Half-Time Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Jussi Jaaskelainen and Shane Long
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Martin Petrov's penalty midway through the opening 45 gives Bolton a slender lead over West Bromwich Albion at the Reebok.

Martin Petrov's penalty has given Bolton a precious half-time lead over West Bromwich Albion at the Reebok this afternoon.

Early on Chris Eagles rifled a long-range effort into the side-netting before David N'Gog failed to get his foot to Martin Petrov's cross as the hosts started well.

The Baggies responded quickly and Gareth McAuley almost headed in an opener before Chris Brunt sidefooted wide.

West Brom again came close minutes later when Shane Long collected at the near post, turned and smacked towards goal with Adam Bogdan only able to push the ball onto the upright.

The game's openness continued and this time it was Bolton who squandered an opportunity as N'Gog headed into the turf.

The Trotters went ahead in the 24th minute when Martin Petrov beat Ben Foster from 12 yards after Mark Davies was felled in the area.

Three points for Owen Coyle's men could see them climb out of the bottom three if QPR remain level against Stoke.

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