Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pratley Spares Bolton's Blushes against Minnows ; BOLTON.............................3 EASTLEIGH ......................2 Trevor Baxter

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pratley Spares Bolton's Blushes against Minnows ; BOLTON.............................3 EASTLEIGH ......................2 Trevor Baxter

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DARREN Pratley secured Bolton a home FA Cup date with Leeds United after the competition's last non-league survivors threatened a third-round giant killing.

It's been a rare good week for the Championship's bottom club after Monday's successful stay of execution from a windingup order.

Pratley, Wanderers' last-gasp hero at the Spitfires 10 days earlier, fired home after 58 minutes to earn underpressure manager Neil Lennon just a third win of the campaign.

"Potentially, we were looking at embarrassment and humiliation," agreed Lennon.

"Defensively, first half, we were sleeping but our third goal was brilliant.

"So, I have no criticism of the team. They did the job that was asked of them."

Eastleigh only touched the ball once in the opening two minutes but were ahead nine minutes later through right-back Joe Partington. …

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