Southampton 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 24, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton advanced into the third round of the Carling Cup after beating League One side Southampton 1-0 at St.Mary's.

Adam Bogdan put in a fine performance on his debut for the Wanderers, pulling off a string of impressive saves to deny the Saints, meaning Ivan Klasnic's strike just after the half hour proved to be the difference between the two sides.

Opting to rest most of his star names, Wanderers boss Owen Coyle made nine changes to the side that beat West Ham United on Saturday, with just Zat Knight and Kevin Davies retaining their places.

The hosts started the game very much the better of the two sides and Bolton had to be thankful to Bogdan, on his senior debut, inside the opening half hour.

After making comfortable stops from Dean Hammond and Adam Lallana in the early exchanges, the young goalkeeper pulled off a superb stop to deny Jason Puncheon.

Picking up the ball 35-yards from goal, Puncheon's low strike looked to be heading for the bottom corner, but Bogdan threw himself across goal to keep the game level.

Bogdan made another superb save to deny the Saints soon after, diving low to his left to deny Lee Barnard, whose shot looked destined for the net.

After that save, Wanderers broke straight up the other end and took the lead. Following a surging run down the right flank, Sam Ricketts' cross was knocked down by Kevin Davies and Klasnic reacted quickest to poke the ball beyond Kelvin Davis to score on his first appearance of the season.

Southampton hit back and saw appeals for a penalty waved away just before the break. After breaking into the box, Llallana took a tumble, but he was promptly booked for diving by the referee, with television replays showing the decision to be correct.

Klasnic, whose goal broke the deadlock, was replaced at the break by Johan Elmander, with the Swede having netted a brace at Upton Park at the weekend.

The hosts started brightly after the break and were unlucky not to be level thanks to the goalkeeping of Bogdan, who pulled off a superb full stretch save to deny Puncheon.

When the Wanderers 'keeper was finally beaten, Rickie Lambert's 25-yard free-kick sailed just wide, clipping the outside of the post before going behind.

Seeing that their opponents were visibly tiring in the latter stages, Bolton pushed for a second and should have got it when Kevin Davies knocked the ball down for Mark Davies, only for the latter to blaze high over the crossbar.

Elmander also had the chance to seal the game as the game reached it's conclusion, but he was denied by Davis who stuck a hand out to make a fine reflex save.

Southampton pressed for an equaliser in stoppage time, with Davis appearing in the box for two corners, but after substitute David Connolly was denied by a fingertip stop from Bogdan, the game was up for Alan Pardew's side and Wanderers booked their place in the next round.

The draw for the third round of the Carling Cup will take place on Saturday lunchtime and Bolton return to action on Sunday when they host Birmingham City at the Reebok Stadium.

Southampton: Davis, Butterfield (Mills 82), Martin, Fonte, Harding, Puncheon, Hammond, Schneiderlin (Oxlade-Chamberlain 75), Lallana, Lambert (Connolly 78), Barnard
Subs Not Used: Bialkowski, Dickson, Jaidi, Wotton
Booked: Harding, Lallana, Schneiderlin

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Ricketts, A O'Brien, Knight, Alonso, Blake, Gardner (Holden 66), M Davies, Taylor, K Davies, Klasnic (Elmander 46)
Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Cahill, Muamba, Petrov
Booked: M Davies, K Davies, Blake
Goals: Klasnic 31

Attendance: 10,251
Referee: K Hill

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