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Originally published Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Bolton beats Houston 2-0 in a friendly

Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic scored to lead the Bolton Wanderers to a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo in a friendly Wednesday night.

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Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic scored to lead the Bolton Wanderers to a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo in a friendly Wednesday night.

Bolton head coach Owen Coyle was pleased with his team's play in the finale of its three-game American tour.

"I thought it was a tough knit game," Coyle said. "There were two like minded teams. Then, the heat and humidity for us because it was a working exercise. It's always nice to win, but that wasn't the main objective. We want to get tougher, stronger and prepared to start our season Aug. 13."

Bolton upped its lead to 2-0 in the 58th minute on Davies' second goal. Martin Petrov took the ball along the left sideline toward the left box when Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric tried to come out and make a sliding stop on the ball. Petrov went past Deric and crossed it past Houston's Eddie Robinson, who missed a clear on it. Davies tapped the cross in off the near post.

"Hope for the best really," Davies said of the goal. "I was encouraged by this game. He sent a cross, and the defender got a little lost in it, and I was able to get in a great ball. Davies was happy with the win, and encouraged by how the Wanderers started the game.

"We play a certain way," he said. "This is obviously a high standard. I thought we gave it a good counter. We started the game really well. We made it difficult on Houston. I feel they are a good side. We got two goals, so we are pleased with the win."

Bolton took a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute on an Ivan Klasnic goal. Off a throw-in, Davies headed it into the box, and Klasnic, who was fighting for possession with Robinson, volleyed it into the Dynamo net from eight yards out in the middle.

"I think my legs were a little longer than his," Klasnic said. "I caught the ball, and I think the goalkeeper was a little surprised I caught it and was able to get it in."

Houston had a chance to cut into the lead in the 77th minute, but Danny Cruz's shot from the upper right box was stopped by Jussi Jaaskelainen. A minute later, Houston thought they had made it 2-1 with a Jason Garey header from about 10 yards out in the middle that went inside the near post, but Garey was called offsides.

Despite the loss, Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear said his team had chances and played well. "I thought we did OK," Kinnear said. "We had some really good moments, and then we had some moments when we let ourselves down. We could have scored a couple goals there in the end. We were pressing forward. Some of the young guys came on and gave us a little bit of energy. Overall I was happy with the attitude tonight."

Petrov missed making it 3-0 in the 81st minute as his shot from outside the right box hit the far post.

The Wanderers only scored two, but Coyle sees quality up front with Davies and Klasnic and with the rest of the team.

"That's why we play in the best league in the world because we have quality in our team," he said. "We scored two goals, but we could have scored four or five goals tonight. We looked to have more, but they were offsides. The keeper made a couple great saves. All in all, it was a very pleasing exercise, and we had a lot to take from the match."

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