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Bolton 3 Birmingham 1 – match report

Bolton 3 Birmingham 1: Trotters come from behind to record first win in three

PUBLISHED:

17:25 GMT, 29 December 2012

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17:46 GMT, 29 December 2012

Bolton put the disappointment of back-to-back defeats behind them with a come-from-behind victory over struggling Birmingham.

Dougie Freedman's side suffered losses to lowly Peterborough and Sheffield Wednesday over the festive period and fell behind after just 11 minutes on Saturday.

Nikola Zigic headed his fifth of the season but the hosts hit back to lead by half-time with goals from Marcos Alonso and Chung-Yong Lee.

Comeback: Lee (second left) put Bolton in front

Comeback: Lee (second left) put Bolton in front

Match facts

Bolton: Bogdan; Mears, Ream, Knight, Alonso; Lee, Pratley, Spearing (Butterfield 89), Andrews, Eagles (Afobe 90); K Davies.

Subs not used: Lonergan, Ricketts, Riley, Petrov, Sordell.

Booked: Lee.

Goals: Alonso 27, Lee 33, Andrews (pen) 79.

Birmingham: Butland; Hancox, Caldwell, Davies, Robinson; Burke (Redmond 72), Spector (Elliott 59), Mullins, Reilly (Jervis 79), Hall; Zigic.

Subs not used: Doyle, Pablo, Gordon, Delfouneso.

Booked: Mullins, Caldwell, Zigic. Sent off: Zigic.

Goal: Zigic 11.

Referee: Simon Hooper.

Attendance: 17,068.

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A second-half penalty from Keith Andrews
settled the matter and Zigic saw red as Birmingham's three-match
unbeaten run came to an end.

The hosts started much the brighter, Chris Eagles cutting in from the
right and trying his luck with an early long-range strike but Jack
Butland was equal to the challenge.

The Trotters threatened again moments later as Jay Spearing hit a superb
looping volley from 30 yards which just dropped wide of the post.

But it was Lee Clark's side who seized the advantage. Chris Burke's
right-wing corner hung in the air and Zigic came through a crowded scene
to nod home from six yards.

Bolton's frustration continued to build when Eagles flashed a shot across goal after being played in by Kevin Davies' backheel.

They did not have to wait much longer for the goal their dominance
deserved after Tyrone Mears burst down the right and delivered a teasing
ball for Alonso to provide the headed finish, outmuscling Curtis Davies
to do so, in the 27th minute.

Spot on: Andrews slots home Bolton's third

Spot on: Andrews slots home Bolton's third

It got even better for Freedman's side just past the half-hour mark, Lee
skipping past two defenders, rounding Butland and squeezing the ball in
from a tight angle.

The impressive Spearing linked well with Davies and the veteran striker
forced a smart stop from Butland as Bolton finished the half on top.

Clark turned to his bench for inspiration early in the second half, bringing on Wade Elliott for Jonathan Spector.

The veteran winger was soon involved, feeding Burke down the flank but his cross cleared everyone in a packed penalty area.

Burke tried to atone but his 20-yard strike was well held by Adam Bogdan as the visitors began to grow into the game.

But after Steven Caldwell handled in the box, Andrews stepped up to calmly steer the spot-kick past Butland in the 79th minute.

Zigic was given his marching orders late on after picking up two
bookings in little over a minute as the Serb went from hero to zero.

Bolton 2 Charlton 0: Late Ngog brace sees Trotters claim maximum points

Bolton 2 Charlton 0: Late Ngog brace sees Trotters claim maximum points

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Substitute David Ngog's second-half brace earned Bolton a 2-0 home victory against Charlton.

The former Liverpool striker scored twice within six minutes to help the Trotters to only their second win in eight games, and condemn Chris Powell's men to their first away defeat since September 18.

Until the Frenchman's introduction the visitors looked most likely to break the deadlock, with Danny Haynes spurning two good opportunities, but it was Dougie Freedman's men who emerged with the three points.

Bolton Wanderers' David Ngog

On target: Bolton's David Ngog sealed the points to give his side only their second win in eight games

Match facts

Bolton (0) 2 Charlton (0) 0

Bolton:
Bogdan,Mears,Ricketts,Knight,Warnock,

Andrews, Spearing, Lee (Petrov 63),Butterfield (Ngog
63), Eagles, Kevin Davies.

