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Trotters thrash Potters at home

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Bolton ended their miserable run of 13 defeats in their last 16 Barclays Premier League matches with an emphatic victory over Stoke City - who inflicted the same scoreline on the Trotters in last season's FA Cup semi-final encounter.

Tony Pulis' Potters side, have a right to feel a little aggrieved at the manner of how the deadlock was broken, when referee Howard Webb allowed Ivan Klasnic to take a quick free-kick, teeing up Bolton captain Kevin Davies to slot home.

Chris Eagles made it 2-0 with a superb strike after an Asmir Begovic mis-kick, before Klasnic added a third with a well-taken shot from 18-yards.

Eagles grabbed his second, and Bolton's fourth with a delicate dinked finish, before Klasnic, who, not wanting to be left behind completed the rout, when he headed home the fifth.

A strangely subdued Stoke side, who sorely missed the energy and composure of injured winger Matthew Etherington, were desperate to avoid a fourth consecutive league loss following a midweek UEFA Europa League match.

But their aspirations were limited to a few dangerous set-pieces and goalmouth scrambles, with Peter Crouch missing perhaps their best chance of the game with the score poised at 1-0, and Stoke rarely threatened after that.

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