Owen Coyle rang in the changes for Bolton Wanderers' Carling Cup third round class with Aston Villa by naming nine players to the starting 11 that didn't get the start at the weekend. The new look line-up showed a lot of promise with Adam Bogdan in goal. Gretar Steinsson, Gary Cahill, David Wheater, and Gardner rounded out the back. The five man (!) midfield was made up of Chris Eagles, Fabrice Muamba, Stuart Holden (welcome back), Darren Pratley, and Gael Kakuta. David Ngog was the lone man up front.
Bolton's troubles up and down the field have been well documented and a win against the equally strong sounding Villa side could do wonders for the squad's confidence. Hit the jump to see how Bolton got on.
A (if I'm being completely honest) dreadful first half in terms of just how boring it was saw only one real chance for Bolton as a 34th minute header by David Wheater off of Chris Eagles corner hit the outside of the post. The first half ended in a scoreless deadlock but it was Bolton who would make waves in the second half thanks to a stunner from Chris Eagles. Villa lost the ball on the wing and Eagles took control of it and brought the ball in to just outside the box. His screamer had Shay Given beat the entire way as Bolton broke through to make it 1-0.
And just when Bolton fans had forgotten what winning felt like, it was another summer signing who doubled the advantage in the 77th minute and pushed the Trotters into the fourth round of the Carling Cup as Gael Kakuta's thumping left-footed effort found the back of the net from 18 yards out. The on-loan Chelsea man started the game on the right side which seemed a bit risky as he swapped flanks with Chris Eagles (who found himself on the left) in a move that appears to helped both of them out.