Steve Bruce was forced to ring the changes as Heskey, Zaki, Kirkland, Melchiot, Figueroa, Cattermole and Taylor had to be replaced through injury

FA CUP 3rd ROUND – WHITE HART LANE – Friday January 2nd 2009
Roman Pavluychenko 52, 90
Luka Modric 76
Henri Camara 87

Latics were doomed with two Pavlyuchenko goals sandwiching a rare Luca Moderic effort. Camara’s late strike proved to be just a consolation.

The first was a rather dire affair with each team cancelling each other out, although Latics were the first to have a chance. Antonio Valencia lashed in a wicked cross but Camara could angle his header on target with the keeper helpless.

That was the highlight of the half for us, but to be fair we didn’t really have anything to do at the other end, just a couple of scares when firstly Kilbane nearly deflected a Bentley cross into his own goal, but luckily the ball went just wide.Moderic did have an effort go wide after a decent ball from Pavlyuchenko put him clean through. Darren Bent had a nightmare half until he limped off to be replaced by Frazier Campbell, a Summer target for Steve Bruce last year.

The second half started disastrously for Wigan as Kingson in goal for the first time for Latics needlessly brought down Campbell as he was going harmlessly away from goal. Pavlyuchenko stepped up to score from the penalty spot.

This should have been a trigger to our fringe players to stake a claim for a first team spot, but we just couldn’t seem to get anything going. Scharner did have a half chance, but he headed Valencia’s cross over the bar.

Our defence stood strong as a couple of waves of Spurs pressure saw us block out Pavlyuchenko twice before a wonder strike for Jamie O’Hare rocketed off the post and somehow landed plumb on Moderic’s head as he was falling over in the box, the ball seemed to just bounce off him into the net and he turned to celebrate like he’d won the World Cup with the best worked goal in history, but hey it was possibly the only contribution he made all match.

Steve Bruce rang the changes to try and inject a bit of urgency and he was rewarded with a great goal from Henri Camara, but as we pushed for an equaliser Pavlyuchenko tore up the other end to put the game out of our reach.

Although we got what we deserved today, I can’t wait to see what our full team can do against them in the league game next week, if we beat them then this result won’t matter a jot.


Report by Jason Taylor

Cockney Latic Man of the Match: Wilson Palacios
Referee: Alan Whiley
Attendance: 34,040
1 Heurelho Gomes 22 Richard Kingson
39 Jonathan Woodgate 8 Kevin Kilbane
22 Vedran Corluka 17 Emmerson Boyce
3 Gareth Bale 19 Titus Bramble
20 Michael Dawson 7 Paul Scharner
4 Didier Zokora 11 Michael Brown
24 Jamie O’Hara 5 Wilson Palacios

David Bentley

23 Olivier Kapo
14 Luka Modric 16 Antonio Valencia
9 Roman Pavlyuchenko 18 Daniel de Ridder
10 Darren Bent 27 Henri Camara
25 Ben Alnwick 12 Mike Pollitt
16 Chris Gunter 31 Maynor Figueroa
15 Hossam Ghaly 3 Erik Edman
19 Adel Taarabt 2 Ryan Taylor
23 Kevin-Prince Boateng 21 Tomasz Cywka
18 Fraizer Campbell 40 Joe Holt
7 Aaron Lennon 38 Jon Routledge
27′ Player Off Darren Bent
Player On Frazier Campbell
49′     Yellow Card Wilson Palacios
52′     Yellow Card Richard Kingson
52′ Goal Roman Pavlyuchenko    
73′     Player Off Paul Scharner
Player On Maynor Figueroa
74′     Player Off Daniel de Ridder
Player On Thomasz Cywka
76′ Goal Luka Modric    
84′     Player Off Olivier Kapo
Player On Erik Edman
87′     Goal Henri Camara
90′ Goal Roman Pavlyuchenko    
90′ Player Off Luka Modric
Player On Aaron Lennon