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Bond on Bolton

Posted on 24 February 2010  - 12:00

Kevin Bond admits Bolton gave us a jolt in our original FA Cup fifth-round tie at the Reebok.

Bond on Bolton

Kevin Bond admits Bolton gave us a jolt in our original FA Cup fifth-round tie at the Reebok.

We were second best in that opening period on Valentine's Day and players and management alike conceded that we were perhaps fortunate to only trail 1-0 at the interval.

It all changed in the second half though. We hit the crossbar twice, Jermain Defoe levelled, Jussi Jaaskelainen saved from Niko Kranjcar and JD and then turned away Tom Huddlestone's penalty as it ended 1-1.

"That first half brought home to us what you've got to do and that's compete and do all the ugly stuff first in order to earn the right to be able to play your football," reflected assistant boss Kevin. "Bolton did that better than us in the first half.

"We did it better than them in second half and we had two or three great opportunities to go on and win that game. The important thing is we're still in there and we want to progress."

Tonight's (Wednesday, February 24) replay kicks-off at 8pm at the Lane - TICKETS AVAILABLE TODAY AND ON MATCH NIGHT - with the winners travelling to Fulham in the quarter-finals.

Kevin was quick to refute any thoughts that the hard work might be done now we're back on home soil. "Rest assured, that won't be the case," he insisted.

"Bolton played well against us, put some good moves together and gave us plenty to think about. It's not just about crash, bang wallop and they have some excellent players, Kevin Davies is a real handful.

"We've got home advantage but that's not to say we're guaranteed a win, nothing is guaranteed in football. We'll do our best to go out and win that game."