Matty Daly scored the only goal of the game as Hartlepool United saw off League One side Bolton Wanderers in the Papa John's Trophy. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United 1-0 Bolton Wanderers PLAYER RATINGS: A resilient performance from Graeme Lee's side across the board earns another notable win in the Papa John's Trophy

Hartlepool United moved one step closer to a Wembley final after seeing off Bolton Wanderers in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Wednesday, 5th January 2022, 10:44 am

Midfielder Matty Daly was the hero, as he so often has been for Pools in this competition, with his fifth goal of the tournament late in the game after an error by Bolton stopper Joel Dixon.

Daly needed little encouragement as he calmly took advantage by taking the ball around Dixon to slot home into the empty net.

The win was Pools’ fourth over 90 minutes against League One opposition in cup competitions this season and moves Lee’s side into the quarter finals of the EFL Trophy and just two wins away from a Wembley final.

Lee made a number of changes to his side from the League Two draw with Oldham Athletic and was quick to praise his side after the game.

And here is how those players were rated by The Mail following their victory over Bolton.

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