Sunderland 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • January 03, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have been knocked out of the FA Cup after a 2-1 defeat to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Goals from Kenwyne Jones and Djibril Cisse had given the hosts a 2-0 after the break.

Ebi Smolarek set up a tense finish with ten minutes remaining, but Sunderland held on to claim a deserved victory and advance into the fourth round.

There was a slow start to the game and it took 15 minutes for the first chance to arise, from which Sunderland's Jones shot wide after being played in by Kieran Richardson.

Midway through the first half, the hosts went close to breaking the deadlock, but Ricardo Gardner was on hand to clear off the line after El-Hadji Diouf's corner had been diverted goalwards.

It took half an hour for Bolton to register their first shot on goal and when it came it was poor, with Johan Elmander shooting straight at Marton Fulop after being played in by Fabrice Muamba.

Cisse was next to try his luck for Sunderland, but typical of how the game was going, the French forward dragged his shot wide of Jussi Jaaskelainen's goal.

Matt Taylor had the final chance of the first half, but the sides went in goalless after his 35 yard free-kick was comfortably stopped by Fulop.

After the interval, Richardson, a reported target for Bolton, hit a free-kick into the Wanderers box which was turned round for a corner.

From the resulting corner, the hosts went close as Jones headed goalwards only for Gardner to clear the ball off the line for the second time in the game.

But Sunderland's increasing pressure finally paid off on 57 minutes as they finally took one of their chances to take the lead.

Richardson broke free down the flank before crossing for Jones who headed past Jaaskelainen to score his sixth goal of the season.

Moments later, Jones combined with Richardson to play in Carlos Edwards, but he saw his shot clip the top of the crossbar with Jaaskelainen struggling.

But the hosts didn't have to wait too long to double their lead and effectively seal their place in the next round.

This time Edwards was the provider, clipping in a delightful cross for Cisse to volley past Jaaskelainen before celebrating in style with Jones.

Smolarek, brought on as a substitute for Kevin Davies, pulled one back with ten minutes to go as his cross-cum-shot looped over Fulop, his first goal for Bolton.

That goal brought about a tense finale at the Stadium of Light and Elmander had one final chance for Bolton in stoppage time, but he struck his effort wide of goal.

Referee Steve Bennett ended the affair after four minutes of stoppage time and Bolton bow out at the third round stage for the second season in succession.

Sunderland: Fulop, Chimbonda, Nosworthy, Ferdinand, Collins, Edwards (Reid 82), Whitehead, Richardson (Tainio 78), Diouf, Jones, Cisse
Subs Not Used: Colgan, Miller, Chopra, Yorke, Healy
Booked: Tainio, Whitehead
Goals: Jones 57, Cisse 67

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Shittu, A O'Brien, Samuel (Riga 86), Nolan, Muamba, Gardner, Taylor, Elmander, Davies (Smolarek 73)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Basham, Obadeyi, Hunt, Fojut
Booked: Muamba, Nolan, Shittu, Steinsson, Taylor
Goals: Smolarek 79

Attendance: 20,685
Referee: Steve Bennett

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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