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West Ham   1 - 3   Bolton

Johan Elmander scores
Johan Elmander's powerful header put Bolton 2-0 ahead

By Kevin Darling

Johan Elmander and Jussi Jaaskelainen starred as Bolton notched a seventh successive win against West Ham.

The Bolton keeper kept the visitors in the game in the first half, saving a weak Carlton Cole penalty and turning Kieron Dyer's effort on to the post.

A Matthew Upson headed own goal put the Trotters ahead and Elmander powered in Chung-Yong Lee's cross to make it 2-0.

Mark Noble's spot-kick gave the Hammers hope late on but Elmander sealed the victory with a close-range strike.

It was an away win that looked unlikely at the end of a first half the Hammers dominated, only to be repeatedly thwarted by the heroics of Jaaskelainen.

But the hosts' defensive frailties, exemplified by Upson's unfortunate diving header past his own goalkeeper Robert Green to break the deadlock, were once again exposed and Bolton cemented their status as West Ham's 'bogey' team with a professional display.

Trotters manager Owen Coyle has pledged to bring a more attractive brand of football to the Lancashire club but he is unlikely to mind that two of his side's goals were as brutally direct as anything from the Sam Allardyce era - with the first and third strikes both set up by goal-kicks.

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The Hammers were much improved from last week's 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa but they made a jittery start, which saw the visitors almost take the lead inside the first two minutes.

Martin Petrov pounced on Noble's misplaced free-kick and fed Elmander but the Swede dragged a shot narrowly wide from 15 yards with just the keeper to beat.

Upson then did well to block another Elmander effort before the hosts started to take control, with new signing Pablo Barrera looking especially lively.

The pacy Mexican tried his luck from distance three times before the Hammers were handed a chance to take the lead from 12 yards, after Gretar Steinsson barged Cole over on the edge of the box and referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot.

Bolton 'worthy of win' - Coyle

The England striker picked himself up to take the penalty but his shot was poor and Jaaskelainen dived to his right to hold on to the ball.

Cole almost made amends moments later when he broke through and fired in a low effort from 15 yards, only for the Finnish keeper to foil him again with a fingertip save around the post.

Cole had two further penalty shouts rejected before the half was out, first when his cross hit Zat Knight's hand and then when he went down under a Paul Robinson challenge, before Jaaskelainen rescued Bolton again with another fine save.

Kieron Dyer, making only his eighth West Ham start in three years, latched on to Scott Parker's pass but the Finn managed to turn Dyer's shot on to the post and deny the midfielder his first Hammers goal.

Not content with keeping West Ham's attackers at bay, the outstanding Jaaskelainen then managed to set up a Bolton goal in the first minute of the second half.

The keeper's long goal-kick was flicked on by Elmander and Upson, trying to stop the ball from reaching the lurking Kevin Davies, stooped to head the ball past Green.

Grant blames lack of attention

The Hammers responded by continuing to press their opponents, with substitute Winston Reid lashing a volley straight at Jaaskelainen, before they were stunned by a second sucker punch from Coyle's side.

Kevin Davies spread the ball to Lee and the South Korean's right-wing cross was met superbly by the head of Elmander, who hammered past Green to double Bolton's lead.

Frederic Piquionne blazed over a good opportunity from 12 yards as the Hammers toiled to find a way back into the game, before referee Marriner handed them a lifeline with his second penalty award of the afternoon.

This time, Gary Cahill was the man adjudged to have shoved Parker and Noble made a far better job of his spot-kick than team-mate Cole, stroking the ball into the corner as Jaaskelainen was finally beaten.

But just as the Hammers fans prepared for a rousing finale, the Trotters finished the game off with another route-one goal, albeit aided by some good fortune.

Again, a long Jaaskelainen punt caused problems in West Ham's defence and after Matt Taylor appeared to flick the ball on with his hand, the ball fell to Elmander who had the easy task of slotting past Green from 12 yards.


West Ham manager Avram Grant
"On the football side everything went well. The defence was good, we pushed forward, we played high, we created a lot of chances. We played like a team at the top.

"I am very happy with the performance, I am very disappointed with the result. It was a strange game.

"There was a clear foul for the first goal. We know they play direct football but Matthew (Upson) was in the right place, he was in front of (Kevin) Davies, who pushed him. The referee needs to be more awake."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle
"Sometimes there are teams you are suited to play against. We were aware of that and we had a belief we could win the game. We did it last year and I think we have improved since then.

"We were in charge for the first 10-15 minutes but after that West Ham really got at us. Jussi Jaaskelainen had to be in top form, he made some terrific saves.

"At 2-0 when we looked so comfortable we had to withstand some pressure after the referee awarded a second penalty, which I think we all agree wasn't a penalty.

"I am a great believer in Elmander. Last week I said if he kept giving that level of performance the goals would go in. He will take confidence from that today."

