clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Bolton 1-2 Liverpool: Immediate Reaction

New, comments

A heavily injury-hit Bolton put in yet another heroic performance against a near full strength Liverpool side, only for two late goals to cruelly deny the hosts.

Eidur Gudjohnsen put Bolton 1-0 up from the penalty spot, only for two late Liverpool goals to send them through
Eidur Gudjohnsen put Bolton 1-0 up from the penalty spot, only for two late Liverpool goals to send them through
Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Bolton Wanderers put in another outstanding performance against a strong Liverpool side, taking the lead but then seeing the visitors score twice late on to send them through to the next round of the FA Cup.

Bolton defended absolutely magnificently yet again, with Dorian Dervite and, in particular, David Wheater putting in heroic performances to frustrate Liverpool.

Zach Clough won Bolton a penalty following a lazy tackle by Martin Skrtel, which Eidur Gudjohnsen coolly tucked away. Bolton could have doubled their lead, as Liam Feeney's cross found Gudjohnsen with a clear chance at the back post but he could only steer his header straight at Simon Mignolet.

And Bolton then defended superbly to restrict Liverpool, who  of course dominated possession over both matches, only for Neil Danns to get himself sent off and allow the visitors to dominate the final stages.

Raheem Sterling scored with about his 50th chance of the two matches with five minutes to go, with a good finish from Emre Can's lofted pass. Then Phillipe Coutinho scored the winner in stoppage time with a brilliant curling effort to break Bolton hearts.

But the real turning point in the match was the Danns red card. The second tackle was silly having already been booked, but the first tackle was never a yellow card. It again came down to Liverpool players jumping up in the air on every tackle all over the pitch - it was inevitable that at some point in the two matches they would get one of our players sent off, and they did. Allen was the player fouled for both bookings and on both occasions he jumped up in the air following two tackles that were nowhere near dangerous. It's annoying that referees can't ignore this blatant cheating and whinging that accompanies every challenge, and see sense rather than booking players for no reason.

Wanderers have to take huge heart from this performance. We had half our squad missing through injury and seven new signings unavailable for selection tonight, so to push Liverpool so far is an incredible achievement. We have to build on this and take the confidence from this into our league matches.