DOUKARA AT THE HEART OF LEEDS VIC­TORY

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND - By Josh Ni­cholls

LEEDS man­ager Steve Evans lauded Souley­mane Doukara af­ter his tire­less per­for­mance set his side on their way to the fifth round.

Doukara struck first and fel­low French­man Toumani Di­agouraga added a se­cond to put Leeds in con­trol at the break, be­fore Dar­ren Prat­ley struck late on to give Wan­der­ers hope of a re­play.

But it was the York­shire club who pre­vailed to heap more woe on cash-strapped Bolton – and Evans could not speak highly enough of Doukara, who now has four in his last six matches.

“He (Doukara) has got a heart the size of Big Ben and he never stops run­ning,” Evans said.

“When I ar­rived he felt dis­carded. I told him I’m go­ing to give him the big­gest op­por­tu­nity of his life and he is tak­ing it.”

Evans was also bullish when asked about the fifth round draw – mak­ing it clear he fears no one.

“We would take any­one at El­land Road,” he added. “You would want ei­ther the low­est ranked team in the com­pe­ti­tion or the high­est ranked.

“But even if we get the high­est ranked team in the com­pe­ti­tion, who’s the big­gest club? There could be some de­bate about that.”

Both sides were Premier League clubs the last time they met in the com­pe­ti­tion 20 years ago and while both have fallen from grace since, it is Leeds who are in by far the bet­ter shape.

This was demon­strated when they took the lead in the ninth minute al­beit cour­tesy of a blun­der from home goal­keeper Ben Amos.

Stu­art Dal­las slipped Doukara through on goal and al­though he shot straight at Amos, the Bolton goal­keeper could not keep the ef­fort out as it struck his crouched body and looped tamely into the bot­tom cor­ner.

The trav­el­ling sup­port­ers were nearly si­lenced in the 13th minute when Gary Ma­dine wasted a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity to level for Wan­der­ers af­ter Leeds skip­per Sol Bamba had in­ex­pli­ca­bly headed Liam Feeney’s cross into the striker’s path.

How­ever with the goal gap­ing, Ma­dine’s left-footed swipe from close-range was lazy and he blazed his ef­fort com­fort­ably over the cross­bar.

The 1972 cup win­ners dou­bled their lead five min­utes be­fore the break when Mirco An­tenucci broke away down the right flank and from in­side the box cut the ball back into the stride of Di­agouraga, who on his full de­but for the club, side-footed calmly home to put the York­shire side in com­mand.

Prat­ley threw the hosts a life­line with ten min­utes to go when a cor­ner from sub­sti­tute Kaiyne Wool­ery broke to him in­side the box and he thrashed his shot into the roof of the net.

Ma­dine al­most lev­elled for the Trot­ters three min­utes from time but struck the post when Leeds keeper Marco Sil­vestri’s parry fell to him in the penalty area as Leeds hung on to reach the fifth round for the first time in three years.

Bolton man­ager Neil Len­non ad­mit­ted his side left things too late and be­moaned his team’s first half show­ing – be­fore slam­ming his play­ers’ at­ti­tude.

“We were way too pas­sive in the first half,” said Len­non. “It was a poor first goal, a goal­keep­ing er­ror, but the re­ac­tion to it wasn’t good.

“We didn’t work hard enough in the first half. It’s about de­sire. It has got to come from within.

“I’m ask­ing the play­ers ‘Do you want to progress in foot­ball or do you just want to make a liv­ing in the game?’

“If they just want to just make a liv­ing in the game then they’ll be bet­ter off leav­ing be­cause that is not what I want.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

THAT’S TWO: Toumani Di­agouraga scores Leeds’ se­cond goal

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