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January 16, 2013 3:45 AM SGT
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 17505‎
 
 
Marvin Sordell 63′ (PG)
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sunderland 0-2 Bolton

Marvin Sordell was at the double for the visitors, who set up a fourth-round tie with Everton following a tie desperately short of quality and clear-cut chances

By Matt Scott at the Stadium of Light

  • Simon Mignolet
    0
    0
    3.00

    Simon Mignolet

    Completely untested in the first half, but remained alert after the break to keep out Marvin Sordell's one-on-one effort and clear an under-hit back-pass from Vaughan.

  • Matthew Kilgallon
    0
    0
    1.50

    Matthew Kilgallon Flop of the Match

    Looked incredibly ponderous on the ball, and this indecision cost the Black Cats as Sordell pounced on the ball to prod home his second.

  • Phil Bardsley
    0
    0
    2.50

    Phil Bardsley

    Played a right-back and on the left, and was solid on either flank, but could have done more to support his wingers.

  • Titus Bramble
    0
    0
    2.00

    Titus Bramble

    Found the pace of Sordell and Afobe tricky at times, especially with a couple of balls chipped over the top, but managed to strong-arm the young strikers out of the game for the most part.

  • Adam Johnson
    0
    0
    3.00

    Adam Johnson

    The only player on the pitch who looked capable of making something happen in the first half, he was denied twice by Lonergan in the first half but faded after the break and was replaced by Larsson.

  • Craig Gardner
    0
    0
    2.00

    Craig Gardner

    Has played in defence regularly this term, but moved back into his customary midfield role. Had a number of efforts from long-range free kicks, the only one on target was easily saved.

  • David Vaughan
    0
    0
    2.50

    David Vaughan

    A calming presence in midfield as the Welshman got his foot on the ball and kick-started the majority of Sunderland attacks, was happy to sit deep and allow Gardner license to roam further forward.

  • Jack Colback
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jack Colback

    Didn't have enough pace or strength to handle Eagles and then Afobe from left-back, so resorted to kicking them instead. Was harshly adjudged to have fouled Pratley for the penalty, having clearly gotten a toe on the ball.

  • James McClean
    0
    0
    2.50

    James McClean

    A lively evening on the left for the Irishman as he burst past Mears on a couple of occasions, with one excellent cross only headed straight at the goalkeeper by Wickham.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    0
    0
    2.00

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    A fairly subdued evening from the diminutive Benin international. Found himself shut down well by the deep-lying pair of Pratley and Spearing.

  • Connor Wickham
    0
    0
    2.00

    Connor Wickham

    Won the ball in the air a couple of times, but the lack of support around him made his flick-ons pointless. His first touch when the ball was played into his feet was routinely heavy and let him down badly. Headed straight at Lonergan just before the break.

Substitutions

  • Lee Cattermole
    0
    0

    Lee Cattermole

    Replaced Colback, in a move that inspired little attacking threat with the Black Cats two down, and did little.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sebastian Larsson

    Came on for the flagging Johnson and hit a good effort from a free kick, but did little else.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    0
    0

    Fraizer Campbell

    Replaced Wickham and barely touched the ball in 20 minutes.

  • Andy Lonergan
    0
    0
    3.50

    Andy Lonergan

    Stayed strong all night and showed sharp reflexes throughout to keep the hosts at bay. Sharp saves from Johnson in the first half kept things level, and he kept out Larsson's free kick to preserve the two-goal cushion.

  • Marcos Alonso
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marcos Alonso

    The former Real Madrid youth-teamer struggled against the pace and fast-moving feet of Johnson, with the England winger routinely getting past him throughout the first half. He improved in the second, however, and Johnson was withdrawn.

  • Sam Ricketts
    0
    0
    3.00

    Sam Ricketts

    Mopped up well and showed good pace and strength against the more physically imposing Wickham.

  • Tyrone Mears
    0
    0
    2.50

    Tyrone Mears

    Has a reputation as a full-back who likes to get forward, but this was in little evidence as McClean regularly pushed him back with constant running down the left flank. His one foray forward resulted in the Trotters' second goals, suggesting he should have done so more often.

  • Zat Knight
    0
    0
    2.50

    Zat Knight

    Met the physical challenge of Wickham well, but was given little to do throughout the game by the young striker.

  • Chris Eagles
    0
    0
    2.50

    Chris Eagles

    Buzzed around behind Sordell, drifting infield from either flank. Couldn't provide anything penetrating, however.

  • Darren Pratley
    0
    0
    2.50

    Darren Pratley

    Ticked things over in midfield well and burst into the box in the second half, winning the penalty that gave Bolton a vital lead.

  • Jay Spearing
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jay Spearing

    On-loan from Liverpool, and his touch did stand out in the Trotters' midfield as he swept a number of decent passes across the pitch. Snapped into Sessegnon when required in a steady evening's work.

  • Joshua Vela
    0
    0
    2.00

    Joshua Vela

    Was barely noticeable throughout, as he saw so little of the ball. Saw a couple of passes go astray and would have wanted to do better on his return from injury.

  • Benik Afobe
    0
    0
    2.50

    Benik Afobe

    The Arsenal loanee was stationed on the left of the Trotters' rough front three. Possesses plenty of pace and power, but a lack of touch and technique often let him down and he was ultimately little threat. Replaced by Lee on 70 minutes.

  • Marvin Sordell
    0
    0
    3.50

    Marvin Sordell Top of the Match

    Barely touched the ball throughout his 80 minutes on the pitch, but had the game's two most decisive ones. Blasted home a penalty to open the scoring and then bundled home from close-range to seal the tie.

Substitutions

  • Chung-Yong Lee
    1
    0

    Chung-Yong Lee

    Added experience on the wing as Afobe's replacement, but did little to threaten the Black Cats.

  • Stuart Holden
    1
    0

    Stuart Holden

    Brought on with the Trotters two goals to the good, making his first appearance since August 2011 after a nightmare run with injuries.

  • Kevin Davies
    0
    0

    Kevin Davies

    A late replacement for Sordell, who was given a fine reception by the few visiting fans.

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