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County Ground 7th January 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Walton

Swindon Swindon Town vs Wigan Athletic Wigan

Swindon 2

A Connell (40)
P Benson (76)


Wigan 1

C McManaman (35)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 5:08 pm, January 7th 2012

  1. Swindon prevail at Wigan's expense! That's it from me, have a good one, later!

  2. 90+2

    Swindon are poised to progress to the fourth round for the first time since 1996.

  3. 90+1

    Wigan are resisting the temptation to go route one - as they have been all match.

  4. 90

    Wigan's Connor Sammon comes on for McManaman. There will be three minutes of optional time.

  5. 89

    Ritchie attacks a ball in the Wigan box but he's unable to direct his header on target. In fact he's claiming a corner but the ref says otherwise.

  6. 88

    Swindon's Alessandro Cibocchi replaces De Vita.

  7. 85

    Wigan are hardly showing the urgency you'd expect in these closing stages.

  8. 84

    Ritchie does well to arrest McManaman's progress down the left.

  9. 82

    Benson picks up a knock after falling awkwardly on his shoulder. He looks to be alright.

  10. 81

    In the final ten minutes here and Swindon are showing no signs of playing for the clock just yet.

  11. 80

    McManaman drives through the centre but he is crowded out before he can pull the trigger.

  12. 79

    Wigan boss Martinez is looking fairly composed on the touchlines given the potential upset here.

  13. 78

    Wigan's Victor Moses replaces the injured Maloney.

  14. 76

    Ritchie's left-footed shot from 30 yards deflects off Benson leaving Al-Habsi with no chance! Suggestions of off-side there.

  15. 74

    Caddis sends in a cross from the right but it just brushes off the top of Benson's head.

  16. 73

    Maloney tries to find McManaman with a thoughtful through-ball but his teammate is a touch slow off the mark.

  17. 72

    The game has opened up somewhat in the second half with slightly more breathing space in midfield.

  18. 71

    Wigan's Watson tries to curl in a free-kick from a difficult angle but his effort goes just over.

  19. 70

    Flint hurls himself to block Maloney's effort from close range.

  20. 69

    Magera should add some much-need aerial presence to Swindon's attack. There is certainly no shortage of quality crosses, with Ritchie in particular catching the eye in that department.

  21. 68

    Swindon's Raffaele De Vita tries his luck from range but the Italian's effort is comfortably off target.

  22. 67

    Swindon's Lukas Magera replaces Connell.

  23. 66

    Emmerson Boyce does well to head out yet another menacing cross from Ritchie.

  24. 65

    At the other end, McManaman shows a good touch before forcing Foderingham into a save at the near post.

  25. 64

    Lopez does well to slow down play as Wigan regroup.

  26. 63

    It's all Swindon at the moment - this has certainly been their best period of play.

  27. 62

    Ritchie has another effort deflected into the arms of a grateful Al-Habsi.

  28. 61

    Ritchie balloons Benson's cross over from close range. Great chance missed there.

  29. 60

    Connell rattles the side-netting from an acute angle. He was off-side in any event.

  30. 59

    Ritchie swings in a free-kick from the right, which is headed clear by Caldwell.

  31. 58

    Wigan's Jordi Gomez replaces Thomas.

  32. 57

    Wigan's Watson is booked for a late tackle on Ferry.

  33. 56

    Ritchie seeing plenty of the ball down the right for the Reds. He's certainly a dangerous prospect going forward.

  34. 55

    Connell goes down in the box after tangling with Gary Caldwell, but the referee Peter Walton is having none of it.

  35. 54

    Ritchie threatens down the right flank but his progress is halted by the Latics defence.

  36. 53

    Simon Ferry tracks back to make a crucial interception.

  37. 52

    The Reds have looked good since the restart.

  38. 51

    Kennedy breaks at pace but the heavily marked Connell is unable to turn in the former's cross from the left.

  39. 50

    Kennedy goes route one but Wigan deal with the danger in relative comfort.

  40. 49

    Benson gets his first touch down the left flank but he runs the ball out of play.

  41. 48

    Ritchie works his way out of trouble on the right flank with some nifty footwork with Watson in close attendance.

  42. 47

    Wigan link up with some incisive passing before Maloney's heavy touch surrenders possession in the final third.

  43. 46

    Swindon's Paul Benson comes on for Murray.

  44. 46

    Wigan get us back underway.

  45. It's one apiece at the break, join us in 15 minutes for the second installment.

  46. 45

    Murray fires just over the cross bar with a decent effort from range. There will be one minute of optional time.

  47. 44

    Naturally the home fans have rediscovered their voice again.

