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Immediate Reaction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

Premier League Crystal Palace scrape past League One Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup

Crystal Palace v Bolton Wanderers - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

In front of 1000 travelling Wanderers fans, Premier League Crystal Palace scrape past League One Bolton Wanderers 2-1 in tonight's FA Cup 3rd Round replay.

Despite there being no goals in the first half, there were plenty of chances for both teams.

For Wanderers, there were half chances for both Gary Madine and David Wheater, but Josh went closest with a stinging effort that went just past the post. For Palace, Sully Kaikai went close with a couple of chances, whilst Andros Townsend and Martin Kelly hit efforts straight at Ben Alnwick. Joe Ledley had a goal disallowed and was booked for trying to recreate Diego Maradona's Hand of God.

Just two minutes into the second half, Wanderers were ahead. A screamer from James Henry sent the Bolton fans wild, with a potential giant killing on the cards.

Sensing a cup shock, Big Sam had to utilize the wealth of talent on the Palace bench. BSA made a triple substitution, bringing on over £40 million worth of talent in James Tomkins, Jason Puncheon and Christian Benteke. And it was the Belgium international who was the difference maker.

Within ten minutes of coming on, Benteke had turned the game around, scoring two goals to give Palace the lead.

In an effort to equalise, Jamie Proctor, Max Clayton and Chris Taylor were brought on, but couldn't change the outcome of the game.

Late on, Zach Clough had a couple chances, but couldn't find the goal to force extra time.

Palace now go through to the 4th Round to face Manchester City, whilst Bolton can now concentrate on the league with a trip to Phil Brown's Southend coming this Saturday.

Bolton weren't the favourites and gave it everything they had. There's no shame in losing by a goal to opposition two divisions higher.

Valiant effort lads, but it wasn't to be.