Match Report: Johnny Heitinga volley denies Bolton deserved replay

Bolton Wanderers 1 Everton 2

Reebok Stadium

A goal from Johnny Heitinga in time added on denied Bolton a replay that was the least they deserved from this fourth-round tie.

Relegated last season and currently an undistinguished 16th in the Championship, the Wanderers belied that modest position and were well on their way to providing a stumbling block to a Premier League side for the second round in a row.

That was until Heitinga, the Dutch defender, was brought on as a late substitute in midfield. When Bolton failed to head clear in the 91st minute, he was on hand to volley powerfully through a crowd of players and spare his team a re-run they did not need.

“I thought Bolton deserved a replay,” the Everton manager, David Moyes, admitted. “But if anyone was going to go on and win it, I thought it would be Everton.”

After 11 years and 500 games in charge of Everton, the closest Moyes has been to a trophy is the FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea in 2009.

That is good enough reason to continue to take the competition seriously and Moyes accordingly fielded a full-strength team at the Reebok, minus the injured Darron Gibson.

Bolton were surprise replay winners at Sunderland in the third round. Less surprisingly, Dougie Freedman gave the main striking responsibility to Marvin Sordell, the scorer of two goals in that tie.

He had precious little chance to shine during an opening quarter which was one-way traffic in Everton’s favour. With any number of neat attacking touches, it looked to be only a matter of time before they took the lead – and it was.

After 19 minutes Bolton committed the cardinal sin of allowing Leighton Baines too much room on the left flank. From his low, whipped-in cross, the lively Victor Anichebe had his initial effort blocked, only for the ball to find the net via Steven Pienaar’s chest.

It was a messy goal, but one in keeping with the balance of play thus far. The startling thing was the revitalising effect it had on Bolton.

Almost immediately, Chris Eagles was brought back for a marginal offside when clean through. Then Darren Pratley, pushing through from midfield, attacked the by-line and pulled the ball back for Sordell, lurking at the near post, to turn in neatly.

Tim Howard scored against Bolton at Goodison last season. Yesterday, he was kept busy with more conventional duties, like saving from Eagles and Marcos Alonso as Bolton continued to press.

For much of the second period, both teams seemed to have left their best work behind in that “half of two halves”. The best chances fell to the Wanderers, with the impressive Alonso forcing a leaping save from Howard.

Then Josh Vela, who formed an industrious engine room with the Liverpool loanee, Jay Spearing, robbed Marouane Fellaini of the ball and surged forward, only for Eagles to waste the opening with a poor cross.

Against that, Andy Lonergan was called into action once, to tip Pienaar’s shot around the post.

After Heitinga’s winner, there was still time for Magaye Gueye to hit the bar and for Benik Afobe to have a chance of an equaliser at the other end. A proper Cup-tie in other words, and one that Everton knew they were fortunate to win at the first attempt.

Freedman, the Bolton manager, paid tribute to the army of volunteers who made the game possible, despite heavy overnight snow.

“I was disappointed with the result but not with the performance,” he said. “I thought we probably played our best football since I’ve been here. There were a lot of positives.”

Those positives included a good all-round performance from Sordell, a player Freedman says is still having to work hard to build up his fitness, and an emotional return by Stuart Holden, a late arrival off the bench.

All in all, Bolton had a little more to congratulate themselves on than Everton, but, as Moyes said, the Cup is always about getting through to the next round – no matter how scratchily.

Bolton Wanderers (4-4-1-1) Lonergan; Ricketts, Knight, Ream, Alonso; Lee, Spearing, Vela (Holden, 81), Eagles (Afobe, 74); Pratley; Sordell (Ngog, 85).

Everton (4-4-2) Howard; Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Mirallas (Gueye, 17), Osman, Fellaini, Pienaar; Anichebe, Jelavic (Heitinga, 80).

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Man of the match: Alonso (Bolton)

Match rating: 7/10

Life and Style
A teenager boy wakes up.
life
Life and Style
It is believed that historically rising rates of alcohol consumption have contributed to the increase
food + drink
Voices
The erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has already been blamed for a rise in the number of callouts to the fire brigade for people trapped in handcuffs
voicesJustine Elyot: Since Fifty Shades there's no need to be secretive about it — everyone's at it
Arts and Entertainment
Critics say Kipling showed loathing for India's primitive villagers in The Jungle Book
filmChristopher Walken, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johanssen Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Playing to win: for Tanith Carey, pictured with Lily, right, and Clio, even simple games had to have an educational purpose
lifeTanith Carey explains what made her take her foot off the gas
Arts and Entertainment
The White Sails Hospital and Spa is to be built in the new Tunisia Economic City.
architectureRussian billionaire designs boat-shaped hospital for new Dubai-style Tunisia Economic City
Arts and Entertainment
You could be in the Glastonbury crowd next summer if you follow our tips for bagging tickets this week
music
Life and Style
tech
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

Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style