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Bolton lack spark

Oh dear. No goals, lots of empty seats, temperatures cold enough to necessitate de-icing car windscreens and a wholly unwanted replay. If you wanted proof the FA Cup is getting a bit tired, it was here. In spades.

Yet even the best looking evidence can prove faulty and, although rather messy at times, this end-to-end game was actually rather entertaining with some lovely passing, movement and dribbling counter-balancing consistently disappointing finishing.

Owen Coyle has urged his players to try and pay tribute to the late Bolton legend Nat Lofthouse by winning this season's FA Cup. By way of emphasising that he really meant it, Bolton's manager fielded a strong side.

In contrast Roberto Martinez, who 'refreshed' a Wigan side in which room was made for Victor Moses, has stressed that avoiding relegation is his overriding priority.

If Moses's decision-making can be a bit naive, the good bits of his game -- the changes of pace, clever feet, subtle feints and dynamic dribbles -- provided several of the afternoon's highlights.

Bolton might have been ahead right from the off had Gary Caldwell not blocked Johan Elmander's strike but, with their early promise fizzling out, Coyle looked relieved when Jussi Jaaskelainen first parried Jordi Gomez's shot and, later, diverted another from Callum McManaman for a corner.


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