Bolton Wanderers 2 Blackpool 1 match report: Transfer-linked David Ngog helps Wanderers through to fourth round

striker has been linked with a move away from the Reebok but was on hand with a goal and assist to send Bolton through

Reebok Stadium

Wanted man David Ngog helped Bolton through to the fourth round of the FA cup with an inspired performance in a 2-1 at home victory to Blackpool.

The French striker, who has been heavily linked with a move away from the Reebok Stadium, put Wanderers ahead with a magnificent strike early on.

Blackpool then hit-back with at the end of the first half through Tom Barkhuizen's curled strike from range.

But Ngog's assist to Jermaine Beckford in the second half was enough to see the Trotters through, despite the Tangerines pressing hard for a late equaliser.

Neil Danns came straight back into the Bolton team after re-joining from parent club Leicester for the remainder of the season.

Blackpool boss Paul Ince was forced to make two changes with Chris Basham and Tom Barkhuizen coming into the starting line-up.

Both teams started the game brightly, with efforts from Tangerines' Angel Martinez and then Bolton's Beckford just inches wide in the opening minutes.

But the Trotters then started to emerge as the more dominant in attack, and, just 10 minutes in, they took the lead with a wonder goal.

Ngog picked up the ball 40-yards away from goal and skipped past two visiting defenders before rifling the ball into the top right corner from range.

The home side were now in charge of the match, and came close to doubling their lead when Andre Moritz's drilled free-kick clipped the outside of the post.

But they failed to press home their advantage, which the visitors controversially made them pay for on the stroke of half time.

On the right wing, Barkhuizen cut back on to his left foot and then magnificently curled the ball past Andy Lonergan.

Celebrations were then cut short as the assistant referee had his flag up for interference in the build-up. However, after consultation with referee Simon Hooper, the goal stood, to the disgust of the Wanderers players, who now went into the break with the scores level.

Blackpool then came out on the front foot in the second half, as the Trotters scrambled clear another Martinez effort. That was to be their downfall, though, as from the resulting break, Bolton retook the lead.

Ngog battled with Gary Mackenzie and won the ball deep in the Tangerines area before he squared it to Beckford, who slid it into the net.

The visitors then stared to pile on the pressure. Firstly, they went close through Ince's deflected effort after he had waltzed past two defenders. Then Ricardo Fuller's shot, which Lonergan parried into the head of Chris Basham, who could only deflect the ball on to the post.

Basham had another chance to force a reply when he connected with Neal Bishop's dangerous ball in. A breathtaking save from Lonergan, though, made sure that Wanderers went through.

PA

News
Legendary blues and rock singer Joe Cocker has died of lung cancer, his management team as confirmed. He was 70
people70-year-old was most famous for 'You are So Beautiful'
News
people
Sport
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
footballLatest score and Twitter updates
Arts and Entertainment
David Hasselhof in Peter Pan
The US stars who've taken to UK panto, from Hasselhoff to Hall
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Approaching sale shopping in a smart way means that you’ll get the most out of your money
life + styleSales shopping tips and tricks from the experts
News
newsIt was due to be auctioned off for charity
Life and Style
A still from a scene cut from The Interview showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's death.
tech
Environment
Sir David Attenborough
environment... as well as a plant and a spider
Voices
'That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!'
voicesThe fight for marriage equality isn't over yet, says Siobhan Fenton
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'