Bolton Wanderers 3-2 Eastleigh

  • January 19, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will play host to Leeds United in the fourth round of the FA Cup, after clinching a 3-2 victory in their third-round replay over Eastleigh at Macron Stadium.

Wanderers were made to come from behind to secure their passage into the next round, with Joe Partington's 11th-minute opener overturned by strikes from Gary Madine and then Dean Moxey inside the opening 45 minutes.

The Spitfires were level on the stroke of half-time, as Kaid Mohamed raced clear to equalise, but Neil Lennon's side claimed victory just before the hour as captain Darren Pratley, who netted in the original tie, played a neat one-two with Shola Ameobi before slotting home the winner.

Neil Lennon made two enforced changes to the Bolton side that lost at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, with Paul Rachubka making his first start in place of the suspended Ben Amos, while Mark Davies returned to the side for the injured David Wheater.

Josh Vela dropped in at right-back, filling the void left by Rob Holding, who shifted across to partner Dorian Dervite at the heart of the defence.

Bolton enjoyed the lion's share of the possession in the early stages, but fell behind inside 11 minutes as Partington received the ball out on the right-hand side. After cutting inside a weak challenge from Moxey, he set his sights on goal and fired powerfully past Rachubka to break the deadlock and send the travelling fans wild with delight.

Wanderers responded well to that early setback, with Liam Trotter curling an effort wide from the edge of the box shortly afterwards, before the former Millwall midfielder had another tame attempt cleared to safety by the Eastleigh defence.

A neat move involving Mohamed and Jai Reason ended with the latter having a shot charged down by Dervite, before Wellington Silva scuffed his effort straight into the arms of Ross Flitney at the other end.

An outstanding last-ditch challenge from Holding denied Reason a clear run on goal, a tackle that proved vital as, six minutes before the break, Wanderers were level as Madine chested down a cross from Vela before volleying low past Flitney.

After frustrating Bolton for the majority of the original tie, Flitney was performing heroics once more in the Eastleigh goal. His next save stopped Silva from curling a free-kick into the top corner, as he tipped the ball onto the crossbar, but he was beaten from the resulting corner.

The Spitfires failed to deal with a routine ball into the box and, with Moxey lurking on the edge of the area, he bent a shot through a body of players and into the net.

Bolton's lead didn't last long, however, as the non-league side drew level inside two added minutes for stoppages. Reason's pace caused panic in the Trotters' backline and he laid the ball off to Mohamed, who made no mistake in slotting the ball past an exposed Rachubka.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began with the hosts once again looking to push forward on the front foot, with Feeney blasting into the side-netting after a move which also involved both Madine and Silva.

Madine's evening came to an end moments later, with the forward leaving the field clutching his groin and being replaced by Ameobi.

Pratley and Trotter got in each other's way as both attempted to head home from close range, before the former got himself on the scoresheet, just as he did at the Silverlake Stadium ten days earlier.

Ameobi was heavily involved here, finding space on the edge of the Eastleigh box to receive and return the ball to Pratley, who slotted low past Flitney to restore the Whites' advantage.

Silva and Pratley both had shots deflect behind as Wanderers went in search of a game-killing fourth goal, but the visitors were still in the game and were unfortunate not to equalise 12 minutes from time as Reason's goalbound strike was blocked by Holding.

A series of substitutions interrupted the flow of the game in the latter stages, with rare bursts forward from Feeney and Silva both seeing promising chances lead to nothing, while Ameobi dragged an effort wide from the edge of the box in what is likely to be his final game for the club.

Neither side threatened the opposition goal in three added minutes, as Bolton booked their place in round four of the FA Cup for a club-record seventh successive season - a run that only Arsenal (20) and Chelsea (18) can beat on present form.

Wanderers will play host to Leeds United on January 30, where a place in the last 16 of the competition is up for grabs, but attention returns to Championship action on Saturday, when Milton Keynes Dons make their first-ever trip to Macron Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers: Rachubka, Vela, Holding, Dervite, Moxey, Feeney, Pratley, Trotter, Davies, Silva (Woolery 86), Madine (Ameobi 52)
Subs Not Used: Campbell, Gouano, Spearing, Danns, Dobbie
Goals: Madine 39, Moxey 43, Pratley 58

Eastleigh: Flitney, Partington, Reid, Evans, Harding, Strevens (Midson 75), Mohamed (Lafayette 86), Payne, Drury, Reason (Cook 79), Constable
Subs Not Used: Green, Turley, Noice, Cook, Griggs
Booked: Strevens, Harding
Goals: Partington 11, Mohamed 45

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Attendance: 8,287

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