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Saturday, 29 January, 2000, 19:34 GMT
Bolton hold their nerve

Cambridge Utd 1-3 Bolton

Bolton overcame their Worthington Cup semi-final defeat and Cambridge's 29th-minute opener to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Trevor Benjamin gave the home side hope of adding to a miserable cup week for the visitors, who missed out on a Wembley place with defeat at Tranmere four days before this game.

But two goals from Bob Taylor in the 53rd and 75th minute brought the visitors the lead, while substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen put the tie beyond doubt seven minutes from time.

Cambridge United goal Cambridge celebrate taking the lead
But for Cambridge squandering a plethora of chances, it might have been a different story.

Belying their status at the foot of the second division, the home side set up clear chances for Neil Mackenzie, whose header was saved off the line, and Jason Kavanagh who smashed the ball into the woodwork.

Cambridge repeatedly upset the visitors' rhythm and Bolton were frequently forced to scramble back in defence as the transfer-rumoured duo of Martin Butler and Benjamin displayed good form.

A wayward free-kick found a fortunate gust of wind just after the half-hour, forcing Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to tip the ball over.

But the corner was immediately converted to give the home side a deserved lead when Butler's shot rebounded for Benjamin to toe-poke home.

Crucially, Bolton boss Sam Allardyce began to make substitutions after the interval, bringing on Ricardo Gardner who swiftly set up Taylor's equaliser.

Gardner trued up a poor corner from Claus Jensen, drifting the ball into space for Taylor to swivel neatly and slam it home.

Bolton claimed the lead again with just 15 minutes to go as Gardner sent in a low cross for Taylor to bury in the back of the net.

The visitors' third goal came from a defensive error by Cambridge as Gudjohnsen capitalised on it to put the tie beyond doubt.

We could still have lost the game 3-1 but the rules mean they should have been down to 10 men
Roy McFarland
Cambridge boss Roy McFarland was an unhappy man afterwards, accusing referee John Brandwood of "bottling" a decision after Mike Whitlow brought down Benjamin as he tried to race clear on goal.

The referee instead gave a free kick to Bolton for an apparent foul by Benjamin earlier in the move.

"The rules of the game mean that they should have been playing with 10 men," McFarland complained.

"Benjamin would have been clear on goal and whatever excuse the referee gives for me he has bottled it."

"Sometimes when you look at these cup games it makes you wonder why Cambridge are down there because they performed so well
Sam Allerdyce
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce did not agree, and believed the referee had got it right.

He preferred to concentrate on a good end to a tough week.

"It was a very difficult test for us,' he admitted. "But in the end the quality of our finishing came through.


Cambridge Utd:
Marshall, Kavanagh, McNeil, Eustace, Ashbee, Mustoe, Russell, Wanless, MacKenzie, Butler, Benjamin. Subs: Van Heusden, Joseph, Taylor, Preece, Guinan.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Holden, Ritchie, Warhurst, Whitlow, Bergsson, Elliott, Jensen, Johansen, Taylor, Holdsworth. Subs: Banks, Gudjohnsen, Gardner, Phillips, Farrelly.

Referee: M Brandwood (Lichfield)

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