Saturday, May 05, 2007

West Ham 3 Bolton 1

Two goals from Carlos Tevez and a wonderful volley from Noble gave West Ham a comfortable first half lead. Tevez's first came in the eleventh minute from a free-kick he won himself twenty-five yards out. His left footed shot left Jaaskelainen standing as it flew into the top left corner of the goal.

Tevez's second came ten minutes later when he slotted home a square pass from Boa Morte from seven yards out. Tevez also had a part to play in West Ham's third, as it was his cross across the penalty area that Noble ran onto and volleyed home from eight yards.

In the first half Bolton looked dodgy at the back and their only attacking tactic was to pump long ball's forward in blind hope. However in the second half they managed to reorganise at the back and began to bite in the tackle a little more.

This effort paid off in the 67th minute when Bolton managed to pull one goal back when Anelka played a square ball for Speed just inside the West Ham penalty area, which Speed hit into the bottom right corner of the net.

West Ham themselves never looked as threatening as in the first half but did manage to create a few chances. In the 78th minute Benayoun passed to Tevez in the area but his 9 yard shot was straight at Jaaskelainen. In the 82nd minute Harewood had a shot from about the same position which Jaaskelainen saved at his near post.

West Ham's best chance of the second half came in the dying minutes when the Irons hit Bolton on the break. Benayoun passed to Tevez on the right wing, Tevez crossed for Harewood but the forward was just beaten to the ball by Meite.

So overall a very good afternoon for West Ham that could have been better if Liverpool Reserves hadn't lost to Fulham. However Wigan lost so it looks like it is going to be between the Latics, the Addicks and the Irons.

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