Bolton 2 Macclesfield 0: Trotters enjoy smooth passage thanks to Silkmen triumph
The memory of losing an FA Cup semi-final 5-0 will never leave Kevin Davies but he did his bit to ensure Bolton stand a chance of rectifying matters this season.
Davies said he was ‘embarrassed’ after Bolton lost to Stoke at Wembley last April but he made sure his side did not end up red faced in their replay against Macclesfield, scoring in the win to set up a fourth-round home tie against Swansea.
Starts have been hard to come by for the striker this season but he seized the chance to make up for lost time with a goal — his first since November 6 — after just 37 seconds.
All smiles: Kevin Davies (right) celebrates after scoring Bolton's opening goal
Riley, Wheater, Boyata, Ricketts (Robinson 63), Sanli (O'Halloran 82),
Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Klasnic (Ngog 63).
Subs Not Used: Lynch, Knight, Blake, Pratley.
Booked: Mark Davies, Boyata.
Goals: Kevin Davies 1, Petrov 26.
Veiga, Bateson (Whiteoak 89), Brown, Brisley, Tremarco, Wedgbury
(Fairhurst 46), Mendy, Hamshaw (Mukendi 83), Daniel, Hewitt, Diagne.
Subs Not Used: Collis, Kay, Morgan, Fisher.
Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
This match had the potential to give
Bolton nightmares. They were made to work for a 2-2 draw at Moss Rose
when the sides met 10 days ago but manager Owen Coyle’s decision to
leave nothing to chance paid off.
Everything his team did smacked of
professionalism and any sense this was going to be a nervy evening for
Bolton evaporated with the first attack. When Macclesfield right back
Elliott Hewitt got in a tangle, Ivan Klasnic took advantage and his
cross was bundled in from close range by Davies.
Macclesfield tried to cause problems but they were always vulnerable on the counter-attack.
So it proved when Tuncay set Martin Petrov racing clear after 26 minutes
and the left winger smashed in a drive that beat Jose Veiga at his near
The second period was a little bit
more testing for Bolton but Macclesfield never had the guile to stage a
comeback and the home side were content to play keep ball. How Coyle
must wish that every game was this straightforward.
Flying start: Davies slots the ball home to put Bolton in front against Macclesfield
‘I thought Kevin was terrific,’ said
Coyle. ‘As a striker it’s important to score goals as it breeds
confidence but there was so much more to his game. He will have enjoyed
‘You come to these places and hope to
keep it tight as long as you can,’ said manager Gary Simpson. ‘But they
have played us three times this year and not wiped the floor with us.’
Signed, sealed, delivered: Martin Petrov (left) celebrates scoring Bolton's second goal
Had they pulled one back — Colin
Daniel went closest with a header — the second half would have been more
interesting but the hosts held firm.
Up in the air: Macclesfield's Nat Brown (left) competes for the ball with Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan
Coyle added: ‘We should have kept our
foot on the pedal at 2-0. Now we have to make sure we use this win to
help us make the Reebok a fortress once again.’
Battle: Colin Daniel (left) competes with Bolton's Dedryck Boyata