Thursday, 5 February 2015

Liverpool staged a stirring late comeback

Bolton 1-2 Liverpool
Eidur Gudjohnsen's contentious penalty just before the hour gave Bolton a lead they were clinging on to with increasing desperation in the concluding moments - especially after Neil Danns was sent off for a second yellow card.
Raheem Sterling broke Bolton's resistance with a cool finish in the 86th minute before, with extra time looming, Philippe Coutinho curled a magnificent winner into the top corner to seal a 2-1 victory and a fifth-round tie at Crystal Palace.
Bolton were out on their feet with that numerical disadvantage near the end and simply could not survive a Liverpool siege, with Jordan Henderson and Emre Can striking the woodwork before Sterling made the crucial breakthrough.
This was a real scare for Brendan Rodgers' side but they will be relieved to advance after an FA Cup fourth round that claimed giants such as Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham.
It keeps Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, making his 700th appearance for the club, on course for that Wembley appearance on his 35th birthday on May 30 before he leaves the club for LA Galaxy.
The real hero was diminutive Brazilian Coutinho, who celebrated signing a new deal to keep him at Liverpool until 2020 with a sensational winner to provide the decisive moment in a fiercely fought tie.
Gerrard returned to the side to reach that landmark, making him only the third Liverpool player to play 700 games. He is third on the club's all-time list behind Ian Callaghan, who made 857 appearances, and Jamie Carragher on 737.
And he was the first to raise the alarm for Bolton with a shot that brought a smart save from Andrew Lonergan, who also did well to save from Sterling.
Bolton's best chance looked to be exploiting Liverpool's occasional frailty at set pieces and it almost worked when Liam Feeney's free-kick found David Wheater, but he could only direct his header straight at Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool were still working the openings, however, with Sterling hitting the outside of the post after taking his time in the area and the influential Coutinho firing inches off target seconds before the break.
Sterling was the big danger to Bolton and it needed a brilliant recovery tackle from Dorian Dervite to stop him as he raced through, but Liverpool's man in form was still quick enough to regain his balance and bring a flying save from Lonergan.
Bolton 1-2 Liverpool: Neil Lennon 'not happy with referee's performance'
The game took a dramatic twist on the hour when Bolton were awarded a penalty as Martin Skrtel tangled with Zach Clough. Contact appeared minimal but Skrtel paid the price for making a poor decision in that position.
Gudjohnsen slotted the penalty in with complete calm to the huge delight of Bolton's fans, who were suddenly sensing another FA Cup upset.
Bolton were inevitably going to come under severe pressure and Danns made the situation even more difficult with a senseless lunge at Joe Allen that was only ever going to bring a second yellow card.
Gudjohnsen then spurned a glorious opportunity to seal victory for Bolton as he directed a free header straight at Mignolet.
As Liverpool's urgency increased, Rodgers introduced Daniel Sturridge as his third and final substitute with 20 minutes left - but it was another replacement, Henderson, who almost brought them level with a shot that deflected off a Bolton defender on to the post.
Lonergan had distinguished himself as the replacement for Adam Bogdan and did so again with seven minutes left as he turned Can's rising shot on to the bar.
Bolton were struggling to keep Liverpool at bay and the leveller finally came when Can's perfect pass picked out Sterling, who demonstrated great composure with a low first-time finish.
The home side wilted visibly and were not even able to hang on for extra time as Coutinho settled matters with that outstanding 20-yard strike, curled past Lonergan into the top corner from 20 yards.
Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling's volley hauled Liverpool level
Eidur Gudjohnsen scores
Striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, 36, gave Bolton the lead from the penalty spot
Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon
The match pitted Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers against his compatriot Neil Lennon

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Bolton Wanderers

  • 24 Lonergan
  • 31 Wheater
  • 14 Dervite
  • 05 Ream
  • 07 Feeney
  • 25 Vela
  • 18 Danns Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 03 Moxey
  • 22 Gudjohnsen
  • 04 Mills
  • 40 Clough (Trotter - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 02 McNaughton
  • 11 Hall
  • 17 Trotter
  • 34 Fitzsimons
  • 41 Threlkeld
  • 46 Iliev
  • 52 Walker

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 23 Can
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 17 Sakho
  • 50 Markovic (Borini - 65' )
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 24 Allen Booked (Sturridge - 70' )
  • 18 Moreno
  • 20 Lallana (Henderson - 54' )
  • 10 Coutinho
  • 31 Sterling

