Sunderland ousted by Bolton in FA Cup replay
LONDON (AP) — Premier League struggler Sunderland was eliminated from the FA 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."
Bolton's victory saw American midfielder Stuart Holden play his first game in 16 months and only his second in 22 months, coming on in the second half after returning from knee surgery.
"It felt amazing to be back out on the field doing what I love again," Holden said in an email to The Associated Press. "All the hard work over the past year during some really tough times prepared me well for this moment. Onwards and upwards from here, the work doesn't stop now. It's only the beginning of the next step to playing every week!"
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