MATCHDAY LIVE: Wanderers 1 Everton 2
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All over. Gutted for Wanderers, who played very well.
Alonso side-foots over the bar after the ball had fell to him on edge of the box.
Gueye shot off the bar.
John Heitinga just smashed a shot through a sea of bodies after it seemed Wanderers had cleared the danger and we were heading to a replay. Gutted.
Knight header just wide. So close.
Ngog on for Sordell.
Holden on for Vela. What an amazing reception.
Holden coming on!
Afobe on for Eagles, who has worked really hard.
Could be anyone's game still. Everton starting to look a little more dangerous but Wanderers excellent on break.
Great save from Lonergan to get fingertips on Pienaar's effort from edge of the box.
Great break from Wanderers - Eagles squared ball across and Sordell just could not get on the end of it. Everton rattled.
Alonso dictating the game at the moment.
Lonergan well out to grab the ball from Jelavic after he had turned on to Fellaini's long pass.
Fair play to Alonso - the transfer speculation doesn't seem to have affected him at all. Good performance thus far.
Alonso drills a low shot from the edge of the box, pushed away by Howard.
@MarcIles How's Vela gettin on? Big test against Fellaini today— @njcoleman79 26 January 2013
Alonso lifts the ball over the wall but well over the bar too.
A free kick for a foul against Chung-Yong. At last!
Half chance for Everton there as Anichebe heads wide. Not dominating as they had in the first quarter of the game, though.
Back underway at the Reebok and no changes at the interval.
To top it off, a very passable carrot and corriander soup at half time.
So far so good for Wanderers, who could easily be leading this game. Another half like the last and there will be few complaints here.
@MarcIles come on bolton,let's eat some toffees!!— @kirty123 26 January 2013
@MarcIles any Sordell chants to the tune of Bat out of Hell yet? Surely a matter of time...— @BaddDdad 26 January 2013
Half time - a good 45 for Wanderers.
One minute of added time. Wanderers still on top.
Chung-Yong being offered very little from the referee today. That's the third time he's been flattened and got nothing.
Chungy curls a left-footed effort just wide. More good build up from Alonso down the left.
Sordell nearly sprung the offside trap again there. Ball from Eagles.
Wanderers finishing the half much the stronger of the two sides.
Eagles goes for it from 30 yards out. Ball moved a lot but Howard held on.
Alonso picks up a loose ball just outside the box, beats a man and drills a shot that forces Howard into another save.
Anichebe heads wide from a Jelavic cross. Should have done a lot better.
Wanderers have grown into this half and are playing some good stuff now. Cup tie atmosphere has finally arrived too.
Pratley brings a good save out of Howard after Eagles had driven deep into Everton territory with a great run.
What a move from Wanderers. Ricketts started it off with a great ball to Pratley down the right - his cross was turned in at the near post by Sordell.
Eagles ruled offside after Sordell's excellent turn and pass had put him through.
Spearing corner, Chung-Yong heads wide from some distance.
On balance of play Everton deserve the lead. Another cross undoes Wanderers, though.
Pienaar got the decisive touch, albeit with a big deflection to take it past Lonergan. Baines' cross.
Gueye on for Mirallas. Good news for Wanderers.
Very warm round of applause for Stu Holden as he warms up on the touchline. Looks like Gueye coming on for Everton.
Brief foray into Everton territory for Wanderers as Chung-Yong then Pratley chase lost causes to good effect. Looks like being a tough, tough afternoon.
Jelavic nearly turned in Anichebe's cross there. Good block from Ream and then Knight cleared.
It has been all Everton possession-wise.
Mirallas looking dangerous early on. Just lashed a shot well wide, but his pace and movement are a real threat at the moment.
Mirallas hits it right footed, but it bounces off wall for a corner.
Knight gives away a free kick on edge of the box.
Pitch is bobbling a little. Might come into play later on when the temperatures really drop on Winter Hill.
Dangerous ball in from Jelavic. Pienaar got a slight touch, but Ream clears.
Game up and running.
@MarcIles How close is Stuart Holden to starting a game? We need him back!— @1MarkBrennan 26 January 2013
It is of course 500 games for David Moyes today too - amazing achievement. Banner in the Everton end calling for 500 more too.
Fellaini has scored three in four at the Reebok. He's the man to stop today.
There have been three red cards in the last five games between Everton and Bolton. David Wheater here the last time the Toffees were at the Reebok... can still see that first touch...
Atmosphere building up around the ground. Still plenty of empty seats but around 20,000 still expected. Everton fans filling two tiers at away end.
There seems to be an annoying constant drip coming from the roof directly on to my desk... Won't take it personally though.
Pitch looking a little bit patchy during the warm-ups. Understandable with all the trampling/uncovering this morning.
Packed press box today. Just hope we don't run out of hot tea...
Holden on the bench with Craig Davies - will we see either of them this afternoon?
Everton: Howard, Neville, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Mirallas, Pienaar, Osman, Fellaini, Anichebe, Jelavic
Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Naismith, Gueye, Vellios, Duffy
Wanderers subs: Bogdan, Mears, Ngog, K Davies, Afobe, Holden, C Davies
Wanderers: Lonergan; Ricketts, Knight, Ream, Alonso; Spearing, Vela; Eagles, Pratley, Chung-Yong; Sordell.
Teams are out and it's a start for Marvin Sordell!
And should Kevin Davies feature today, it will be his 400th appearance for the club. Fantastic effort. Joins a select band of 21 players to have achieved it, most recently Ricardo Gardner.
@MarcIles predicted starting 11?— @WillH13 26 January 2013
@MarcIles Any news on who the other two targets are that Freedman is after?— @mattyyyevans 26 January 2013
So, as usual, if you have any burning questions pre-match or want to air your own opinion on this very timeline, then please either leave a comment below or tweet me @MarcIles and I'll do my best to answer them.
Hopefully, everyone has managed to dig their car out or trek their way to the game today. But for those who haven't, hopefully I can fill in a few of the gaps!
There is now a story about said contract up on The Bolton News website...
Secondly, news before kick-off that youngster Tom Eaves has signed a new three-year deal with the club.
Firstly, a big well done to the fans who responded to the club's call this morning to come down to the stadium with their shovels and clear the pathways. Brilliant effort and the place looks great.
Good afternoon all. The game has survived the weather, and I've negotiated the snow between Tyldesley and Horwich to take my seat in the press box.
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