Substitutes

  • 02 Johnson
  • 09 Lambert
  • 14 Henderson
  • 15 Sturridge
  • 19 Manquillo
  • 29 Borini
  • 52 Ward
Ref: Roger East
Att: 22,171

Match Stats

Shots

9 21

On target

4 9

Corners

1 10

Fouls

12 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time
Full Time Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Liverpool 2.
90:00 +6:18 Full time
Full Time Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Liverpool 2.
90:00 +5:34 Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.
90:00 +5:32 Attempt saved. Fabio Borini (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.
90:00 +4:27 Attempt missed. Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dorian Dervite with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
90:00 +3:48 Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).
90:00 +3:48 Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
90:00 +0:45 Goal scored
Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Liverpool 2. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.
89:58 Attempt blocked. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
89:20 Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Josh Vela.
87:59 Attempt saved. Fabio Borini (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross.
85:18 Goal scored
Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Liverpool 1. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emre Can.
84:28 Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
84:28 Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).
83:26 Foul by Fabio Borini (Liverpool).
83:26 Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
82:51 Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.
82:46 Attempt saved. Emre Can (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alberto Moreno.
81:21 Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
81:21 Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).
81:08 Delay over. They are ready to continue.
80:40 Delay in match Fabio Borini (Liverpool) because of an injury.
80:13 Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
79:14 Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Dean Moxey.
78:41 Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Dorian Dervite.
78:38 Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
78:36 Attempt blocked. Fabio Borini (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
78:34 Attempt blocked. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.
74:34 Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
74:11 Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Dean Moxey.
74:09 Attempt blocked. Emre Can (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.
72:18 Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.
71:55 Substitution
Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Zach Clough.
71:06 Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
71:06 Foul by Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers).
70:32 Attempt saved. Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.
70:04 Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
70:04 Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).
69:42 Substitution
Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Joe Allen.
67:51 Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross following a corner.
67:33 Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Zach Clough.
66:35 Attempt missed. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Mills.
66:04 Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Dean Moxey.
65:20 Dismissal
Dismissal Second yellow card to Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) for a bad foul.
65:17 Joe Allen (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
65:17 Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).
64:28 Substitution
Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Fabio Borini replaces Lazar Markovic because of an injury.
63:27 Delay over. They are ready to continue.
62:25 Delay in match Lazar Markovic (Liverpool) because of an injury.
60:38 Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Emre Can.
59:18 Booking
Booking Joe Allen (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
59:04 Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool).
59:04 Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
58:10 Goal scored
Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Liverpool 0. Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
57:24 Penalty conceded by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) after a foul in the penalty area.
57:24 Penalty Bolton Wanderers. Zach Clough draws a foul in the penalty area.
56:00 Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by David Wheater.
54:04 Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.
54:04 Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).
53:58 Substitution
Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson replaces Adam Lallana.
52:46 Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.
49:09 Offside, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho tries a through ball, but Steven Gerrard is caught offside.
48:07 Offside, Bolton Wanderers. David Wheater tries a through ball, but Eidur Gudjohnsen is caught offside.
47:29 Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).
47:29 Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
46:12 Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
46:12 Foul by Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers).
45:00
Second Half begins Bolton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 0.
45:00 +1:08 Half time
Half Time First Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Liverpool 0.
45:00 +1:02 Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).
45:00 +1:02 Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
45:00 +0:26 Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lazar Markovic.
44:03 Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
41:07 Offside, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.
36:04 Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
36:04 Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).
35:44 Attempt saved. Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
35:16 Offside, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho tries a through ball, but Alberto Moreno is caught offside.
34:10 Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool).
34:10 Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
33:45 Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
31:44 Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
31:44 Foul by Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers).
30:34 Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Adam Lallana.
28:16 Booking
Booking Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
28:08 Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.
28:08 Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).
24:56 Attempt missed. Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Mills.
24:02 Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Dean Moxey.
22:22 Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).
22:22 Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
19:33 Attempt saved. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.
18:50 Foul by Adam Lallana (Liverpool).
18:50 Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
15:26 Attempt missed. Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Vela with a cross.
13:53 Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Lallana.
11:53 Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.
10:05 Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
10:05 Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).
9:11 Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
9:11 Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).
8:24 Foul by Lazar Markovic (Liverpool).
8:24 Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
7:57 Delay over. They are ready to continue.
7:13 Delay in match Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) because of an injury.
6:45 Attempt saved. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Lallana.
0:00
First Half begins.
0:00 Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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