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Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan, Robert Huth takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill. Short corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line.
Danny Pugh is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Danny Pugh coming on for Matthew Etherington. Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller by Gary Cahill. Gary Cahill is shown a yellow card. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
Kenwyne Jones goes off and Ricardo Fuller comes on. Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, Kevin Davies challenges Ryan Shawcross unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
A goal is scored by Jonathan Walters from close range low into the middle of the goal. Bolton 0-5 Stoke.Assist by Andy Wilkinson.
Jonathan Walters challenges Johan Elmander unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johan Elmander takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington.
Jermaine Pennant challenges Matthew Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Whitehead replaces Jermaine Pennant. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Jermaine Pennant fouled by Paul Robinson, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Glenn Whelan takes the direct free kick.
Rodrigo Moreno joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabrice Muamba. Kevin Davies challenges Ryan Shawcross unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor to the near post, Glenn Whelan manages to make a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Taylor, Kenwyne Jones manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Johan Elmander by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Matthew Taylor fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Kenwyne Jones. Shot by Matthew Taylor. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, comfortable save by Thomas Sorensen.
Jonathan Walters gets on the score sheet with a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 0-4 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Glenn Whelan.
Foul by Mark Davies on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chung-Yong Lee on Matthew Etherington. Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing. Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Kenwyne Jones has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Robinson. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, Header from close in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson misses to the right of the target.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Kevin Davies. Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.
Unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Matthew Etherington results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Foul by Gary Cahill on Kenwyne Jones, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
Mark Davies produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Ryan Shawcross fouled by Johan Elmander, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Chung-Yong Lee on Rory Delap, free kick awarded. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
Fabrice Muamba handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
Martin Petrov leaves the field to be replaced by Mark Davies. (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Matthew Taylor coming on for Ivan Klasnic.
Foul by Andy Wilkinson on Martin Petrov, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Wilson. Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
Glenn Whelan fouled by Ivan Klasnic, the ref awards a free kick. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Robinson on Ryan Shawcross. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Johan Elmander has a drilled shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a comfortable save. Kenwyne Jones produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Ivan Klasnic by Rory Delap results in a free kick. Ivan Klasnic takes the free kick.
Kenwyne Jones finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 0-3 Stoke.Assist by Jermaine Pennant.
Outswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jonathan Walters.
Gary Cahill fouled by Kenwyne Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Comfortable save by Thomas Sorensen.
Short corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee.
Robert Huth challenges Fabrice Muamba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Petrov crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Kenwyne Jones manages to make a clearance.
Robert Huth fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Robert Huth from outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 0-2 Stoke.
Matthew Etherington scores a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 0-1 Stoke.
Effort on goal by Kenwyne Jones from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan by Johan Elmander results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
Johan Elmander takes a shot. Comfortable save by Thomas Sorensen.
Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johan Elmander. Martin Petrov crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Marc Wilson.
Gary Cahill produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Martin Petrov, clearance made by Robert Huth. Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the left by-line to the near post, Glenn Whelan manages to make a clearance.
Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Chung-Yong Lee. Direct free kick taken by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabrice Muamba on Kenwyne Jones. Matthew Etherington restarts play with the free kick. Corner taken by Matthew Etherington played to the near post, Fabrice Muamba manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Zat Knight on Kenwyne Jones. Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Gretar Rafn Steinsson makes a clearance.
Trotters target cup triumph to honour Lofthouse
Bolton's management and players have emphasised their determination to lift the FA Cup as a fitting tribute to the late Nat Lofthouse.
Former England centre forward Lofthouse, who died in January, scored two goals the last time the club lifted the trophy.
That was in 1958 when a Manchester United side decimated by the Munich air disaster were beaten at Wembley.
On Sunday Bolton return to the stadium when they face Stoke in the semi-finals of the competition.
Manager Owen Coyle believes they need to be professional, not emotional, if they want to honour Lofthouse in the correct way and progress further.
Coyle said: "It would be lovely thing to come to fruition but to do that you have to play out of your skin and earn the right.
"There is a big obstacle to overcome first if we are to get to the final as this is a very good Stoke side.
"You can understand how everyone feels about Nat's passing but we have to make sure come the game we are fully focused."
Lofthouse was an "absolute legend", according to full-back Paul Robinson, who echoed the thoughts of the players in wanting to do right by arguably Bolton's best ever player.
Robinson said: "To be at his funeral and see the turnout was an unbelievable moment to be involved in.
"To see the fans lining the streets just showed what an absolute legend the man was. We will be trying to rekindle the memories that he had in lifting the cup and scoring the goals.
"It will be special for us on Sunday. Hopefully the atmosphere won't play a factor in it and we just focus on ourselves and what we need to do."
Coyle will make one enforced change as on-loan Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is ineligible.
Rodrigo and Ivan Klasnic are among the contenders to replace Sturridge, who scored a brace in the victory against West Ham last weekend.
Midfielder Mark Davies is expected to be included in the squad after returning to training following an ankle problem.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis is happy to put out the welcome mat for the class of 72 and hopes their unexpected success will rub off on the current crop of players.
