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January 5, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Reebok Stadium — Bolton
Referee:‬ M. Jones‎
Attendance:‬ 12204‎
There we have it! It's full-time at the Reebok and it ends 2-2 between Bolton and Sunderland. The hosts took a two goal lead early in both halves but a Black Cats fightback did well to level things after the break. This clash will now go to a replay in midweek, what a tie that will be.
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CHANCE! Late chance from Sunderland, an in-swinging ball thunders into the box and is met by a Titus Bramble header into the side netting.
Yellow Card Darren Pratley
Set piece as a result of that foul, Gardner steps up to take, he goes for a blazing strike on goal but it goes well over.
Gardner is fouled from 30-yards out, free-kick to the visitors.
Goal Craig Gardner
GOAAAAL! What a thunderous goal from Craig Gardner! Sunderland have levelled things here with just over ten minutes to go. The hosts fail to clear from a corner and the ball comes out to Gardner who lets loose an absolute thunderbolt straight into the top corner, Lonergan never had a chance.
WHAT A CHANCE! It should be 2-2 here. Wickham goes up for a thundering header that goes just wide of the post. Bolton are in real trouble now.
Sunderland grab back possession after a short spell of play from Bolton near the centre circle. The Black Cats look to break but their attack fizzles out.
Johnson steps up to take a free-kick for the visitors, he fires in a dangerous low ball through the box but Lonergan is there for the save.
Goal Connor Wickham
GOAAAAL FOR SUNDERLAND! It's 2-1! The Black Cats start their fightback with a deserved goal from Conor Whickham, who fires a close range effort underneath Lonergan and into the net just seconds after the Bolton keeper had produced another excellent save from a Bramble header.
CHANCE! McClean curls long range effort in from the wing, it finds the run of Fletcher who heads it just over the bar. Better from Sunderland now after a woeful few minutes.
PENALTY SHOUTS! Sunderland are calling for a penalty here. Steven Fletcher goes over in the area after a light challenge from a Bolton defender, referee Michael Jones is having none of it. Play continues.
Goal Marvin Sordell
GOAAAAL! It's 2-0 to Bolton! Sordell doubles his side's lead with a magnificently struck header after some shocking defending from the home side.
Things are back underway here, Bolton get us going for the second-half.
There we go! It's half-time at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton are hanging onto their lead in spectacularly narrow fashion here. The visitors have looked like the better team for the majority of the match, they failed to get into the game in the opening ten minutes but have since dominated. Martin O'Neill will be hoping for more of the same come the second-half. It's 1-0 to Bolton at the break.
McClean drives a pacey ball in from the left, it attempts to find the run of Fletcher who's looking for the header, but Ricketts clears the ball away for Sunderland corner.
Ricketts heads away a dangerous deep cross from McClean. Johnson chases the ball before taking an aimless strike at the far post, no danger at all there.
Bardsley produces a lovely longball to find the run of Johnson, who takes a nice run before producing a cross into the area only to see Pratley become a little too aggressive in anticipation of the ball, he concedes a free-kick.
Sunderland looking a bit more positive now, McClean takes a charging run upfield but his run is stopped short just outside the Bolton area.
CHANCE! Gardner takes a lovely one-touch pass before drilling a low but powerful shot straight into the arms of Lonergan.
Goal Chung-Yong Lee
GOAAAL! Bolton take the lead here, Chung-Yong Lee capitalises on a Cuellar mistake before taking advantage of an out of position Mignolet to tap the ball into the back of the net. Horrible goal to concede.
CHANCE! Bolton get the first chance of the game with Petrov taking a dribble on the outside of the Sunderland box before making a lovely turn and spin on the ball and smashing a cracker at Mignolet, the ball goes just wide of the mark.
We're off! The visitors get us going with a slow yet attacking movement up field, possession fizzles out and Bolton clear it back into the midfield. This one has a real Cup tie feeling.
Sunderland XI: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, Bramble, Cuellar, Johnson, McClean, Gardner, Vaughan, Larsson, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Kilgallon, Colback
Bolton XI: Lonergan, Riley, Knight, Ricketts, Alonso, Chung-Yong, Andrews, Pratley, Petrov, Ngog, Sordell. Subs: Bogdan, Mears, Ream, K Davies, Eagles, Spearing, Lester
Afternoon boys and girls, the Premier League is taking a break this weekend with the FA Cup taking its place. My name is Sion Cleaver and I will be guiding you through Bolton's home clash against Sunderland, a tale of Championship vs Premier League. This is hardly going to be a David vs Goliath battle either, we're undoubtedly in for a hard-fought, tight game here at the Reebok Stadium.
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