Bolton 1 Liverpool 2: Quality shone through, says Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers praises Liverpool for showing patience in their FA Cup fourth-round replay
Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool’s quality eventually shone through after the Reds scored two late goals to turn their fourth-round replay on its head and beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1.
The seven-time FA Cup winners appeared to be heading out of the competition after Martin Skrtel was adjudged to have brought down Bolton winger Zach Clough, allowing Eidur Gudjohnsen to break the deadlock from the spot.
You have to keep your patience and keep the width in the game
Trotters midfielder Neil Danns was sent off minutes later after a second yellow card, prompting a Liverpool comeback as Raheem Sterling equalised with five minutes remaining at Macron Stadium.
And Brazil international Philippe Coutinho booked Liverpool’s place in the fifth round with a stoppage-time winner from outside the area, much to the relief of his manager.
“It was always going to be a tough game. Neil Lennon’s done a brilliant job at Bolton,” Rodgers told BBC Sport.
“Going 1-0 behind away from home put us on the back foot. I think you can see on the replay it was nowhere near a penalty. We must have hit the bar about five or six times but eventually the quality came through.”
Rodgers continued: “You have to keep your patience and keep the width in the game, especially against 10 men.
“It was a great pass by Emre Can for the first goal and a great finish, and a wonderful finish for the second goal [from Philippe Coutinho].”
Liverpool’s 2-1 win sets up a fifth-round clash against Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace side at Selhurst Park on 14 February.
But Reds boss Rodgers, who is yet to win a trophy since taking charge of the club in 2012, was non-committal when asked about his side’s chances of winning the FA Cup.
“This is a competition we want to do well in and thankfully we’re into the next round against Crystal Palace,” Rodgers added.
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