Sat 07 Jan 12
at 17:39 PM
Report: Macclesfield 2 Bolton 2
Macclesfield survived a late onslaught from Wanderers as the third round tie was taken to a replay following a 2-2 draw at Moss Rose.
David Wheater's first goal for the club 13 minutes from time prevented the League Two club from completing a giant-killing after they had earlier overturned Ivan Klasnic's early strike to take a 2-1 lead midway through the second half.
The Croatian frontman had tapped the Whites in front with a little over six minutes played with a predatory finish from close-range.
But brave Macclesfield recovered to equalise through the impressive Colin Daniel, before taking the lead with a brilliant long-range effort from Arnaud Mendy.
Wheater's header set up an interesting final 15 minutes, however the two teams will now replay at the Reebok with a place in the fourth round up for grabs.
Owen Coyle used the third round tie as an opportunity to freshen up his team as he made a total of six changes to the side that won at Everton three days prior.
One of those players restored to the starting eleven was Ivan Klasnic, and he didn't waste any time in making an impact as he put Wanderers one goal to the good with just seven minutes played.
After Chris Eagles' volley had been excellently tipped over the bar by Jose Veiga, Ivan Klasnic tapped home from the resulting corner. It was a simple finish for the Croatian, who seized on Darren Pratley's shot from the edge of the area, placing the ball into the bottom corner from just a few yards out.
Macclesfield responded well with Colin Daniel and Arnaud Mendy forcing Adam Bogdan into two top-class saves in as many minutes straight from the restart.
The Hungarian stopper firstly made a terrific one-on-one block and then flung himself to his left in the hosts' next attack, but there was very little he could do to prevent Macclesfield from getting back on level terms with a quarter of an hour played.
A quick counter-attack saw Donnelly find space on the left touchline, who then centred for Daniel. Paul Robinson's slip afforded the Silkmen forward time to control the ball and find the bottom corner of the net from ten yards out at the far post.
After such a lively start to the tie, the first-half continued to be entertaining and open.
Martin Petrov was inches away from restoring Bolton's lead with a snap-shot volley, while Joe Riley - making just his fourth Bolton Wanderers start - hit the bar with a cross-come-shot.
Macclesfield's confidence had been given a huge boost following their equaliser and they continued to cause plenty of problems for Bolton's defence.
Indeed, Wanderers could have been down to ten men when Wheater sent Matthew Hamshaw crashing to the turf 35 yards out with the frontman seemingly having a run on goal.
Fortunately for Bolton and despite cries from the home fans, referee Moss took a lenient view and spared the centre-half his third red card of the season, booking the former Middlesbrough man instead.
With the contest even and all square at the break, the game continued in its all-action nature into the second half.
Daniel, an outlet on Macclesfield's right flank, continued to look the home side's brightest player and biggest threat. A far post header from the tall winger was glanced narrowly wide, while he also brought a good low save out of Bogdan.
Owen Coyle made a double change with just under half an hour to go as Mark Davies and David Ngog were thrown on in search of a winning goal.
However, it was Macclesfield who struck the next blow, and in superb style with a stunning long-range goal from Mendy on 68 minutes.
The midfielder connected sweetly with a volley, leaving Bogdan with no chance after turning 30 yards from goal and lacing the ball into the top corner.
The Silkmen sensed a giant-killing, but Wanderers dug deep and managed to find an equalising goal 13 minutes from time as David Wheater notched for the first time in a Bolton shirt.
From a free-kick on the left delivered by Petrov, the centre-half managed to stoop inside a packed penalty area and guide a header low and inside the far corner.
The equaliser left Wanderers 13 minutes to kick-on and grab an equaliser and, indeed, the Whites threw everything at the home side in the final stages.
Petrov struck the woodwork with a free-kick and Veiga made a brilliant sprawling save to deny Klasnic after the Croatian had pulled Wheater's long clearance out of the sky and fired goalwards.
But Macclesfield survived the late onslaught to set up a replay and their second visit to the Reebok this season.
Macclesfield: Veiga, Bateson, Tremarco, Brown, Donnelly, Mendy, Diagne, Brisley, Wedgbury, Hamshaw (Hewitt 70) (Subs not used: Morgan, Mukendi, Fairhurst, Fisher, Collis, Whiteoak)
Bolton: Bogdan, Riley, Wheater, Knight, Robinson, Eagles, Pratley (Mark Davies 64), Reo-Coker, Petrov, Kevin Davies (Ngog 64), Klasnic (Subs not used: Lynch, Tuncay, O'Halloran, Blake, Boyata)