Bolton 2-1 Portsmouth

Dec 22, 2008

Bolton secured victory thanks to two goals in the first three minutes but also missed a glut of chances.

Matthew Taylor fired the hosts ahead when he flipped the ball up and volleyed in before Ricardo Gardner made it 2-0 with another cracking volley.

Peter Crouch headed in at the far post to hand Pompey a lifeline, but they almost conceded again when Rafn Steinsson’s header hit the post.

Kevin Davies had a header cleared off the line as Bolton pressed for a third.

It proved elusive and meant Bolton, who should really have won by a comfortable margin, had to endure an edgy last few minutes.

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