Sunderland edge Bolton to move into sixth place at Premier League

14:50, December 19, 2010      

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Sunderland beat Bolton 1-0 at home on Saturday to climb to sixth place at the Premier League while Blackburn held a 1-1 draw with bottom-seated West Ham United.

The other four matches scheduled to play on Saturday were postponed due to heavy snow while all of the three matches scheduled to play on Sunday were called off because of the bad weather.

Bolton started well but failed to keep a clean sheet as Danny Welbeck headed home from close range after Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen had saved Darren Bent's 32nd-minute shot.

The visitors looked promising to take one back but Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon made a superb save in the 45th minute to deny Zat Knight an equaliser.

Sunderland moved into sixth place as Bolton followed behind with one point less.

At Ewood Park, Blackburn scored first as Ryan Nelsen made the breakthrough in the 51st minute. But substitute Junior Stanislas managed to earn West Ham United a point with a 78th-minute equalizer.

Matches of Wigan Athletic vs Aston Villa, Liverpool vs Fulham, Birmingham City vs Newcastle United and Arsenal vs Stoke City were all cancelled as well as Sunday's fixtures of Chelsea vs Manchester United, West Brom vs Wolverhampton and Blackpool vs Tottenham.

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