • 19:08 Gretar Rafn Steinsson delivers the ball, Jonathan Evans gets a block in.
  • 17:33 Unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs by Martin Petrov results in a free kick. John O'Shea takes the free kick.
  • 16:36 Chung-Yong Lee fouled by Patrice Evra, the ref awards a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
  • 15:23 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.
  • 14:13 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Martin Petrov, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • Correction - 13:09 Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 13:09 Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 12:31 Wayne Rooney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 10:32 Paul Scholes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. Free kick crossed by Martin Petrov, Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.
  • 9:25 Martin Petrov takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • Correction - 9:07 Centre by Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 9:07 The ball is delivered by Darren Fletcher, Luis Nani takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 7:15 Ryan Giggs takes the inswinging corner, Samuel Ricketts manages to make a clearance.
  • 5:22 Martin Petrov provided the assist for the goal.
  • 5:22 GOAL - Zat KnightBolton 1 - 0 Man Utd Zat Knight fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 1-0 Man Utd.
  • 4:54 Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Evans. Corner taken by Martin Petrov,
  • 3:38 Samuel Ricketts challenges Dimitar Berbatov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John O'Shea.
  • 2:42 The ball is crossed by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Samuel Ricketts. Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Samuel Ricketts.
  • 2:03 Chung-Yong Lee fouled by Patrice Evra, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 1:30 Effort from inside the area by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the right of the target.
  • 1:11 Luis Nani delivers the ball, Fabrice Muamba gets a block in.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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26 Sep 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 6 19 15
2 Man Utd 6 7 12
3 Arsenal 6 9 11
4 Man City 6 5 11
5 Aston Villa 6 -2 10
6 West Brom 6 -3 10
7 Fulham 6 1 8
8 Tottenham 6 1 8
9 Blackburn 6 0 8
10 Newcastle 6 1 7
11 Sunderland 6 0 7
12 Bolton 6 -1 7
13 Birmingham 6 -1 7
14 Stoke 6 -2 7
15 Blackpool 6 -5 7
16 Liverpool 6 -3 6
17 Wolves 6 -3 5
18 Wigan 6 -11 5
19 West Ham 6 -9 4
20 Everton 6 -3 3

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