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.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CBournemouth462612898455390
4Middlesbrough4625101168373185
5Brentford462391478591978
6Ipswich TownIpswich4622121272541878
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves4622121270561478
8Derby CountyDerby4621141185562977
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn461716136659767
10Birmingham CityBirmingham461615155464-1063
11Cardiff CityCardiff461614165761-462
12Charlton AthleticCharlton461418145460-660
13Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461418144349-660
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest461514177169259
15Leeds UnitedLeeds461511205061-1156
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham461410226283-2152
18Bolton WanderersBolton461312215467-1351
19Reading461311224869-2150
20Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton461017194454-1047
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham461116194667-2146
RMillwall46914234276-3441
RWigan AthleticWigan46912253964-2539
RBlackpool45413283691-5525