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Memorable Match: Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

Chris takes a trip down memory lane

Chris Brunskill

The 2007/08 season was at the tail-end of the Bolton Wanderers' glory years. Legendary manager Sam Allardyce, unbeknownst to the fans, was planning on taking a long break from football (ie-two weeks in Marbella before pitching up at Newcastle on double the salary).

We had a brilliant squad back then. We were on the cusp of finishing in the top eight again and hopefully qualifying for the UEFA Cup. However, our participation in the competition was at risk due to a poor run of form that had seen us lose three games on the spin against Tottenham Hotspur (1-4), Blackburn Rovers (1-2) and Manchester United (again, 1-4).

A 1-0 home win against Sheffield United had halted the slide but we needed to pick up as many points as we could to ensure qualification for the UEFA Cup.

So on the 7th April we made the short trip to bandit country. We had our injections, took our malaria tablets and drove into Wigan.

Our opponents were in the midst of their third season in the Premier League and it was a glorious summer's day with the fans in great voice.

The home side should have taken the lead after three minutes but Ryan Taylor's free-kick was volleyed wide from six yards by Lee McCulloch. Soon after, Caleb Folan then blazed over the bar following good work by Antonio Valencia before former England striker Emile Heskey put Wigan ahead from close range on 32 minutes.

Valencia dispossessed Tal Ben Haim on the left flank and played the ball into Folan, who allowed Scharner to cross, and Heskey bundled the ball home from close range.

Allardyce immediately replaced Ben Haim with Ricardo Gardner to cope with Valencia's pace. What a genius. Wanderers record signing Nicolas Anelka tapped in the equaliser following good work by El-Hadji Diouf just 12 minutes later.

A goalmouth melee led to Matt Jackson blocking Anelka's shot but when the ball was fizzed back into the box from Diouf, Anelka scrambled the ball home.

Diouf then had a glorious chance to give Bolton the lead but when Filan spilled Andranik's 20-yard shot he could only shoot straight at the Australian keeper.

Bolton's revival continued after the interval and Bolton blew away the Latics in fine style, thanks to Teymourian's composed finishing.

Jussi Jaaskelainen launched a long ball forward to Diouf and he controlled the ball effortlessly before playing in Teymourian, who calmly slid the ball past Filan.

Bolton pushed forward for a third goal and were rewarded when Davies did well on the right and crossed to Teymourian, who powered his header beyond Filan's despairing dive.

McCulloch crashed a spectacular 30-yard effort off the bar but Bolton achieved a deserved win.

You can re-live the glory of the day by clicking here.

Wigan manager Paul Jewell on scoring first but still losing:

"We are the best in the league at doing that.

"I've said it before, but we seemed to be a bit milky, in that, when we come under pressure, we concede a goal.

"I thought we had got over that, but it was back today and now we are most certainly in a dogfight.

"We have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and try to get a result at Aston Villa on Monday."

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce on two-goal midfielder Andranik Teymourian:

"We have found a little diamond who is progressing nicely.

"The clinical finishing he showed today was the difference between the two sides in the end, and they were two great finishes.

For the first, most players would have taken a touch, but he didn't. He hit it first time and it was past the keeper before he could get down.

"Then he popped up at the far post on a late run completely unmarked, and I didn't know he could head the ball, but he showed me then he can do that."

Wigan: Filan, Taylor, Jackson, Hall, Baines, Valencia, Scharner, Skoko (Cotterill 74), McCulloch, Heskey, Folan (Camara 63).

Subs Not Used: Nash, Kilbane, Unsworth.

Goals: Heskey 32.

Bolton: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Nicky Hunt, Abdouleye Meite, Abdouleye Faye, Tal Ben Haim (Ricardo Gardner 35), Andranik Teymourian, David Thompson (Idan Tal 74), Gary Speed, Kevin Davies, Nicolas Anelka (Stelios Giannakopoulos 88), El-Hadji Diouf.
Subs Not Used: Ali Al-Habsi, Henrik Pedersen.

Goals: Anelka 44, Teymourian 68, 73.

Att: 18,610 (pathetic)

Referee: U Rennie (S Yorkshire).