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Posted By Andy Lawson Saturday, 25th February 2012 4:58pm
Wanderers went to Chelsea with all eyes focused firmly on the home side’s boss AVB. The Blues Portuguese boss was under all kind of pressure compounded by a loss midweek to Italian side Napoli in The Champions League.
The last time the sides met it was a very 1 sided affair with Chelsea walking away with all 3 points. Today started much more closely.
American international Tim Ream made his Premier League debut for Bolton and he looked solid in the away sides defence. Thanks to him, and the other 10 on the pitch Wanderers kept quiet in the early stages.
The first half looked even with Bolton looking for a penalty in the final moments as Darren Pratley went down in the Chelsea box. Referee Oliver disagreed and the Wanderer was booked for diving. Half time saw the sides go in even.
After the break, a mistake from David N’Gog was punished as Chelsea’s David Luiz slotted home past Adam Bogdan.
Didier Drogba doubled the home side’s advantage as Bolton’s good work started to unravel in front of their eyes.
Fans were looking to Owen Coyle for some inspiration from the bench and the manager decided Marvin Sordell was primed to make his second appearance for the club. David N’Gog made way after an afternoon that had seen him look off the pace.
Chelsea bagged a 3rd goal as Bolton’s confidence drained away.
In the end Bolton’s 2nd half showed flashes from Ryo Miyaichi, Marvin Sordell and Tim Ream but the result was incisive and the home side got all the points.