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Memorable Match: Ipswich v Bolton: January 2005

Chris takes a trip down memory lane

8th January 2005, and Bolton Wanderers, led by legendary manager Sam Allardyce, were amidst their fourth consecutive season in the Premier League.

With an experienced squad containing illustrious names such as Les Ferdinand, Gary Speed, El Hadji Diouf, Vincent Candela and former Real Madrid pair Fernando Hierro and Júlio César, Wanderers travelled to Ipswich to face the Championship outfit in the FA Cup Third Round.

At the time, Ipswich were managed by former Oldham Athletic and Everton boss Joe Royle and themselves fielded a squad containing such names as Darren Bent, Shefki Kuqi and that bastard Jim Magilton.

Bolton began the game poorly, with Ipswich being well and truly in the ascendancy.

Shefki Kuqi was denied by three solid saves from compatriot and Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen whilst future Tottenham, Fulham, Charlton, Sunderland and Aston Villa striker Darren Bent had a header cleared off the line.

Kuqi fashioned the first chance after out-muscling Frenchman Bruno N'Gotty in the Wanderers box, but Jaaskelainen was quick to close the angle down and smother his close-range shot.

Kuqi then tried a speculative lob from 35 yards after spotting Jaaskelainen off his line, but the Wanderers keeper managed to recover and save comfortably.

And as the half came to a close, Jaaskelainen again denied Kuqi, this time pushing his angled drive away and Tal Ben Haim hacked the ball behind for a corner.

Bolton failed to clear the resulting set-piece and when the ball was swung back in, Bent's downward header was cleared off the line.

After the break, El Hadji Diouf began to pull the strings for the visitors as he curled an inviting ball to the back-post, but Henrik Pedersen side-footed over from four yards.

Bolton took the lead on the hour after Stelios Giannakopoulos exchanged passes with Diouf on the edge of the box and drilled his shot past Davies.

Five minutes later it was 2-0 when Diouf charged into Town's half before releasing Pedersen who drove a low shot from the left across Davies and into the bottom corner.

And from an almost identical position in the box, Pedersen made it 3-0 after stepping inside Jason de Vos and rifling a left-foot shot into the net.

A minute later, Miller swept in Town's consolation from 12 yards from Pablo Counago's lay-off, but Ipswich were left wandering what might have been.

Ipswich boss Joe Royle:

"The scoreline is slightly harsh on us. We probably had better chances but did not take them - therein lies the difference probably between Premiership players and Championship players.

"Premiership football is played on the counter-attack, and they did it very well. Their finishing was excellent.

"It is not exactly 'Hooray, we are out of the Cup' - but we are not exactly devastated either."

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce:

"With the extra bit of quality and fitness levels because of player rotation, we knew that the team would tire - and it paid off for us and took us into the next round.

"It was a tight game in the first half, and there were not many chances at either end.

"I was a little worried when Henrik missed the best chance of the game just after half-time, but then the flourish of goals were a real pleasure to watch."

The Teams

Ipswich: Davis, Mitchell, De Vos, Wilnis, Karbassiyoon (Richards 88), Magilton (Miller 58), Westlake, Horlock, Currie (Counago 58), Bent, Kuqi.

Subs Not Used: Price, Collins.

Goals: Miller 70.

Bolton: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Tal Ben Haim, Bruno N'Gotty, Fernando Hierro (Nicky Hunt 85),Ricardo Gardner, Ricardo Vaz Te (Kevin Nolan 59), Khalilou Fadiga, Ivan Campo, Stelios Giannakopoulos, Kevin Davies (El Hadji Diouf 25), Henrik Pedersen.

Subs Not Used: Kevin Poole, Florent Laville.

Booked: Ben Haim.

Goals: Giannakopoulos 60, Pedersen 65, 68.

Att: 20,080

Ref: Steve Bennett (Kent).