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Bolton, Blackburn Lose to Remain at Bottom of Premier League

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Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Bolton and Blackburn both lost to keep the teams at the bottom of the standings in English soccer’s Premier League.

Fulham scored twice in the first half to beat Bolton 2-0, while Peter Odemwingie’s goal in the final minute lifted West Bromwich past Blackburn 2-1. Bolton is last in the 20-team league with nine points, one fewer than Blackburn ahead of the teams’ meeting in three days.

Stoke won 2-1 at Wolverhampton, Wigan and Chelsea tied 1-1, Everton drew 1-1 with Norwich, while Newcastle and Swansea finished 0-0.

Fulham got goals from Clint Dempsey and Bryan Ruiz in sending Bolton to a fifth straight loss.

Dempsey opened the scoring in the 32nd minute by heading in a cross from Ruiz, who chipped the ball over goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen less than two minutes later to make it 2-0.

Blackburn’s sixth home loss in eight games keeps Rovers near the bottom of the table.

James Morison’s volley early in the second half put West Brom in front at Ewood Park, before Scott Dann tied it. Odemwingie then curled in a shot to give Albion its first win in four games.

Blackburn fans, who’ve been calling for the firing of manager Steve Kean all season, booed their team off the field after the final whistle.

Jordi Gomez scored in the 88th minute to give Wigan the home tie with Chelsea. Hugo Rodallega’s weak shot was fumbled by Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech and Gomez knocked the ball into the empty net for his fourth goal in five games.

Daniel Sturridge scored for Chelsea, which had a three-game winning streak ended.

Fourth Straight Win

Stoke rallied for two goals at home to beat Wolves for its fourth straight win.

Steven Hunt’s penalty kick in the 17th minute put Wolves in front. An own goal from Kevin Doyle in the 58th minute tied the score and Stoke’s Peter Crouch scored 12 minutes later to send Wolves to their fourth loss in five games.

Leon Osman’s goal with nine minutes remaining gave Everton the draw with Norwich, which got a 28th minute score from Grant Holt. Newcastle’s scoreless draw was its fifth straight match without a victory and kept Swansea winless in eight away games this season.

Premier League leader Manchester City hosts Arsenal, Manchester United visits QPR, Aston Villa is at Liverpool and Tottenham hosts Sunderland in tomorrow’s games.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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