Bolton’s two goals in final minutes beat Stoke City 2-1STOKE-ON-TRENT, England - Bolton Wanderers put themselves in a solid position to avoid relegation at the end of the season after an impressive showing in which it scored two goals in the final five minutes to pull out a 2-1 win over Stoke City, yesterday.
Lee Chung-yong was substituted out of the match in the 72nd minute for Vladimir Weiss. Having logged heavy minutes in his rookie season in the English Premier League, Lee was also substituted out of the game in the second half of the midweek matchup against Chelsea. Lee received a grade of six for his effort from Sky Sports with an assessment of “Not at best.” Regardless, Lee was all smiles in the post-match interview.
“It feels great to win. I think we’re in a safe place to remain in the English Premier League next season,” stated Lee. “It was an away game but we played well until the end.”
Bolton trailed their opponents much of the game and was pressured heavily by Stoke City in the first half before it managed to score two goals in the final five minutes of the match from Matthew Taylor.
“There weren’t any big changes in the second half. I think we just made some mistakes in the first half,” explained Lee.
“We were trailing by a goal and our players went on the offensive and Stoke City took on a defensive strategy. The fact that we did not quit until the very end was the biggest reason for the win.”
Lee has looked less energetic than his usual self in the past few games and the right winger again looked fatigued in the second half of the game. With the EPL season nearing and the 2010 South Africa World Cup looming in June, Lee’s physical condition has to be a concern for the national team coaching staff as well.
“I do not feel particularly fatigued compared to the usual. I think my concentration level has dropped somewhat since we’re nearing the end of the season,” said Lee. “I will play well in the final three matches to end the season on a positive note.”
With three games remaining, Bolton sits 14th overall in the 20-team league with a record of nine wins, eight draws and 18 losses on the season. Bolton is currently seven points clear of the relegation zone and has all but assured itself of another season in the EPL next season.
“We can’t get careless yet. Two of the remaining three matches are at home and I want to put on a good performance for our fans,” stated Lee.
By Cho Han-bok [email@example.com]