Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 25, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton recorded their first victory of the season as a Mark Davies goal gave them a 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers.

The result means Gary Megson's side will be in the draw for the 3rd round of the Carling Cup, where they can be drawn against any of the remaining sides, including Premier League opposition.

Bolton began the game brightly, with the recalled Jlloyd Samuel making strides down the left flank and crossing low where Johan Elmander came inches away from opening the scoring.

John Welsh was the first to try his luck for Tranmere, bringing Jussi Jaaskelainen into action for the first time.

Elmander looked lively and was constantly on the shoulder of the last defender, which resulted in him being called offside on a couple of occasions.

Bolton's first big chance of the game fell to Matt Taylor. Sam Ricketts attacked well down the right side before crossing for Taylor who headed just over the crossbar.

The pace of the game slowed as the half drew on, and Wanderers took the lead four minutes before the break after a fine move.

After picking up the ball in midfield, Mark Davies brought his namesake Kevin into play. He returned the ball to Mark Davies who slotted past Luke Daniels to score his first goal in Bolton colours.

After the break, Bolton pressed forward hoping to put an end to the tie. Fabrice Muamba, Sean Davis and Kevin Davies all came close to adding a second.

Midway through the second period, Mark Davies was replaced by Lee Chung-Yong, with the Wanderers goalscorer going down the tunnel for treatment on a knock picked up minutes earlier.

Elmander looked to have scored his first goal since December with 15 minutes to go, but his goalbound header brought a world class save out of Daniels.

The Sweden international came close again soon after, forcing Daniels into a smart stop from distance before Taylor saw a shot fly just wide of the post.

Tranmere pushed for an equaliser as four minutes of stoppage time were added, but despite a late scare, Wanderers held on to book their place in the next round of the competition.

Bolton return to action on Saturday when they host Liverpool at the Reebok Stadium.

Tranmere Rovers: Daniels, Cresswell, Edds, Goodison, Taylor, Mahon (Fraughan 78), McLaren, Welsh, Shuker (Barnett 64), Curran (Ricketts 64), Gornell
Subs Not Used: Collister, Broomes, Macauley
Booked: Cresswell

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Samuel, Cahill, Knight, K Davies, M Davies (Chung-Yong 64), Davis, Muamba (McCann 80), Taylor, Elmander
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Steinsson, Robinson, A O'Brien, Ward
Goals: M Davies 41

Attendance: 5,381
Referee: Nigel Miller

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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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