Macc hold Trotters in cup classic

Macclesfield lived to fight another day after a stirring display in a 2-2 draw against Bolton in the FA Cup third round at Moss Rose.

Last Updated: 07/01/12 at 18:21 Post Comment

Wheater: Scored late on for Trotters

Wheater: Scored late on for Trotters

David Wheater's late header rescued Bolton from the verge of becoming giantkilling victims after the Silkmen's tired legs finally gave in.

Before then, Arnaud Mendy's spectacular volley had given the League Two side real hope of an upset and a place in the fourth round.

Ivan Klasnic had given Owen Coyle's side an early lead, before Colin Daniel fired Macclesfield level, and the Silkmen had dominated much of the match until they ran out of steam. The tie was played against the background of the first anniversary of the death of Macclesfield's popular midfielder Richard Butcher, who died at the age of 29 from a rare heart condition.

Silkmen manager Gary Simpson, as he does for every match, wore the number 21 in memory of Butcher, as well as yellow socks in honour of Keith Alexander, who died in 2010 aged 53 when Simpson was his assistant at the Moss Rose stadium.

Macclesfield started brightly but the Premier League side took the lead in the seventh minute.

The Silkmen's keeper Jose Veiga had done well to turn aside Chris Eagles' strike but from the following corner Klasnic pounced from close range after the home side failed to clear.

Macclesfield could easily have folded after such a disheartening start but instead they took the game to the visitors.

Daniel could have had an immediate reply when he went through one-on-one with Adam Bogdan but the Bolton keeper came out well to deny him.

Bogdan then produced more heroics to keep out Mendy's sharp strike from 20 yards.

But the pressure finally told in the 15th minute when George Donnelly burst down the left, found Daniel unmarked at the far side of the area and he kept his cool before burying a fierce low shot past Bogdan.

Bolton full-back Joe Riley skimmed the top of the bar with a cross-cum-shot from deep on the right, before Wheater picked up a booking for felling Matthew Hamshaw in his tracks.

The home crowd howled for a red card but there was cover coming across and referee Jonathan Moss made the right decision in showing yellow.

Macclesfield continued to enjoy the bulk of possession and peppered Bolton with long throws and corners, and early in the second half Carl Tremarco's excellent cross from the left reached Daniel but his header lacked the power to trouble Bogdan.

Bolton were then grateful to Wheater for a last-ditch tackle to deny Sam Wedgbury as he ran onto Hamshaw's throughball, before Bogdan did well to save smartly from Daniel's low strike.

Riley prevented an almost certain goal with a tremendous block of Donnelly's shot from eight yards, and although Tremarco had another effort on goal from the ensuing corner it was straightforward for Bogdan.

In the 68th minute however, the game swung towards Macclesfield, and in stunning style.

Wheater's attempted headed clearance failed to make any distance and, from 25 yards out Mendy flicked the ball up before producing a beautiful volley into the top corner.

The 21-year-old French-born Guinea-Bissau midfielder turned away in restrained celebration while his team-mates and most of the 5,757 inside the stadium went crazy.

Dreams of a famous victory proved short-lived however as Wheater headed Bolton back level 13 minutes from time.

Martin Petrov's free-kick from the left was expertly delivered and Wheater held off his marker to head down and past a flat-footed Veiga.

Macclesfield's endeavours looked to have tired them out, and Eagles looked for a winner with a curling effort from the edge of the box but it was too high.

Petrov then struck the angle from a direct free-kick before Veiga's stunning block denied Klasnic in the last minute - and that was only fair on Macclesfield who at least deserved the benefits of a replay.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Sunday, 13 April 2014
16:07
Hull City 5-3 Sheff Utd Report
Saturday, 12 April 2014
17:07
Wigan 1-1 Arsenal Report
Sunday, 09 March 2014
16:05
Man City 1-2 Wigan Report
14:00
Hull City 3-0 Sunderland Report
12:00
Sheff Utd 2-0 Charlton Report
Saturday, 08 March 2014
12:45
Arsenal 4-1 Everton Report
Monday, 24 February 2014
19:45
Hull City 2-1 Brighton Report
Sheff Wed 1-2 Charlton Report
Monday, 17 February 2014
Brighton 1-1 Hull City Report
Sunday, 16 February 2014
16:00
Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool Report

Footer 365

Serie A: Inter Milan will sign a top European striker this summer

Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has confirmed the Nerazzurri are looking to bring in a top striker this summer.

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers wants Liverpool to win title with class

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called on his side to try and win the Premier League title "in the right way".

Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo still hopes to play for Real Madrid against Bayern Munich

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo remains hopeful of being fit for Wednesday's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

Mail Box

City: Bottle Jobs, A Laughing Stock...

There are some harsh words for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini in the Mailbox this morning, as well as some rather nicer ones for Tony Pulis and his magic hat...

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property