American midfielder Stuart Holden played his first game in 16 months and only his second in 22 months, returning from knee surgery as Bolton defeated Sunderland 2-0 Tuesday night to advance to the FA Cup's fourth round.
Holden entered in the 74th minute of the third-round replay. The 27-year-old, a member of the 2010 U.S. World Cup team, injured his right knee during a challenge by Manchester United's Jonny Evans during a Premier League game on March 19, 2011. Holden returned from surgery to play in a League Cup match against Aston Villa that Sept. 20, then had another operation on the same knee eight days later.
"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!"
Marvin Sordell scored a pair of goals for second-tier Bolton, converting a penalty kick in the 64th minute after Jack Colback fouled Darren Pratley and doubling the lead in the 73rd. Bolton hosts Everton in the next round on Jan. 26.
Fulham, Stoke and Wigan beat lower-league opposition in other replays.
Stoke will play Premier League champion Manchester after Jonathan Walters scored twice in overtime in a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace. Walters had two own goals and missed a penalty kick in Saturday's Premier League defeat against Chelsea.
Fulham rallied to win 2-1 at Blackpool when Kieran Richardson tied the score in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time and Brede Hangeland scored on a header in the 116th minute.
Mauro Boselli's 18th-minute goal gave Wigan a 1-0 victory at Bournemouth, and Queens Park Rangers won 1-0 at Premier League rival West Bromwich Albion on Jay Bothroyd's 75th-minute goal.