No video of the match made it difficult to judge the players' performances and the biased Welsh commentary team on BBC Radio Wales certainly did not help matters. Swansea were not playing their strongest side but Bolton started the game with Darren Pratley in center midfield. It really could have gone either way.
Bolton started the match strongest, racking up a number of shots on target and eight corner kicks in the first 25 minutes. Despite having the opportunities, Bolton managed to do absolutely nothing with it. It was the Swans who came closest to getting on the scoreline first when late in the first half as Wayne Routledge put in the back of the net but only after being called offside.
Three minutes to halftime, Swansea did the deed and went up 1-0 at the Reebok through Luke Moore who left David Wheater for dead. Skipping through, he forced Adam Bogdan to come out and meet him and lightly chipped a ball over the goalkeeper to put the Welsh side up.
Just when it looked like another one of those games, a Bolton goal came in first half stoppage time from the most unlikely of places. Bolton earned a free kick in attacking territory and Martin Petrov stood over the ball. He put a dainty chip into the box which allowed Darren Pratley of all people to head home from point-blank range.
The second half started off with Swansea firmly on the offensive but it would not be them who would take the lead. Martin Petrov, who had another brilliant game, took a hard, low shot that that forced the Swansea Keeper, Gerhard Tremmel to make a save that he couldn't hold on to. Chris Eagles gathered the ball, took a second with it to turn, and firmly hit it home to make it 2-1.
That's how the score would remain as Dedryck Boyata, David Wheater, and Adam Bogdan remained solid in defense. Kevin Davies came on for David Ngog in the second half and played extremely well, setting up some near chances that included one from Pratley that was just wide. He picked up a yellow card for his troubles but the foul was worth it. Bolton's form has certainly turned as this win was their third in a row in all competitions.
Bolton are through to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup and the draw will be made tomorrow. The pool of teams that Bolton could potentially draw includes:
- Blackpool or Sheffield Wednesday
- Brighton or Newscastle United
- Stoke City
- Leicester City
- Crawley Town
- Millwall or Southampton
- Norwich City
- Sunderland or Middlesboro
- Arsenal or Aston Villa