Thursday 13 February 2014
We remember Daniel Sturridge helping Bolton beat Everton, Richard Dunne's own goal in the Manchester derby and Titi Camara scoring the winner at Highbury
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Daniel Sturridge made it three goals in three matches since joining Bolton Wanderers on loan from Chelsea to seal his side’s victory against Everton.
Sturridge struck midway through the second half, after an early opener from Gary Cahill, to stretch Everton's run of winless away matches in the Barclays Premier League to five.
Cahill opened the scoring in the 10th minute when his header from Stuart Holden’s free-kick deflected in off Johnny Heitinga.
"We believe he has the potential to improve and I will give him the platform"
Owen Coyle on Daniel Sturridge
Tim Cahill, back in the Everton side after a month away at the Asia Cup with Australia, missed a chance to level from a Leighton Baines cross.
Bolton defender Zat Knight was stretchered off in the 27th minute after injuring his knee ligaments making a challenge.
But it was the hosts who confirmed their victory in the 67th minute when Cahill caused the Toffees defence problems and Lee Chung-yong headed across for Sturridge to slam the ball home.
Everton found it difficult to respond and Bolton thought they had a third only for Holden’s effort from Sturridge’s backheel to be ruled out after the ball had gone out for a goal-kick in the build-up.
The victory, Bolton’s second in three matches, left them eighth in the table but Everton stayed in 13th, although their cushion above the relegation zone was halved to three points.
"It is a great start but he has that in his locker which is why we brought him to the club," said Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle. "We believe he has the potential to improve and I will give him the platform."
The two teams had contrasting ends to the season with Everton winning seven and drawing three of their final 12 matches to finish seventh, while Bolton lost seven and won three of their last 11 fixtures to come 14th.