Wigan Athletic 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 16, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton booked themselves an FA Cup fifth round tie against Fulham after an Ivan Klasnic strike gave them a 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic.

Klasnic struck midway through the second half at the DW Stadium to seal Wanderers' passage into the last 16 in a game where Owen Coyle's side had two goals disallowed for offside.

Wigan also had a strike ruled out because of a linesman's flag, while both sides hit the woodwork on a bitter night in the North West.

Bolton started brightly on their short trip across Lancashire and Lee Chung-Yong fired a curling effort narrowly wide of Mike Pollitt's left-hand post with less than three minutes on the clock.

The visitors maintained their early pressure and had the ball in the net less than a minute later as Pollitt spilled a long-range shot from Martin Petrov and Johan Elmander tapped into the empty net, only to be denied by an offside flag.

At the other end, Ronnie Stam got the better of Sam Ricketts and his cross took a deflection off David Wheater. That touch caused confusion in the Wanderers defence and goalkeeper Adam Bogdan pounced on the loose ball at the second attempt.

Bolton were back on the offensive soon after and Pollitt was on hand to deny Elmander again after Chung-Yong had capitalised on a mistake from Gary Caldwell.

Jordi Gomez struck a free-kick into the stands midway through the half, before Klasnic squandered the best opportunity of the game at this stage, shooting straight at Pollitt when put one-on-one with the Wigan stopper.

Gomez had another free-kick soon after, but after getting his attempt on target, Bogdan was ready and made a comfortable stop.

With time running out in the opening 45 minutes, Pollitt had to tip over a long distance strike from Petrov, before Elmander saw a free-kick come back off the post with the goalkeeper routed to the spot.

Bolton were forced into a change early after the restart, with Ricketts being stretchered from the field after falling awkwardly inside his own area. Marcos Alonso replaced the Wales international, occupying the left-back spot, while Paul Robinson moved to the right.

After Chung-Yong lost the ball to Latics substitute Victor Moses, he played the ball to James McArthur, only for the Scotland international to shoot wide of the post.

Fabrice Muamba had a superb chance to open the scoring just before the hour but allowed the ball to get away from him when put clean through, before Wanderers had the ball in the net once again.

Petrov crossed the ball from the left and Elmander calmly volleyed home from close range, only for celebrations to be cut short as the linesman had correctly signalled for offside against Petrov in the build up.

That did not deter Coyle's team, though, and they were ahead a minute later. Mark Davies found Klasnic just inside the area and the Croatian turned and shot past Pollitt to break the deadlock at the DW, 156 minutes into the tie.

Wigan responded immediately and had the ball in the net just two minutes later when Mohamed Diame chipped over Bogdan from close range, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside. The third of the game.

The Latics continued to press for an equaliser and it almost came moments later when Gomez saw a curling strike cannon back off the crossbar.

Franco Di Santo and then Moses saw efforts fly off-target, as did Petrov and Chung-Yong at the other end as Bolton booked their place in the last 16 of the competition for the second successive season.

Wanderers will now make the trip to Fulham on Sunday, knowing victory at Craven Cottage will take them into the sixth round of the competition for the first time in six years.

Wigan Athletic: Pollitt, Stam, G Caldwell, S Caldwell, Lopez, Gomez, Diame, Thomas, McArthur, McManaman (Moses 43), Di Santo
Subs Not Used: Kirkland, McCarthy, Watson, Golobart, Mustoe, Redmond

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Ricketts (Alonso 58), Wheater, Cahill, Robinson, Chung-Yong, M Davies, Muamba (Cohen 90), Petrov, Klasnic (K Davies 85), Elmander
Subs Not Used: Lainton, Taylor, Rodrigo, Blake
Booked: Robinson, M Davies
Goals: Klasnic 66

Referee: Michael Oliver
Attendance: 7,515

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