  48. 43

    Wigan's Maloney has an effort from close range chalked off for off-side.

  49. 42

    Gotta say that goal was well deserved, Swindon were applying all sorts of pressure since going one down.

  50. 41

    Connell flicks home a cross from the right by Ritchie for his third goal in as many games!

  51. 39

    Wigan's Al-Habsi is booked for taking too long with a goal-kick.

  52. 38

    Al-Habsi dives at full-stretch to deny Ritchie's strike in a crowded Wigan box.

  53. 34

    Ben Watson hits the left upright but McManaman pounces on the rebound from close range!

  54. 33

    McManaman earns a penalty with some quick feet in the box courting a foul from Aden Flint.

  55. 31

    Wigan circulate the ball along their backline - that's been a consistent feature of this half.

  56. 30

    Still goalless at the half-hour mark, the home fans would have probably taken that beforehand.

  57. 29

    Smith disappoints again as he lobs a ball aimlessly forward towards Wigan keeper Al-Habsi. He puts his hand up to his teammates.

  58. 28

    Jonathan Smith scuffs his shot from the edge of the area. The Swindon man didn't get hold of that at all.

  59. 27

    It's hardly been a spectacle so far, gritty would perhaps be an apt word to describe the action.

  60. 26

    Swindon's Connell carves some space for himself on the right but his cross is weak and easily dealt with.

  61. 23

    The home fans are alot quieter now as Wigan enjoy a useful spell of possession.

  62. 22

    Ritchie does brilliantly to break up a Wigan attack down the left but possession is lost going forward.

  63. 21

    Wigan's Franco Di Santo, with four goals this term, drags his effort off target. Was a difficult angle for the Argentine.

  64. 20

    Swindon's Callum Kennedy squeezes a left-footed effort just wide of the target from distance. He got decent purchase on that.

  65. 19

    Wigan's Nathan Thompson is booked for a robust challenge.

  66. 17

    At the other end a cross from the right causes similar indecision among Al-Habsi and his defence, but again no one is at hand to capitalise.

  67. 16

    Swindon skipper Paul Caddis is having some harsh words with his keeper as both hesitated on a cross that came in from the right.

  68. 13

    No team has really taken control yet. One gets the sense a goal either side could dictate proceedings.

  69. 12

    Hendry Thomas blasts his effort harmlessly over from the edge of the area after good work by Callum McManaman down the left flank. McManaman has looked lively for the Latics early on.

  70. 11

    Ronan Murray nearly punishes a loose pass by Adrian Lopez but his dipping shot is just about dealt with by Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi.

  71. 10

    Swindon appear content to sit back until the Latics cross the half-way line. Plenty of bodies behind the ball at all times.

  72. 8

    Little comes of the set-piece as Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham collects a corner soon after.

  73. 7

    Wigan's James McCarthy earns a free-kick after coming off second best in a crunching challenge from Matt Ritchie.

  74. 6

    The Latics are starting to enjoy a shade more possession but they're struggling to make much use of it.

  75. 5

    The home fans are making their presence felt, as you'd expect. Great atmosphere so far.

  76. 4

    Swindon's Jonathan Smith is blown up for bundling Shaun Maloney over in midfield.

  77. 3

    Wigan win back possession and build from the back, with Emmerson Boyce showing some juggling skills on the right before cutting inside and spreading play. Swindon, however, are doing well to cut down the space in midfield.

  78. 2

    It's a bright start by the home team as Alan Connell finds space down the right before swinging in a useful cross, which is headed clear.

  79. 1

    Swindon get us underway.

  80. Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Lopez, Mustoe, Maloney, Thomas, McArthur, Watson, McManaman, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Moses, Gomez, Sammon, Dicko, Redmond.

  81. Swindon: Foderingham, Caddis, Flint, McCormack, Kennedy, Ritchie, Ferry, Jonathan Smith, De Vita, Connell, Murray. Subs: Phil Smith, Devera, Benson, Gabilondo, Cibocchi, Magera, Louis Thompson.

  82. If you fancy a pop, Swindon are 13/8 to win with our friends at Sky Bet.

  83. To give a bit of perspective, Wigan - second-bottom in the Premier League - are 53 places better off than their opponents, who are fourth in League Two.

  84. Latics boss Roberto Martinez welcomes back his skipper Gary Caldwell from suspension. Emmerson Boyce is also available after recovering from a hamstring problem, but winger Albert Crusat is out with a back complaint.

  85. Hosting manager Paolo di Canio has no fresh injury concerns but striker Mehdi Kerrouche remains on the sidelines.

  86. Greetings and welcome to live coverage of Swindon's FA Cup third round clash with Wigan at the County Ground.


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