Subs Not Used:
Lonergan,Alonso,Ream,Afobe,Pratley.

Booked: Warnock.

Goals: Ngog 74,80.

Charlton: Hamer, Dervite, Morrison, Solly, Wilson, Stephens, Frimpong (Cook
83), Jackson, Seaborne, Kermorgant,

Haynes (Wright-Phillips 82).

Subs Not Used:
Button, Kerkar, Pritchard, Cort, Hulse.

Booked: Stephens,Wilson.

Att: 15,991

Ref: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire).

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The hosts were forced into making two
changes before the game with injured duo Matt Mills and Mark Davies
replaced by Tyrone Mears and Jacob Butterfield.

Powell also made a couple of
alterations to his side, with Bradley Pritchard making way for Dan
Seaborne and Yann Kermorgant recalled in place of Rob Hulse.

It was Freedman's side who carved out
the best chance in the opening stages, with Chung-Yong Lee playing a
neat one-two with Chris Eagles before side-footing wide after 10
minutes.

At the other end, Dale Stephens'
through ball released Haynes clear on goal, but a crucial last-ditch
tackle from Mears denied the Charlton number nine, just as he was set to
pull the trigger.

Powell's men had goalkeeper Ben Hamer
to thank for keeping the scores level soon after, as the former Reading
trainee reacted quickly to deny Eagles' swivel shot with an instinctive
close-range save.

Nine minutes before the break, Haynes
had a second opportunity to open the scoring after Lawrie Wilson stood
up a right-wing cross, but he headed wide when well-placed.

The away side continued to find joy
on the break, with Adam Bogdan needing to be alert to keep out
Kermorgant's left-footed strike.

Both teams struggled to find any
fluency after the interval, with Kermorgant's 55th-minute wayward header
the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock.

But it was Freedman's double change
eight minutes later, replacing Chung-Yong Lee and Butterfield with
Martin Petrov and Ngog, which would prove to be pivotal.

David Ngog of Bolton Wanderers

Stealing the points: Bolton soaked up a lot of pressure from Charlton before Ngog struck twice in the second half

The substitution failed to make an
immediate effect, indeed the Addicks continued to threaten, with Haynes'
shot from a tight angle forcing Bogdan into an important save.

But the Trotters pair were soon able
to combine, as Petrov fed the ball into Ngog, who beat two defenders
before poking the ball past Hamer to give the hosts a vital lead in the
74th-minute.

The Frenchman secured the victory six
minutes later, exchanging passes with Kevin Davies before drilling the
ball into the back of the net.

The London club were unable to bounce
back from the double blow as their seven-match unbeaten run came to an
end, and the home side held on to only their third clean sheet of the
season.

Huddersfield 2 Bolton 2: James Vaughan grabs late equaliser

Huddersfield 2 Bolton 2: Vaughan puts Terriers back on track as Wanderers rue missed chances

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17:52 GMT, 8 December 2012

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17:52 GMT, 8 December 2012

James Vaughan marked his return from injury with a late equaliser as Huddersfield denied Bolton a return to winning ways with a 2-2 draw at the John Smith's Stadium.

The striker, making his first start in eight games following a thigh problem, struck in the 87th minute to help the Terriers avoid a third successive defeat.

After Mark Davies had cancelled out Zat Knight's first-half own goal, Eagles wasted the chance to put his side in front when his 74th-minute penalty was saved by Alex Smithies.

Last-gasp: James Vaughan fires the equaliser for Huddersfield

Last-gasp: James Vaughan fires the equaliser for Huddersfield

Match facts

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Dixon, Clayton, Atkinson (Ward 80), Norwood, Novak (Lee 80), Church (Scannell 75), Vaughan. Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Wallace, Arfield.

Yellow cards: Gerrard, Novak, Vaughan, Dixon, Clayton.

Scorers: Knight 9 og,Vaughan 87.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mills (Ream 85), Knight, Ricketts, Warnock, Spearing, Andrews, Eagles, Mark Davies, Lee, Kevin Davies. Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ngog, Petrov, Afobe, Pratley, Butterfield.

Yellow cards: Bogdan.

Scorers: Mark Davies 70, Eagles 80.

