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  • January 25, 2014
  • • 15:00
  • • Macron Stadium, Bolton
  • Referee: J. Moss
  • • Attendance: 12750
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  • That's all from me for this afternoon guys and girls. Thanks for joining me! Goodbye.
  • FULL-TIME: BOLTON 0-1 CARDIFF – Solskjaer's men advance to the next round of the FA Cup thanks to a super cameo from Campbell in the second half. The former Manchester United man scored the only goal of the game within minutes of being introduced, after pouncing on a sloppy error from Lonergan. Bolton pushed forward in search of an equalising goal late on, but to no avail.
  • 90' + 4'
    And there is the final whistle! Cardiff are through!
  • 90' + 3'
    Yellow Card Fraizer Campbell
  • 90' + 3'
    Yellow Card Alex Baptiste
  • 90' + 3'
    Baptiste eventually fouls Campbell, and an exchange of handbags results in both players being booked by the referee.
  • 90' + 2'
    Campbell and Kim link well to churn up some valuable seconds on the left-hand side. The two Cardiff men play a series of intricate passes in the corner, which prompt an angry response from Baptiste and Moritz.
  • 90' + 1'
    The fourth official signals for FOUR minutes of added time. That's generous to Bolton, I'm not sure where the officials have plucked that figure from.
  • 90'
    Time is running out for the Trotters... They have got just one minute of normal time, plus injury time to find an equalising goal.
  • 89'
    Theophile-Catherine dispossesses Chung-Yong brilliantly on the halfway line and bursts forward for Cardiff, but the move breaks down after a sloppy pass from Campbell on the edge of the Bolton box.
  • 87'
    Cynical from Kim! The Cardiff midfielder picks up a yellow card for dragging Chung-Yong to the floor just outside the centre circle as Bolton tried to launch a counterattack.
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Bo-Kyung Kim
  • 85'
    Whittingham, not for the first time today, produces a below-par set piece for Cardiff. He wrestles the ball from his team-mates to take the free kick, and then proceeds in missing the target by some distance.
  • 84'
    Yellow Card Jay Spearing
  • 84'
    That can only be described as robust defending from Spearing... The combative midfielder dangerously lunges into a challenge with Gunnarsson and Cardiff are awarded a free kick 25 yards out. Spearing is also given a yellow card for his troubles.
  • 83'
    HORRID FROM MORITZ! The Brazilian darts in from the right and creates space to shoot, but his left-foot strike is one to forget as the ball flies high into the stands behind the Cardiff goal.
  • 81'
    Yellow Card Mark Hudson
  • 81'
    Bolton are throwing men forward in search of a late equaliser and their pressure is starting to show. Hudson has just been booked by the referee for a reckless tackle on Davies, which has resulted in what feels like the 100th free kick of the game.
  • 80'
    Substitution Josep Mason M. Daehli
  • 80'
    Knight trudges forward to attack a corner for Bolton, but does not get a chance to due to a niggling foul on the Cardiff goalkeeper Marshall. The visitors get a free kick inside their own box, and that is a chance wasted by Bolton!
  • 78'
    Turner has been alert at the back for Cardiff to snuff out any Bolton attacks in this second half, particularly those coming down the left-hand side.
  • 76'
    The same player does well to get in front of Theophile-Catherine and connect with an enticing cross from Davies, but his effort is not of a similar standar as he thumps the ball wide.
  • 75'
    Bolton need a spark from somewhere, otherwise they are limping out of the cup. Chung-Yong looks the most likely to provide some inspiration, and he has just won another free kick, this time to the left of the penalty area.
  • 74'
    Freedman decides it is time to make some changes to try and get his team back in it. Eagles, unsurprisingly after that terrible free kick, is one of those to make way. Andre Moritz replaces him, while Sanmi Odelusi comes on for Medo. 
  • 72'
    Substitution Medo S. Odelusi
  • 72'
    Substitution Chris Eagles André Moritz
  • 72'
    ATROCIOUS FROM EAGLES!! The Bolton winger sends the free kick about 15 yards over the crossbar - that was an awful attempt!
  • 71'
    He shows leniency for the second time this afternoon, as the defender is only given a yellow card. The free kick is finely positioned for an effort at goal though.
  • 70'
    Theophile-Catherine catches Chung-Yong 30 yards from goal and the referee has a big decision to make! The Bolton man was going to be clear through...
  • 68'
    FINE SAVE FROM MARSHALL! The Cardiff goalkeeper is forced into action by his own team-mate Turner, as a wayward Bolton shot takes a huge deflection which diverts the ball in the direction of the bottom right corner. Marshall was equal to it though, to preserve his side's lead.
  • 66'
    David Moyes is here! Last week he was watching Dortmund, this week he is at the Reebok. Manchester United play Cardiff midweek in the Premier League, of course.
