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FA Cup Roundup: Bolton’s Debutant Zach Clough Shines In Win Over Wigan

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LONDON – Bolton Wanderers’ match-winner, Zach Clough, was described as special by his manager, Neil Lennon, after the teenage debutant excelled in the 1-0 win over the 2013 Cup winners Wigan Athletic.

Clough’s dinked finish 14 minutes from time rounded off a fine performance. “When you’re that small you have to be special and I think he is special,” Lennon said of Clough. “We threw the gauntlet down to the players, can we play without ‘Chungy’ [Lee Chung-yong, who will be absent throughout January at the Asian Cup]? … And the answer was there.”

The Wigan manager, Malky Mackay, accentuated the positives. “I thought it was two teams going at it hard and I thought it was a pretty even game in all,” he said. “I’m disappointed for my players because to come out after half-time and play the way we did showed great character.”

Eddie Howe praised the depth of his squad as his much-changed Bournemouth side ran out 5-1 winners at Rotherham United with a dominant second-half display.

“It underlined the strength in our squad,” Howe said. “It was a slightly scrappy first half where we weren’t at our best early in the game but the lads turned on the style in the second half. It was a really enjoyable game to watch and we were clinical in front of goal. We’re very pleased. Once we scored our first goal it gave us the confidence to go on and, in the second half, we played with real freedom.”

The Rotherham assistant manager Paul Raynor was furious and said new signings would be brought in this month. “Some of the defending was absolutely awful and [the goalkeeper] Adam Collin got no protection. You have to take defeats from time to time but the manner of the performance was not something we’re used to seeing. It was a particularly bad day at the office.”

The Blackburn Rovers manager, Gary Bowyer, said the manner of his side’s 2-1 victory at Charlton Athletic bodes well for the rest of their season. With an injury- and illness-hit squad, Bowyer had to make sweeping changes to the team that beat Charlton in the Championship a fortnight ago, and two goals from Chris Taylor secured the win at The Valley in a match that suffered a 12-minute delay in the first half when the floodlights failed.

Bowyer said: “It was a great squad performance. We’ve got seven missing through injury, illness and suspension and it just shows you the value of having a tight-knit squad.”

Charlton’s manager, Bob Peeters, admitted afterwards that he wants to sign the striker Tony Watt from Standard Liège. “We had only 13 players available and our bench was an under-21 bench,” he said.

Ian Holloway admitted Millwall need to move in the transfer window after being made to dig deep to draw 3-3 against Bradford City and secure a third-round replay. The League One Bantams twice went ahead through Billy Knott and benefited from a Sid Nelson own goal but Millwall recovered thanks to Ricardo Fuller’s two goals.

“It’s just the way things are going, it really is. I thought we showed terrific character to come back, the sort we haven’t had for the last couple of games. But the window is open, so let’s get cracking. I’m going to have to swap and wheel and deal. We will probably have a completely different set of players at the end of January because I cannot let it slide like this.”

The Bradford manager, Phil Parkinson, said: “Scoring three goals away from home, we fully expect to win the game, but they have quality. It showed in the final third.”

Ten-man Middlesbrough eased into the fourth round at the expense of Barnsley in a game delayed by 10 minutes due to a gas leak. Jelle Vossen and Daniel Ayala scored in the 2-0 win, while Adam Clayton was sent off for two bookable offences.

Nick Blackman’s goal gave Reading a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town in a scrappy affair. The Huddersfield manager, Chris Powell, called it “a flat game with no real quality – it’s a shame because we took it seriously and didn’t make wholesale changes.”

Matt Smith’s equaliser sent the Doncaster Rovers v Bristol City tie to a replay – Luke McCullough scoring the home side’s goal in a 1-1 draw.

League Two Cambridge United made it into the fourth round for the first time in 15 years with a 2-1 win over Luton Town, with goals from Robbie Simpson and Ryan Donaldson. The Luton manager, John Still, said: “I thought we played terrific – but illness has gone right through the club.” – The Guardian

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