Trot­ters will go again in a re­play

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Bar­rie White

BOLTON boss Phil Parkin­son be­lieves his side have set the bench­mark for their as­sault on League One pro­mo­tion af­ter forc­ing an FA Cup third-round re­play against Premier League Crys­tal Palace.

He said: “I was frus­trated by the way we played in the sec­ond half, and a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed that we didn’t take the chances.

“We got a clean sheet, and I got to see a lot of play­ers for the first time.

“We’re still in the hat, and it was a tough game, in fair­ness to Parky and his team.

“That was Remy’s first 45 min­utes of the sea­son – it’s a pre­sea­son in the mid­dle of a sea­son for him.

“He ob­vi­ously wants to play more, but we can’t af­ford him to get in­jured again. We saw a few flashes to ex­cite us when he gets match fit again.”

Vela was next to hit the wood­work on 63 min­utes, his firm header from Lawrie Wil­son’s cross beat Sper­oni, but couldn’t beat the same post Remy had struck ear­lier.

Sub­sti­tute Jamie Proc­tor nearly made an in­stant im­pact for Bolton with eight min­utes to go, but his header lost power and was col­lected by Sper­oni.

Former Bolton boss Sam Al­lardyce ad­mit­ted he was left frus­trated by the lack of clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing from his Palace side, and ad­mit­ted the dan­ger­ous­look­ing Remy was with­drawn at half-time as part of his come­back from in­jury.

The Premier League side be­gan to in­crease the pres­sure, with Campbell and Remy com­bin­ing for the lat­ter, on loan from Chelsea, to smash his stike against the left-hand post on 34 min­utes.

Min­utes later, Remy tested Al­nwick, but the 30-year-old stop­per saved with his legs.

Bolton were al­ways ready to hit their vis­i­tors on the counter and Henry had a glo­rius op­por­tu­nity five min­utes af­ter half-time, when An­drew Tay­lor floated in a teas­ing cross. But the 27-year-old side-footed his vol­ley over the bar to the de­spair of the home fans. three goals on an­other day, but he al­ways make us chances.”

Henry shrugged off two Palace de­fend­ers in­side nine min­utes and drove at goal, only for Ju­lian Sper­oni to beat away his fierce drive.

Palace debu­tant Loic Remy was first to test Bolton’s Ben Al­nwick af­ter 20 min­utes, but his well-struck ef­fort was straight at the former Tot­ten­ham keeper.

Ex-Ar­se­nal man Mathieu Flamini then missed a glo­ri­ous chance to open the scor­ing for vis­i­tors Palace ten min­utes later, lift­ing the ball over from 12 yards af­ter Fraizer Campbell’s mazy run.

The Trot­ters had a num­ber of chances through Wolves loa­nee James Henry – who signed on for the rest of the sea­son on Fri­day – as well Josh Vela’s header which struck a post.

Parkin­son, who was full of praise for Henry, in­sists he will pick a side to win the re­play, and be­lieves Bolton more than matched their Premier League ri­vals.

“This game showed us that we’ve got good young play­ers in the squad and I was in­ter­ested to see how they would do in Premier League com­pany,” he said.

“It’s a good bench­mark for us as a squad, but we’ve got to keep de­vel­op­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“I wouldn’t have pre­ferred to lose it in 90 min­utes, ob­vi­ously, as I al­ways want to win. But the next best thing is a draw and we’ll go down there with no pres­sure on us.

“We’ll use this per­for­mance as con­fi­dence.

“We’ll as­sess whether we’ll use dif­fer­ent play­ers for the re­play closer to the game, fresh­ness-wise. But we’ll pick the team that we think is right for the night.

“We’re very pleased with James. He could have two or

CLOSE: Bolton mid­fielder Josh Vela rises high but hits the post with a pow­er­ful header

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