  • 65'
    Whittingham's delivery is not quite up to scratch, as the ball bounces all the way through for a throw-in to Bolton on the opposite. Solksjaer, standing in his technical area, did not look impressed by that cross!
  • 64'
    Noone powers down the right to good effect and wins a corner for his team. It's end-to-end stuff at the moment!
  • 63'
    They work the free kick short to Davies in space on the left, and he shapes to curl a cross into the Cardiff penalty area. His pass nicks off the back of Theophile-Catherine though, which has Marshall scrambling to keep the ball out at his near post.
  • 62'
    Noone catches that man Danns and Freedman's side have another free kick, this time on the left.
  • 61'
    Turner sweeps up well for the visiting side on the right, stepping across Dann to knock the ball out for a throw, just as the home side looked to burst forward with numbers.
  • 60'
    MILLS HEADS OVER!! Danns lifts the corner to the centre-back on the penalty spot, but his headed effort is someway off target as the ball flies over the crossbar.
  • 58'
    GOOD SAVE FROM MARSHALL! The Cardiff shotstopper is forced into making a decent stop low to his right to keep out a first-time strike from Danns.
  • 56'
    NOT SO GOOD FROM CAMPBELL! The Cardiff forward nods over from the corner, after Whittingham's cross flicked off Knight and straight onto the striker's head.
  • 55'
    The nippy striker shows great footwork on the right to win a corner off the legs of Mills, and Whittingham trudges over to take the set piece...
  • 54'
    Cardiff are pushing for a second now to try and put this game to bed. The hosts have looked a tad deflated since that impressive introduction from Campbell.
  • 52'
    City pair Kevin McNaughton and Joe Mason have played for opponents Bolton Wanderers this season during loan spells. McNaughton made 13 appearances at the Reebok Stadium while Mason made eight appearances for Freedman’s side.
  • 50'
    Goal Fraizer Campbell
    INSTANT IMPACT FROM CAMPBELL! The Cardiff sub has given his side the lead within five minutes of being on the pitch. An error from Lonergan serves the goal on a plate to the striker, as the goalkeeper spills a looping header straight into his path. The former Sunderland frontman showed good composure to finish from a tight angle though.
  • 49'
    Dangerous play from Bolton down the left! Eagles glides past a challenge or two before sliding a cross towards Davies in the centre, he cannot quite get his foot on the ball though, as Marshall races out and grabs possession.
  • 48'
    STAT: Cardiff had 58% of the ball in the first half, but did not register a single shot on target.
  • 46'
    Substitution Andreas Cornelius Fraizer Campbell
  • 46'
    Substitution M. Eikrem Craig Noone
  • 46'
    Bolton get us back underway at the Reebok...
  • Solskjaer is ringing the changes for the second half. Fraizer Campbell and Craig Noone are being introduced for the Bluebirds, at the expense of Cornelius and Eikrem.
  • HALF-TIME: BOLTON 0-0 CARDIFF – It is goalless at the break at the Reebok Stadium after a fairly cagey opening 45 minutes. Freedman's side have defended stoutly in the opening half, with Knight in particular putting in some important blocks and challenges. Despite being on the back foot for much of the half Bolton came within a whisker of opening the scoring on the stroke of half-time, when Chung-Yong's bouncing half volley went just wide.
  • 45' + 2'
    And there is the half-time whistle!
  • 45' + 1'
    CHUNG-YONG GOES CLOSE!! The Bolton midfielder lashes a shot a yard or so wide with his left foot from 12 yards after a spell of pinball in the penalty area. That was so nearly a breakthrough goal for the home side against the run of play.
  • 45' + 1'
    The fourth official signals for a single minute of added time at the end of this first half.
  • 45'
    That's a rare sight! Eagles tracks back on the right to stop McNaughton sending a cross into the Bolton box, after positive play from the evergreen defender.
  • 43'
    Knight has produced some vital headers in the last few minutes for the home team, to stop Cornelius connecting with crosses from Eikrem and then Whittingham.
  • 42'
    Cornelius drifts past a couple of tackles in the centre circle before flicking the ball out wide for the overlapping Theophile-Catherine. The full-back fashions some space to cross the ball, but his pass catches the thigh of Knight and loops into the arms of Lonergan in the Bolton goal.
  • 40'
    Hudson and his merry band of defenders trek forward to attack another Cardiff corner, but Eikrem's delivery is under par on this occasion as Bolton clear the ball easily.
  • 38'
    Freedman will be fairly pleased with his side's performance in the first half. They have matched Cardiff stride for stride so far, although Cornelius, Eikrem and Whittingham have come into the game for the visitors as the half has worn on.
