MATCHDAY LIVE: Wanderers 1 Everton 2

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4:53pm

All over. Gutted for Wanderers, who played very well.

4:52pm

Alonso side-foots over the bar after the ball had fell to him on edge of the box.

4:51pm

Gueye shot off the bar.

4:50pm

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.

4:49pm

GOAL EVERTON

4:46pm

Knight header just wide. So close.

4:42pm

Ngog on for Sordell.

4:39pm

Holden on for Vela. What an amazing reception.

4:37pm

Holden coming on!

4:34pm

Attendance 18,760

4:31pm

Afobe on for Eagles, who has worked really hard.

4:29pm

Could be anyone's game still. Everton starting to look a little more dangerous but Wanderers excellent on break.

4:27pm

Great save from Lonergan to get fingertips on Pienaar's effort from edge of the box.

4:26pm

Great break from Wanderers - Eagles squared ball across and Sordell just could not get on the end of it. Everton rattled.

4:25pm

Alonso dictating the game at the moment.

4:18pm

Lonergan well out to grab the ball from Jelavic after he had turned on to Fellaini's long pass.

4:12pm

Fair play to Alonso - the transfer speculation doesn't seem to have affected him at all. Good performance thus far.

4:11pm

Alonso drills a low shot from the edge of the box, pushed away by Howard.

4:10pm

 
He's been very good so far. Him and Spearing have worked very hard.

4:10pm

Alonso lifts the ball over the wall but well over the bar too.

4:09pm

A free kick for a foul against Chung-Yong. At last!

4:08pm

Half chance for Everton there as Anichebe heads wide. Not dominating as they had in the first quarter of the game, though.

4:04pm

Back underway at the Reebok and no changes at the interval.

4:01pm

To top it off, a very passable carrot and corriander soup at half time.

4:00pm

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.

4:00pm

3:59pm

3:47pm

Half time - a good 45 for Wanderers.

3:46pm

One minute of added time. Wanderers still on top.

3:44pm

Chung-Yong being offered very little from the referee today. That's the third time he's been flattened and got nothing.

3:42pm

Chungy curls a left-footed effort just wide. More good build up from Alonso down the left.

3:39pm

Sordell nearly sprung the offside trap again there. Ball from Eagles.

3:38pm

Wanderers finishing the half much the stronger of the two sides.

3:37pm

Eagles goes for it from 30 yards out. Ball moved a lot but Howard held on.

3:36pm

Alonso picks up a loose ball just outside the box, beats a man and drills a shot that forces Howard into another save.

3:34pm

Anichebe heads wide from a Jelavic cross. Should have done a lot better.

3:31pm

Wanderers have grown into this half and are playing some good stuff now. Cup tie atmosphere has finally arrived too.

3:29pm

Pratley brings a good save out of Howard after Eagles had driven deep into Everton territory with a great run.

3:29pm

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.

3:27pm

GOAL WANDERERS

3:24pm

Eagles ruled offside after Sordell's excellent turn and pass had put him through.

3:22pm

Spearing corner, Chung-Yong heads wide from some distance.

3:20pm

On balance of play Everton deserve the lead. Another cross undoes Wanderers, though.

3:20pm

Pienaar got the decisive touch, albeit with a big deflection to take it past Lonergan. Baines' cross.

3:18pm

GOAL Everton

3:17pm

Gueye on for Mirallas. Good news for Wanderers.

3:16pm

Very warm round of applause for Stu Holden as he warms up on the touchline. Looks like Gueye coming on for Everton.

3:15pm

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.

3:10pm

Jelavic nearly turned in Anichebe's cross there. Good block from Ream and then Knight cleared.

3:09pm

It has been all Everton possession-wise.

3:09pm

Mirallas looking dangerous early on. Just lashed a shot well wide, but his pace and movement are a real threat at the moment.

3:07pm

Mirallas hits it right footed, but it bounces off wall for a corner.

3:07pm

Knight gives away a free kick on edge of the box.

3:06pm

Pitch is bobbling a little. Might come into play later on when the temperatures really drop on Winter Hill.

3:02pm

Dangerous ball in from Jelavic. Pienaar got a slight touch, but Ream clears.

3:00pm

Game up and running.

3:00pm

 
Still a while away, I have been told. The next six months is effectively still rehab.

2:57pm

It is of course 500 games for David Moyes today too - amazing achievement. Banner in the Everton end calling for 500 more too.

2:55pm

Fellaini has scored three in four at the Reebok. He's the man to stop today.

2:52pm

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...

2:48pm

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.

2:38pm

There seems to be an annoying constant drip coming from the roof directly on to my desk... Won't take it personally though.

2:33pm

Pitch looking a little bit patchy during the warm-ups. Understandable with all the trampling/uncovering this morning.

2:27pm

Packed press box today. Just hope we don't run out of hot tea...

2:14pm

Two changes to the Everton side from the one that drew 0-0 at Southampton on Monday night. Anichebe and Mirallas in, Coleman out injured, Naismith on the bench.

