Bolton Wanderers 2-3 Liverpool: Steven Gerrard Seals Reds Comeback


The visitors twice came from behind twice to clinch a vital victory at the Reebok Stadium.

Having lost two of their opening three Premier Leaguegames, Liverpool travelled to Bolton Wanderers in determined mood.

Manager Rafael Benitez, who earlier in the week had admitted a win at Bolton was crucial made two changes from the side that flopped at Aston Villa with new signing Sotirios Kyrgiakos making his debut and Albert Riera recalled. 

Wanderers, meanwhile, also made two changes bringing in J Lloyd Samuel and Tamir Cohen as they went in search of their first points of the season.

Yet both sides started slowly at the Reebok Stadium in a game that only really came to life after the home side took the lead. 

With just over half an hour on the clock the Reds’ zonal marking was called into question yet again as
Kevin Davies netted the opener.

A corner into the far post was headed back across goal by Johan Elmander and whilst Zat Knight missed the chance to score, Davies made sure.

The goal seemed to finally rouse the visitors from their lethargy and they wasted a glorious chance to equalise five minutes later through
Fernando Torres.

The Spaniard picked up possession in the box and thumped a volley into the turf only to see his shot bounce wide of the post.

Yet minutes later Benitez’s did find the net to hoist themselves back on level terms. A corner by Steven Gerrard was not cleared by Bolton and instead fell to
Glen Johnson to fire a low shot home from the edge of the box.

Parity was to prove short-lived, however, as within two minutes of the restart the home side regained their lead.

A long ball up to Davies was flicked on to
Cohen who made no mistake smashing a shot past Pepe Reina and into the far corner.

The home side’s joy quickly turned to despair, however, as 10 minutes into the second half Sean Davis received his marching orders.

Having already picked up a booking in the first half, the midfielder tangled with Lucas to leave the Trotters down to 10 men, a decision that left the home side seething.

Yet the Reds were quick to make their advantage count and almost grabbed an instant equaliser when Gerrard smashed a shot against the underside of the bar.

However, the visitors did not have to wait long with Dirk Kuyt chesting a Gerrard pass into Torres’ path and the Spaniard finished confidently for Liverpool’s second equaliser of the day.

The visitors continued to press for the winner with
Gerrard twice going close before the skipper finally put some below-par performances behind by grabbing a superb winner.

A Liverpool corner was not properly cleared and instead fell to their talisman who volleyed a brilliant effort into the top corner. 

The goal completed the visitors’ comeback and will bring some welcome respite to Merseyside after an unconvincing start to the season. The Trotters, meanwhile, will point to the sending off as the moment when they game drifted away from them.


~ by footballdirecta on August 30, 2009.

One Response to “Bolton Wanderers 2-3 Liverpool: Steven Gerrard Seals Reds Comeback”

  1. Bentiez Have find a solution to Lucas he is really bad

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