After a terrible week for Bolton Wanderers, the Trotters thankfully booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the expense of League 1 strugglers Walsall, The Bolton Reporter can reveal. We are hoping this can kickstart Bolton’s stuttering season.
Walsall struck early with a 19th minute header by Andy Cook. Thankfully Clayton Donaldson equalised after 59 minutes to show some light at the end of the tunnel. Then within minutes the scores were reversed with a strike by Josh Magennis from 6 yards out. Two became three soon after with an own goal by Jon Guthrie minutes later. However, nerves were jangling within seconds as Walsall dragged one back with an own goal by Mark Beevers on 68 minutes. Bolton secured their place in the fourth round draw on 80 minutes with a bullet header from Magennis- his second of the match. The hat trick was secured soon after on 87 minutes, really putting the tie to bed, giving Magennis and Bolton Wanderers some much needed confidence.
The gate at today’s game was 5506, with 1500 away fans- creating a very echoey atmosphere as Bolton Wanderers’ showed their feelings with their feet. It proved to be the lowest attendance for a 3rd round FA Cup tie at Bolton in the post war era.