Date: 18th January 2017 at 12:02am
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‘I’m so sorry’

Lee Anderson, son of Ken, tweeted that after the game. Not sure what he had to apologise for, as Bolton gave it a good go, but the Cup run did end after a Christan Benteke double meant it was Palace and not Wanderers who will host Man City next weekend.

Bolton more than held their own in the first half of the game, but it was in the second half where we really thought we were onto something for a period of time. Gary Madine headed a free kick down into the area, James Henry was hanging around the edge of it, and looped an effort over Julian Speroni to put the Whites ahead, and for 20 minutes we had that lead.

Palace then equalised, needing to change something, Christan Benteke was brought on, and he headed Mathieu Flamini’s cross past Ben Alnwick for the equaliser,

Benteke then scored again, turning in the area after Lawrie Wilson, and I am reluctant to single out players when we played that well against Premier League opposition, gave the space away on our right for the ball to go in.

Bolton had a couple of chances to level the game, with Clough putting a shot agonisingly wide, then another shot just off target minutes later. Give one or two players, like Benteke, it didn’t look like there was two divisions between the sides. Next season, there probably won’t be.

And that’s what we have to focus on now. Getting back into the Championship. It’s all we have to focus on now.


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