  • 37'
    Yellow Card Neil Danns
  • 36'
    Danns is the second Bolton player in the book after a rash challenge on McNaughton on the near side. Eikrem curls the resulting free kick towards the imposing figure of Hudson, who is again lurking at the back post, but he cannot get his header on target.
  • 34'
    STAT: Bolton’s 7-1 loss to Reading last weekend was their heaviest defeat in 32 years in all competitions.
  • 32'
    Chung-Yong does very well to keep hold of the ball for Bolton in a dangerous area, after Cardiff had threatened again down the right-hand side. The midfielder brushed off two or three challenges on the edge of his own box, before firing a clearance straight into the path of his team-mate Eagles.
  • 30'
    Whittingham whips the corner to Hudson at the back post, and he does brilliantly to knock the ball back across goal. Sadly for him no team-mates are able to get a vital touch to flick it over the line though, and Bolton are able to hack the ball clear.
  • 28'
    The visitors win a corner after a burst of pace from Eikrem down the right takes him past Baptiste. His cross comes off the legs of Mills and goes behind. Cardiff have a chance to test the home side's backline from the set piece.
  • 26'
    STAT: Cardiff last won in Bolton in 1970 when goals from Ian Gibson and Brian Clark saw the Bluebirds to a 2-0 victory in the old Division Two.
  • 24'
    Whittingham is seeing a lot of the ball when Cardiff do seize possession. The left-footed wizard has sprayed some decent passes around in this first half at the Reebok Stadium.
  • 22'
    The pace of the game has dipped somewhat in the last few minutes, after Chung-Yong's vicious effort on 16 minutes. Bolton are doing most of the pressing at the moment, with Cardiff pegged back on the edge of their own box for the time being.
  • 19'
    CUPSET?! Elsewhere in the FA Cup Watford have gone ahead against Manchester City. What a result that would be for the London side!
  • 16'
    Chung-Yong could have seen red for that challenge a few minutes ago, but he seems keen to make amends for that reckless challenge. He rifles a shot at goal from 20 yards that has Marshall scrambling, but fortunately for the goalkeeper the ball zips just wide.
  • 14'
    That's a horrible challenge from Chung-Yong on Gunnarsson! And it quite rightly results in a yellow card. The referee had no option there.
  • 12'
    Yellow Card Chung-Yong Lee
  • 11'
    The hosts respond well though as Turner is forced to nod the ball out for a corner. Danns whips it in and the loose ball falls to Eagles, but his shot is blocked.
  • 8'
    The best opening of the match so far comes after good play from Eikrem, as he receives the ball down the right from Cornelius. He lays the ball off neatly to Mason, but he is closed down quickly. The ball eventually drops to Whittingham and space appears to open up for him to get a shot away, but he wastes the chance and is dispossessed.
  • 5'
    STAT ATTACK: This is the sixth meeting in the FA Cup, with Bolton winning twice and Cardiff once.
  • 3'
    It's been a very quiet opening here at a half-empty Reebok but the away side are looking to build on early possession.
  • 1'
    We are underway with Cardiff kicking from right to left.
  • The Championship side have really settled in this game and look a totally different side the one that was thrashed 7-1 last week! Very confident on the ball.
  • That was a terrible challenge from Lee. The midfielder lunged in on Gunnarsson and sends the Icelantic international flying!
  • BLOCKED! Bolton grab the first corner of the game. Danns in-swinger falls to Eales inside the box but his effort is foiled. Good stuff from the home side!
  • Both teams are out on the pitch as we await kick-off!
  • TEN MINUTES TO GO! Who is your money on today? With a place in the last-16 up for grabs this should be a corker today!
  • Meanwhile Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hands a first start to new signing Magnus Wolff Eikrem and makes five changes to the side who lost 4-2 to Man City last time out. Fraizer Campbell and Steven Caulker drop to the bench for the Premier League strugglers.
  • Swansea target David Ngog is missing from the Wanderers squad whilst boss Dougie Freedman will be looking for a massive improvement following the Championship side's 7-1 mauling at the hands of Reading last weekend.
  • Cardiff (4-4-2): Marshall; McNaughton, Hudson, Turner, Theophile-Catherine; Whittingham, Eikrem, Gunnarsson, Kim; Mason, Cornelius. Subs: Lewis; Caulker, Medel, Campbell, Noone, Daehli, John.
  • Bolton (4-5-1): Lonergan; Ream, Mills, Knight, Baptiste; Spearing, Medo, Danns, Eagles, Lee; C Davies. Subs: Bogdan, Pratley, Moritz, Odelusi, Vela, White, Hall.
  • Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of this FA Cup fourth round tie between Bolton and Cardiff. I am Hayden Gribble and I shall be your guide through all the action at the Reebok Stadium today with both sides hoping to put their disappointing league form behind them. The team news is coming right up...