Huge result for Bolton but this game will be remembered for one moment, calling for the use of video technology once again.
Diakite and Cisse returned from two and three game suspensions respectively for QPR. Bolton made just one change from the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City; winger Martin Petrov replacing defender Zac Knight.
In what was an end-to-end opening half; the big moment came on 20 minutes. Joey Barton swings a corner into the six yard-box. QPR centre-half Hill meets it and his header is at least a yard over the goal-line before goalkeeper Bogdan palmed the ball out. Amazingly; the “goal” was not seen by the officials and the score remained ”goal-less.”
One minute later and Hill is still raging at the referee, before being awarded a free-kick for a push. Hill needs to forget the goal incident or he could get in trouble with the man in charge.
On 25 minutes; Hill is back to defensive duties as he snuffs out a threatening run from N’Gog. The fact that Bolton should be 0-1 behind seems to have spurred the home side into life with Pratley gaining more and more influence as he drives an effort at goal which comes off Hill for a corner as the game moves towards the half hour mark. The resulting corner very nearly finds Steinsson unmarked but the bounce eluded him and eventually ends up in Irish ‘keeper Kenny’s hands.
It’s a very even game coming up to ten minutes from the short whistle, with both sides sloppiness indicative of the position they both stand in the league table with Bolton second bottom of the table and QPR just two points and two places above them.
Clint Hill’s frustrations at the ”goal that never was” seem to be getting the better of him as he concedes his fourth free-kick in 18 minutes following a poor tackle on Pratley. Bolton now have a free-kick in dangerous position.
The free-kick is deflected for a corner and the resultant dead ball is well worked with Petrov crossing in with Pratley arriving late to head home from close range. BOLTON 1-0 QPR
The goal seems to have opened up the game as QPR almost equalises immediately with Cisse showing fantastic skill to put Wright-Philips through on goal, but he fires over when he should have hit the target at least.
The half-time whistle blows with QPR feeling very aggrieved to be trailing with 45 minutes to play.
QPR dominate the opening few minutes and are deservedly level from a Cisse effort, though the French man was probably marginally offside. Cisse finishes well just inside the Bolton box but again the linesman’s flag should have been raised. QPR will feel they’ve gotten no more than they’ve deserved. It’s all to play for now with a crucial three points to play for and close to half the match remaining: Bolton 1-1 QPR
The game now becomes very helter skelter with the ball being played mainly between both penalty areas and some big tackles going in on both sides.
The next clear-cut chance comes for Rickets on 78 minutes whose spectacular over head-kick bounces just wide from a Barton cross. QPR are left to rue that miss as Klasnic scores four minutes from the end of the 90 for the home side. Miyachi plays Klasnic in and he slides past Kenny to put the home side in front. Bolton 2-1 QPR with time almost up.
QPR then throw caution to the wind and should have had a penalty as Reo-Croker fouled Onuoho in the box but referee Atkinson waved play on. In truth; he’s given QPR very little all day and Bolton are hanging on with the game entering injury-time.
Three minutes into injury-time; QPR have one last chance from a big bomb into the Bolton box but Bodgan saves excellently from the resultant 20 yard free-kick to secure the three points for the home side and take them above QPR and out of the relegation zone.
Visiting manager Mark Hughes waits several minutes for the officials to leave the pitch at the end of the match. It wasn’t pleasantries the Welsh man wanted to exchange with them. It’s games like this that goal-line technology was invented for. With tens of millions of pounds at stake for Premier League survival; QPR drop into the relegation zone and if QPR get relegated by one or two points this season, they will look back on this game as a big reason why.
Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts, Reo-Coker, Mark Davies, Pratley, Miyaichi, Ngog, Petrov. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Muamba, Eagles, Knight, Kevin Davies, Klasnic, Sordell.
QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Traore, Barton, Diakite, Derry, Wright-Phillips, Cisse, Zamora. Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Mackie, Buzsaky, Young, Taiwo.