Att: 16,372

Ref: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

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However, the in-form winger looked to have given Bolton, who lost to struggling Ipswich last weekend, the three points six minutes later before Vaughan's late leveller.

Adam Clayton tried his luck from distance early on, but Adam Bogdan was equal to the former Leeds midfielder's 30-yard effort.

The Trotters responded and dangerman Eagles pulled the ball back only for Keith Andrews to scuff a shot into the hands of Smithies, who then had to keep out an Eagles 25-yard drive after Peter Clarke gave away possession.

But it was the hosts who went ahead in the ninth minute when Anthony Gerrard headed Oliver Norwood's corner goalwards and the ball went in off visiting defender Knight.

Bolton almost levelled up three minutes later when Andrews fired narrowly over after Mark Davies saw his effort blocked.

However, Town were unfortunate not to double their advantage when Clayton's shot was parried by Bogdan and Lee Novak hit the rebound against the crossbar.

Huddersfield had to be alert at the back to clear a Sam Ricketts header, while at the other end Chris Atkinson sliced a half-volley over the top from 25 yards.

Town finished the half strongly, with Norwood curling a free-kick from the edge of the area just wide before Bogdan had to backtrack quickly to tip over Jack Hunt's teasing cross.

Bolton came out firing in the second half and Knight almost made up for his earlier error but his header was off target, before Lee Chung-yong shot narrowly wide from an acute angle.

Out in front: Chris Eagles (centre) celebrates his goal for Bolton

Out in front: Chris Eagles (centre) celebrates his goal for Bolton

In the 52nd minute, referee Eddie Ilderton waved away Bolton's appeals for a penalty when Kevin Davies was bundled over in the box.

Kevin Davies was then played in by Lee, although the former England striker's shot whistled past the post.

Bolton's pressure told in the 69th minute when Mark Davies picked up a pass from Eagles and side-footed home from 12 yards.

Eagles missed a glorious opportunity to put his side into the lead five minutes later as his penalty was tipped onto the post by Smithies after Paul Dixon fouled Ricketts in the area.

However, the former Manchester United winger made amends shortly afterwards when he found the net from 12 yards.

But Vaughan secured a point for Simon Grayson's outfit three minutes from time, shooting into the bottom corner.

Middlesbrough 2 Bolton 1 match report: Scott MCDonald Lee Chung-yong goals

Middlesbrough 2 Bolton 1: McDonald fires two as Boro hit back to stop Trotters

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16:21 GMT, 27 October 2012

Substitute Scott McDonald scored
twice for Middlesbrough as they came from behind to make it four npower
Championship wins on the bounce.

Boro had trailed when Lee Chung-yong
gave Bolton the lead against the run of play with a cute dinked finish,
but McDonald, who came on in the first half after an injury to Marvin
Emnes, scored his first two goals of the season to maintain their
momentum.

First he was on hand to poke home
from close range following a spill from Adam Bogdan midway through the
second half and then he headed home Emmanuel Ledesma's cross in the
final 10 minutes.

Top man: Scott McDonald powered Boro to victory

Top man: Scott McDonald powered Boro to victory

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Parnaby, Hines, Bikey, Friend, Haroun, Leadbitter, McEachran (Halliday 87), Reach (Ledesma 46), Miller, Emnes (McDonald 22). Subs not used: Leutwiler, Smallwood, Bailey, Hoyte.

Goals: McDonald 67, 85.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears (Ngog 87), Ricketts, Ream, Warnock, Eagles, Mark Davies (Pratley 77), Lee, Spearing, Petrov (Afobe 65), Kevin Davies. Subs not used: Lynch, Mills, Andrews, Riley.

Booked: Kevin Davies, Eagles.

Goals: Lee 42.

Att: 16,200.

Ref: Gary Sutton.

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Boro, unbeaten in five, remain in third place in the league and look a good bet to mount a serious promotion challenge over the next few weeks.

In contrast new Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has it all to do as Wanderers, who rarely threatened in the second half, languish in lower mid-table, but with the quality on show in their squad they should rise the division in the coming weeks.

Freedman, who will be officially unveiled on Monday afternoon, watched from the stands as Jimmy Phillips took charge for the last time and he was almost out of his seat in the opening two minutes when Chris Eagles unleashed an effort from distance, but it went just wide of the post.

