Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Liverpool

A stunning strike in stoppage time from Phillipe Coutinho saw Liverpool beat Bolton in this Fourth Round Replay in the FA Cup. The first half saw Liverpool have the better of the game, but Bolton look dangerous at times. Liverpool did have a good spell when they were able to find Coutinho in space often, but Dervite soon got closer to him.

The second half started out in a similar fashion, but Bolton were awarded a penalty in the 59th minute after Martin Skrtel was adjudged to have fouled Zach Clough. Skrtel seemed surprised and it did seem quite a soft penalty, with minimal contact. Gudjohnsen stepped up and slotted the penalty home. Minutes later, Neil Danns received his second booking and was sent off. This saw Liverpool exert a lot of pressure, although Gudjohnsen nearly doubled the lead; a cross found him at the far post, but he could only head the ball to Mignolet. The pressure from Liverpool saw the woodwork hit a couple of times and some excellent last-ditch defending from Bolton. Liverpool finally drew level in the 85th minute; Emre Can chipped the ball over the Bolton defence and Sterling sidefooted a volley into the net. Five minutes of stoppage time were announced and in the first of those, Coutinho hit an excellent shot from outside of the area that hit the underside of the bar and went in, giving Liverpool the victory.

Liverpool had the best of the game and deserved to go through, although Bolton did look dangerous at times on the counter attack. Bolton manager, Neil Lennon, complained about the referee after the match, calling him rubbish and saying that Danns’ first booking was undeserved. He also felt that other decisions went Liverpool’s way. I thought that the referee had a pretty good game and generally allowed the game to flow, although I did think the penalty was quite a soft one. I thought Coutinho was man of the match.

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