Wed 25 Aug 10
at 00:17 AM
Southampton 0 Wanderers 1
Wanderers booked their place in the third round of the Carling Cup with a hard earned 1-0 victory against a gutsy Southampton.
Ivan Klasnic, who made his first start since signing a permanent deal, was the match-winner for Owen Coyle's side after converting a well worked move involving Sam Ricketts and Kevin Davies on 30 minutes.
The hosts provided stern opposition from the first whistle to the last as they showed why they are one of the teams tipped to earn promotion to the Championship this season.
But they couldn't find any way past goalkeeper Adam Bogdan who put in a fantastic man of the match performance on his full debut for the club.
As expected, Owen Coyle rang the changes with just Zat Knight and captain Kevin Davies keeping their places from the victory over West Ham United four days earlier.
One of the players coming into the starting line-up was Adam Bogdan, who was handed his competitive debut for the club.
The 22-year-old Hungarian had to play his part in resisting an early period of pressure from the hosts, which included making a number of confidence boosting saves.
After comfortably holding Dean Hammond's far post header, Bogdan was more than equal to both Adam Lallana's cross-shot and Jason Puncheon's skidding drive from all of 30 yards.
But his finest contribution of the half was a superb full stretched save to deny Lee Barnard after the former Southend United striker had capitalised on a deep clearance into Wanderers' half.
Straight up the other end of the field and Bolton, kitted out in the new blue away strip, took the lead with just their second real attack of the game through Ivan Klasnic on the half hour mark .
Sam Ricketts, after embarking on a surging run down the right wing, delivered a cross to the far post which Kevin Davies nodded back into a busy penalty area. Ivan Klasnic, typically, had managed to find half a yard of space and made no mistake, instinctively prodding the ball home from eight yards out to claim his first goal since rejoining the club at the beginning of August.
The goal seemed to settle Wanderers down after Southampton's bright start but they could ill afford to take their eyes off the lively Lallana, who was at the centre of every Southampton break down the left flank.
Before the break the number 20 took a tumble inside the Bolton box, only to see receive a yellow card for diving, while he also flashed a snap shot just yards wide of the post after spinning ten yards from goal.
After putting the Whites ahead in the first-half, Ivan Klasnic was replaced at the break by the in-form Johan Elmander.
But it was in defence rather than in the final third where Wanderers had to be most alert after the restart as Southampton pressed for an equaliser.
Bogdan made another good stop to deny Puncheon after the midfielder had cut in from the right, while Rickie Lambert, who notched 31 goals for the League One club last season, whipped a 25-yard free-kick into the side netting.
The Saints showed no signs of relenting their pressure as the half progressed but Wanderers' rearguard held firm on each and every occasion, marshalled excellently by Zat Knight, who made a series of important headed clearances.
Wanderers saved their best two chances of the second-half until the final few minutes as firstly Mark Davies blazed over from the edge of the area before Elmander was prevented from making it three goals in two matches by a fine reflex stop by former Ipswich keeper Davis.
But Bogdan knew that it was going to be his and Wanderers' evening when he made a stunning finger tipped save in stoppage time to deny veteran striker David Connolly to seal the tie and book Bolton's place in the third round of the competition for the second successive season.
Southampton: Davis, Harding, Fonte, Martin, Butterfield (Mills (82), Lallana, Hammond, Schneiderlin, Puncheon, Barnard, Lambert (Connolly 78) (Subs not used: Bialkowski, Jaidi, Chamberlain, Dickson, Wotton)
Wanderers: Bogdan, Taylor, Gardner (Holden 66), Knight, Kevin Davies, Mark Davies, Klasnic (Elmander 46), Ricketts, Blake, Alonso, Andy O'Brien (Subs not used: Robinson, Cahill, Muamba, Petrov, Jaaskelainen)