Match Report: Bolton 3-2 Sheffield United
- BWFC claim victory over Yorkshire rivals in thriller
- Bolton manager hopes for a big team in FA Cup draw after second round win
Bolton Wanderers have made it into the hat for the third round of the Emirates FA Cup after winning a five-goal thriller against Sheffield United at the Macron on Sunday. Bolton boss Phil Parkinson is now hoping for a plum draw in the next round after a late goal by Josh Vela settled a 3-2 win for the Wanderers.
Both sides cancelled each other out during the first half with very few strikes but a minute before half time ex-Sheffield Wednesday striker turned Trotter Gay Madine glanced the ball over the line after a long throw by Andrew Tylor for his first goal since August.
A minute after the re-start Bolton's star of the game Sammy Ameobi scored a spectacular goal from outside the area to make it 2-0 for the Trotters.
Although United played a slightly weaker side than they would normally field in League One, they continued to put pressure on Bolton, and it was game on when in the 64th minute, Sheffield's captain Paul Coutts pulled one back for The Blades.
Bolton weathered the storm and pressed on to restore their two-goal cushion. Josh Vela nipped in behind the United backline and calmly slotted past Sheffield's goalie Aaron Ramsdale to make it 3-1 in the 83rd. The Blades pulled another back from a late header by Jack O'Connell with four minutes to spare but the game ended 3-2 to the Wanderers.
After the game, Bolton manager Phil Parkinson admitted the last ten minutes were "rather edgy", and that his side should have been further ahead when David Wheater's strike was disallowed in the first half.
"We look forward to the draw on Monday. I hope we get one of the big guns. The team has been playing so well that I would love for them to be tested against the best out there".
The draw for the third round of FA Cup will take place Monday night at 7pm, follow the NQ for the draw!