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18:50 16th February 2011


Klasnic goal sends Latics out of the cup at the Fourth Round


Klasnic, 67

Report by Paul Chialton

Ivan Klasnic's second-half strike knocked Latics out of the FA Cup at the Fourth Round in a tightly contested replay at the DW Stadium.

Mark Davies slipped the Wanderers striker into the penalty area just past the hour-mark and the finish was crisp, left-footed into the bottom right corner.

Jordi Gomez almost hit a quick-response latching onto Franco Di Santo's squared pass inside the area but hitting the bar with his first-time effort.

It was the closest Roberto Martinez's side had come to really working Adam Bogdan in the Bolton goal, despite plenty of promising play in the away half through a number of candidates.

Di Santo came close himself with twenty minutes left getting ahead of David Wheater to meet Ronnie Stam's clever cross, but the Argentinean couldn't hit the target having done all the hard work.

Callum McManaman made his first home start for the club and was infectious on the left-wing with his bursting runs down the flank and through the middle, as well as his solid tackling at the back.

It was a real shame his evening was cut short when a collision with Fabrice Muamba left the winger needing stitches to the head and unable to return to action.

McManaman was one of nine changes Martinez made to the line-up from Saturday's draw with Liverpool and there were other impressive displays.

Adrian Lopez was solid at left full-back and James McArthur was everywhere, helping the defence and pushing the team forward, his season keeps progressing steadily.

McManaman's departure was unfortunate, but his replacement Victor Moses took up the baton on the left and probed at the Wanderers defence, getting the by-line but again unable to find that killer pass.

Time ticked away as Latics tried to pick a way back into the tie but it wasn't to be as referee Michael Oliver brought an end to a disappointing night.

Latics: Pollitt; Lopez, G. Caldwell, S. Caldwell, Stam; Thomas, McArthur, Diame; Gomez, Di Santo, McManaman (Moses, 43)

Subs: Kirkland, McCarthy, Watson, Golobart, Mustoe, Redmond

Bolton: Bogdan; Ricketts (Alonso, 58), Cahill, Wheater, Robinson; Lee, Muamba (Cohen, 90), M. Davies, Petrov; Elmander, Klasnic (K. Davies, 85)

Subs: Lainton, Taylor, Moreno, Blake

    Data provided by Press Association