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Bolton 2-0 Sheffield United, Bolton Beat Blunt Blades

Gretar-Steinsson-001Ok sorry for the obnoxious alliteration in the title, I couldn't help myself. Really. I didn't watch the game because it was my cousin's birthday and I had family obligations, but it doesn't sound like I missed too much. I couldn't find any highlights, but they'd probably be about 30 seconds long anyways.

The first half sounded fairly dreadful, with neither team looking much good, and both having shots that really should have been goals. Henri Camara, by all accounts, should have done better with a shot that produced a comfortable save from Jaaskelainen. On the Bolton side of things both Jlloyd (playing on the left, unusual for him) and Klasnic should have scored but didn't.

Coyle told his players at half-time to be "less one-dimensional" (which you would really hope Premiership players would get on their own, but oh well) and after the break they did just that. Defender Gretar Steinsson hit the ball home off a pass from Sheffield-native Kevin Davies in the 48th minute, in his maiden FA Cup goal. From there Bolton looked fair comfortable, and Johan Elmander sealed the deal in the 84th minute, just 8 minutes after appearing as a substitute.

Not much was very interesting about this game, though Coyle did have a bit of fun with the line up. He put Ricketts, generally a defender, in the midfield, which I think is a good place for him, as he's pretty good at going forward but fairly crap at defending. Jlloyd got the start ahead of Paul Robinson, who has been the preferred left-back this season. Personally I think Jlloyd is better than Robinson, but rumour has it that Jlloyd and Megson got in a tiff, hence his presence on the bench.

That's all I'm going to write on that game, it may have been a mediocre win, but a win is a win and we're still in a competition that 3 out of the 4 big teams are out of (Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United for those of you unawares). I'll be back later in the week for some news-rounding-up.