That team became part of local folklore by lifting the League Cup, thanks to beating hot favourites Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley.
It was heralded as the start of a golden era but the club have failed to deliver a major trophy since then.
Things may be about to change, however, and Pulis wants his side to recreate history.
The Welsh boss has no problems embracing the past. In fact he relishes the opportunity to meet and greet the club's legends.
He took time out this week to visit Terry Conroy, scorer of the first goal against Chelsea, as he is recovering from a vascular aneurism.
Conroy is normally a familiar figure at the Britannia Stadium and the training ground but others also hold still Stoke dear to their hearts.
Pulis, in his second spell at the club, said: "I went round to see Terry as he has been brilliant since I first came here and we wish him well.
"A lot of the lads pop in. Banksy (Gordon Banks), Denis Smith, Jimmy Greenhoff, Mike Pejic. If they want to come in for a cup of tea, have a bit of lunch and watch us train, they don't have to ring up. It is lovely to see people who still care for this club."
Pulis believes it is that kind of family atmosphere that makes Stoke strong today.
Not only are they in the last four of the competition, but they look certain to stay in the Barclays Premier League for a fourth successive season.
He said: "We do not like people who do not blend in. That is part of what we try to do. It starts with hard work and togetherness.
"If we don't get that from players we usually move them on because the rest of the group demand it, not just me."
Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen will be recalled as he has been a regular in previous rounds with usual number one Asmir Begovic on the bench.
Striker John Carew could come into contention following a four-match absence with a back problem.
Five-star Stoke roar into final
Rampant Stoke booked their FA Cup final debut and a meeting with Manchester City on May 14 after demolishing sorry Bolton 5-0 in the biggest semi-final annihilation in 72 years.
Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth and Kenwyne Jones shredded the hapless Trotters with a three-goal blitz inside the opening half hour, with former Bolton player Jon Walters adding two more in the second half to match Wolves five-goal hammering of Grimsby in 1939.
It means no poignant final for Bolton in the year Nat Lofthouse passed away but that, after three previous last-four failures, the Potteries outfit will finally get to experience the world's oldest cup competition and, win or lose, will be playing in the Europa League next year providing City claim a Champions League berth.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis will want more though. After all, he was the fall-guy when City overhauled his Gillingham side in that famous 1999 Second Division play-off final in the same stadium which will play host to next month's showpiece.
There were a significant number of empty seats at the Bolton end, which was something of a disappointment considering the Trotters were trying to reach their first final in over half a century.
Maybe those missing few thousands had a premonition about what was to unfold. Maybe Bolton's players had got stuck in the M1 carnage and this was a group of imposters, so unlike the team that has represented their club all season.
Either way, by the final whistle there were many, many more.
What made matters even worse was the fact major question marks could be raised over Bolton's involvement in all three Stoke goals that effectively wrapped up victory with an hour still to play.
Owen Coyle will have nightmares about the manner his side conceded possession close to their own penalty area for the first.
Instead of simply booting the ball downfield, as surely their opponents would have done in a similar situation, they tried to pass their way out of danger.
It just made matters worse. Etherington seized on a loose ball, spotted an opportunity and whistled a shot into the bottom corner.
Jussi Jaaskelainen must have experienced an awful sense of deja-vu six minutes later when he was plunging towards the same side of his goal with equally little chance of preventing the net behind him bulging.
This time Gary Cahill was at fault.
Generally such a calming influence at the heart of Bolton's rearguard, the England international managed to get only a half-hearted header to Andy Wilkinson's high ball.
Robert Huth has scored a number of goals for Stoke. None could have been sweeter than the first-time half-volley that left Jaaskelainen completely helpless once more.
Coyle sensed the bewilderment amongst his players but was powerless to help.
And when Martin Petrov lost possession to Jermain Pennant deep inside the Stoke half, the Bolton boss could only watch in complete disbelief as the former Liverpool man streaked forward 70 yards without a tackle being made on him before he slipped a pass through to Jones.
The bulky marksman, a club record #8million signing by Pulis last summer, steadied himself before burying his shot past Jaaskelainen.
In stark contrast to Bolton's desolation, Stoke's supporters were beyond ecstatic.
For those present old enough to remember the last two of those three semi-final failures, in 1970 and 1971 - the other was in 1899 - the feeling of satisfaction was great indeed.
Jones denied Etherington the opportunity to lash home a fourth and Jaaskelainen stopped a goalbound Walters effort.
But any more would have been greedy for the Potteries outfit.
Coyle made a couple of changes at the break, with Petrov one of the men replaced, and shoved Johan Elmander into a more attacking role after being bypassed totally in midfield.
The move was akin to re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic as Stoke just resumed their attacking offensive.
Jones spurned a couple of opportunities as Bolton laboured, then he, along with Jon Walters and Ryan Shawcross managed to pass up a chance when it seemed easier to score.
Any fear Stoke had lost their nerve was quickly dispelled as Walters rammed home from 25 yards.
And when the man who battled his way back through the lower leagues after being dumped by Bolton in 2004 drilled the fifth past Jaaskelainen nine minutes from time, it merely completed Stoke's perfect day.
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