Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Swansea City

  • January 28, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup after coming from behind to seal a 2-1 win over Swansea City at the Reebok Stadium.

Luke Moore put the Swans ahead two minutes before the break but the lead didn't last long as Darren Pratley headed an equaliser for Wanderers in first half stoppage time.

Chris Eagles put the hosts in front 11 minutes after the restart and despite a late surge from the visitors, including a Danny Graham header coming back off a post, Owen Coyle's side held on reach the last 16 of the competition.

Both managers decided to make changes to their usual Premier League sides with Wanderers bringing Dedryck Boyata, Joe Riley and Pratley in for Zat Knight, Gretar Steinsson and Fabrice Muamba.

Swans boss Brendan Rodgers made 10 changes to the side that lost 2-0 at Sunderland last weekend, with Ashley Williams the only man to keep his place.

Just as they have in their previous two games, Bolton made a bright start on home turf and were first to register an attempt on goal as Sam Ricketts brought a good save out of Gerhard Tremmel with a header from an Eagles free-kick.

Wanderers continued to push forward and Eagles had two strikes on goal. His first attempt flew well wide of the target, before a second shot was deflected behind for a corner.

On 19 minutes, David Ngog managed to beat the Swansea offside trap to get one-on-one with Tremmel, but his shot was poor and the Swansea goalkeeper made a comfortable block with his legs.

Eagles sent another shot over the bar soon after, before Tremmel was on hand again to deny Martin Petrov as Bolton's dominance continued.

Wayne Routledge had the ball in the Bolton net with ten minutes of the half remaining, only to see his strike ruled out for offside following a low cross from Leroy Lita.

Despite seeing that goal ruled out, the visitors were given the boost they needed and they did take the lead two minutes before the break as Moore outmuscled David Wheater before chipping the ball over the unrushing Adam Bogdan.

Their lead didn't last long, however, as Bolton hit back in first half stoppage time. Petrov's free-kick from the right picked out an unmarked Pratley, who headed past Tremmel to score his first goal for the club. Ironically, it came against the club he left last summer in order to sign for the Trotters.

After collecting a pass from Josh McEachran, Moore curled a shot wide of the Bolton target seven minutes after the restart and he was almost in again moments later, only to be denied by a last ditch challenge from Wheater.

Then, on 56 minutes, Wanderers took the lead courtesy of a goalkeeping error. Tremmel would have been expected to make a routine save from a Petrov strike, but he fumbled the ball straight to the feet of a lurking Eagles who turned superbly well before prodding the ball into the bottom corner.

Moments after taking the lead, Bolton found themselves on the backfoot and were lucky to keep their advantage as Lita crashed a shot against the post.

The woodwork may have come to Bolton's rescue at one end but it was a source of frustration at the other just a minute later as Pratley rose highest to meet a Petrov cross, only to see his header come back off the crossbar.

Joe Riley and Nigel Reo-Coker both saw shots fly into the side netting, before substitute Danny Graham almost earned the visitors a replay with a header which came back off the inside of the post before landing in the arms of Bogdan.

Mark Davies went down inside the penalty area as the game drew to a close, only to turn around and be shown a yellow card for diving by referee Anthony Taylor.

Taylor called time on the fourth round tie seconds later, as Bolton reach the fifth round of the FA Cup for the third season in a row.

The Trotters are back in action on Wednesday night when Arsene Wenger's Arsenal are the visitors to the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Riley, Wheater, Boyata, Ricketts, Eagles (Tuncay 90), Reo-Coker, Pratley (Muamba 80), Petrov, M Davies, Ngog (K Davies 74)
Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Mears, O'Halloran
Booked: Wheater, Petrov, K Davies, M Davies
Goals: Pratley 45, Eagles 56

Swansea City: Tremmel, Richards, Williams, Monk, Bessone, Routledge (Dyer 65), McEachran, Agustien, Gower (Allen 79), Moore, Lita (Graham 65)
Subs Not Used: Moreira, Tate, Rangel, Sigurdsson
Goals: Moore 43

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Attendance: 11,597

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12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
14 Accrington Stanley 19 24
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