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Notts County   2 - 2   Wigan

Notts County celebrate
Notts County celebrate after going 2-0 ahead against Wigan

A late Ben Watson goal allowed Wigan to claw back a two-goal deficit and force League Two's Notts County to an FA Cup replay just when a shock looked likely.

Watson struck from six yards after County failed to deal with a corner.

County had gone into the break 2-0 ahead thanks to a close-range strike from the impressive Lee Hughes and Ben Davies' 30-yard dipping free-kick.

But Jason Scotland combined with Hugo Rodallega to beat Kasper Schmeichel and made it 2-1 before Watson's equaliser.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez had warned his side that their opponents possessed players who were more than capable of playing higher up than League Two.

On this display, Notts County certainly proved that to be case, with midfielders Davies and Neil Bishop shining under the FA Cup spotlight.

But the Magpies did not have quite enough quality to put Wigan to the sword as the Latics, 62 league places above their hosts, dominated the second half and take the match to a replay.

It was an entertaining and nail-biting tie and County, forcing a host of fine saves from Vladimir Stojkovic after the break, had their chances to firmly put their club in the fifth-round draw.

County, playing a 4-4-2 formation, set out to contain their more illustrious visitors, giving Wigan the luxury of having four defenders marking lone striker Hughes but, undeterred, the former West Brom man proved a handful for Titus Bramble and company.

After a frantic start, County took the lead when Hughes collected a lovely ball from Davies and used his strength to hold off his marker to pick his spot for his 20th goal of the season.

The goal sent an already noisy Meadow Lane crowd - County's second-biggest gate of the season - into an almost deafening chorus.

Wigan, who had earlier gone close after Schmeichel had left a Rodallega shot slip out of his grasp and onto the post, looked rattled.

And it was testimony to the home side's commitment that it was no surprise when they took a 2-0 lead into the break.

Titus Bramble fouled the lively Hughes and midfielder Davies stepped up to score with a brilliant free-kick.

Wigan were a more composed and confident team after the break and clawed a goal back within seven minutes with Scotland, who had been anonymous in the first half, hitting home after a neat one-two with Rodallega.

The visitors took control of possession as they went in search of the equaliser though County were not without their chances, with Davies forcing a fine save from Stoikovic.

Wigan spent the majority of the final 15 minutes in their opponents' half and the pressure finally paid dividends when Titus Bramble headed a corner across the six-yard box for Watson to head home.


Notts County caretaker manager Dave Kevan:

"I'm just pleased they were able to stay focused and put in that type of performance, and credit to them for that.

"I thought the lads were fantastic, but when we look at it again in the cold light of day, we'll have mixed feelings.

"They know they've had a great opportunity to cause an upset, and sadly that hasn't quite developed."

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez:

"We were slow, sloppy and encouraged pressure from Notts County, and we had no direction in our play.

"We gave them a well-deserved two-goal lead, and for us it was a real test of character, a real challenge.

"I'm delighted with the reaction, delighted we found the answers, earlier in the season we would have folded."

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Saturday, 23 January 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Notts County 2-2 Wigan FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Hughes 26
  • Davies 41
  • Scotland 52
  • Watson 83

Notts County

  • 23 Schmeichel
  • 05 Lee
  • 06 Thompson
  • 17 Clapham
  • 18 Hunt
  • 08 Ravenhill (Rodgers 67)
  • 10 Bishop
  • 11 Davies
  • 21 Jackson yellow card
  • 09 Hughes yellow card
  • 20 Westcarr yellow card (Hawley 84)

Substitutes

  • 01 Hoult,
  • 04 Edwards,
  • 07 Hamshaw,
  • 15 Hawley,
  • 16 Fairclough,
  • 19 Rodgers,
  • 30 Akinbiyi

