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Match Report: Bolton Wanderers 1 v 2 Liverpool

Nothing to be ashamed of here.

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The history books will show that Liverpool defeated Bolton Wanderers and progressed to the next round of the 2014/15 FA Cup.

What the books will NOT show however is that a ragtag bunch of wastrels, lower league journeymen and over-the-hill former names gave one of the most expensively assembled squads in world football a bloody nose, and kept the same side at bay for 175 minutes of a 180 minute contest.

Late goals from Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho gave the Reds a 2-1 victory, after Bolton took the lead through Eidur Gudjohnsen's early second half penalty. Wanderers' Neil Danns was sent off midway through the second half for two bookable offences.

The game began with Liverpool on top, though Wanderers kept them at bay with reasonable ease. Referee Roger East did his best to aid the Premier League side by handing them soft free kicks across the park, whilst simultaneously giving Bolton precisely nowt in return.

Bolton struggled at times to create much by way of attacking chances - with centre half Matt Mills deployed as a forward battering ram perhaps this was not too surprising.

In the early stages of the second half, Wanderers star Zach Clough 'won' a penalty for the Whites. I don't mind admitting that it looked a bit soft, but at the same time I'm not complaining. Gudjohnsen calmly sent the keeper the wrong way and a shock looked on the cards.

Danns was somewhat unfairly handed a yellow by Liverpool fan East in the first half when a slightly mistimed challenge was leapt upon by the slapheaded ref and rewarded with a booking. Midway through the second half, Clough lost the ball and Danns went to regain possession but instead went through the Liverpool man with a wild lunge which was completely unnecessary - and now he will be suspended for the weekend's game with Derby County.

Wanderers had their backs against the wall for the remaining 30 minutes, and it was with four remaining that Sterling prodded another long ball from the Liverpool defence beyond the helpless Andy Lonergan.

On the 90th minute, Coutinho did his 111th move inside to the right, yet dopey lummox Liam Trotter failed to use his brain and instead stood watching as the Brazilian struck a 20 yard whizzer into the Bolton net and secure a somewhat fortuitous win for the Premier League side. No doubt that egotistical weirdo Brendan Rodgers will claim that he always meant for that to happen.

It was of course at that moment that the previously silent 4,500 travelling Liverpool fans found their voices, and confirmed their 95% plastic makeup.

Oh and Steven Gerrard showed why precisely no-one will miss him, as he gave perhaps the worst Steven Gerrard performance that I've ever seen.

Overall it was a disappointing end to a great night, but everyone at Bolton should be proud for the way that they approached the game, and for the way that they tackled Liverpool head on. It bodes well for the rest of the season.