Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Wigan Athletic

  • January 29, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton and Wigan couldn't be separated on a bitter afternoon at the Reebok Stadium, with the two sides playing out a goalless draw in the FA Cup.

Johan Elmander had, arguably, the best chance of the afternoon inside the opening minute, but he failed to beat Latics goalkeeper Mike Pollitt when clean through on goal.

Callum McManaman came closest for the visitors inside the final fifteen minutes, but neither side could find a way through and will meet again to decide who advances into the last 16 of the competition.

As mentioned, the first chance of the game arrived straight from the kick-off. Kevin Davies flicked the ball on to Elmander, but with just the goalkeeper left to beat, the shot was blocked and went behind for a corner.

Five minutes in and the visitors had a golden opportunity of their own. Matt Taylor underhit a pass back to Jussi Jaaskelainen, allowing Victor Moses to round the 'keeper. Fortunately for Wanderers, and Taylor, the Wigan forward couldn't squeeze the ball home from a narrow angle and the chance was gone.

Moses had another chance soon after, only for his goalbound strike to be blocked by David Wheater, before Jordi Gomez shot straight at Jaaskelainen.

Gomez had another attempt on goal just before the half hour, but Jaaskelainen got down low to parry his effort, moments before Wanderers came close to breaking the deadlock themselves.

Elmander released Martin Petrov down the left flank and, after cutting inside the full back, he sent his shot beyond Pollitt, but the wrong side of the post.

Petrov saw another shot blocked soon after and Ben Watson saw a free-kick cleared at the other end as the two sides went in level at the break.

Watson had another free-kick within minutes of the restart, but it was once again saved by the Bolton goalkeeper, who was having a good game between the sticks.

With the hosts struggling in the final third, boss Owen Coyle reacted by introducing Robbie Blake and Rodrigo Moreno into the play at the expense of Taylor and Petrov.

Blake was involved immediately when he saw a shot blocked, before Wanderers had Wheater to thank at the other end for preventing Victor Moses from opening the scoring.

Fifteen minutes from time, McManaman worked himself some space on the edge of the area, before curling an effort into the bottom corner which Jaaskelainen did well to turn behind for a corner.

Inside the final ten minutes, Wheater poked a shot just wide of the target after the Latics had failed to deal with a corner and when Jaaskelainen saved a free-kick from Gomez in stoppage time, referee Andre Marriner blew for time, meaning the two sides must meet again.

Bolton return to league action on Wednesday night when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Reebok, knowing a win is vital if they are to push themselves back in to the top half of the Premier League table.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Wheater, Knight, Robinson, Petrov (Blake 62), Muamba (Holden 74), M Davies, Taylor (Rodrigo 61), Elmander, K Davies
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Cahill, Klasnic, Alonso
Booked: Wheater, Ricketts, Holden

Wigan Athletic: Pollitt, Boyce, G Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa, McManaman, Gomez, Diame, Watson, McArthur (McCarthy 72), Moses (Di Santo 72)
Subs Not Used: Kirkland, Thomas, S Caldwell, de Ridder, Golobart
Booked: McArthur, Boyce

Referee: Andre Marriner
Attendance: 14,950

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