Wigan Athletic went out of the FA Cup with a bit of a whimper, in a game that was there for the winning, but neither team seemed to want to. It was close neighbours Bolton who went through with a solitary strike in the second half to leave Latics to concentrate on the League.

FA Cup 4th Replay – DW STADIUM – Wednesday 16th February 2011
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Both sides were much changed, and Wigan’s team sheet had nine players different to the one that started Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Anfield.

In came a host of fresh faces including the teenage attacker Callum McManaman, who acquitted himself well until forced off by injury just before the break.

This was never going to be a game for the purists but even on a heavy pitch we should and could have showed a bit more urgency in this game.

Paul Robinson did his best to get himself sent off for Bolton, but the referee was having none of it, even when he was screamed at and nearly butted he did decide that 25 fouls deserved a yellow.

However, it was an enforced change that arguably proved most effective for the hosts.

Without the solid goalkeeping of Pollitt – who owed his second start of the season to the ineligibility of Ali Al Habsi, the Omani on loan from Bolton, Wigan would have fallen behind long before they did.

Pollitt denied Johan Elmander when the Sweden international nipped in to capitalise on Gary Caldwell’s stray back-pass, and Latics were again indebted to the veteran keeper when he made an agile save from Martin Petrov’s dipping volley.

Latics did have their chances in this game, Bolton defender David Wheater had to rely on his goalkeeper, Adam Bogdan, to spare his blushes when he sliced an early clearance.

Gomez clipped the bar for Wigan after he was set up by Ronnie Stam and the offside Mohamed Diame had an effort ruled out.

The team looked like one that needed the ten day rest they will now get, well it would have been a better excuse had it been the first team that had thrown in that performance.

Lets hope we can put this behind us for the visit of Manchester United next week. After all we can now concentrate on the League can’t we!!!!!

Cockney Latic Man of the Match: Callum McManaman

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Attendance: 7,515
12 Mike Pollitt 1 Adam Bogdan
23 Ronnie Stam 2 Paul Robinson
5 Gary Caldwell 4 Sam Ricketts
24 Adrian Lopez 5 David Wheater
13 Steven Caldwell 3 Gary Cahill
27 Mohamed Diame 7 Mark Davies
14 Jordi Gomez 6 Fabrice Muamba
16 James McArthur 8 Chung-Yong Lee
6 Hendry Thomas 11 Johan Elmander
38 Callum McManaman 10 Ivan Klasnic
7 Franco Di Santo 9 Martin Petrov
1 Chris Kirkland 13 Rob Lainton
35 Roman Golobart 12 Marcos Alonso
39 Jordan Mustoe 14 Matthew Taylor
4 James McCarthy 15 Tamir Cohen
8 Ben Watson 16 Robbie Blake
11 Victor Moses 17 Rodrigo
41 Daniel Redmond 18 Kevin Davies
43′ Player Off Callum McManaman
Player On Victor Moses
58′ Player Off Sam Ricketts
Player On Marcos Alonso
66′ Goal Ivan Klasnic
77′ Yellow Card Paul Robinson
84′ Player Off Ivan Klasnic
Player On Kevin Davies
88′ Yellow Card Mark Davies
90′ Player Off Fabrice Muamba
Player On Tamir Cohen

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