Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Liverpool

  • February 04, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Philippe Coutinho scored a stoppage time winner, as Liverpool came from behind to beat ten-man Bolton in their FA Cup fourth-round replay at Macron Stadium.

Trailing to a 59th minute penalty from Eidur Gudjohnsen, which Wanderers were fortunate to receive for a challenge on Zach Clough, the Reds turned the game after the 66th minute dismissal of Neil Danns.

Bolton were dogged at the back, but were eventually undone when Raheem Sterling equalised with four minutes left to play by volleying home from Emre Can's cross. The visitors then went on to win the game in the first of five added minutes, when Coutinho took aim from 25 yards and smashed a shot past Andy Lonergan and in off the underside of the crossbar.

Neil Lennon made three changes to the side that began the weekend draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, as Dean Moxey, Matt Mills and Gudjohnsen came in for Liam Trotter, the injured Darren Pratley and ineligible Adam Le Fondre.

Mills captained the side on his return to the team, as he started in the unfamiliar role of lone forward - with Gudjohnsen and Zach Clough providing the support from deep.

Steven Gerrard, who was making his 700th appearance for Liverpool, brought Lonergan into action with the first shot of the match, before Coutinho dragged a strike wide of the target moments later.

Lonergan got down well to parry a shot across goal from Sterling on the quarter-hour, before rising to his feet to pounce on the loose ball and deny Adam Lallana a simple tap-in.

Bolton's first shooting opportunity arrived on 16 minutes, but, similar to his two clear chances at Anfield in the initial tie, Gudjohnsen fired over the top after a ball into the centre.

David Wheater twice headed straight at Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool goal, as Wanderers threatened from set-pieces, before Dorian Dervite tabled his bid for worst shot of the season by sending a 25-yard volley with the outside of his foot out for a Liverpool throw.

Danns entered the referee's book on 29 minutes for a high challenge on Joe Allen, one which he would later regret.

Sterling worked himself half-a-yard of space just after the half-hour, as the visitors broke through the Wanderers defence, but his shot crashed off the outside of the post and behind for a goal-kick.

Mills volleyed straight at Mignolet soon after, before the Liverpool goalkeeper punched clear whilst under pressure from Dean Moxey as the two teams went in goalless at the break.

There were no changes by either manager as the teams emerged for the start of the second half, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers made his first substitution just nine minutes after the restart as Jordan Henderson came on for the injured Lallana.

That swap came after Sterling had stung the palms of Lonergan in the Bolton goal, but the next attack went the way of the hosts and brought about the opening goal as Clough went down inside the box under a challenge from Martin Skrtel - a decision which television replays proved to be harsh.

Gudjohnsen took responsibility of the ball, stepped up to face Mignolet and sent the ball directly down the middle to put the home supporters on their feet.

Liverpool responded by introducing Fabio Borini in place of Lazar Markovic and their task of getting back into the game was made all the more easier when Danns was shown a second yellow card on 67 minutes for a poor challenge on Allen.

Despite being at a numerical disadvantage, Bolton came close to doubling their lead within 60 seconds of Danns' dismissal as Clough ended a 50-yard run by shooting just wide of Mignolet's near post.

Knowing his side needed to hit back quickly, Rodgers' final throw of the dice saw him bring Daniel Sturridge on for Allen with 20 minutes left to play.

Yet again, though, it was Bolton who continued to look the more likely goalscorers and they should arguably have sealed the victory when an unmarked Gudjohnsen headed straight at Mignolet after getting on the end of a stunning cross from Liam Feeney.

As a reaction to Danns' red card, Trotter replaced Clough with 18 minutes left to play as Lennon looked to provide his team's defence with an additional line of support.

Gerrard flashed a harmless free-kick over the top of the Bolton crossbar with 75 minutes played, moments before a deflected half-volley from Henderson clipped the outside of the post with Lonergan routed to the spot.

Outstanding defending from Dervite and Wheater denied the visitors three separate strikes on goal, as Liverpool piled men forward. Henderson powered a shot inches wide shortly afterwards, before Lonergan came up with the save of the game to tip Can's snapshot onto the crossbar.

As their defence continued to get deeper and deeper, Bolton finally cracked under the strain of Liverpool's constant pressure with four minutes left to play as Can's chipped ball into the box picked out the run of Sterling and he volleyed the ball through the legs of Lonergan to equalise.

Rodgers' side then booked their place in the fifth round of the competition in the first of five added minutes, as Coutinho received possession from Henderson before seeing his deflected shot loop up and in off the underside of the crossbar.

Bolton desperately pushed men forward in search of a late leveller, as they looked to take the tie into extra-time, but Trotters' goalbound header was cleared to safety as Liverpool saw time out to book a trip to Crystal Palace in the next round.

Wanderers left the field to a standing ovation at full-time, after finding themselves unfortunate to lose out to last season's Premier League runners up. Having kept Liverpool at bay for more than 176 minutes over two games, they simply found it too difficult to hold on after dropping down to ten men.

Lennon must pick his players back up in preparation for another game at the weekend, when Bolton return to Championship action with a match at Derby County.

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Wheater, Dervite, Ream, Feeney, Vela, Danns, Moxey, Gudjohnsen, Mills, Clough (Trotter 72)
Subs Not Used: McNaughton, Hall, Fitzsimons, Threlkeld, Iliev, Walker
Booked: Danns
Sent Off: Danns
Goals: Gudjohnsen 59(pen)

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Markovic (Borini 65), Allen (Sturridge 70), Gerrard, Moreno, Lallana (Henderson 54), Coutinho, Sterling
Subs Not Used: Johnson, Lambert, Manquillo, Ward
Booked: Allen
Goals: Sterling 86, Coutinho 90+1

Referee: Roger East
Attendance: 22,171

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