Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Macclesfield Town

  • January 17, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will host Swansea City in the fourth round of the FA Cup after beating Macclesfield Town 2-0 in a third round replay at the Reebok Stadium.

First half goals from Kevin Davies and Martin Petrov were enough to see Wanderers through to the next round as Owen Coyle's side saw off their League Two opposition at the second time of asking

Having played superbly well in the original tie at Moss Rose, Macclesfield made the worst possible start by going a goal down inside the first 40 seconds.

Jon Bateson made a meal of an attempted clearance and allowed Ivan Klasnic to win the ball on the left flank. The Croatia international picked out Kevin Davies in the box, who made no mistake in beating Jose Veiga from close range.

That early strike gave the hosts the timely boost they needed after winning just twice on home soil all season, including a victory against the Silkmen in a Carling Cup tie in August.

Wanderers were playing pretty much the entire game in the Macclesfield half, but were failing to create any clear goalscoring opportunities as they kept possession in the midfield.

Petrov saw a shot deflected behind for a corner on 25 minutes but he didn't have to wait too long for his next chance to come along.

Running on to a great through ball from Tuncay, Petrov raced down the left wing and decided to take his shot early. Veiga appeared to have the shot covered, only to see the ball go beneath him and into the back of the net as Wanderers took a 2-0 lead.

Sam Ricketts saw a thumping drive well blocked by Veiga and Klasnic shot wide of the target as the first half drew to a close with Wanderers two goals to the good.

If Bolton dominated the opening 45 minutes, then the second half was a completely different story as Macclesfield came back all guns blazing.

Carl Tremarco brought a fine save out of Adam Bogdan in the Bolton goal, before Waide Fairhurst saw a header blocked by the Hungary international.

Just as Bolton had in the first half, it was the visitors who saw most of the ball in the second period without managing to create a decisive goalscoring chance.

With Veiga a mere spectator in the Macclesfield goal, the Silkmen came close to pulling a goal back on 84 minutes as Colin Daniel headed narrowly wide of the target.

Then, arguably against the run of play, Wanderers substitute Paul Robinson came close to adding a third but his shot from just inside the area fizzed narrowly wide of the post.

In the end, referee Michael Oliver called time and the Premier League side beat their League Two opponents by two goals to nil.

Wanderers will host Swansea City in the next round on Saturday 28th January 2012, but next up for the Trotters is the visit of Liverpool this coming Saturday at 17:30.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Riley, Wheater, Boyata, Ricketts (Robinson 63), Tuncay (O'Halloran 82), M Davies, Reo-Coker, Petrov, K Davies, Klasnic (Ngog 63)
Subs Not Used: Lynch, Knight, Blake, Pratley
Booked: M Davies, Boyata
Goals: K Davies 1, Petrov 26

Macclesfield Town: Veiga, Bateson (Whiteoak 89), Brown, Brisley, Tremarco, Wedgbury (Fairhurst 46), Mendy, Hamshaw (Mukendi 83), Daniel, Hewitt, Diagne
Subs Not Used: Collis, Kay, Morgan, Fisher
Booked: Hewitt

Referee: Michael Oliver
Attendance: 9,466

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