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Battling Bolton hold Liverpool at Anfield

Battling Bolton hold Liverpool at Anfield
Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan led a spirited defensive display as the Championship side earned themselves a fourth round FA Cup replay following a goalless draw at Liverpool late on Saturday. The result left Reds manager Brendan Rodgers with the unwanted headache of another fixture, albeit it is only a short journey from Liverpool to fellow north-west side Bolton’s Macron Arena home ground.

But on a day when the Premier League’s top three teams, Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton, were all knocked out of the FA Cup, together with Tottenham and Swansea, Rodgers may well be pleased that Liverpool were still in the draw for the last 16. Now former Liverpool turned Bolton striker Emile Heskey is set to face his old side again.

The 37-year-old, who scored 60 goals in 223 appearances for the Reds from 2000 to 2004, barely had a chance on Saturday before he left to a standing ovation from both sets of supporters shortly before the hour mark. Liverpool were without captain Steven Gerrard, who was rested ahead of the second leg of their League Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea on Tuesday, and the Merseysiders missed his inspirational presence against their second-tier opponents.

Midfielder Joe Allen and defender Glen Johnson were included for the first time since Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester United in mid-December having recovered from knee and groin injuries respectively. Bolton manager Neil Lennon selected his strongest side as Heskey partnered fellow veteran Eidur Gudjohnsen in attack.
AFP

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