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Almost eight years ago to the day, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe’s West Ham United left the Reebok Stadium snarling at perceived injustice after a loss that played a big part in their relegation.

Playing a few days before Glenn Roeder suffered a brain tumour and had to be replaced by Trevor Brooking, that side also included Davies James and Glen Johnson and perhaps it was the nagging realisation that they were not too good to go down after all had something to do with their despair and disarray.

On Saturday they experienced similar feelings, only reserving the anger for each other this time around, swept away by a team that could have been forgiven for having their minds on next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final.

Beginning a two-match ban, Avram Grant was looking on from the stands as goals from Daniel Sturridge, which was followed by Robert Green and Mark Noble being involved in an ugly row, and Chung-Yong Lee and another from Sturridge had West Ham pondering relegation once again.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle’s selection was very much centred around next week’s duel with Stoke, with Paul Robinson and David Wheater left out in order to avoid any chance of a booking that would lead to a suspension.

Yet it was a man who will definitely be missing at Wembley that put them ahead in some style. On-loan striker Daniel Sturridge’s appearance in Chelsea’s 7-0 FA Cup third round win over Ipswich has ruled him out of the Cup run and the two goals he managed will be little consolation.

Even though his outings have been restricted to the Premier League his impact has been considerable and with Robbie Keane once again toiling for West Ham, what the visitors would have given for such an influence on the second half of their season.

Sturridge collected a pass from Johan Elmander on the edge of the area and created enough space for himself to bend a left-foot shot inside the far corner to score his fifth Bolton goal and kick off an ugly shouting match between Robert Green and Mark Noble.

Six minutes later the lead was doubled thanks to some loose defending from the Londoners. Chung-Yong Lee played the ball down the right to Elmander and set off for the box.

By the time the ball had flown across the pitch for Martin Petrov to loop a cross into the area, the diminutive South Korean was no hand to glance a header past Green at the near post.

Gary Cahill and Sturridge should have added to the tally and all West Ham could managed in the opening period were hopeful efforts from Demba Ba and Thomas Hitzelsperger that flew well wide before the German forced a save from Jussi Jaaskelainen just before the interval.

Carlton Cole and Lars Jacobsen were thrown on at half time and initially there was some response only for Sturridge to add a third five minutes after the break.

The striker was allowed to carry the ball from the touchline to the edge of the area before firing a low effort into the corner of Green’s net.

Only a fine sliding challenge from James Tomkins denied Sturridge a hat-trick before Ba’s header was turned away by Jaaslelainen before Ba hit the post from distance.

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