Bolton beats Everton 2-0 in Premier League

Daniel Sturridge kept up his impressive scoring record for

Bolton to inspire a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Everton in

the Premier League on Sunday.

The England under-21 forward scored for the third straight match

since joining on loan from Chelsea on transfer deadline day,

smashing home a swerving finish in the 67th minute to seal Bolton’s

victory.

Sturridge, who was one of English football’s great hopes when he

came through the ranks at Manchester City, rarely featured at

Chelsea following his move to Stamford Bridge in 2009. But he is

flourishing now he is getting regular starts at Bolton.

”I’m just delighted to be playing first-team football,” he

said. ”The manager has instilled a lot of confidence in me, told

me to go out and play my normal game. I’m enjoying it.”

Gary Cahill put the hosts ahead in the 10th minute, his header

from an inswinging free kick by Stuart Holden deflecting into the

net off the unfortunate Everton defender John Heitinga.

Everton struggled to create many clear-cut chances and remain

13th in the standings, three points off the bottom three.

”It’s probably the poorest performance I have seen from us for

a long time,” said Everton manager David Moyes, who acknowledged

his team is embroiled in a relegation battle with 12 games

remaining.

”Overall I never thought we were at the races.”

Bolton is now a point behind seventh-place Sunderland.

Cahill had already shown he was a threat at set-pieces by

heading wide at the far post early on following Matt Taylor’s deep

corner.

But Everton didn’t learn the lesson and, minutes later, the

England center back found space in the area to meet Holden’s free

kick with a header that deflected off the static Heitinga and into

the net past wrong-footed goalkeeper Tom Howard.

Australia midfielder Tim Cahill was Everton’s most dangerous

player at the other end, shooting wide in the 17th before firing

straight at goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen from the edge of the area

just before halftime.

Everton dominated possession at the start of the second half but

failed to seriously trouble Jaaskelainen. The concession of a

second goal then killed off any realistic hopes of a comeback.

A long ball hoisted forward by the Bolton defense ended with Lee

nodding a header down to Sturridge, who was running in from the

right. The forward’s finish was unerring as it fizzed past Howard

from 10 yards.

Sturridge also scored the winner against Wolverhampton on his

Bolton debut on Feb. 2, and again at Tottenham last weekend.

Holden had a goal disallowed in the 79th when the ball was

harshly adjudged to be out of play as Sturridge backheeled to the

United States midfielder. Sturridge then curled just wide from long

range as Bolton threatened to score a third.