Bolton Wanderers 2-0 York City

  • January 08, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Late goals from Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander saw Bolton through to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a fortunate 2-0 win over non-league York City.

York can count themselves unlucky not to have earned, at least, a replay, after creating a number of superb chances at the Reebok Stadium. However, they fell just short with Wanderers holding out to claim their place in the next round.

The visitors started on the front foot against their Premier League opponents and should have taken the lead with just five minutes on the clock.

Ashley Chambers broke the Bolton offside trip and with only Adam Bogdan left to beat, he opted to pass instead of shoot and the ball was cleared to safety, much to the relief of Trotters left-back Marcos Alonso who had let the City man run free.

Two minutes later, Chambers was sent clear again. Picking up the ball on the right flank, he cut inside Alonso before once again wasting the opportunity by dragging his shot wide of the target.

Michael Rankine also saw a shot hit the side netting inside the opening ten minutes as the Minsterman silenced the home supporters.

The non-league side had brought just short of 5,000 supporters to the Reebok and they were cheering with irony soon after as Tamir Cohen's shot from the edge of the area landed in the stands.

Just after the half hour, Rankine tried a spectacular overhead kick, but the ball failed to trouble Bogdan before being cleared from the danger zone by Alonso.

With less than ten minutes of the first half to go, Rodrigo Moreno's goalbound strike was blocked by a last ditch challenge from Chris Carruthers, before City goalkeeper Michael Ingham stopped a 30-yard strike from Gary Cahill.

Cahill headed wide of the target from a Robbie Blake free-kick on 39 minutes, the last action of an uninspiring first-half from Owen Coyle's side.

At the start of the second period, Coyle reacted to the poor showing of the first 45 minutes by replacing Ivan Klasnic with Kevin Davies, a move which almost reaped instant rewards.

Bolton pressed forward stright from the kick-off and Davies won a corner after seeing his shot blocked by Carruthers. From the resulting corner, the ball hit the Wanderers striker before being cleared off the line by Daniel Parslow.

Unfortunately, for the home supporters, it wasn't a sign of things to come as their side failed to take advantage of their bright start and City came back into the game.

Five minutes after the restart, Neil Barrett found himself unmarked inside the six yard box and after being picked up by Carruthers, he somehow headed wide with only Bogdan left to beat.

As with the first half, most of the game was being played in the midfield area and it wasn't until the 81st minute that either side created a chance of note.

Peter Till's cross from the right managed to find Barrett, unmarked, inside the area. He tried to place a volley into the bottom corner, only to be thwarted by a superb save from Bogdan, who turned the ball behind for a corner.

If Wanderers were thankful to Bogdan for keeping them in the tie, that save proved to be even more vital just a minute later as the hosts took the lead, possibly against the run of play.

Petrov's cross from the left picked out Kevin Davies and, after a neat control and turn infront of goal, struck a left-foot shot beyond Ingham and give the Premier League side the advantage.

The Minstermen didn't lie down though and could have been level just two minutes later. After Adam Bogdan had handled outside the area, Danny Racchi's free-kick seemed destined for the top corner, only to clip the crossbar and go behind for a goal kick.

Their dreams of an FA Cup upset were over inside the final minute of normal time, though, as Elmander picked up the ball on the edge of the box before curling a superb strike into the top corner with his weaker left foot.

Neither side managed to create any further chances on a bitter afternoon at the Reebok, with Wanderers heading into the fourth round for the third season running.

Coyle's side return to league action next weekend when they make the trip to Stoke City's Britannia Stadium to face Tony Pulis' side.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Alonso, Rodrigo, M Davies, Cohen (Taylor 59), Petrov, Blake (Elmander 72), Klasnic (K Davies 46)
Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Muamba, O'Halloran
Goals: K Davies 83, Elmander 89

York City: Ingham, Parslow, McGurk, C Smith, Meredith (Racchi 84), Barrett (Reed 85), J Smith, Carruthers, Chambers (Till 66), Rankine, Weir
Subs Not Used: Knight, Mackin, Young, Constantine

Attendance: 13,120
Referee: Keith Hill

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