Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Queens Park Rangers
Last Updated: Sat, 10 Mar 2012 15:28
Ivan Klasnic's late strike saw Bolton secure a vital win in their relegation clash against fellow strugglers QPR.
The substitute fired home on 86 minutes in a clash full of controversy in which QPR saw what looked a valid goal rued out, and claimed an equaliser to Darren Pratley's opener through what appeared to be an offside strike by Djibril Cisse.
Bolton started brightly, David Ngog going close when he dragged a shot wide. However, QPR began to find their feet and went close to an opener when Bobby Zamora crashed a drive against the bar.
The visitors thought they had broken the deadlock on 20 minutes when Clint Hill's header from Joey Barton's corner looked to have cleared the line. However, the referee ruled no goal to leave Hill and his team-mates bewildered.
To rub salt into the wounds Bolton took the lead on 37 minutes. American Tim Ream chipped the ball into the area where Pratley headed home from close range.
QPR enjoyed a great chance to level terms a minute later but Shaun Wright-Phillips, put in by Cisse, saw his first-time shot go wide.
The visitors leveled terms two minutes after half time. Cisse produced a great finish from Wright-Phillips' pass to flick the ball past Bogdan, as Bolton fans called for offside. Cisse with time running out went close to a second but his overhead kick was over the target.
At the other end Bolton enjoyed a rare opportunity when Mark Davies went within inches of putting Bolton back on top, his curling shot going just over and grazing the top netting.
However, with four minutes remaining the home side grabbed the winner against the run-of-play, Klasnic guiding the ball past Paddy Kenny after Ryo Miyaichi slid the ball into his path.
QPR saw claims for a penalty for a Nigel Reo-Coker challenge on Nedem Onuoha waved away in the dying seconds as Bolton held out for a crucial win.
The victory gives Bolton a real boost in their battle against the drop, while QPR find themselves fully ensconsed in the relegation fight.