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Memorable Match: Millwall v Bolton

Seems a LOT longer than two years ago.....

Chris Brunskill

Bolton Wanderers cast aside their Premier League relegation fears to ease into the Quarter Finals of the 2011/12 FA Cup with a comfortable 0-2 away victory over Championship outfit Millwall.

Manager Owen Coyle's side may have been headed towards what would eventually be a disastrous relegation from the Premier League, but the victory over Millwall gave some solace for their long-suffering supporters as the club sealed its place in the FA Cup quarter-finals for a second successive year.

We all know what happened the year before, so let's not go into that.

Bolton took the lead in the fourth minute through highly-rated Arsenal loanee Ryo Miyaichi. The Japanese winger raced onto Sam Ricketts' free-kick and after holding off two challenges from Millwall defenders found the time and had the composure to slot beyond keeper Steve Mildenhall.

Bolton dominated the half, with Miyaichi's teammates Fabrice Muamba and David Ngog wasting good first-half chances, whilst the home side failed to test goalkeeper Adam Bogdan. Indeed the closest Millwall came to an equaliser was when Bolton's Icelandic international Gretar Steinsson sliced a clearance from Liam Feeney's cross over his own crossbar.

The performance of Miyaichi in particular should have galvanised Bolton. Having been sent on as a substitute in a recent defeat to Wigan, the 19-year-old showed a level of assurance that suggests he can replicate the impact of Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge who had both enjoyed successful loan spells at the club in recent seasons past.

Just after the interval, Millwall had a great chance when defender Paul Robinson met a corner with a header but did not make sufficient contact and the ball sailed wide.

It was then Robinson's poor clearance at the other end that led to Ngog's goal, the former Liverpool man's strike effectively killing off any hopes the hosts retained of turning the tie round.

Tuncay capitalised on the error to feed Ngog and the Frenchman beat Mildenhall, who could only get a hand to the ball.

The home side continued to press, and could well have pulled a goal back had Adam Bodgan not reacted so quickly to Harry Kane's close-range header. But, ultimately, this was the end to Millwall's participation in a competition in which they reached the final in 2004.

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett:

"To give a Premier League side a start like that is disappointing and gave them something to hold onto - basically after that their game plan was to sit deep.

"We had a lot of good possession and some good moves without being able to get that goal.

"There were some key moments - Gretar Steinsson nearly scoring an own goal in the first half and then a good double-save by the goalkeeper.

"We need one of those moments to break for us because that would have obviously got us back into the game."


Bolton manager Owen Coyle:

"Ryo Miyaichi showed what a talent he is.

"There's other stuff he can learn, but he's brave and tough - he stood up to some of the treatment he got - and he always plays with a smile on his face, which I absolutely love.

"In football terms he is a baby, a kid. I saw when Arsenal brought him in and then watched him on loan at Feyenoord last year, and he always caught my eye.

"I spoke to Arsene a few times about him and did everything I could to get him to the football club."

Line-Ups


Millwall

23 Mildenhall
2 Dunne
5 Robinson
16 Barron
21 Smith (Wright - 57' )
31 Lowry
6 Trotter
15 Feeney (Bouazza - 73' )
7 Henderson
20 Keogh
37 Kane (Henry - 80' )


Substitutes
01 Forde
03 Craig
08 Bouazza
14 Henry
32 Mason
44 Wright
22 N'Guessan


Bolton Wanderers

1 Adam Bogdan
2 Gretar Steinsson
18 Sam Ricketts
31 David Wheater
32 Tim Ream
6 Fabrice Muamba
16 Mark Davies Booked (Pratley - 86' )
19 Nigel Reo-Coker
9 Sanli Tuncay
24 David Ngog
30 Ryo Miyaichi (Eagles - 78' )


Substitutes
22 Jussi Jaaskelainen
4 Paul Robinson
12 Zat Knight
25 Dedryck Boyata
7 Chris Eagles
21 Darren Pratley
17 Ivan Klasnic


Referee: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 11,134