Draw incentive to beat Sunderland
12:10am Monday 7th January 2013 in Sport
WANDERERS have been given a home draw against either Everton or Cheltenham Town should they come through their third-round replay at Sunderland. Dougie Freedman’s men face the difficult task of having to beat Martin O’Neill’s Premier League team at the Stadium of Light a week on Tuesday if they are to stay alive in the world’s oldest national knockout competition.
Should they be successful, they will face the winners of tonight’s tie between David Moyes’ men and League Two’s fourth-placed side on the weekend of January 26/27.
Wanderers came within an ace of disposing of Sunderland on Saturday when they performed admirably but let a 2-0 lead slip.
Now they must produce something akin to the famous White Hot replay victory at Liverpool which went down in club history when Bruce Rioch’s men won at Anfield 20 years ago this month.
And the irony is that, although tonight’s game is being played at Cheltenham, the probable fourth-round opponents of Wanderers or Sunderland will be Everton who the Whites beat 3-2 after extra time at Goodison Park on January 19, 1994, in the second of the famous White Hot trilogy.
Read all about the famous White Hot years online at http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/sport/sportingmemories/whitehotyears/