FA Cup 5th Round: Wigan v. Leicester

facupThis weekend’s Fifth Round ties in the FA Cup:

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Leicester City
Crystal Palace 0-3 Leeds United
Cardiff City 4-1 Barnsley
Manchester City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Newcastle United
Derby County 0-0 Swansea City
Everton 3-2 Reading
Watford 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur

For reference, Manchester United and Chelsea both lost 2-0 in Round Three (away at Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday respectively), Liverpool were knocked out 2-1 at Watford in Round Four, and Arsenal lost 3-2 at Wigan Athletic in Round Four.

GS’s pre-match press conference from Friday is here: LINK

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First-half from @realtimeFM:

Leicester get us underway here at the DW, shooting right-to-left in their all black kit (4-5-1). Wigan in stripes (4-4-2 diamond).

2′ Boyce woefully under hits a back pass to Schenkel, but the keeper is out to just nick the ball from the feet of David Nugent.

6′ Spot of head-tennis ended unceremoniously by Serrano who shoves Dans, but the freekick from 30 yards is right down Schenkel’s throat.

15′ Quarter of an hour gone, and Leicester started brightly. Wigan coming into it now, Mariga and Reginaldo controlling attacks down right.

23′ Lovely move for Leicester ends much as the others have, Nugent strikes one from the edge of the box but it’s comfortable for Schenkel.

29′ David Jones gets away down the left and floats a cross to Ademi at the far post but his header bounces on the line and is hacked away.

31′ 1-0 LEICESTER. David Nugent beats the offside trap and rounds Schenkel before squaring to Andy KING to tap home from 2 yards.

37′ Ritchie De Laet gets the first yellow from Howard Webb after a cynical foul on David Jones by the corner flag. Chance here for Wigan.

38′ Move ends with the hosts’ first shot on target as Koné strikes one from the edge of the D but Schmeichel is equal to it.

45′ Wigan’s passing is good across the middle never a final ball. Interceptions look dangerous, Nugent first to every long ball.

Half-Time: Wigan Athletic 0-1 Leicester City (Andy King 31′).

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Second-half from @realtimeFM:

Wigan have hauled off David Jones and Jean Beausejour on Wigan’s left. Santiago Garcia and Shaun Maloney replace them for the second-half.

Second-half is underway. 45 minutes for Wigan to ensure they’re the fourth Premier League side in the hat for the QF draw.

46′ Wigan have gone flat across the midfield, Koné and Ademi have swapped sides also.

46′ As I type that Alex Serrano pulls up chasing a ball and immediately signals to the bench. James McCarthy on as Wigan’s third sub.

58′ Koné goes down in the area under Morgan’s challenge as he controls the ball from a throw-in, but Howard Webb isn’t intestered.

(Which is fair enough, he too is presumably watching this match).

66′ Wigan manager GS hollering at his side to get the ball forward and get early crosses in. Leicester too packed to play through.

68′ Challenges flying in here, latest ends with a yellow card for Wood. Wigan have a freekick just outside the D, central. Five man wall.

69′ FK blasted into wall and comes to nothing. Leicester can break here, 2-on-2.

76′ Koné tumbles in the box again, nothing given but the ball falls to McCarthy who slams one from the edge of the box that is parried wide.

86′ Five minutes to play here and Leicester are surviving everything that Wigan are throwing at them… which isn’t a lot.

89′ Garcia’s drive deflects off the boot and wrong-foots Schmeichel but dribbles agonisingly wide of the post.

FULL TIME: Wigan Athletic 0-1 Leicester City.

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POST-MATCH:

  • Orham Ademi’s loan has been terminated by the Wigan management and he returns to Braunschweig shortly.
  • Alex Serrano will be out for a fortnight with a bruised rib.

PRESS CONFERENCE:

Has this defeat raised any questions in your mind about the performances of certain players and whether they continue to deserve a place in your team?

There may be some changes, yes, but I don’t think anything radical is necessary.

Defeat for your side today sends you out of the competition – just how disappointed are you?

I knew it was going to be a tricky tie but I am not happy to go out like that.

Having chosen to rest a number of key players for the match against Leicester, you must surely be regretting that decision after the 1-0 defeat?

It’s a disappointing defeat to take as I felt that team was good enough to come away with something.

Reginaldo has had a fine start to his Wigan career, turning in consistently impressive performances in his first few matches for the club. This must presumabyl make you delighted that a new signing has bedded in so well?

I am delighted with Reginaldo’s start, he has almost immediately become one of our key players.

FA CUP QF DRAW:

Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Manchester City
Everton v. Cardiff City
Derby County or Swansea City v. Leeds United
Leicester City v. Tottenham Hotspur

Wigan’s next match is home to Sunderland in the Premier League on Tuesday 26th February.

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