The FA Cup
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Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Teenage forward Zach Clough scored on his debut to help Bolton progress to the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of Championship rivals Wigan.

Ali Al Habsi kept Wigan in the match by saving well from Liam Feeney and Liam Trotter in the first half.

But 19-year-old Clough went one-on-one with Al Habsi on 76 minutes and dinked a shot over the Latics goalkeeper to break the deadlock.

And the 2013 winners were unable to find a response.

It means boss Malky Mackay has now lost six of his eight games in charge of Wigan, who are second from bottom in the Championship.

Fifteenth-placed Bolton, meanwhile, continued their revival under Neil Lennon and booked their place in the fourth-round draw, which takes place on Monday.

The hosts dominated possession and they did have the ball in the net before the break, but Trotter was ruled offside after he poked home from an Al Habsi spill.

Wigan's first real chance came in the second half, when Adam Forshaw's powerful header was denied by an acrobatic save from Adam Bogdan.

But the impressive Clough made sure his side progressed when he lofted the ball into the net, over an onrushing Al Habsi.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon on match-winner Zach Clough: "When you're that small you have to be special and I think he is special.

"I had a player at Celtic in James Forrest and Zach's very similar to him. I think that's the biggest compliment I can pay Zach. We just have to be mindful we don't get carried away.

"It was probably the best performance I've had since I've been here in terms of football and chances created."

Wigan manager Malky Mackay: "I thought it was two teams going at it hard and I thought it was a pretty even game in all.

"I'm disappointed for my players because to come over and come out after half-time and play the way we did showed great character."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bogdan
  • 25VelaBooked at 75mins
  • 31Wheater
  • 14Dervite
  • 5Ream
  • 17Trotter
  • 18Danns
  • 21Pratley
  • 7Feeney
  • 19HeskeySubstituted forDaviesat 62'minutes
  • 40CloughSubstituted forGudjohnsenat 88'minutes


  • 6Spearing
  • 22Gudjohnsen
  • 24Lonergan
  • 28Davies
  • 35Wilkinson
  • 41Threlkeld
  • 44Kamara


Formation 5-3-2

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 2TavernierSubstituted forBoyceat 64'minutes
  • 24Perch
  • 4Ramis
  • 30Kiernan
  • 3Taylor
  • 7McCann
  • 8WatsonSubstituted forCowieat 53'minutes
  • 29Forshaw
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forMaloneyat 45'minutes
  • 11McClean


  • 10Maloney
  • 13Nicholls
  • 17Boyce
  • 19Cowie
  • 33Waghorn
  • 39Chow
  • 43Cosgrove
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Don Cowie.

  4. Post update

    Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Adam Bogdan.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Eidur Gudjohnsen replaces Zach Clough.

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    Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

  12. Post update

    Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high.

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    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Josh Vela.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

  17. Post update

    James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Adam Bogdan.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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    Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.