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Saturday, 21 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 1-3 Bolton FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Noble (pen) 79
  • Upson (og) 48
  • Elmander 68
  • Elmander 84

West Ham

Substitutes

Bolton

Substitutes

Ref: MarrinerAtt: 32,533
WEST HAM
BOLTON

Possession

  • West Ham 54%
  • Bolton 46%

Attempts on target

  • West Ham 7
  • Bolton 5

Attempts off target

  • West Ham 6
  • Bolton 5

Corners

  • West Ham 6
  • Bolton 4

Fouls

  • West Ham 10
  • Bolton 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:17 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+3:44 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Stuart Holden (Bolton).
  • 90:00+3:03 Winston Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:46 Defending throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
  • 90:00+1:39 Benni McCarthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:11 Foul by Kevin Davies on Winston Reid, free kick awarded. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:31 Defending throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
  • 89:43 Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 89:43 Booking Pablo Barrera is given a yellow card.
  • Correction - 89:29 Direct free kick taken left-footed by Paul Robinson (Bolton) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • Correction - 89:29 Booking Mark Noble (West Ham) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 89:29 Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham) on Stuart Holden (Bolton).
  • 89:29 Pablo Barrera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Holden.
  • 89:10 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 87:23 Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 87:23 Substitution Bolton substitution: Martin Petrov replaced by Robbie Blake (tactical).
  • 87:23 Pablo Barrera (West Ham) caught offside.
  • 86:34 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
  • 85:26 Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 85:26 Substitution Carlton Cole leaves the field to be replaced by Freddie Sears.
  • 85:26 Substitution Mark Davies replaces Johan Elmander.
  • 85:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlton Cole on Gary Cahill.
  • 84:51 Attacking throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
  • 83:25 GOAL - Johan ElmanderWest Ham 1 - 3 Bolton Goal by Johan Elmander (Bolton) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left side of penalty area (12 yards).West Ham 1-3 Bolton.
  • 83:00 Unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Frederic Piquionne results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:40 Defending throw-in by Herita Ilunga (West Ham).
  • 82:12 Shot by Daniel Gabbidon from just outside the area goes over the net.
  • 81:54 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) to centre, clearance by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
  • 81:31 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Daniel Gabbidon.
  • 80:30 Substitution Bolton substitution: Chung-Yong Lee replaced by Matthew Taylor (tactical).
  • 78:53 GOAL - Mark NobleWest Ham 1 - 2 Bolton Placed penalty scored by Mark Noble. West Ham 1-2 Bolton.
  • 78:51 Assist by Scott Parker (West Ham) from centre of penalty area.
  • 77:56 Gary Cahill gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker.
  • 77:44 Attacking throw-in by Herita Ilunga (West Ham).
  • 75:51 Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 75:51 Substitution Kieron Dyer leaves the field to be replaced by Benni McCarthy.
  • 75:51 Foul by Carlton Cole on Paul Robinson, free kick awarded.
  • 75:31 Gary Cahill takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
  • 74:12 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Martin Petrov (Bolton) to centre, header by Johan Elmander (Bolton) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
  • 73:53 Shot by Kevin Davies (Bolton) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham).
  • 73:01 Julien Faubert takes the free kick.
  • 73:01 Booking Booking for Johan Elmander for unsporting behaviour.
  • 72:50 Unfair challenge on Julien Faubert by Johan Elmander results in a free kick.
  • 72:34 Shot by Carlton Cole (West Ham) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Gary Cahill (Bolton).
  • 72:08 Attacking throw-in by Mark Noble (West Ham).
  • 71:36 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
  • 71:10 Shot by Frederic Piquionne (West Ham) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
  • 71:01 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 70:47 Defending throw-in by Herita Ilunga (West Ham).
  • 70:12 Attacking throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
  • 69:41 Attacking throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
  • 67:47 The ball is swung over by Chung-Yong Lee,
  • 67:46 Chung-Yong Lee provided the assist for the goal.
  • 67:46 GOAL - Johan ElmanderWest Ham 0 - 2 Bolton Johan Elmander finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the box. West Ham 0-2 Bolton.
  • 66:42 Foul by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton) on Kieron Dyer (West Ham). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 66:00 Carlton Cole (West Ham) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 65:55 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 65:35 Effort from outside the penalty box by Fabrice Muamba goes wide right of the target.
  • 65:06 Outswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov, Winston Reid manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:47 Mark Noble takes a shot. Blocked by Fabrice Muamba.
  • 63:13 Outswinging corner taken by Mark Noble, clearance by Gary Cahill.
  • 62:55 Defending throw-in by Kieron Dyer (West Ham).
  • 62:29 The assistant referee flags for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 61:55 Shot by Frederic Piquionne (West Ham) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
  • 61:11 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, Kevin Davies manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:28 Stuart Holden takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
  • 59:29 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) to near post, header by Frederic Piquionne (West Ham) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
  • 58:42 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
  • 58:17 Shot by Carlton Cole (West Ham) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right.
  • 57:57 Defending throw-in by Scott Parker (West Ham).
  • 57:00 Foul by Fabrice Muamba (Bolton) on Pablo Barrera (West Ham). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) from right wing, shot by Winston Reid (West Ham) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
  • 56:29 Stuart Holden challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Julien Faubert takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:06 Free kick taken left-footed by Martin Petrov (Bolton) from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Frederic Piquionne (West Ham).
  • 54:06 Booking Scott Parker (West Ham) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 54:06 Foul by Scott Parker (West Ham) on Fabrice Muamba (Bolton).
  • 52:54 Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 52:54 Substitution Winston Reid replaces Matthew Upson.
  • 52:54 The assistant referee flags for offside against Frederic Piquionne.
  • 50:47 Attacking throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
  • 48:18 Assist (header) by Johan Elmander (Bolton) from left channel.
  • 48:18 GOAL - Matthew UpsonWest Ham 0 - 1 Bolton Headed own goal by Matthew Upson (West Ham) (low centre of goal) from own half (12 yards).West Ham 0-1 Bolton.
  • 46:55 Frederic Piquionne (West Ham) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 46:39 Fabrice Muamba challenges Mark Noble unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.
  • 46:18 Defending throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:20 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+2:35 Martin Petrov takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 45:00+0:51 Defending throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 44:55 Scott Parker fouled by Fabrice Muamba, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Upson.
  • 43:39 Shot from close in by Carlton Cole misses to the left of the goal.
  • 43:19 Defending throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
  • 42:39 Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham).
  • 42:13 Shot by Kieron Dyer (West Ham) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
  • 41:47 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
  • 40:29 Kevin Davies fouled by Matthew Upson, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Petrov crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 39:42 The official flags Carlton Cole offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 37:13 Direct free kick taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 37:13 Booking Kevin Davies (Bolton) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 37:13 Foul by Kevin Davies (Bolton) on Herita Ilunga (West Ham).
  • 36:57 Defending throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
  • 35:42 The referee gives a free kick against Carlton Cole for handball. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
  • 35:36 Defending throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
  • 35:16 Foul by Kevin Davies (Bolton) on Matthew Upson (West Ham). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Robert Green (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 34:45 Pablo Barrera takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 34:24 Shot by Carlton Cole (West Ham) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
  • 33:54 The ball is crossed by Pablo Barrera, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 31:36 Placed penalty taken right-footed by Carlton Cole (West Ham) (bottom-left of goal), save (caught) by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).West Ham 0-0 Bolton.
  • 31:36 Foul by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton) on Carlton Cole (West Ham).
  • 31:06 Unfair challenge on Robert Green by Johan Elmander results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 30:38 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Martin Petrov (Bolton) to centre, save (caught) by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 30:19 Martin Petrov produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 29:29 Free kick taken by Herita Ilunga.
  • 29:29 Booking Gretar Rafn Steinsson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 29:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kieron Dyer by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 28:20 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
  • 27:54 Kieron Dyer has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 25:11 Julien Faubert takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 24:29 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) to centre, clearance by Kevin Davies (Bolton).
  • 24:13 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
  • 23:47 Pablo Barrera produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 23:37 Attacking throw-in by Herita Ilunga (West Ham).
  • 21:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Holden by Mark Noble. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 21:37 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
  • 20:41 Johan Elmander challenges Julien Faubert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • 20:21 Kevin Davies challenges Matthew Upson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 18:14 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
  • 17:49 Shot by Pablo Barrera (West Ham) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.
  • 17:15 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 15:17 Shot by Mark Noble (West Ham) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.
  • 14:48 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 14:27 Foul by Kevin Davies (Bolton) on Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Daniel Gabbidon (West Ham) from own half, passed.
  • 14:03 Pablo Barrera takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 13:30 Attacking throw-in by Mark Noble (West Ham).
  • 12:56 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) to centre, clearance by Kevin Davies (Bolton).
  • 11:54 The official flags Carlton Cole offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 11:22 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
  • 11:04 Shot by Johan Elmander (Bolton) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Matthew Upson (West Ham).
  • 10:29 Attacking throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 9:13 Direct free kick taken right-footed by Julien Faubert (West Ham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 9:13 Booking Paul Robinson (Bolton) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 9:13 Foul by Paul Robinson (Bolton) on Pablo Barrera (West Ham).
  • 8:27 Effort from deep inside the area by Chung-Yong Lee misses to the left of the goal.
  • 8:00 Defending throw-in by Julien Faubert (West Ham).
  • 5:51 Attacking throw-in by Herita Ilunga (West Ham).
  • 5:13 Handball by Paul Robinson (Bolton). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 4:48 Attacking throw-in by Martin Petrov (Bolton).
  • 4:07 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 3:25 Carlton Cole challenges Gary Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:27 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
  • 2:05 Johan Elmander produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 1:46 Foul by Chung-Yong Lee (Bolton) on Kieron Dyer (West Ham). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Mark Noble (West Ham) from left wing, resulting in open play.
  • 1:29 Attacking throw-in by Herita Ilunga (West Ham).
  • 0:15 Foul by Scott Parker (West Ham) on Stuart Holden (Bolton). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Gary Cahill (Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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As it stood on 21 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

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

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