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Moss Rose Ground (ATT 5,849) 26th January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R East

Macc'field Macclesfield Town vs Wigan Athletic Wigan

Macc'field 0

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Wigan 1

J Gomez (pen 7)

Premier League Wigan knocked out non-league Macclesfield with a 1-0 win at Moss Rose

Last Updated: 27/01/13 7:58pm

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Wigan: Premier League side celebrate Jordi Gomez's goal

Wigan: Premier League side celebrate Jordi Gomez's goal

Non-league Macclesfield saw their FA Cup dreams disappear as they lost 1-0 to Premier League side Wigan at Moss Rose.

Jordi Gomez's penalty just seven minutes in was enough for Roberto Martinez's side to book their place in the fifth round.

Macclesfield had a penalty shout turned down in each half by referee Roger East in a battling performance which saw them unable to convert any of their chances against the Premier League side ranked 82 places above them.

It was Macclesfield's first time in the fourth round in their entire history, and what the Blue Square Bet Premier side lacked in invention they replaced with physicality in the early stages.

However, it was the pacier Premier League outfit who took an early lead following some clumsy defending by the home side. Gomez passed the ball to Callum McManaman as he raced down the left and looked to dink through the Macclesfield defence, only to be brought down by Thierry Audel for a penalty.

Gomez stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and fired it just out of reach of Macclesfield keeper Joe Anyon, who got his fingertips to the ball with his first touch for his new club having only joined this week.

As Macclesfield began to settle into the game their confidence grew, with several breaks and shots making it unclear to the casual observer which side was the team in the top flight.

Macclesfield's best chance of the first half came after Waide Fairhurst's penalty shout was waved away by the referee, with Audel almost atoning for his earlier error with a headed effort saved on the line from the resulting corner by John Paul Kissock.

Wigan almost doubled their lead straight from the kick-off when Nouha Dicko raced into the Macclesfield box, but Anyon made a terrific save to keep his team in the tie.

Macclesfield, who knocked out Championship leaders Cardiff in the previous round, kept up the pressure on Martinez's side, but a late corner by substitute Peter Winn did little to create any problems in the Wigan box as the clock ticked down.

Wigan looked to have escaped a penalty against them after what appeared to be handball from David Jones in the Macclesfield box from Ryan Jackson's cross, but again referee East waved the home side's shouts away.

The Silkmen then threw everyone forward with seconds left of normal time as Wigan put everyone but the keeper behind the ball due to wave after wave of attack from the home team.

However, there was not to be a shock for Macclesfield, who were the lowest ranked team left in the competition ahead of the match, as Wigan held firm to keep their cup hopes alive.

Macclesfield TownTeam StatisticsWigan Athletic
0Goals1
01st Half Goals1
2Shots on Target2
9Shots off Target4
3Blocked Shots2
6Corners2
10Fouls15
0Offsides2
3Yellow Cards4
0Red Cards0
68.7Passing Success75.5
18Tackles19
77.8Tackles Success73.7
44.9Possession55.1
61.5Territorial Advantage38.5
323Total Passes412
28Total Crosses10
167Lost Balls171
62Recoveries57
40.61st Half Poss.59.4
47.92nd Half Poss.52.1

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