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28 April 2012
• Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 40768
N. Bendtner 36'
J. McClean 55'
K. Davies 26', 70'
That's it's all over at the Stadium of Light and it's finished 2-2 which is probably a fair result. Both teams had good chances to win the game but lacked the quality to find that winner. Martin O'Neill will be content that his team finally managed to get on the score-sheet after four games without a goal but may not be happy with some of the defending. Owen Coyle and Bolton needed a victory in this game and a point will not be enough for them from this game as they eye Premier League survival.
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CHANCE!! Oh back-pass from Wayne Bridge nearly allows Klasnic to nip in but Gordon is alert and tackles the Croat before he can gather the ball. Close for Bolton but stupidity from Bridge.
Either team could get a winner here's it's up for grabs Sunderland have regained their attacking edge late in the game while Bolton are looking to hit them on the break. We could have a winner here if someone can produce some quality. Bolton need it more than the Black Cats.
CHANCE!!! Just as I say that Bolton go close through Klasnic whose denied by some solid defending and keeping from Sunderland and Craig Gordon. So close for the Trotters but they still can't find that winner.
This game is petering out a bit, Sunderland have lost their attacking momentum while Bolton are lacking that final bit of quality needed to get the win which has been an indictment of their season.
Two great runs from Ahmed Elmohamady to get Sunderland into great position but his crosses into the area let him down twice as he fails to find Bendtner free in the area. Wasted chance for the Black Cats.
Great last ditch defending from Phil Bardsley as he manages to get a foot on Ivan Klasnic's through ball which looked destined to find Ryo Miyachi who would have been one-on-one with Craig Gordon. Fantastic defending.
Lot of action now as the game has opened up. Sunderland had a great chance to regain the lead but Bendtner slipped at the vital moment after being put through by Lee Cattermole. At the other end Petrov broke dangerously but lacked support and his attacked was stifled.
Ahmed El Mohamady
That goal from Kevin Davies has brought Bolton back to life after it looked like they were heading for a defeat. They look energised once again and are pushing for the win. Petrov and Miyaichi in particular look dangerous down the left and right, Sunderland need to respond.
Assist Sam Ricketts
Goal Kevin Davies
GOALL!!! Kevin Davies gets Bolton back into the game with a good header from close ranger nodding Rickett's pinpoint cross past Gordon. The veteran striker beat Matt Kilgallon who appeared to be ball watching and was left with the simple finish. GAME ON!!
CHANCE!!! Sunderland's turn to go close and it's Campbell whose shot goes just over the bar with Bogdan beaten. Bardsley raided down the left and found the England man on the edge of the box and his curled effort went just over skimming the roof of the net.
Decent opening for Bolton but no-one could get on the end of Petrov's cross after he'd done brilliantly to get force the ball into the Sunderland box and Kilgallon was on hand to clear the danger for the home side. Good play all around.
End to end action as Sunderland break down the left with Sessegnon but he can't find anyone in the box and Bolton break with Petrov who forces a corner. From the corner the Bulgarian finds Wheater who rises highest but he heads over from six yards. Poor stuff from the former Middlesbrough man.
Bolton have tried to respond after going behind and they've won a couple of free-kicks neither of which they've done anything with. They need to improve from these as they've looked a bit lost for ideas when they've got the ball at the moment.
Goal James McClean
GOALL!!!! What a strike from James McClean as he gives Sunderland the lead with a superb free-kick which sails past Bogdan into the top corner. The Black Cats won a free-kick outside the area after Sessegnon was fouled by Kevin Davies, the Irishman curled the ball with power over the wall into the net to the delight of the home fans. Lovely finish.
A lot of football being played in the middle of the park neither side looking dangerous at the moment. Both teams need that bit of extra quality in the final third to get that goal.
Decent stop from Craig Gordon to stop Chris Eagles curling effort. The former Burnley man's shot seemed to move a lot in the air which tested the Scot's concentration and handling abilities.
Phil Bardsley was the defender who cleared Petrov's free-kick away in doing so the ball hit his nose and appears to have caused an injury. He seems to be ok though.
An opportunity for Bolton straight away from a free-kick just inside the Sunderland half but Petrov's delivery is poor and doesn't beat the first man. Wasted chance for the Trotters.
We're back underway at the Stadium of Light.
Half-time at the Stadium of Light and it's all square. Bolton have perhaps been the better team but the scores are level which will suit Martin O'Neill just fine as his Sunderland team have been awful for most of the first period. The Trotters have looked dangerous on the break but haven't taken the chances on offer which might not be the case in the second-half. They need something out of this game!
CHANCE!!! Bolton have an excellent opportunity to re-take the lead before half-time through Ngog but his shot is well saved by Gordon who tips the ball over the bar. Nicklas Bendtner gave the ball away to Mark Davies who hit a cross to the back post and found Kevin Davies who hit an effort into the ground which fell to Ngog who hit his shot into the turf which bounced goalwards however the Scot was on hand to tip it over.
The Sunderland goal has really dented Bolton's confidence before they bombing forward in numbers looking for the second but since Bendtner's strike they seem content to just see this half out with the scores level.
