Hammers left Feeling Blue by Bolton
By Tom Dowsett
Sunday 07 Mar 2010 10:04:00
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Two goals in the first sixteen minutes saw the  relegation battle at Upton Park swing decisively 
Bolton's way on Saturday afternoon. Despite a  frenetic finish that saw West Ham almost salvage a point it proved too little too late.

Gianfranco Zola's only change to the side that lost at Old Trafford eleven days ago saw Scott Parker return in place of the injured Mark Noble.

The home side started brightly but it was clear  that Bolton were up for the fight and it was no 
surprise to see Kevin Davies score his customary goal against the Hammers with a powerful header after 10 minutes.

Alessandro Diamanti went close with a curling freekick on 15 minutes but almost immediately Bolton went two up when James Tomkins underestimated the tenacity of Kevin Davies who managed to get the ball back into the box for Jack Wilshere to convert.

West Ham looked a beaten side already and Bolton  might well have increased their advantage.

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Two minutes into the second half Julien Faubert  was forced off with an injury and Kieron Dyer made a rare appearance in front of the home fans.

The Hammers failed to find any real rhythm and  Bolton always threatened to increase their lead, despite being down to ten men after Tamir Cohen was sent off a send bookable offence. 

With two minutes left and all looking lost, Diamanti found a way through with a wonderful 
individual goal to give the home fans hope.

Expectations were further raised when the fourth official indicated five minutes of stoppage time would be added. Junior Stanislas, on as a substitute, almost delivered the point with a 
powerful volley that struck the underside of the  crossbar and rebounded out.

But it was not to be and Bolton move ahead of the  Hammers in the table. However, Hammers' fans need not worry too much as their next two fixtures are  both away at Chelsea and then Arsenal!!

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