FA Cup R3 Report: Wigan Athletic 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Delight for Latics.

There were two changes for the Latics. Haugaard, who signed an hour before the game, came in for Jussi Jääskeläinen, and Sam Morsy returned to the side after his loan spell with Barnsley ended.

Nick Powell had the first chance of the game, a free-kick from 20 yards after Michael Jacobs was fouled. The shot was low and past the wall but just went wide of the target.

Nick Powell was then forced off with what looked to be a hamstring injury, with midfield veteran Jordi Gomez coming on to replace him.

The half looked to be over, but three minutes into the four added-on, Stephen Warnock burst down the left hand side and he put in a low cross to Will Grigg in the middle who slid in and put it past the ‘keeper to make it 1-0 to the Latics just before half time.

Grigg almost doubled their advantage just at the beginning of the second half, but his shot was just wide of the mark.

Michael Jacobs had a few shots in the second half, the first was just wide of the target and the second one was blocked very well by a Forest defender.

After 57 minutes Wildschut set Warnock in down the left wing which then allowed him to play it back for Yanic Wildschut who got past one defender and placed it into the bottom left corner of the goal, leaving Forest’s ‘keeper Stephen Henderson with no chance.

Jordi Gomez gave away the ball in the middle of the park which led to them getting into the box before Gomez gave away a penalty after tripping Licá up in the box. The penalty was taken by Eric Lichaj and he looked to place it into the bottom left corner only for it to be saved by debutant Jakob Haugaard.

Jordan Flores the substitute who came on for Grigg on 88 minutes had  a attempt on goal, which only just went wide of the target.

Wigan Athletic managed to finish the game with a clean sheet and a comfortable 2-0 victory and are through to the 4th round of the cup.

Wigan Athletic boss Warren Joyce said:

“Whether it’s the cup or the league, it’s just nice to win games. I was pleased with the performance and I thought we thoroughly deserved to win. I would have been very disappointed had we let them back in – and it was sloppy play that resulted in the penalty.”

Nottingham Forest boss Philippe Montanier said:

“It was a poor game. We were bad in every area, both with and without the ball, and we cannot keep accepting this situation. We’re on a terrible run and confidence is really low but that should not be an excuse. We need to show more when we’ve got the ball and do more when we haven’t. We looked weak in every part of the pitch and, even with a lot of players out injured, it should have been a much better performance.”

Wigan: Haugaard, Warnock, Burn, Buxton, Power, MacDonald, Morsy, Jacobs, Powell (Gomez 7′), Grigg  (Flores 87′), Wildschut (Le Fondre 68′). 

Unused Subs: Jaaskelainen, Burke, Barrigan, Woolery

Nottingham Forest: Henderson , Cash, Hobbs, Mancienne, Lichaj, Dumitru-Cardoso (Carayol 62′), Pereira, Lam, Osborn, Bendtner (Vellios 81′), Assombalonga (Licá 55′).

Unused Subs: Stojkovic, Mills, Carayol, Perquis, Grant.

Referee: Oliver Langford

Attendance: 5,163

David – @DCurtyy – Football Writer



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