Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Macclesfield Town

  • August 24, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton came from behind to book their place in the third round of the Carling Cup with a 2-1 victory over Macclesfield Town.

Emile Sinclair gave the Silkmen an 11th minute lead when he rounded Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, before tapping into an empty net.

However, Owen Coyle's side turned the game around in the second half and goals from Tuncay and Martin Petrov sent the hosts into the next round.

Wanderers lined up with two debutants, with Tuncay joining Robbie Blake in attack, while Joe Riley produced a man-of-the-match display at right-back.

Indeed, it was Tuncay who had the first chance of the game as Martin Petrov raced away down the left flank, before cutting the ball back to Tuncay who somehow fired over the crossbar from close range.

Gary Simpson's side looked dangerous on the break though and silenced the home crowd on 11 minutes by taking the lead.

Tony Diagne's through ball got the better of David Wheater and Sinclair beat an onrushing Bogdan to the ball, rounded him and tapped the ball into the empty net, much to the delight of the travelling supporters.

Bolton went on the hunt for an equaliser straight from the kick-off and twice came close through Blake and Darren Pratley, who was making his first competitive start for the club since his summer move from Swansea City.

Sam Wedgbury struck a fierce shot just over the bar midway through the half, before Petrov saw a shot cannon back off the post at the other end with half-an-hour on the clock.

Riley sent a shot straight into the arms of Macclesfield goalkeeper Jose Veiga, who gathered at the second attempt, as the League Two side took their advantage into the interval.

Coyle introduced Kevin Davies for Chris Eagles at the break and the chance seemed to spark some energy into the home side.

Tuncay saw a shot saved by Veiga at his near post soon after the restart and his attacking threat was a sign of things to come as the loan signing from VfL Wolfsburg notched a debut goal on 56 minutes.

Riley raced down the right flank before crossing for Tuncay who sent an acrobatic volley past Veiga to bring the scores level.

The visitors almost got their lead back soon after when Diagne's clever free-kick was tipped around the post by Bogdan, but Bolton's superiority paid off 17 minutes from time as they took the lead for the first time in the game.

Mark Davies rolled the ball to Tuncay on the edge of the area and he dinked it into the path of Petrov who made no mistake from close range to put Wanderers ahead.

Michael O'Halloran, who later came on as a substitute for Petrov, should have added a third late on, but somehow managed to poke the ball wide of an empty net from six yards after being set up by Blake.

Three minutes of injury time passed by and referee Eddie Ilderton called time on the match, sending Bolton through to the next round.

Having handed debuts to Tuncay, as well as academy graduates Riley, O'Halloran and Adam Blakeman, Trotters boss Coyle will be happy with a good night's work.

Wanderers return to action on Saturday evening when they return to Premier League action against Liverpool at Anfield.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Riley, Wheater, Knight, Alonso (Blakeman 54), Eagles (K Davies 46), M Davies, Pratley, Petrov (O'Halloran 78), Tuncay, Blake
Subs Not Used: Lainton, Cahill, Klasnic, Connolly
Booked: Wheater
Goals: Tuncay 56, Petrov 73

Macclesfield Town: Veiga, Hewitt, Brisley, Brown, Tremarco, Chalmers (Mendy 70), Kay, Draper, Wedgbury (Hamshaw 74), Diagne, Sinclair (Mukendi 58)
Subs Not Used: Mills, Bateson, Grant, Tomlinson
Booked: Kay
Goals: Sinclair 11

Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Attendance: 6,777

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14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
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