Wigan

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 9,073
NOTTS COUNTY
WIGAN

Possession

  • Notts County 48%
  • Wigan 52%

Attempts on target

  • Notts County 5
  • Wigan 9

Attempts off target

  • Notts County 4
  • Wigan 6

Corners

  • Notts County 5
  • Wigan 3

Fouls

  • Notts County 14
  • Wigan 12
  • Final Result
  • 94:05 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:47 Shot by Karl Hawley from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
  • 90:00+2:19 Hugo Rodallega has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
  • 89:59 Corner taken by Ben Davies from the right by-line.
  • 89:17 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies, Mohamed Diame manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:38 Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Graeme Lee gets a block in.
  • 87:42 Lee Hughes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Maynor Figueroa takes the indirect free kick.
  • 86:19 The ball is swung over by Lee Hughes, clearance by Titus Bramble.
  • 85:18 Lee Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Gohouri. Mohamed Diame restarts play with the free kick.
  • 83:14 Substitution Craig Westcarr goes off and Karl Hawley comes on.
  • 82:20 The assist for the goal came from Titus Bramble.
  • 82:20 GOAL - Ben WatsonNotts County 2 - 2 Wigan Ben Watson scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Notts County 2-2 Wigan.
  • 82:01 Corner from the right by-line taken by Charles N'Zogbia,
  • 79:30 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 78:01 Effort on goal by Emmerson Boyce from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 77:33 Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line, Graeme Lee manages to make a clearance.
  • 77:08 James McCarthy takes a shot. Stephen Hunt gets a block in.
  • 76:33 Luke Rodgers crosses the ball, Vladimir Stojkovic makes a save.
  • 75:56 The ball is swung over by Maynor Figueroa, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 74:47 A cross is delivered by Emmerson Boyce, clearance made by John Thompson.
  • 74:26 Luke Rodgers takes a shot. Save made by Vladimir Stojkovic.
  • 72:54 The official flags Lee Hughes offside. Emmerson Boyce restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:41 Johnnie Jackson produces a cross, Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.
  • 71:29 Charles N'Zogbia fouled by Johnnie Jackson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Watson.
  • 70:40 Ben Davies takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save made by Vladimir Stojkovic.
  • 70:06 Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies, Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance.
  • 69:24 Substitution Jordi Gomez leaves the field to be replaced by Ben Watson.
  • 69:09 Substitution Scott Sinclair goes off and Charles N'Zogbia comes on.
  • 68:12 Jordi Gomez has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
  • 67:12 Luke Rodgers takes a shot. Save made by Vladimir Stojkovic.
  • 66:28 Substitution Richard Ravenhill goes off and Luke Rodgers comes on.
  • 64:34 Ben Davies produces a cross, Vladimir Stojkovic makes a save.
  • 63:28 Johnnie Jackson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance.
  • 63:28 Booking Caution for Maynor Figueroa.
  • 63:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Hughes by Maynor Figueroa.
  • 61:25 Steve Gohouri fouled by Lee Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Mohamed Diame takes the direct free kick.
  • 60:35 Inswinging corner taken by Jordi Gomez, Shot on goal by Hugo Rodallega from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 60:23 Jason Scotland takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 59:11 The referee blows for offside against Emmerson Boyce. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 57:28 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Jason Scotland misses to the left of the target.
  • 55:20 Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.
  • 53:18 Maynor Figueroa challenges Craig Westcarr unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ben Davies.
  • 51:50 Assist by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 51:50 GOAL - Jason ScotlandNotts County 2 - 1 Wigan Jason Scotland gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Notts County 2-1 Wigan.
  • 51:03 Maynor Figueroa sends in a cross, Ben Davies makes a clearance.
  • 50:21 Booking Booking for Lee Hughes for unsporting behaviour.
  • 50:13 Steve Gohouri fouled by Lee Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Gohouri takes the free kick.
  • 49:15 Foul by Richard Ravenhill on Hugo Rodallega, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
  • 49:05 Jamie Clapham takes a shot. Blocked by Emmerson Boyce.
  • 48:41 Inswinging corner taken by Johnnie Jackson.
  • 48:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neal Bishop by James McCarthy. Free kick crossed by Ben Davies.
  • 45:34 Unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Craig Westcarr results in a free kick. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • 45:01 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Steve Gohouri coming on for Antonio Amaya.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:09 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 44:15 James McCarthy has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty area that bounces off the post.
  • 42:49 Booking Craig Westcarr goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 42:41 Craig Westcarr challenges Scott Sinclair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Titus Bramble restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Ravenhill on Mohamed Diame. Direct free kick taken by Mohamed Diame.
  • 40:04 GOAL - Ben DaviesNotts County 2 - 0 Wigan Ben Davies hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from long distance to the bottom left corner of the goal. Notts County 2-0 Wigan.
  • 38:59 Booking Titus Bramble is shown a yellow card.
  • 38:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Hughes by Titus Bramble.
  • 38:40 Jason Scotland takes a shot. Blocked by Graeme Lee.
  • 38:18 Titus Bramble takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:18 Booking Johnnie Jackson receives a caution.
  • 38:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McCarthy by Johnnie Jackson.
  • 35:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Hughes on Antonio Amaya. Antonio Amaya takes the direct free kick.
  • 35:09 Hugo Rodallega delivers the ball, Jamie Clapham manages to make a clearance.
  • 34:10 Unfair challenge on Richard Ravenhill by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick. Johnnie Jackson takes the free kick.
  • 31:12 Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Hughes. Centre by Johnnie Jackson, Shot by Lee Hughes from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 30:04 Scott Sinclair challenges Neal Bishop unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:34 Ben Davies has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 28:46 Jordi Gomez challenges Johnnie Jackson unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Thompson takes the direct free kick.
  • 25:21 Assist by Ben Davies.
  • 25:21 GOAL - Lee HughesNotts County 1 - 0 Wigan Lee Hughes finds the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Notts County 1-0 Wigan.
  • 23:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordi Gomez on Ben Davies. Direct free kick taken by Ben Davies.
  • 23:30 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 22:44 Unfair challenge on Johnnie Jackson by Jordi Gomez results in a free kick. Johnnie Jackson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 17:41 Graeme Lee sends in a cross, Emmerson Boyce makes a clearance.
  • 15:56 Unfair challenge on Antonio Amaya by Lee Hughes results in a free kick. Antonio Amaya restarts play with the free kick.
  • 13:26 The ball is sent over by Jordi Gomez.
  • 10:27 Jason Scotland fouled by Richard Ravenhill, the ref awards a free kick. Jordi Gomez delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Graeme Lee makes a clearance.
  • 8:03 Neal Bishop fouled by Mohamed Diame, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Clapham takes the free kick.
  • 7:53 Centre by Craig Westcarr, clearance by Titus Bramble.
  • 7:26 Maynor Figueroa challenges Craig Westcarr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graeme Lee restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:24 Lee Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmerson Boyce. Titus Bramble takes the free kick.
  • 4:12 Shot by Lee Hughes from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 2:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Johnnie Jackson. Titus Bramble restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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