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banner Wednesday, 16 January, 2002, 22:18 GMT
Bolton see off Stockport
Gardner and Gibb challenge for the ball
Gardner and Gibb challenge for the ball
Stockport 1-4 Bolton
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Bolton will play Tottenham in the fourth round of the FA Cup after easing past woeful Stockport.

The Trotters scored goals through Gudni Bergsson, Henrik Pedersen and Michael Ricketts and were aided by an own goal from Karim Fradin.

Carlton Palmer's team were out-classed by their Premiership opponents and have now lost 11 straight games.

However, they did manage a late consolation goal through a John Daley penalty after Kevin Nolan had been found guilty of handball in the final minute of the game.

  Match facts
36 mins: Gudni Bergsson heads in the first
42 mins: Karim Fradin nets an own goal
73 mins: Henrik Pedersen nets Bolton's third
85 mins: Michael Ricketts finishes the game off
90 mins: John Daley gets a consolation from the penalty spot

Bolton secured their comfortable victory despite fielding a largely second-string side - Ricketts was not introduced until there were just 20 minutes to go.

Bolton, pursuing long-ball tactics, signalled their intent early on when Jermaine Johnson latched onto a good through-ball only to scuff his shot on the turn.

Despite their pressure, it took 36 minutes and a corner for Bolton to take the lead through Bergsson's header - and six minutes later it already looked all over for Stockport when Fradin scored his own goal.

The home side had made changes at half-time and it gave them more of a cutting edge. But Bolton slowed the game down, restricting Stockport to quick breaks.

Anyone who sees this goal that Ricketts scored here will know why I pushed him for an England place
Sam Allardyce
Bolton manager

It took the introduction of Ricketts to break the deadlock. He whipped in a cross to the near post, where Pedersen scored Bolton's third.

Twelve minutes later, it was Ricketts' turn. He worked himself some space on the right-hand side of the penalty area and smashed a curler past Andy Dibble.

Stockport's consolation came as Bolton were showboating. Kevin Nolan missed a harmless cross and the ball bobbled and hit him on the arm.

Daley directed the penalty past the out-stretched arm of Jarni Viander in the Bolton goal.

Stockport: Dibble, Gibb, Clare, Palmer, Woodthorpe, Briggs, Lescott, Fradin (Williams 45), Ellison (Taylor 45), Welsh (Helin 45), Daley. Subs Not Used: Hancock, Turner.

Booked: Fradin.

Bolton: Viander, Southall, Bergsson (Nolan 45), Barness, Gardner, Johnson, Norris (Taylor 75), Farrelly, Hansen, Wallace (Ricketts 71), Pedersen. Subs Not Used: Poole, Buchanan.

Att: 5,821

Ref: U Rennie (Sheffield).

BBC Sport's Dave Woods
"Bolton at a canter"
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce
"We finished the game with an outstanding goal"
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