Bolton Wanderers 3-1 West Ham United - AET

  • September 22, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton needed extra time as they advanced to the last 16 of the Carling Cup with a 3-1 win over West Ham United.

Kevin Davies scored a late equaliser to take the tie into extra time, after Herita Ilunga had given the visitors the lead on the hour.

Then, goals in either half of the extra 30 minutes from Gary Cahill and Johan Elmander sealed the win, taking Bolton into the next round.

Both sides started the game brightly and could have taken the lead inside the early exchanges.

First, Ricardo Gardner saw a goalbound shot blocked, before the visitors countered and Kieron Dyer saw a shot deflected wide.

Alessandro Diamanti then came close on a couple of occasions, first forcing Jaaskelainen into a smart stop before shooting narrowly wide moments later.

Zat Knight brought goalkeeper Rob Green into action as the game began to settle, with both sides seeing plenty of the ball.

Ivan Klasnic, making his first start in Bolton colours, should have opened his account for the club on 27 minutes, but somehow failed to apply the goalwards touch when found unmarked just three yards out.

He almost made amends for his howler just a minute later, but his looping header from Gardner's cross was palmed away superbly by Green.

The two sides went in with the game goalless at half time, and Bolton started the second half just as they did the first, coming close to breaking the deadlock.

Klasnic mis-kicked a shot from the penalty spot, but it looped up and forced Green to tip the ball over the bar for an unexpected corner.

Despite Bolton's pressure, it was Gianfranco Zola's side who went infront just before the hour, courtesy of a Wanderers mistake.

Diamanti's poor corner appeared innocent enough at first, but Taylor miskicked the clearance and the ball made it's way to the back post where Ilunga headed home from inside the six yard box.

It had looked like that may settle the tie, but Wanderers drew level with just five minutes of normal time remaining.

Bolton had failed to threaten from corners all night, but succeeded as Davies escaped his marker and headed into the far corner, as forcing the game into extra time.

The first half of extra time provided Bolton with the best chances. First, Taylor saw a free-kick rebound off the post after Scott Parker had brought down substitute Tamir Cohen, before Gary Megson's side took the lead.

West Ham failed to clear a corner and after Fabrice Muamba's shot was charged down, the ball set up for Cahill who struck low and hard past his England team mate Green.

In the second period of extra time, Diamanti's curling effort crashed back off the crossbar, before Bolton completed the scoring late on.

Substitute Lee Chung-Yong got clear of the Hammers' backline before squaring to Elmander who poked the ball home into an empty net.

Thoughts now return to the Premier League, when Bolton travel to Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon, looking to end the month unbeaten.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Samuel, Taylor, Muamba, McCann (Cohen 82), Gardner (Chung-Yong 69), K Davies, Klasnic (Elmander 77)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Steinsson, M Davies, A O'Brien
Goals: K Davies 86, Cahill 96, Elmander 119

West Ham United: Green, Spector, Kovac, Tomkins, Ilunga, Dyer (Cole 75), Parker, Noble, da Costa (Ngala 63), Diamanti, Hines (Faubert 88)
Subs Not Used: Kurucz, Nouble, Payne, Edgar
Booked: Parker
Goals: Ilunga 59

Attendance: 8,050
Referee: Howard Webb

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7 Derby County 3 6
8 Bolton Wanderers 3 5
9 Portsmouth 3 5
10 Accrington Stanley 3 5
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