West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green made two significant errors to gift Bolton Wanderers a 3-1 win at Upton Park on Sunday. Green endured a nightmare four-minute spell in the first half as his fumble allowed Kevin Davies to put Bolton ahead. The England international followed that error by spilling a shot that led to Gary Cahill's strike. Carlton Cole gave West Ham hope of a second-half revival with a close-range header, but Matt Taylor's blistering free-kick wrapped up Bolton's first away win this season.
Green's mistakes condemned West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola to his first league defeat and hardly helped the keeper's international prospects at a time when England manager Fabio Capello is still looking for a long-term No1. Bolton should have taken the lead when Sweden forward Johan Elmander found himself with only Green to beat but he shot straight at the Hammers keeper from close range. The first sign that Green was struggling came when Ricardo Gardner's corner almost sneaked in at the near post. Bolton were gifted the lead in the 30th minute.
Green came to the edge of his area to make what should have been a routine catch. Instead he allowed the ball to slip out of his grasp and Davies was perfectly placed to loop his shot into the empty net. Even taking into consideration the rain that had soaked Upton Park before kick-off, Green could have no excuses and his day got even worse four minutes later. Andy O'Brien's free-kick into the penalty area was headed out to Gretar Steinsson. Green saved the defender's powerful strike low to his left but allowed the ball to break loose and Cahill was able to poke in his first Bolton goal since joining from Aston Villa in January.
When Carlton Cole's deflected shot forced a superb stop from Jussi Jaaskelainen early in the second period, the Hammers began to mount a fightback. Cole reduced the deficit in the 69th minute. Matthew Upson headed Matt Etherington's corner back across goal and Cole was able to nod past Jaaskelainen from close range. West Ham pressed hard for an equaliser but it was Bolton who got the decisive goal in the 86th minute when Taylor scored with a free-kick that flashed past Green.