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Sturridge at the double for Bolton

Daniel Sturridge grabbed a brace at the Reebok Stadium as Bolton beat West Ham 3-0 to keep the Hammers deep in relegation trouble.

Bolton's on-loan Chelsea striker scored either side of half time with superb solo efforts with Lee Chung-yong also on target.

It was just the boost the home side were looking for ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Stoke at Wembley, although Sturridge will not play as he is cup tied.

The home side took the lead in the 14th minute with a superb strike by Sturridge after he was played in by Johan Elmander. Sturridge carved an opening for himself out of nothing before curling a shot beyond Robert Green and into the corner.

Kevin Davies should have added a second in the 18th minute but dragged his effort wide but a minute later Bolton forged 2-0 ahead. West Ham failed to close down Martin Petrov and he swung in a cross that was headed firmly home by Lee.

Petrov was revelling in the space afford to him and cracked in a shot after 28 minutes that was blocked by James Tomkins.

Bolton went 3-0 ahead in the 51st minute with Sturridge's second goal of the game. He drifted in from the left and got the better of Scott Parker on the edge of the area before steering a shot beyond Green.

West Ham almost pulled a goal back but Jussi Jaaskelainen reacted magnificently to somehow claw away a header from Demba Ba.

But Bolton continued to look dangerous every time they broke forward and Sturridge was again left frustrated in the 68th minute when he found the wrong side of the post with his effort.

The crowd were willing Sturridge to get his hat-trick but the young striker squandered a glorious chance from close range in stoppage time.

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