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Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

Bolton beats Sunderland in replay


LONDON — Premier League struggler Sunderland was eliminated from the F.A. Cup by second-tier club Bolton on Tuesday as Fulham, Stoke and Wigan beat lower-league opposition in the third-round replays.

Marvin Sordell scored twice in the second half at Sunderland — the first from the penalty spot after Jack Colback fouled Darren Pratley — to give Bolton a 2-0 victory and fourth round meeting with Everton.

The cup setback comes with Sunderland just four places and six points above the Premier League relegation zone.

"We need to start getting some consistency to our game," Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill said. "We're going to have to get it. This is a big club and we shouldn't be spending 40 years without winning something, we really shouldn't.

"We didn't take anybody lightly here tonight, we just got beaten because we didn't create enough chances in the second half. I know some people field weakened sides but we didn't."

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