Bolton ease past Millwall

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Ryo Miyaichi (left)
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Ryo Miyaichi (left)

Bolton appeared to enjoy the distraction of an FA Cup fifth-round clash with Millwall as they recorded a 2-0 victory at the New Den.

Ryo Miyaichi was the star for the visitors and he opened the scoring with his first goal for the Trotters since his January loan move from Arsenal.

A long-range effort from David Ngog in the second half wrapped up a simple win for Owen Coyle's side.

Miyaichi latched onto a quick free-kick from Sam Ricketts in the fourth minute and held off the challenge of Alan Dunne before finishing with great composure past the returning Steve Mildenhall in the Millwall goal.

Fabrice Muamba and Ngog also had good chances as the visitors dominated large swathes of the first half with Millwall only flickering into life as an attacking side on rare occasions.

The Lions' worked their way into the game as they started to enjoy more possession than in the opening exchanges but they still could not create any clear-cut chances.

There were muted appeals for a Millwall penalty after 33 minutes when Andy Keogh went down in the box under pressure from David Wheater but referee Kevin Friend was uninterested.

The hosts' came closest to a first-half equaliser when Liam Feeney's cross was turned over his own crossbar by Gretar Steinsson as the Iceland international sliced his attempted clearance.

A second-half step-up in tempo from Millwall proved to be in vain as Ngog doubled Bolton's lead just before the hour with their first effort of the second half. Paul Robinson's poor clearance was collected by Tuncay Sanli, who fed Ngog and the former Liverpool forward's shot from 25 yards beat Mildenhall, who could only get a hand to it.

The second goal appeared to take the wind out of the Millwall sails and both sides began to waste possession although Liam Trotter's long-range effort did sting the palms of Adam Bogdan in the 68th minute.

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