Latics leave it late
By Chris Stanton. Last Updated: 25/10/05 5:42pm
Wigan triumphed 3-0 over Watford despite a spirited second half performance from The Hornets which had sent the Carling Cup third round tie into extra time.
After 90 goalless minutes a penalty from Ryan Taylor eight minutes in settled the home side's nerves and Andreas Johansson then helped himself to a late, late brace (117 and 120)
Wigan manager Paul Jewell made no bones about his intentions ahead of the visit of Watford and sure enough there were nine changes from the side who won 1-0 at Aston Villa on Saturday.
Slightly more surprising was the decision of Adrian Boothroyd to dispense with seven of the team who claimed a 1-0 at Ipswich, with Saturday's much lauded matchwinner Ashley Young not even featuring amongst the substitutes.
Fresh from his own matchwinning exploits at the weekend, Alan Mahon was quickly involved in the action shooting wide from 25 yards.
The same player then saw a header comfortably held by Alec Chamberlain as the home side were quick to impose themselves on their disjointed visitors.
Chamberlain denied Taylor and Johansson shot wastefully wide as the home side piled on the pressure.
Watford were stretched and only an alert interception from veteran Malky Mackay prevented the marauding David Wright's cross wreaking havoc.
The lively Taylor was then denied by Chamberlain once more but Wigan's early impetus waned as the half drew to a close.
If Watford were a subdued force in the first half they started the second with renewed vigour and goalkeeper Mike Pollitt twice came to the rescue of the home side.
Darius Henderson's shot from 25 yards had the former Rotherham man at full stretch to divert wide for a corner. Seconds later Joel Grant's header was parried by Pollitt.
The Hornets almost came unstuck in unlikely fashion when Jay DeMerit deflected Jimmy Bullard's cross towards his own goalkeeper but Chamberlain made another fine save.
Gary Teale almost broke free for the home side before Toumani Diagouraga shot high over after breaking free down the visitor's left but the match was destined for extra time.
Wigan made early headway in the additional 30 minutes and after Johansson was felled in the box, Taylor stepped up and placed his penalty beyond Chamberlain and into the bottom left hand corner.
Johansson then got the goals his performance merited first firing in off the post before converting Mahon's cross with virtually the last kick of the game.
|Wigan Athletic||Team Statistics||Watford|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|7||Shots on Target||2|
|7||Shots off Target||2|
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