Klasnic celebrates the goal that redeemed earlier misses
By Les Roopanarine
A second-half strike by Ivan Klasnic earned Bolton a fifth-round FA Cup tie against Fulham as Wanderers knocked out Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
Gathering a pass from Mark Davies,the Croatia international turned in the box before shooting beyond Mike Pollitt to settle this fourth-round replay.
Jordi Gomez hit the bar for Wigan a few minutes later, but their much-changed side were otherwise disappointing.
Johan Elmander earlier hit the inside of the post for Bolton.
It was a deserved if laboured victory for Bolton, whose evening was epitomised by the variable nature of Klasnic's contribution.
Twice in the opening half he spurned good opportunities to put Bolton ahead, first when he shot tamely when one-on-one with Pollitt and then when he failed to connect with a Paul Robinson cross.
The striker redeemed himself with his goal, but on a night when quality was at a premium in front of a sparse crowd of just 7,515, the watching Fulham manager Mark Hughes will have seen little to fear ahead of Bolton's visit to Craven Cottage on Sunday.
Both sides were much changed, and Wigan's team sheet read like a manifesto for Premier League survival.
Out went nine of the players who started Saturday's 1-1 draw at Anfield, and in came a host of fresh faces including the teenage attacker Callum McManaman, who acquitted himself well until forced off by injury just before the break.
However, it was an enforced change that arguably proved most effective for the hosts. Without the solid goalkeeping of Pollitt - who owed his first start of the season to the ineligibility of Ali Al Habsi, the Omani on loan from Bolton - Wigan would have fallen behind long before they did.
Pollitt denied Johan Elmander when the Sweden international nipped in to capitalise on Gary Caldwell's stray back-pass, and Wigan were again indebted to the veteran keeper when he made an agile save from Martin Petrov's dipping volley.
Yet for all Pollitt's defiance, Bolton were clearly missing the incisive finishing of Daniel Sturridge, who has scored three goals in three games since his recent arrival on loan from Chelsea but was cup-tied here.
Had Owen Coyle's strikers made the most of their first-half chances - had Elmander not seen an early strike ruled out for offside after Pollitt could only parry a third-minute drive from Petrov - Bolton might have been well in front by the break.
As it was, they lived dangerously at times. Bolton defender David Wheater had to rely on his goalkeeper, Adam Bogdan, to spare his blushes when he sliced an early clearance.
Gomez clipped the bar for Wigan after he was set up by Ronnie Stam and the offside Mohamed Diame had an effort ruled out.
Following the death of Nat Lofthouse last month, Coyle called on his players to honour the great man's memory by putting together a good Cup run.
With or without a full-strength side, Bolton will have to play a lot better than this at Craven Cottage if they are to advance any further.
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