Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Northampton Town

  • August 26, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton were one of three Premier League casualties in the Carling Cup 2nd Round as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat at home to Northampton Town.

Wanderers found themselves 2-0 down inside half an hour at the Reebok, before thing went from bad to worse as Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card for a horrendous challenge before the break.

Substitute Kevin Nolan pulled a goal back for Bolton inside the final five minutes but the League 1 side held on to advance into the 3rd round.

The visitors could have taken the lead inside a minute, but debutant Danny Shittu breathed a huge sigh of relief as Adebayo Akinfenwa failed to make the most of a slip from the Nigerian international.

That early wake up call seemed to boost Wanderers into life and Mustapha Riga forced Northampton goalkeeper Mark Bunn into a parry at his near post.

Ricardo Gardner was next to test Bunn who made a simple save before Shittu hit a post and headed inches wide within the space of five minutes.

But the game then took a swing in the direction of the visitors as Gavin McCann was deemed to have handled inside the area.

Akinfenwa took the resulting spot kick and sent Jussi Jaaskelainen the wrong way to send the Cobblers fans into frenzy.

Then, just six minutes later, he added a second, rising high above Cahill to nod a Abdul Osman cross beyond the dive of Jaaskelainen.

An already bleak situation then went even worse for Bolton as Cahill was given his marching orders. He misjudged a bouncing ball and his high foot seemed to catch Giles Coke square in the face.

Referee Graham Laws was right on the scene and gave the former Aston Villa man a straight red card, meaning he will now miss the next three games.

Joey O'Brien nearly pulled a goal back before the break but Bunn was alert to keep out the Irish international's free kick.

The second period failed to ignite, but Jaaskelainen had to be alert to keep out Jason Crowe's long range strike midway through the half.

Heidar Helguson almost pulled a goal back for Bolton inside the final fifteen minutes but Dunn pulled off a smart reaction save to deny the Iceland international.

Wanderers, however, did pull a goal back from their next attack as Nolan reacted to Kevin Davies' flick and dinked the ball past the oncoming Bunn.

Given a sense of hope by Nolan's goal, the home side pressed for an equaliser and thought they had it when Helguson headed home from close range, but to his frustration, the goal was ruled out for offside.

That proved to be the final act of a poor showing from Bolton as they fell to League 1 opposition.

Next up, they face West Bromwich Albion at the Reebok, a side who also crashed out of the competition tonight with a 3-1 defeat at Hartlepool United.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Shittu, Samuel (Nolan 64), McCann (A O'Brien 39), Muamba, J O'Brien, Riga (Davies 64), Helguson, Gardner
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Hunt, Dzemaili, Fojut
Sent Off: Cahill
Goals: Nolan 82

Northampton Town: Bunn, Little, Hughes, Doig, Crowe, Gilligan (Dolman 71), Jackman, Osman, Coke, Holt, Akinfenwa (Henderson 75),
Subs Not Used: Dunn, Davis, Dyer, Guttridge
Goals: Akinfenwa 22(pen),28

Attendance: 7,136
Referee: G Laws

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
6 Cambridge United 3 6
7 Derby County 3 6
8 Bolton Wanderers 3 5
9 Portsmouth 3 5
10 Accrington Stanley 3 5
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