2:07pm

Holden on the bench with Craig Davies - will we see either of them this afternoon?

2:07pm

Everton: Howard, Neville, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Mirallas, Pienaar, Osman, Fellaini, Anichebe, Jelavic

Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Naismith, Gueye, Vellios, Duffy

2:06pm

Wanderers subs: Bogdan, Mears, Ngog, K Davies, Afobe, Holden, C Davies

2:05pm

Wanderers: Lonergan; Ricketts, Knight, Ream, Alonso; Spearing, Vela; Eagles, Pratley, Chung-Yong; Sordell.

2:04pm

Teams are out and it's a start for Marvin Sordell!

1:49pm

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.

1:48pm

 
Never easy with Dougie, is it?
I'll go: Lonergan; Mears, Knight, Ream, Alonso; Spearing, Vela; Eagles, Pratley, Ngog; K Davies.

1:44pm

 
No names, but understand that a defensive midfielder is definitely one. A striker's name has cropped up overnight too, but checking that out as we speak...

1:43pm

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.

1:39pm

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!

1:38pm

There is now a story about said contract up on The Bolton News website...

1:31pm

Secondly, news before kick-off that youngster Tom Eaves has signed a new three-year deal with the club.

1:28pm

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.

1:27pm

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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3:00pm Sat 26 Jan 13

nickyboy70 says...

I cant beleive that alonso wont sign a contract after everything we have done for him. I would not play him untill the end of the season. Then let him go some players think they are better than they are. Cash hm in. There are players on the bench who are dying to play. donna and nick blackpool whites.
I cant beleive that alonso wont sign a contract after everything we have done for him. I would not play him untill the end of the season. Then let him go some players think they are better than they are. Cash hm in. There are players on the bench who are dying to play. donna and nick blackpool whites. nickyboy70

4:01pm Sat 26 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Survived the snow storm and also the first half,looking good Bolton.Alonso is begining to look like a keeper.Sordell is looking good too,he must have been reading all those sarcastic cynical comments I made about him.Keep it up MARVY.
Survived the snow storm and also the first half,looking good Bolton.Alonso is begining to look like a keeper.Sordell is looking good too,he must have been reading all those sarcastic cynical comments I made about him.Keep it up MARVY. boltonnut

5:06pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Sasa C says...

Absolute sickener! Played very well and more than matched a good Premiership team but got to get to grips with this defending at the end of games it's cost us too many times now. Sordell more than deserves a good run in the team now and do not want to hear Dougie's resting excuse as he's picking Eagles every game. Lets make sure we build on this recent good form
Absolute sickener! Played very well and more than matched a good Premiership team but got to get to grips with this defending at the end of games it's cost us too many times now. Sordell more than deserves a good run in the team now and do not want to hear Dougie's resting excuse as he's picking Eagles every game. Lets make sure we build on this recent good form Sasa C

7:32pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Reebok Al says...

Owen Coyle will not be remembered at Bolton for his acumen in the transfer market, and if Marcos Alonso's move to Italy were to go ahead, it would represent possibly the worst investment ever made in a player by this club.
£2 million for a handful of mostly inept performances is not good business, especially when you consider how traditionally weak we have become in the left back position. Loan signings apart, we have not been able to field an effective left back since the days of Simon Charlton, a situation made all the more exasperating with the news that the club is apparently looking to sign a right back. With Ricketts, Mears and especially Joe Riley already in the squad, I would not have thought that strengthening in that position would be a priority right now.
Still, Mr Freedman is showing signs of steadying the ship, and I expect that next season we will see a determined effort to exit the Championship in an upward direction.
Owen Coyle will not be remembered at Bolton for his acumen in the transfer market, and if Marcos Alonso's move to Italy were to go ahead, it would represent possibly the worst investment ever made in a player by this club. £2 million for a handful of mostly inept performances is not good business, especially when you consider how traditionally weak we have become in the left back position. Loan signings apart, we have not been able to field an effective left back since the days of Simon Charlton, a situation made all the more exasperating with the news that the club is apparently looking to sign a right back. With Ricketts, Mears and especially Joe Riley already in the squad, I would not have thought that strengthening in that position would be a priority right now. Still, Mr Freedman is showing signs of steadying the ship, and I expect that next season we will see a determined effort to exit the Championship in an upward direction. Reebok Al

9:06pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Craig R says...

Good performance today and the game could have gone either way.
Marcos Alonso was outstanding again today following his Man of The Match display against Millwall; we must make every effort to keep him or at least sort his contract out so that when he does leave it will be for a hefty fee.
Good performance today and the game could have gone either way. Marcos Alonso was outstanding again today following his Man of The Match display against Millwall; we must make every effort to keep him or at least sort his contract out so that when he does leave it will be for a hefty fee. Craig R

10:23am Sun 27 Jan 13

Wigan Trotter says...

How many more times are we going to throw away a game in the closing minutes?
How many more times are we going to throw away a game in the closing minutes? Wigan Trotter

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