John Guidetti’s goal on the hour was enough to see Wigan deservedly battle past West Ham in the third round of the FA Cup. The hosts shared possession equally with the visitors to the DW Stadium, but in a game of very few clear-cut chances, it was almost certain that the odd goal would nick it and put the victors in the hat for the fourth round draw. Once aain, Wigan’s wide play was fluid and promising but Guidetti and Boselli weren’t being given the best crosses to work with. Livetweets below from @realtimeFM by manager GS (@wingtipswaltz):
GS is in the dugout as his Wigan side are due to face West Ham in the FA Cup. Glory awaits…
GS: Wigan v West Ham is one of three all-Premier ties in the FA Cup third round, alongside Arsenal v West Brom, and Stoke v Aston Villa.
Two changes for GS’s Wigan. Ryo Miyachi makes his second start on the left, Shaun Maloney replaces Klein on the right. Garcia suspended.
BBCSport: “Not the easiest to predict, but I’m not putting my money on Wigan. Even though West Ham are struggling away, I still fancy them.”
1′ Ben Watson misses a sitter on forty seconds after being put clean through by Shaun Maloney. Wigan making their intentions clear from the start.
10′ Still 0-0 but all Wigan. Play down no flanks is promising, but we’ve been here before. Mark Noble enjoying clattering Boselli with glee.
13′ Maloney given the freedom of the right wing to swing in a delicious cross that John Guidetti guides onto the top of the bar and over.
21′ Heavens have opened up here in Wigan. Watson assassinates Benayoun from behind, but it’s all ok as he was offside and it’s all forgotten.
24′ Tackles are flying in everywhere. West Ham having the better of it in the middle. Benayoun smacks the post with a pile driver from 20.
26′ Maloney’s cross fizzes across the six yard box but Boselli is inches away from connecting at the far post. Still goalless.
29′ RYO MIYAICHI HAS WON A HEADER. RYO MIYAICHI HAS WON A HEADER!!!
31′ The ball lands at Mario Boselli’s feet, unmarked in the six yard box. I’ve no idea how the ball is now crossing halfway.
37′ Match descending into an exchange of goal kicks as the ball skids on the wet surface, until Maloney smashes a free kick into the wall.
40′ Miyaichi whips a cross in from the left and Shaun Maloney’s diving header comes crashing back off the bar. Still 0-0.
45+2′ Matty Taylor does himself a mischief sliding in on Boselli, and hobbles off as the first-half draws to a close.
West Ham kick-off this second half. Matty Taylor has kept his place on the field. 0-0
Wigan manager GS caused a stir at half-time by declaring his favourite of all the Cadbury’s Roses is the green one.
55′ McCarthy leaves the field for treatment as Wigan come under some pressure.
58′ Jordi Gomez replaces the injured James McCarthy for Wigan.
62′ 1-0 Wigan. Boyce gets past the struggling Matty Taylor and delivers a perfect cross for John GUIDETTI to nod home at the far post.
64′ Yellow card to Ivan Ramis for persistent misconduct. Missed the incident, too busy looking for a packet of twiglets.
65′ Is there a goal kicks counter, cos bloody hell…
69′ Franco do Santo replaces Mario Boselli. Or is it Mauro. Whoever.
71′ Sunderland are now 3-0 down away to Bristol City. Everything else as expected. Beausejour shown a harsh yellow for looking at Collison.
76′ Ian Evatt replaces goal scorer John Guidetti as Wigan move to a 4-5-1 to tighten up the midfield and see out the win.
80′ Jean Beausejour lands awkwardly and looks in some pain, but will have to play on as Wigan have made all three changes.
85′ West Ham pushing forward for an equaliser, Wigan have men behind the ball though. Jordi Gomez upends Nolan and earns a yellow.
90′ Four minutes of time to be added on in a half that’s seen three substitutions and three yellow cards, but just one goal.
Wigan 1-0 West Ham. Statistics: Shots 16-10; On Target 4-3; Possession 50-50%; Fouls 17-13. Man of the match: Emerson Boyce (Wigan).
West Ham, Sunderland (3-0 at Bristol City), WBA (2-1 at Arsenal), Norwich (1-0 at Notts Co), Man Utd (2-0 at Forest), Villa (3-2 at Stoke) are the Premier League teams not in hat for the fourth round draw. Wigan are drawn at home to Arsenal in the most interesting tie of the round (to be played 26th January).
Jean Beausejour has had his injury assessed by the Wigan medical team and he’s looking at 2-3 weeks on the sidelines, Miyaichi had a half-decent game but the Latics look a little light on the left-hand side now.
Shaun Maloney has agreed terms with Newcastle after their £2.2m bid was accepted by Wigan, and Manuel Figueroa (currently on international duty) has signed for Reading in a £2.9m move after rejecting a contract extension with Wigan. Wigan manager GS was quoted as saying that while he’d ideally keep hold of both players, he wasn’t going to stand in their way if they wanted to leave, and that the club could reinvest the funds in playing talent in other areas of the field.
Two players complete the necessary paperwork for the Latics though, Orhan Ademi (21 year old Swiss striker) has joined on loan until the end of the season, and Maxime Schenkel, a 20-year old keeper, has signed permanently from Nice.