The Bolton caretaker pair of Chris Evans and Steve Wigley are unlikely to go down in FA Cup folklore but they did the old competition a great service on Saturday.
Unlike many struggling Premier League teams, Bolton put out a virtually full-strength team against League Two opposition and were rewarded after two goals early in the second half broke the deadlock.
Star performances from Ivan Klasnic, Kevin Davies and Gary Cahill showed that Bolton are too good to stay in the bottom three of the Premier League and that there is plenty for managerial target Owen Coyle to work with should he choose to leave Burnley for the club he once graced as a player.
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Chairman Phil Gartside barely mentioned former manager Gary Megsonin his programme notes after having sacked him on Wednesday, preferringto praise the fans, who had made Megson's life a misery.
But a troubled week ended on a high note when Moses Swaibu's own goal was quickly followed by a strike by Lee Chung-Yong.
By the time Cahill and substitute Mark Davies weighed in with late goals, the contest was already well over.
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Evans said: 'It wasn't easy for the players to stay focused givencircumstances in the past few days. I am a traditional football man. Wehave a duty of care not only to the club but for the FA Cup itself. Wewanted a team to give a performance and to put us into the hat, and wedid that.'
It was only the second clean sheet Bolton had managed all season butdefeated manager Chris Sutton, a former Premier League title winner atBlackburn Rovers, was still proud of his young team.
'We weren't disgraced and the commitment was fabulous,' said Sutton,who fielded four debutants. 'Once it went to 2-0, though, it was goingto be hard to get back into it.'
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