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Bolton Wanderers: Howay The Replay!

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15 Jan 2013


A late afternoon to all you Vital Bolton readers. Let`s keep this brief, with the game only a couple of hours away. We probably should`ve wrapped this up in the first game, but after a spirited fightback, the Mackems look like favourites for the replay down their way.

Vital Quotes:

Douglas revealed in his press conference that he intends to have both Holden and Vela in the squad. Exciting!!!

He told the club website: "Josh and Stuart will be involved tomorrow night. I don`t know if they`ll play but they`ll be in the squad. I think the two have proved their fitness in the last three or four weeks. It`s very difficult for Stuart in particular. We`ve got to be very careful. With Josh it`s a little bit easier as he`s only had three or four months out. They`re two good players to have around the squad again."

I expect that they both will be on the bench, and will play very minor roles. A late substitute appearance if the game is already lost is probably all we could really hope for Stu. I`d be very surprised if he started. Not that I wouldn`t be giddy like a schoolgirl over the latest Smash Hits magazine. That`s still a thing, right?

Sunderland Team News:

Sunderland`s new signing, Alfred N'Diaye, is ineligible for the match because he wasn`t registered by the club before the initial cup tie. I wasn`t aware that was a rule, and am surprised that something that appears so archaic is still around. Anyway, good for us. Rose and Cuellar are also out with hamstrings suffered when playing in the 2-2 draw against us.

Player to watch: Titus Bramble

I hope you realise why I think Titus is so key. He is truly a shocking defender, and despite a couple of solid years at Wigan, I cannot see why the calamity-happy stopper is still plying his trade in the top division. He makes Zat Knight on a bad day look like Carlos Puyol. If he plays, we`ve got a much better chance of nicking it, especially if he can make mistakes like he did in the first match.

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

As mentioned above, Holden and Vela in. Wheater is still a bit far behind, and hasn`t made an appearance for the reserves yet, despite being back to full first team training. Oh, and the rule I mentioned earlier? It stops Craig Davies playing.

Player to watch: Marvin Sordell

He was my key man at the weekend and is my key man today. He didn`t get too long against Millwall, but he performed well enough in my eyes to give him a run out from the start. I`m hoping this Twitter ban has been partnered with a metaphorical clip round the head. He appears, at least, to be giving his all when he gets onto the pitch, and that`s all we can really hope for.

Match Facts & Stats

Sunderland have got past us five out of the six times we`ve been drawn against them in the cup. Lets change that, ok?

Match Prediction:

If they put out a full side; we`re out. If they decide to rest a few; we have a chance. I expect us to play a full team, and make a good go of it.

Next Fixtures:

Palace away this weekend, before Peterborough visit the Reebok the week after. COYWM!!!

Date:Tuesday January 15 2013
Time: 5:51PM

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hope the game gives reason for Robmoss, Fredmadagascar, Pedro,Boltongav,bwfc75,muur,Elcyn,anorak, etc, etc to smile and praise events. As for me, im'e to far gone. Seriously, going into a game as underdogs leaves little room for dissapointments afterwards. For the sake of our intrepid fans who will journey to attend the game I hope the effort and performance is 100% regardless of result.
aussie mike
15/01/2013 18:31:00
I wasn't fortunate enough to go to the reserve game against Oldham, but from what I've heard, Holden didn't look as though his game had been affected too much by his injury, so I'd be more than happy for him to get twenty minutes. Obviously as I type this I'm stifling tears due to not being mentioned in aussie mike's list.
15/01/2013 19:01:00
Anyone know if its televised, and if so, any links to free livestream???? Fecking dreaming I know, but, just, maybe...........
15/01/2013 19:05:00
yeah Thingy, me too. No mention, he should be shipped off to a faraway island for that..
15/01/2013 19:13:00
Well aussie mike thanks for that because with 75 mins gone we are 2-0 up and super students holden has just returned. COYWM. Even you can allow a small smile?
15/01/2013 21:21:00
Blood corrective text super stuart holden not students holden
15/01/2013 21:22:00
I can't quite believe it! Still time for our defence to capitulate though - let's hope not. Also good to see Sordell coming good with the goals. Would like to see him start more.
Skopelos Chris
15/01/2013 21:26:00
Great win. Lets hope we can make it an unprecedented two in row with a repeat showing at Palace...have a feeling that might just be the IPA talking though
Skopelos Chris
15/01/2013 21:49:00
Cleeeeeeeeeeeeeaaan sheeeeeeeeeeeeet oh and a win. Now to beat dougies rejects.
15/01/2013 21:50:00
Woooooooohooooo Clean sheet Away win Holden on for a short period Sordell scoring 2 Phil Brown said they looked good feels nice to have a big stupid grin again !!
15/01/2013 21:52:00
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