Sunderland are up for this one now and nearly take the lead when Campbell finds O'Shea down the right who shoots and his effort creeps towards goal but is cleared off the line by Ream. All hands to the pump now for Bolton who would have thought that five minutes ago.
Assist Jack Colback
Goal Nicklas Bendtner
GOALLL!!! Nicklas Bendtner gets the equaliser for Sunderland and it's a well taken strike. Colback drives the Black Cats forward and hits a lovely through ball for the Dane who takes a touch before slotting past Bogdan. Nice finish and ends Sunderland's four game goal drought.
Yellow Card Lee Cattermole
Bolton are looking dangerous on the break when Sunderland commit numbers as Ngog again has a chance from distance which he can't get on target. Some slack defending again from the Wearsiders though.
CHANCE!!! Sunderland go close from a free-kick as McClean's cross goes just wide of the post. John O'Shea looked to have helped the ball on its way but couldn't get enough contact to get it on target. Slightly better from the Black Cats.
Bolton look hungry for more goals and are looking really dangerous in the final third of the pitch. Sunderland don't look competitive and seem to be a team on their holiday's. Poor stuff so far from the hosts.
Assist Martin Petrov
Goal Kevin Davies
GOALL!!! Bolton take the lead and Kevin Davies gets the goal. How vital could this be in the Trotters survival chances. Owen Coyle's side break down the left and Petrov hits a cross towards the back post which is deflected into the path of the striker who makes no mistake firing past Gordon.
Slight chance for Bolton as Fraizer Campbell loses the ball in midfield and Reo-Coker finds Petrov on the left who whips a dangerous cross into the box which is headed over by Ngog. Close.
There's a lot of football being played in the midfield which just shows how these teams are struggling to break each other down. Not sure whether it's good defending, poor attacking play or a bit both. I think the latter.
Stephane Sessegnon has been the key to Sunderland's performances this season when he's not playing well the Black Cats struggle. He's not having the best of games so far today. Can the Wearsiders win without him at the his best?
The Black Cats appear to be missing the skill of Sebastian Larsson with set-pieces as two in succession have failed to clear the first man. The Swede is out for the season after undergoing surgery.
Sunderland are coming into the game more now with Bendtner who shoots from distance but his effort goes harmlessly wide. They need to get McClean and Sessegnon into the game more if they are to prosper.
Bolton are forcing the issue here and are testing the Sunderland defence. First Reo-Coker goes close with a long range effort which goes just past the post while Eagles tests Craig Gordon with a powerful shot which the Scot comfortably saves.
CHANCE!! Good chance for Ngog has Kevin Davies wins a header on the edge of the Sunderland area and the ball falls nicely for the Frenchman but his effort is well blocked by Matt Kilgallon. Excellent block by the defender.
Sluggish start from Sunderland as they haven't really got hold of the ball and when they have they've been wasteful in possession with Stephane Sessegnon guilty of misplacing a few passes.
Eagles disappoints the Bolton fans, his manager and his team-mates by blasting the free-kick wide. Poor stuff from the former Manchester United man.
Decent opportunity for Bolton now as they have a free-kick just outside the area after Michael Turner fouled Chris Eagles.
Early pressure from Bolton as they force Craig Gordon into a hurried kick which goes out for a throw deep in the Sunderland half. Not the easy start the Scot would have wanted after over a year out of the game.
We're underway at the Stadium of Light
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Sunderland haven't scored in April. The last time they found the net was at the Etihad Stadium on the last day of March in their 3-3 draw with Manchester City 4 games ago. You'll have to go back one game further to find their last win which came against QPR on March 24.
Bolton have beaten Sunderland since November 2008 when they won 4-1 at the Stadium of Light which was Roy Keane's last game as manager of the Black Cats. A run which has lasted six games, the Trotters will want to put that record to bed today.
Owen Coyle has made two changes to his side that beat Villa in midweek. Kevin Davies comes into the team replacing Ryo Miyaichi who drops to the bench while Dedryk Boyata replaces Gretar Steinsson. The Trotters have been boosted as both Chris Eagles and Mark Davies passed late fitness tests and both start.
The big news for Sunderland is keeper Craig Gordon makes his first appearance of the season after recovering from injury. It's the Scottish international's first game since February 2011. Lee Cattermole is also recalled to the side replacing the suspended Craig Gardner while Fraizer Campbell replaces the injured Sebastian Larsson.
TEAM NEWS: Bolton: Bogdan; Boyata, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts; Eagles, M Davies, Reo-Coker, Petrov; K Davies, Ngog. Subs: Alonso, Knight, Klasnic, Sordell, Miyaichi, Vela, Jaaskelainen.
TEAM NEWS: Sunderland: Gordon; O'Shea, Turner, Kilgallon, Bardsley; Campbell, Cattermole, Colback, McClean; Sessegnon; Bendtner. Subs: Bridge, Vaughan, Dong-won, Meyler, Kyrgiakos, Elmohamady, Westwood.
Bolton are fighting like made for survival and are one point adrift of safety despite beating fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Tuesday. Owen Coyle will have his side well up for this match against a Sunderland side which has very little to play for.
Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! Commentary of today's Premier League clash between Sunderland and Bolton at the Stadium of Light. I'm Simon Sinclair and I'll be taking you through all the build-up and action as it happens on Wearside.
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