Ali Al Habsi
The keeper was not troubled in the opening half as the home dominated possession and Bradford failed to raise a shot on target. He dominated his penalty area well which inspired confidence in his defence and his distribution was excellent throughout. His only save of the second half was a crucial one, staying tall to deny Hines with 15 minutes to go.
He looked to get down the right hand side whenever he could and he had plenty of success but his final ball lacked any quality which saw plenty of attacks end far too quickly. He had to work hard defensively too against Hines, and the visiting forward had the best of that battle. Was replaced by Orsula in the final seconds.
Thought he had put his side ahead in the 10th minute but his header from a Gomez cross was ruled out for offside. Defensively he worked well alongside Watson and Lopez against the threat of Wells and Hanson.
Marshalled the lively front two for Bradford well and gave them very little opportunity to threaten Al Habsi’s goal. On the ball he was very comfortable and kept possession well when trusted with the ball.
The diminutive left sided player showed plenty of skill on the ball and looked good going forward. He had a great chance to open the scoring at the start of the second half but headed Stam’s cross over the crossbar.
Back in the midfield as opposed to wide on the left he tried to keep his side moving every time he was in possession and he was generally successful against Doyle and Atkinson in the centre of the pitch.
The young Scot was very busy in the middle of the pitch; he linked well with Jones and pushed forward when he could but never tested Duke in the Bradford goal. He looked very good on the ball, with plenty of neat and tidy touches to keep his side moving forward.
Playing as a central defender is not normally his thing but as the middle man of a back three he played well, letting his two fellow defenders win the headers and picking up the loose balls himself before neatly playing it into midfield.
Tried his best to dictate the play for the home side and it worked some of the time but all too often his passes into Boselli were slightly misjudged. He didn’t have his shooting boots on though as he regularly fired miles over the crossbar or low into the nearest defender. Missed the crucial penalty in the shootout.
Worked hard on his own upfront, made good runs which Gomez and McManaman did their best to pick out. Had a great chance to score in the first half but was denied by Duke as he tried to go round the keeper. Otherwise chances were very limited for the Argentine.
He drifted in and out of the game, occasionally showing moments of skill before losing possession or trying to do too much. As the game wore on he was able to use his speed to really threaten the Bradford defence but he wasn’t able to deliver that killer blow.
Made a good save from Boselli early in the first half and watched as Gomez and McManaman both missed good chances. He organised the defence in front of him well, using all his experience to keep his side going.
The centre half was good in the air against Boselli and strong in the tackle when required. He read the game well and dealt with the runs off the ball well to protect his goal.
The experienced full back was solid in defence against the lively McManaman and Redmond, keeping them at bay and limiting the number of crossing opportunities. He had one excellent run in the first half which raised the spirits of the travelling fans but his control let him down at the last moment.
Had a tough time against Stam who looked to get past him at every occasion. Going forward he rarely had chance to threaten but he did deliver a lovely cross for Wells in the first half but striker volleyed over.
He handled Boselli well, and didn’t give the striker much opportunity to find space and made crucial challenges to block any shots that did come in.
Playing wide on the right he spent the majority of his night going towards his own goal to cope with the threat on Redmond, and he stuck to his task well. As the game wore on he began to tire and he was replaced by Jones in the 57th minute.
Partnered Doyle in the centre of the pitch and like his team mate he too worked his socks off for his side. However due to the control Wigan had he often found himself chasing the ball as the hosts knocked it about well
Sat in the centre of midfield he kept working throughout the game, battling hard against Jones and Fyvie. His passing was generally accurate but became a bit more direct as the game wore on and Bradford dropped deeper.
The speedy winger was very good at maintaining his position on the left and gave good support to Meredith against Stam. And when he was able to break with the ball his pace worried Wigan, something that was clear in the second half when he called Al Habsi into a good save. He was replaced by Baker in the 101st minute.
He led the line well for Bradford against the solid back three of Wigan, but he never let the fact that he was outnumbered bother him. He ran the channels well and challenged for the ball in the air but never had a clear chance on goal.
Good movement to close down the Wigan midfield but a thankless task with the ball moving so quickly. He had one opportunity in the first half but his left foot volley flew miles over the crossbar. He was replaced by Connell in the 65th minute.