Wednesday 22 November 2017

Frazier Campbell on target with opportunistic strike

Bolton 0 Cardiff City 1

Peter Fletcher

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to give the credit to Fraizer Campbell and Craig Noone rather than take any for his decision to bring them on after the two substitutes combined to help steer their side to a 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round win at Bolton.

Solskjaer, whose team face his old club Manchester United away in the Premier League on Tuesday, made five changes for this contest, opting to rest the likes of Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Noone and Campbell by dropping them to the bench.

But following a poor first half at the Reebok Stadium, the Norwegian opted at the interval to throw on the latter pair. And it swiftly paid off, with Noone crossing and the ball finding its way to Bolton goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, whose fumble allowed Campbell to slot it into the net.

It proved to be the only goal of the tie. When it was put to him that it had been an inspired substitution, Solskjaer said: "Good players make an impact and the two of them are good players. It was a great finish by Fraizer and another one of those runs by Nooney.

"It was probably our best move of the day and it was an instinctive finish by Fraizer, so I'm very happy with that.

"I thought it was the right time to put them on because I thought Fraizer would be able to run down the channels, and we just needed a change."

Asked what watching United boss David Moyes would have learned about Cardiff, Solskjaer – who was overseeing his fourth game as Bluebirds manager said: "David will know that he will be playing against a team that will come there and enjoy it, will defend well and work hard."

Meanwhile, Stoke have reached an agreement with Cardiff over a move for Peter Odemwingie, which will see fellow frontman Kenwyne Jones head the other way in a player-exchange transfer.

Irish Independent

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