Boro soon found their feet though and Grant Leadbitter tested Bogdan from distance before Ishmael Miller wasted a fine chance when he headed George Friend's probing cross wide in the 10th minute.

The hosts, who were unchanged from Tuesday's win over Hull, were asking all the questions and Bogdan had to be at his best to deny Emnes' powerful effort.

Boro's flow was not interrupted by the injury to Emnes which saw McDonald come on and Miller had another effort go just off target as his curling effort flew wide with Bogdan beaten.

But Boro paid the ultimate price for their failure to score as the visitors stole a 43rd-minute lead.

Interested party: New Bolton boss Dougie Freedman watched from the stands

Interested party: New Bolton boss Dougie Freedman watched from the stands

A loose ball fell to Chung-Yong and after composing himself inside the area he delightfully lifted the ball over Jason Steele to stun the Riverside.

And it could have been even better for Wanderers two minutes later as Lee was presented with a golden chance to double the lead, but trying to repeat his earlier finish he blazed over the bar.

It was an unjust half-time scoreline and Boro came out after the interval trying to put it right, though they struggled to create the same vibrancy.
However, they finally built up a head of steam and levelled midway through the second period.

Miller had the ball on the left and fired in a cross-shot that Bogdan could only parry and McDonald was on hand to stab home from close range.
Boro were flying and McDonald headed another opportunity wide before they had a strong appeal for handball turned down when the ball appeared to strike Sam Ricketts on the arm.

The deserved winner finally came in the 85th minute when McDonald was left unmarked and headed home Ledesma's cross from the left and Boro held on for the three points.

Bolton 0 Crystal Palace 1: Glenn Murray penalty earns win

Bolton 0 Crystal Palace 1: Murray penalty keeps up fine Eagles run

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17:13 GMT, 29 September 2012

Crystal Palace stretched their unbeaten run to five games as Glenn Murray continued his fine goalscoring form to convert the penalty which proved the difference against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

Both teams came into the game with 10 points, sat just below mid-table in the npower Championship, and in a close match short on quality it was the Eagles who recorded their fourth win in five matches.

Murray had scored two penalties as part of a hat-trick a week earlier as Palace came from two down to beat Cardiff 3-2 and the former Brighton striker held his nerve 10 minutes from time to give the visitors their first ever league win away to Bolton, whose own unbeaten home run in the league came to an end.

Good run: Glenn Murray celebrates scoring from the spot

Good run: Glenn Murray celebrates scoring from the spot

Match facts

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Warnock, Mark Davies, Andrews (Petrov 70), Spearing, Eagles (Lee 80), Kevin Davies, Ngog (Sordell 76).

Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ream, Ricketts, Pratley.

Booked: Spearing.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Parr (Moxey 64), Blake, Delaney, Garvan, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Murray, Bolasie (Williams 75), Zaha.

Subs Not Used: Price, Martin, Goodwillie, Wilbraham, Moritz.

Booked: Zaha.

Goals: Murray 80 pen.

Att: 16,727

Ref: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

Palace made the better start and
within a minute the impressive Wilfried Zaha burst into the area on the
right before seeing his angled, first-time shot parried away by
goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Palace were looking a threat on the
counter-attack and went close once more as Owen Garvan sent in a looping
cross but Murray was not able to get enough power on his header and
sent his attempt straight at Bogdan.

The hosts then had a penalty shout
for a possible handball from a Mark Davies header, before Damien Delaney
made a superb block to deny home striker David Ngog, who looked well
placed to score from close range.

Zaha again went close for Palace on
35 minutes as he turned well in the area to fire a low shot that was
well saved by the feet of Bogdan, before the visitors were forced to put
their bodies on the line to block efforts from both Kevin Davies and
Chris Eagles as Bolton threatened inside the six-yard area at the other
end.

But it was Palace who ended the half
on a high when Murray glanced a header inches wide of the right post
from Garvan's left-wing cross.

After the break, Bolton had their
best chance of the game on the hour when Mark Davies beat one man in the
area and drilled a low shot that was bundled away from the danger-zone
by Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

The home side seemed buoyed by this
chance and moments later Kevin Davies, making his 700th career
appearance, also found Speroni when well placed six yards out, following
Eagles' free-kick that was flicked on by Matt Mills.

