skip to content
Foul by Jay Spearing on Fraizer Campbell, free kick awarded. Phil Bardsley takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Bardsley on Tyrone Mears. Chris Eagles restarts play with the free kick.
Matthew Kilgallon challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Eagles.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole by Jay Spearing. Marvin Sordell goes off and Kevin Davies comes on. Sebastian Larsson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Andy Lonergan. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Matthew Kilgallon goes over the bar.
Chris Eagles challenges Stephane Sessegnon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Jay Spearing manages to make a clearance. Sebastian Larsson produces a cross, clearance made by Zat Knight.
Corner taken by Chris Eagles.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Phil Bardsley goes wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Gardner by Stuart Holden. Strike on goal comes in from Craig Gardner from the free kick. Jack Colback goes off and Lee Cattermole comes on.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Samuel Ricketts on Fraizer Campbell. Sebastian Larsson takes the free kick.
Stuart Holden joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joshua Vela.
Marvin Sordell grabs a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 0-2 Bolton.Tyrone Mears provided the assist for the goal.
Tyrone Mears challenges Jack Colback unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fraizer Campbell is brought on as a substitute for Connor Wickham. (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Sebastian Larsson coming on for Adam Johnson. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Adam Johnson goes wide left of the goal. Benik Afobe goes off and Chung-Yong Lee comes on.
Craig Gardner takes a shot. Samuel Ricketts gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, clearance made by Zat Knight.
Adam Johnson is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by Jack Colback. Marvin Sordell scores a power penalty. Sunderland 0-1 Bolton.Assist on the goal came from Darren Pratley.
Chris Eagles produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Adam Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcos Alonso. Free kick taken by Marcos Alonso.
Connor Wickham produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
Marcos Alonso has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
Marvin Sordell fouled by David Vaughan, the ref awards a free kick. Jay Spearing takes the direct free kick.
Craig Gardner fouled by Darren Pratley, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Gardner fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
A cross is delivered by James McClean, Connor Wickham takes a shot. Andy Lonergan makes a save.
Foul by Zat Knight on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded. Stephane Sessegnon takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Chris Eagles from the right by-line, clearance by Craig Gardner.
The ball is swung over by Stephane Sessegnon, Titus Bramble produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Joshua Vela gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon. Adam Johnson shoots direct from the free kick, save by Andy Lonergan. Corner from right by-line taken by Adam Johnson.
Effort from long distance by Chris Eagles goes wide right of the goal.
David Vaughan takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
Foul by Darren Pratley on Craig Gardner, free kick awarded. Titus Bramble takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Benik Afobe results in a free kick. Craig Gardner fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Andy Lonergan.
Darren Pratley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Craig Gardner, Darren Pratley gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson, save by Andy Lonergan.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Gardner, save made by Andy Lonergan.
Shot from just outside the area by Stephane Sessegnon misses to the left of the target.
Chris Eagles takes a shot. David Vaughan gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by James McClean, Adam Johnson takes a shot. Andy Lonergan makes a save. Adam Johnson takes a corner.
Effort from the edge of the box by James McClean goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Foul by Marcos Alonso on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded. Adam Johnson takes the direct free kick. Effort from just outside the area by Craig Gardner goes over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Benik Afobe on Jack Colback. Jack Colback restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by James McClean, Marcos Alonso manages to make a clearance.
David Vaughan challenges Jay Spearing unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jay Spearing.
Corner taken right-footed by Jay Spearing from the left by-line, Zat Knight takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Marvin Sordell. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Benik Afobe fouled by Phil Bardsley, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Chris Eagles by Jack Colback results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jay Spearing, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by David Vaughan from the left by-line, Andy Lonergan makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Marvin Sordell by Jack Colback results in a free kick. Jay Spearing takes the direct free kick.
Cup fightback was key - O'Neill
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill believes the FA Cup third round draw against Bolton helped to build the foundation for his side's emphatic win over West Ham on Saturday.
Sunderland, who are preparing to face Bolton tomorrow night in the replay at the Stadium of Light, came from two goals down to draw 2-2 against the Trotters, knowing a tie against Everton was at stake.
The Black Cats then took the fighting spirit from the second half at the Reebok Stadium and used it to brush aside West Ham in their Barclays Premier League clash on Wearside last weekend.
The three points helped to ease their relegation fears and O'Neill was quick to laud the spirit shown against Bolton as the catalyst for the much-improved performance.
"The difference between our performance against West Ham and Bolton was obviously day and night," O'Neill told reporters.
"We started sluggishly against Bolton and I don't think we can afford to do that, but against West Ham we started strongly and the most pleasing aspect for me was that we kept it going.
"For the most part, we were terrific.
"Our second-half performance against Bolton in the cup helped cement that. It gave us that lift, not only that we were still in the cup but the players felt that now they could move on."
Despite now having home advantage for the third round replay, O'Neill is refusing to take Bolton lightly and expects to field a team not too dissimilar from the side who impressed against the Hammers.
"We started brightly against West Ham and played well in that game but it means absolutely nothing now," O'Neill said.
"We play Bolton which will be a big test for us and they will think they have as good a chance as we have of playing Everton in the next round.
"Bolton's record in the cup has been very good in recent years and I think they will feel they are capable of winning the game.
"They certainly felt that during the last match. We've got home advantage at this moment and the crowd behind us and we will go into the game with plenty of confidence, but going into the game with confidence is no guarantee of anything.
"It's not something I would like to be making wholesale changes for because we're not in a position to be able to do that and we would like to treat the competition with some respect."
Dougie Freedman hopes jealously can inspire Bolton to an FA Cup upset at the second time of asking.
Wanderers took a 2-0 lead in the original third-round match at the Reebok Stadium nine days ago, only to be pegged back by goals from Connor Wickham and Craig Gardner in the final half-hour.
"To play these games against Premier League teams just reminds the lads what we're missing," said the former Crystal Palace boss.
"It's always good - I feel it just shows them we're jealous of where they (the opposition) are and want to get back up there as soon as possible. It's a little reminder of what we're missing out on."
Bolton appear to be in a transitional phase during the opening months of Freeman's reign, after the 38-year-old Scot replaced compatriot Owen Coyle at the end of October.
Saturday's 1-1 draw with Millwall leaves the pre-season promotion favourites 16th in the npower Championship - 10 points shy of the play-off places and eight above the relegation zone.
By contrast, Martin O'Neill's Sunderland secured a fourth win in seven league outings by brushing aside West Ham 3-0 at the weekend, but Freedman remains bullish about his side's prospects
"It'll be tough but, listen, football's tough," he said. "If you've not got thick skin then you might as well step out of this game because it's a tough environment where you've got to match teams that are not going to give you an inch.
"We feel in the first game we played very well for 70 minutes against a Premier League side. We were 2-0 up and I felt that we possibly deserved to take the game.
"We'll go up there full of confidence knowing that if we produce what we produced at home then we've got a chance of winning this game."
"Barclays Premier League Prediction competition 2..."
© 2004 - 2013 football.co.uk