Belfast Telegraph

Clinical Wanderers ease to victory

Goals from Matt Taylor and Johan Elmander gave Bolton a 2-0 Boxing Day victory over a West Brom side who were made to pay for failing to take their chances.

The Baggies had by far the better of the chances in both halves, with Peter Odemwingie squandering three great opportunities and Chris Brunt heading against a post.

But they simply could not find the net and, after Matt Taylor gave Wanderers the lead with his first goal of the season in the 40th minute, Johan Elmander made the points safe four minutes from time.

West Brom were looking dangerous from the start and, after Somen Tchoyi had shot wide, Odemwingie beat the offside trap to latch onto James Morrison's deft chip only to lose his bearings and fire well wide.

The Baggies were on top and should have gone in front 10 minutes before half-time when Odemwingie again beat the Bolton offside trap but ignored the supporting Dorrans.

And that missed opportunity was made to look even more costly when Taylor gave Bolton the lead.

Taylor was both architect and scorer, freeing Lee Chung-Yong with a neat chip. The Korean looked like he had taken it too far after going round Scott Carson, but he had the presence of mind to look up and play in Taylor.

The visitors went close after the break, and again Tchoyi was at the heart of the move. The midfielder dug out a cross that Brunt got to, only for his header to hit the post.

In the 68th minute, Odemwingie again found himself with only the goalkeeper to beat but slotted wide. Wanderers finally fashioned a chance of their own a few moments later as substitute Sam Ricketts crossed for Elmander, who planted an overhead kick onto the roof of the net.

Stuart Holden then went close with a free-kick for the home side, before the Bolton fans were cheering as Elmander tucked a shot under Carson's body from the tightest of angles.


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