Bolton gained a vital win in their fight for Premier League survival as they beat Everton 2-1 at a windswept Goodison Park on Wednesday night.
In a game that will be remembered for Everton’s first goal from their goal keeper Tim Howard, yes you read right, it was Bolton that adapted to the conditions much better than their hosts.
The game saw a returning Landon Donovan make his return to the Everton blue, however it was his countryman Howard that grabbed the headlines with a bizarre strike to open the scoring for the home side.
A back pass from Sylvain Distin was punted forward, caught by the wind and bounced over the hapless Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan to send the home crowd of bizarre delight
For Everton that would prove to be the only highlight of the game from an attacking point of view, which sums up their attacking problems at the moment. Bolton looked the more dangerous as the game developed and they duly came back into the game with a tidy finish from David Ngog who finished well past Howard.
That goal spurred the away side on and they took the lead through Garry Cahill, who was excellent all night, after Everton had failed to deal with a Bolton free kick.
That win took Bolton off the bottom of the table, one point behind QPR ad manager Owen Coyle was delighted with his sides performance. “Belief, character, resilience – all the adjectives you want,” he said .
“A lot of teams in our position would have been happy to settle for a point at Goodison Park but we wanted to push on for three and we deserved it.
“I’ve always believed these players are good enough to keep us in the Premier League.”
EVERTON: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka (Rodwell 42), Distin, Baines, Donovan, Neville, Heitinga, Osman (Gueye 53), Stracqualursi, Saha, Rodwell (Cahill 61). Subs not used : Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, McFadden, Anichebe.Booked : Distin.
BOLTON WANDERERS : Bogdan, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Ricketts, Mark Davies, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Eagles (Pratley 81), Ngog (Kevin Davies 87). Subs not used: Lynch, Robinson, Sanli, Klasnic, Wheater.Booked : Ngog, Reo-Coker, Cahill.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)