Bolton 1 West Ham 0
West Ham nearly managed to make it until the third minute before picking up an injury. However in the second minute Ferdinand pulled a hamstring and had to be replaced by Pantsil.
With West Ham already missing Neill that made a back four of Pantsil, Spector, Upson and McCartney. In midfield Collison was handed his first start alongside Boa Morte, Parker and Mullins. Ashton and Zamora started up front (Solano didn't even make the bench - is he injured now?)
Bolton had the better of the possession and territory in the first half and forced West Ham to clear off the line twice. The best of these chances fell to Davies in the 29th minute. Davies met a corner with his head and Parker was forced to clear the ball from his own goal-line.
In the 38th minute Bolton actually put the ball in the back of the net. Campo took a free-kick and the ball was flicked on and fell to Diouf at the far post. Diouf poked the ball home but was correctly judged offside.
West Ham's only real chance fell to Ashton in the 36th minute. Ashton made a good run and shot left-footed from 18 yards, forcing a save from Ali Al Habsi.
The second half started disastrously for West Ham. Thirty seconds after the kick-off Taylor took an in-swinging corner, the ball found its way to Davies six yards out and he fired home with his right foot. West Ham almost replied ten minutes later when first Boa Morte's shot was blocked by Steinsson and then Ashton tried an overhead kick which Al Habsi was forced to tip over.
Bolton thought they had killed the game off in the 65th minute when Nolan put the ball in the back of the net but, for the second time in the game, they had a goal disallowed for offside. Sears was then brought on for Zamora. Ashton, almost immediately, shot left footed from a tight angle and forced another save from Al Habsi.
In the last ten minutes West Ham managed to apply some pressure on the Bolton area for the first time in the match. In the 83rd minute Parker shot right-footed from the centre of the penalty area and Al Habsi saved diving low to his left. In the 87th minute Mullins shot from 30 yards but his shot was blocked by Nolan. In the end though it was too little too late from West Ham.
Another bad day at the office for the Irons, with another loss and another player out for the rest of the season. Derby County are already licking their lips at the prospect of facing West Ham next week.