Palace had struggled to rediscover
their first-half form, but Zaha almost created something from nothing
when he surged forward and despite numbers in support, he kept on going
himself and saw his shot well saved by Bogdan.

It was the tricky Zaha whose skills ended up helping the visitors score what would prove to be the only goal of the game.

Zaha's trickery drew a foul from Zat
Knight and referee Geoff Eltringham pointed to the penalty spot, with
Murray stepping up to slot home past Bogdan to give Palace the lead.

The dangerous Zaha then produced a
dangerous cross across the face of goal that was close to being
connected to by two Palace players.

The hosts went close to equalising
when substitute Chung-Yong Lee sent a fizzing shot whistling just over
the upright, but Bolton were unable to create anything better than this
as Dougie Freedman's men held on for victory.

Birmingham 2 Bolton 1: Match report

Birmingham 2 Bolton 1: King's spot kick sinks travel sick Trotters

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23:46 GMT, 18 September 2012

Bolton's miserable form on their travels continued as they were beaten by Birmingham, for whom Leroy Lita scored on his home debut.

Marlon King's 48th-minute penalty, awarded when assistant referee Steven Copeland flagged for a foul by Marcos Alonso, proved decisive in an action-packed encounter after a stunning free-kick from Chris Eagles had cancelled out Lita's early opener.

Owen Coyle's side now boast the unenviable record of four defeats from as many away matches this term, while Birmingham have lost just one of their last 26 league games at St Andrew's.

Spot on: Marlon King scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot

Spot on: Marlon King scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot

MATCH FACTS:

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis (Davies 54), Caldwell, Ibanez, Murphy, Burke (Redmond 71), Mullins (Fahey 46), Spector, Elliott, Lita, King.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Lovenkrands, Morrison, Asante.
Booked: Caldwell.

Goals: Lita 16, King 48 pen.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Alonso, Lee (Petrov 59), Mark Davies, Spearing (Andrews 17), Eagles, Ngog (Afobe 59), Kevin Davies.

Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ricketts, Sordell, Pratley.

Booked: Knight, Mark Davies, Lee.

Goal: Eagles 44.

Attendance: 14,693

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Lita – on loan from Swansea – was left with a simple finish in the 16th minute as right-back Paul Caddis latched on to a superb pass from the recalled Wade Elliott, who delivered an outstanding display, before selflessly sliding the ball across the six-yard box.

Eagles' curling strike from 30 yards ensured the teams went into half-time on level terms, yet King wasted little time in restoring Birmingham's advantage.

The striker was bundled over by Alonso as he looked to connect with David Murphy's left-wing cross and dusted himself down before confidently sending Adam Bogdan the wrong way from 12 yards.

Both sides showed one change from the weekend. Elliott replaced Peter Lovenkrands in Birmingham's line-up, while Bolton dropped Keith Andrews to the bench, with Chung-Yong Lee gaining a starting berth.

Bolton were given an early warning in the seventh minute when a delightful cross from Caddis picked out Lita, whose header deflected narrowly wide of the near post.

Opening up: Leroy Lita scores the first for Birmingham

Opening up: Leroy Lita scores the first for Birmingham

David Ngog had the ball in the net for the visitors soon after, but the linesman's flag had long since gone up for offside.

Caddis and Lita duly linked up to good effect to put Birmingham ahead following Elliott's defence-splitting pass, and Bolton were forced into a substitution prior to the restart, with Andrews replacing the injured Jay Spearing.

After a brief lull, another fine through-ball from Elliott put Chris Burke in the clear, but Wanderers goalkeeper Bogdan stayed big to make a vital save.

Lee and Ngog saw subsequent chances go begging, but the visitors grabbed a deserved leveller a minute before half-time through Eagles' fourth of the season.

Friendly welcome: Fabrice Muamba a former player of both Birmingham City and Bolton goes on the pitch

Friendly welcome: Fabrice Muamba a former player of both Birmingham City and Bolton goes on the pitch

There was warm applause during the interval when guest of honour Fabrice Muamba, who played for both clubs before being forced to retire on medical grounds, was welcomed on to the pitch.

Birmingham introduced Keith Fahey in place of Hayden Mullins and made a flying start to the second half; after King's spot-kick, Caddis tested Bogdan with a powerful shot from distance and Lita fired wide after latching on to a poor header from Zat Knight.

The impressive Caddis was withdrawn soon after, having landed awkwardly on his shoulder during a Bolton attack that saw Jack Butland deny Matt Mills.

Feeling down: Owen Coyle looks dejected at the final whistle

Feeling down: Owen Coyle looks dejected at the final whistle

Coyle subsequently introduced Benik Afobe and Martin Petrov, and both substitutes went close, the former with a thunderous volley, either side of Elliott curling a 65th-minute shot wide for the hosts.

There was still time for Birmingham substitute Nathan Redmond to bring a fingertip save from Bogdan following a sensational solo run, while Butland remained alert to pull off a host of late stops as Bolton piled on the pressure.

Bolton 2 Watford 1: Matt Mills scores as Wanderers win

Bolton 2 Watford 1: Wanderers benefit from Mills boon

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16:43 GMT, 15 September 2012

Matt Mills scored his first goal for Bolton as they bounced back from two consecutive defeats to beat Watford at the Reebok Stadium this afternoon.

The former Reading and Leicester defender struck early on, and Bolton captain Kevin Davies hit a second just before the break to give the home side some breathing space.

Net profit: Kevin Davies (2nd L) scores Bolton's second goal

Net profit: Kevin Davies (2nd L) scores Bolton's second goal

Watford fought back in the second half and Lloyd Doyley's cross-cum shot provided a tense finish for both sides.

Bolton went close after only two minutes but Manuel Almunia made a great save from Marcos Alonso's header and the ball was cleared off the line.

MATCH FACTS

BOLTON: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Alonso, M Davies, Andrews (Pratley 66), Spearing, Eagles, K Davies, N'Gog (Afobe 59). Unused subs: Lonergan, Petrov, Ricketts, Sordell, Lee.

Goals: Mills 3, K Davies 42

Booked: Mears

WATFORD: Almunia, Doyley, Neuton, Nosworthy, Pudil, Yeates (Beleck 88), Hogg, Abdi (Smith 80), Murray (Forestieri 67), Iwelumo, Vydra. Unused subs: Bond, Cassetti, Chalobah, Ekstrand.

Goals: Doyley 58.

Booked: Doyley, Pudil.

Referee: E Ilderton

Att: 16,608

Gianfranco Zola's side didn't heed the warning though and were behind a minute later.

A Chris Eagles corner was well met by Mills and despite Almunia getting a hand to it, he could not keep it out.

Watford's first sight of goal came 10 minutes later but after moving infield, Mark Yeates dragged his shot, which was easily held by Adam Bogdan.

Owen Coyle's side went close to another as the first half wore on, but Almunia was quick off the line to stifle an David Ngog shot.

The striker was well into the action and just a minute later spared his side's blushes by clearing a Nyron Nosworthy header off the line from a Watford corner.

Bolton's Eagles continued to cause problems from set pieces, this time swinging in a dangerous cross that Davies could only head over but with three minutes to go to half-time, Bolton doubled their lead and once again, a ball into the box from Eagles did the damage, with Davies steering the cross into the far corner.

Yeates almost grabbed a goal back out of nothing before the break, but his speculative volley from the edge of the area cannoned back off the crossbar and Jay Spearing hooked the ball clear.

The first chance of the second half came after 50 minutes.

Ngog crossed to Davies but the ball was only half cleared into the path of Eagles and his rasping goalbound shot was diverted wide by Nosworthy, but Watford looked dangerous too, and a Daniel Pudil 20 yard drive went just wide of Bogdan's far post.

Watford were rewarded for their impressive start just before the hour mark after Doyley's cross eluded Bogdan and found the far corner, and the away side continued to press with Nosworthy going close again with a header from a Yeates corner but the defender could not hit the target.

Kevin Davies had a really good chance to calm the home supporters' nerves with 12 minutes to go after substitute Benik Afobe picked him out, but the Bolton captain could only head straight at Almunia, though Bolton were able to hang on for the points.

Hungary 0 Ireland 0: Final Euro 2012 warm up

Hungary 0 Ireland 0: Trapattoni's men struggle to find top gear in Euro warm-up

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Ireland could not find a way past a resilient Hungary in their final warm-up game for Euro 2012.

Giovanni Trapattoni's side eased into the game and were more of a force in the second half, but Croatia will not have seen anything to worry them before they meet on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Shay Given was substituted shortly after the interval and Irish fans will be desperately hoping their star stopper is not suffering from an injury.

More to follow.

Scrap: Ireland's Kevin Doyle (left) fights for the ball with Hungary's Adam Pinter

Scrap: Ireland's Kevin Doyle (left) fights for the ball with Hungary's Adam Pinter

Difficult: Giovanni Trapattoni's side struggled to break down the Hungarians

Difficult: Giovanni Trapattoni's side struggled to break down the Hungarians

In the wars: Doyle is sandwiched by Peter Halmosi and Norbert Meszaros

In the wars: Doyle is sandwiched by Peter Halmosi and Norbert Meszaros

Up high: Adam Bogdan rises to foil an Ireland attack

Sean St Ledger gets to grips with Adam Szalai

Up high: Adam Bogdan rises to foil an Ireland attack (left) while Sean St Ledger gets to grips with Adam Szalai

Roar: Hungary fans cheer their team on

Roar: Hungary fans cheer their team on

Euro 2012: Austria 3 Ukraine 2

Austria 3 Ukraine 2: England's Euro rivals suffer shock friendly defeat

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21:03 GMT, 1 June 2012

Marko Arnautovic scored in the dying minutes to help Austria beat European Championship co-hosts Ukraine 3-2 in a friendly on Friday.

The Werder Bremen striker wrong footed defender Bohdan Butko before blasting the ball past goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov for his second goal of the match.

Shock result: Austria's Marko Arnautovic celebrates his late goal

Shock result: Austria's Marko Arnautovic celebrates his late goal

Zlatko Junuzovic gave Austria an early lead from a free kick in the third minute, while midfielder Oleh Husyev scored twice for Ukraine in the second half.

It was Ukraine's first loss in seven matches.

Battle: Austria's Marko Arnautovic (right) and Ukraine's Bogdan Butko

Battle: Austria's Marko Arnautovic (right) and Ukraine's Bogdan Butko

In their final warmup game, Ukraine plays Turkey in Augsburg, Germany on Tuesday, six days before taking on Sweden at Euro 2012 in Kiev.

Bolton release 12 players but Kevin Davies extends contract

Davies pledges future to Bolton as club axe 12 players ahead of drop into Championship

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09:56 GMT, 18 May 2012

Bolton striker Kevin Davies has signed a new one-year contract at the club but Wanderers' relegation from the Barclays Premier League is being felt with 12 players on their way out.

Davies' current deal expired this summer but he has agreed to stay on, with defender Sam Ricketts also agreeing a two-year extension as manager Owen Coyle prepares his side for their npower Championship campaign.

Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has activated a release clause in his contract while a further 11 players have all been released after their deals ran out.

I'm staying! Davies will remain to help Bolton regain Premier League status

I'm staying! Davies will remain to help Bolton regain Premier League status

Gretar Steinsson, Paul Robinson, Sean Davis, Robbie Blake, Ricardo Gardner, Ivan Klasnic, Mark Connolly, Tope Obadeyi, Rhys Bennett, Dino Fazlic and Tom Eckersley are those who have left, while Tuncay Sanli, Dedryck Boyata and Ryo Miyaichi have all returned to their respective parent clubs after loans spells.

Wandering off: Reo-Coker has activated a release clause

Wandering off: Reo-Coker has activated a release clause

In a statement Bolton said discussions were continuing with goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, deposed as number one by Adam Bogdan, and Zat Knight over their contracts.

'I was clear with Nigel. I asked him straight away whether he wanted to stay and be a part of what we are going to do next season,' Coyle said in a statement.

'He was honest and up front with us, because that is the type of man he is, and said that he wanted to exercise the clause in his contract, and so we wish him well.

'I would also like to thank the players that are leaving the club for their work at Bolton. We wish them all well.

'One of those is Ricardo Gardner, who has been with the football club for 14 years.

'He has offered incredible service to Bolton and I'd like to personally thank him for all of his efforts, particularly during the time I have worked with him.'