Wembley Woes For Wanderers
Bolton’s FA Cup semi-final with Stoke City at Wembley Stadium turned into a record-breaker for all the wrong reasons for Owen Coyle’s shell-shocked men.
They were hammered 5-0, the heaviest FA Cup semi-final defeat since 1939. Manager Coyle admitted that his side “capitulated.” While England international striker Kevin Davies apologised to supporters, saying he was “lost for words.”
The Trotters were two goals down within 17 minutes and three behind after just half-an-hour. Coyle said: “We were architects of our own downfall. We haven’t performed anywhere near what we are capable of.
“That is the hurtful thing and it leaves a bad taste in the mouth. We gifted the goals and we capitulated. If we offered that every week, we wouldn’t be in the Premier League.”
Davies told his followers on social networking site Twitter: “I am so sorry to all of you who came to support us and paid a lot of money. I am deeply upset and lost for words.”
Bolton clearly missed on-loan and cup-tied striker Daniel Sturridge, whose two goals helped Wanderers to a pre-Wembley 3-0 home win over West Ham United.
Wanderers remain eighth in the EPL, free of relegation worries but short of European qualification contention.
They play host to EPL title challengers Arsenal this Easter Sunday afternoon at 4pm.
Coyle is expected to make at least three changes to his Wembley line-up, with Martin Petrov, Johan Elmander and Ivan Klasnic set to make way for Sturridge and midfielders Matt Taylor and Mark Davies.
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