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January 25, 2014 10:00 AM EST
The DW Stadium — Wigan
Referee:‬ M. Jones‎
Attendance:‬ 9542‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wigan Athletic 2-1 Crystal Palace

James McClean's late strike sent the FA Cup holder through to the fifth round to upset the Premier League side after sub Aaron Wilbraham had canceled out Ben Watson's opener.

By Tom Marshall-Bailey at the DW Stadium

  • Ali Al Habsi
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ali Al Habsi

    Saved well from Jerome early on and went one better in the second period with stops from Puncheon and Gayle. Got Wigan's passing game going with some early distribution and always providing an option for his teammates.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    0
    0
    3.00

    Emmerson Boyce

    Hardly put a foot wrong in shackling Chamakh and formed an impenetrable partnership alongside Barnett for the majority of the contest to prove Ivan Ramis will barely be missed if he leaves the club.

  • James Perch
    0
    0
    2.50

    James Perch

    Showed precious little attacking intent in support of McManaman but it hardly mattered and carried out his primary role without inviting Palace onto the home side.

  • Leon Barnett
    0
    0
    3.00

    Leon Barnett

    Like his defensive accomplice, it was a commanding display from the center back. Showed good awareness to track the elusive Jerome and Puncheon when they came inside and was dominant in the air.

  • Ben Watson
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ben Watson

    Took his goal superbly against his former employers by opening his body and stroking the ball home and played the anchor role superbly, keeping things ticking along without being overly intricate with his passing.

  • James McClean
    0
    0
    4.00

    James McClean Top of the Match

    Did brilliantly to tee up Watson for the opener before scoring the winner after a great run. Probed against Mariappa throughout with a series of jinxing runs but, importantly, his end product was decisive on most occasions.

  • James McArthur
    0
    0
    3.00

    James McArthur

    Tidy but also very effective in winning back possession and giving it to the likes of McClean and McManaman to wreak havoc further upfield.

  • R. Espinoza
    0
    0
    2.50

    R. Espinoza

    Despite his lovely touch in the build-up to the opening goal, his overall contribution was poor. