Millwall 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 18, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton moved to within 90 minutes of a return to Wembley after a 2-0 win over Millwall in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Goals in each half from Ryo Miyaichi and David Ngog gave Wanderers victory at The Den, ensuring they will be in the hat for the quarter-final draw on Sunday afternoon.

Victory in the last eight would see Owen Coyle's side return to the national stadium in April, just 12 months on from last season's semi-final defeat to Stoke City.

Wanderers were expecting a tough tie against their Championship opposition, but any talk of a potential upset was put to rest with just over three minutes on the clock.

A quickly taken free-kick from Sam Ricketts sent Miyaichi clear on goal and with only Steve Mildenhall left to beat in the Millwall goal, the on-loan Arsenal midfielder made no mistake in dinking the ball over him to give Bolton the lead.

Tuncay Sanli came close to doubling the lead moments later, bringing Mildenhall into a smart stop after working himself a yard of space inside the area, before Fabrice Muamba fired over the top after racing beyond the Lions defence.

With Bolton well on-top inside the opening 15 minutes, they took their foot off the pedal and the hosts began to see more possession in the middle of the field. Unfortunately for them, their dominance of the ball lacked any end product.

Andy Keogh went down inside the box under a challenge from David Wheater on 33 minutes, but referee Kevin Friend rejected appeals for a penalty and play continued, much to the fury of the home supporters, who then saw Liam Feeney booked for a challenge on Ngog.

As the half appeared to be drawing to a close, Gretar Steinsson was fortunate to escape embarrassment as he sliced a Feeney cross just over his own bar, with Bolton maintaining their 1-0 lead at the interval.

The second half saw improvement from both sides and it was the hosts who created the first chance, with Paul Robinson heading a corner from Scott Barron wide of Adam Bogdan's goal.

Feeney was next to try his luck, but failed to test Bogdan from the edge of the box, before Wanderers doubled their advantage just before the hour.

Tuncay capitalised on a poor clearance from Robinson and played the ball to Ngog, who took a touch before turning and shooting past Mildenhall from 25 yards.

Darius Henderson almost stole in following a mistake from debutant Tim Ream in the Bolton defence, but the United States international recovered to make a potential goal-saving challenge.

Liam Trotter shot straight at Bogdan midway through the second half, before the Wanderers goalkeeper made a superb point-blank stop to deny Harry Kane as the game entered the final 20 minutes.

Bolton were comfortable with their lead as the game faded out in the closing stages, but that didn't stop Ricketts going in search of a third.

The Wales international picked up possession on the halfway line and embarked on a surging run through the heart of the Millwall defence, only to see his shot fizz narrowly wide of the far post with Mildenhall beaten.

Victory over the Championship strugglers puts Bolton into the sixth round of the FA Cup for the second successive season. They will discover their opponents on Sunday afternoon.

Wanderers return to action in London, again, next weekend, when they make the difficult trip to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge.

Millwall: Mildenhall, Dunne, Robinson, Lowry, Barron, Feeney (Bouazza 73), Trotter, Smith (Wright 57), Kane (Henry 80), Henderson, Keogh
Subs Not Used: Forde, Craig, N'Guessan, Mason
Booked: Feeney, Dunne

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Steinsson, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts, M Davies (Pratley 86), Muamba, Reo-Coker, Tuncay, Ngog, Miyaichi (Eagles 78)
Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Knight, Klasnic, Boyata
Booked: Reo-Coker, M Davies
Goals: Miyaichi 4, Ngog 59

Referee: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 11,134

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