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Loftus Road Stadium (ATT 15,195) 13th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Atkinson

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Bolton Wanderers Bolton


C Hill (S/O 90+4)


Bolton 4

G Cahill (45+2)
D Gabbidon (og 67)
I Klasnic (70)
F Muamba (79)

Trotters too good for new boys

Owen Coyle's men enjoy thumping win on opening day

Last Updated: 13/08/11 6:40pm

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Cahill: Scored the first goal as he set his team up for an impressive opening day win

Cahill: Scored the first goal as he set his team up for an impressive opening day win

Bolton Wanderers thumped promoted Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Loftus Road as Kieron Dyer limped off with a serious injury to compound their defeat.

Man of the Match: Fabrice Muamba. The Bolton midfielder may not win many of these awards this season but he was immense in this game. His partnership with new signing Nigel Reo-Coker looked quite formidable and he just shaded his colleague by notching the last goal with a cool finish. Goal of the Match: Gary Cahill. The stylish Bolton defender scored a goal that most centre-forwards could only dream about. Owen Coyle has said that he is surprised there have been no firm bids for the player. But that will no doubt change before the close of the window. His delightful curling shot set Bolton up to win this game, and it was undoubtedly the goal of the game. Save of the Match: Ivan Klasnic had Paddy Kenny at full stretch early in the second half after linking up with his strike partner Kevin Davies. His left-foot drive looked like it was sneaking past Kenny but he extended to his maximum width to keep the ball out. Shot of the Match: Adel Taarabt sparkled in parts during this give and gave us all a glimpse of his sublime talents. A lovely mazy run was finished off with a dipping curling shot that just missed the top corner. It would have been an early goal of the season contender had it gone in.

DJ Campbell had an early goal disallowed as QPR showed plenty of spirit early on before Dyer went off with a suspected broken metatarsal.

Gary Cahill's fine goal on the stroke of half-time gave Bolton the lead at the interval and it was an advantage the visitors would not relinquish.

Daniel Gabbidon scored an own goal before Ivan Klasnic's deflected shot further extended their lead.

Fabrice Muamba rounded off the scoring with a cool finish to give Bolton an emphatic win before QPR defender Clint Hill was shown a red card in stoppage-time.

Some of the 15,000 home support headed for an early exit, venting their frustrations at shareholder Flavio Briatore, who could soon sell up to Lotus Formula One boss Tony Fernandes, watching from the directors' box.

Things could have been so different had Campbell, who impressed for Blackpool last season, not seen his early close-range effort disallowed.


Then, on five minutes, Dyer, who has completed 90 minutes only once in his last 29 Premier League matches, stretched for a 50/50 challenge and landed awkwardly, leading to extensive treatment before the former England midfielder had to be carried off on a stretcher, his foot already in a protective boot.

Bolton, who faded badly after their FA Cup semi-final defeat last season, soon settled, with new arrivals Nigel Reo-Coker and Chris Eagles both playing well in midfield.

On the stroke of half-time, they were ahead when Eagles fed Cahill, who had stayed up from a corner.

The centre-back, a target for Arsenal, took one touch before curling a sublime effort into the top left corner.

After 56 minutes, QPR captain Adel Taarabt, who has been linked with a big-money move away during the summer, finally found some space on the edge of the Bolton area, but his shot flew wide.


Bolton, though, were 2-0 up after 68 minutes. Kevin Davies won a free-kick when bundled over by Alejandro Faurlin just outside the area on the left.

Eagles' low delivery was deflected off the wall and across the six-yard box towards the far post, where Gabbidon put the ball into his own net.

Before QPR could mount a recovery, Klasnic made it 3-0 when he drilled home via a deflected effort off Bradley Orr after a knockdown from Davies.

Neil Warnock made a double change on 72 minutes, replacing Tommy Smith and the disappointing Taarabt with Heidar Helguson and Akos Buzsaky.

Cahill was booked for tripping Shaun Derry on the edge of the Bolton penalty area, but Buzsaky hit the free-kick into the wall, which just about summed up Rangers' afternoon.

Muamba swept in number four after a flowing counter-attack and QPR's miserable day was compounded when Hill was shown a straight red card for pushing his head into Petrov's chest as the pair tussled on the near touchline during stoppage time.                       


















Queens Park RangersTeam StatisticsBolton Wanderers
01st Half Goals1
2Shots on Target5
7Shots off Target6
8Blocked Shots7
1Yellow Cards2
1Red Cards0
63.8Passing Success67.9
75Tackles Success69.6
51.9Territorial Advantage48.1

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