Eagles swoops to oust Swans

 

Reebok Stadium

Bolton showed the value of being up for the cup with the sort of performance their manager feels can give an extra fillip to their Premier League form. Last year's semi-finalists progressed to the last 16 with a well-earned win over a much-changed Swansea side and despite the way his side's season fell apart after the semi last year, Owen Coyle is glad to be on that road again.

"I thought we were excellent today," said the Bolton manager. "It can only give us impetus and confidence to win other games."

Brendan Rodgers made no less than 10 changes from his last Premier League line-up, while Coyle limited himself to a three-man readjustment to the team that beat Liverpool so convincingly.

The young full-back Joe Riley gave Bolton much of their early attacking impetus, being responsible for a number of incisive runs and intelligent crosses, and they should have gone ahead on 19 minutes, when Chris Eagles put David Ngog through while Swansea waited for an offside flag. Ngog shot into Gerhard Tremmel's legs.

Mark Davies also had a low shot well saved before Swansea began to stir. Wayne Routledge had the ball in the net from a clearly offside position, but there was no argument about the goal that put the Welsh club ahead. The ball broke from a tackle to Luke Moore, who held off David Wheater to slot it past the advancing Adam Bogdan. "It was a world-class finish," said Rodgers.

The lead lasted only two minutes as another ex-Swan, Darren Pratley, who was barracked every time he touched the ball, had his revenge, heading home Martin Petrov's free-kick. Rodgers thought it was "fractionally offside".

Petrov was also involved in what turned out to be Bolton's winning goal, 11 minutes into the second half. Cutting in from the left, he put in a shot which Tremmel spilled, allowing Eagles to turn, shoot and score.

Leroy Lita and Pratley hit the woodwork at opposite ends and Petrov, Nigel Reo-Coker and Fabrice Muamba all went close for Bolton before the Swansea substitute Danny Graham headed against the post in the dying minutes.

But Bolton held on to claim the fifth-round place they deserved. Just don't mention Stoke City and Wembley.

Bolton (4-5-1): Bogdan; Riley, Wheater, Boyata, Rickets; Eagles (Tuncay, 90), M Davies, Pratley (Muamba, 78), Reo-Coker, Petrov; Ngog (K Davies, 74).

Swansea (4-3-3): Tremmel; Richards, Williams, Monk, Bessone; Agustien, Gower (Allen, 78), McEachran; Routledge (Dyer, 65), Lita (Graham, 65), Moore.

Referee: Anthony Taylor.

Man of the match: Petrov (Bolton)

Match rating: 7/10

Bolton Wanderers 2 (Pratley, Eagles) Swansea City 1 (Moore)

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore