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Bolton Wanderers 2 Sheffield United 0: match report
Published : 23 Jan 2010 17:46:45
Second half goals from Gretar Steinsson and Johan Elmander secured Owen Coyle's first win in charge of Bolton Wanderers and a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup. In truth, Wanderers never looked like losing this tie, Sheffield United offering spirited, if limited, resistance. Related ArticlesBolton fume over Gallas tackleOwen Coyle still interested in Jack WilshereSheffield United eye automatic promotionCoyle on mission to entertain at BoltonCoyle cannot wait for first Bolton matchSport on televisionKevin Blackwell had the chance to exact a measure of revenge against the man who masteminded their Championship play-off downfall last year when manager of Burnley, but his side somehow failed to spark fire, eventually succumbing meekly to their Premier League opponents. Wanderers themselves hardly set the Reebok alight. Indeed, the first half was tepid affair, meandering along much in the same way as the dense mist that enveloped the stadium. Bolton's half was neatly summed up by a woeful effort on 20 minutes from Jlloyd Samuel. Finding himself in an excellent position on the left-hand edge of the box he cut inside on his right. The home fans expected a right-foot shot to nestle in the back of Mark Bunn's net, but for some reason he cut back on his left and the chance was lost. Three minutes into the second half Bolton snatched the goal they hardly deserved but which the clash so desperately needed. Gretar Steinsson stormed unmarked into the box, latched onto a perfectly-weighted through ball from Kevin Davies and fired low past a helpless Bunn. Stung by the goal, United took the game to Wanderers but they lacked the guile to open up the white rearguard. Six minutes from time Johan Elmander - who had only joined the fray a few minutes before - killed the tie off with practically his first touch. The ball looped into his path on the edge of the box. He took a couple of touches to bring the ball under control and rifled confidently home.