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Liverpool 0-0 Bolton: Reds frustrated as battling Trotters secure FA Cup replay

first_img1 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey in action for Bolton on his return to Anfield Liverpool avoided falling victim to a day of FA Cup giant slayings but failed to overcome Championship outfit Bolton, with the Reds facing a fourth-round replay following a 0-0 draw at Anfield.With Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham all dumped out against lesser opposition earlier in the day – Jose Mourinho’s Blues suffering the biggest shock against League One Bradford – Brendan Rodgers’ men were hoping to come through unscathed against the Trotters.And while they were rarely troubled at the back, with veteran goalscorer Eidur Gudjohnsen twice firing wide from the visitors’ best chances, Liverpool were repeatedly felled by in-form goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.The Hungarian pulled off a string of fine saves in the second-half, denying Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Fabio Borini, and his heroics between the sticks saw a battling Bolton hold on.It was goalless at the break after a cagey first 45 minutes, with Liverpool dominating possession but struggling to break down the stubborn defences of Bolton, who began to withdraw into their own half after an impressive start.The Reds were unconvincing in the opening stages but soon began to look more comfortable, with Jordan Henderson seeing a Steven Gerrard – who was rested by Rodgers – style volley well saved by the impressive Adam Bogdan, who was a constant thorn in Liverpool’s side.The game began to peter out before the break, but there was a heart-on-mouth moment for home fans when Bolton’s Dean Moxey hammered a volley from 20 yards which beat the flailing Simon Mignolet but drifted narrowly wide of the post.Liverpool stepped up the pressure after the re-start, with half-time substitute Lazar Markovic causing problems on the left flank while Bogdan was brought into action again, rushing off his line to prevent Sterling running through on goal.The shot-stopper was in the thick of it moments later, getting down low to tip away another Coutinho effort, with on-loan full-back Javier Manquillo slicing the rebound inexplicably wide with the goal at his mercy.Bolton forward Gudjohnsen then had two great chances in as many minutes, first sidefooting wide after great wide play from Tim Ream, and then volleying over the bar from close-range from an unmarked position in the box.Liverpool carried more attacking threat following the introduction of Borini off the bench, with the Italian making an immediate impact and forcing another excellent save from the full-stretch Bogan, who did well to tip away the striker’s arrowed drive.Adam Lallana was next to go close for the Merseysiders, though the England international really should have done better as he headed over following brilliant link-up play between the hosts’ brightest players, Coutinho and Sterling.Chances kept flowing as the Reds piled on the pressure in four minutes of added-time, a closely-marked Borini heading wide and Lucas seeing a long-range effort blocked, but Bolton managed to hold on, with the away stand erupting in celebration at the full-time whistle.They host Liverpool at the Macron Stadium in ten days time.last_img read more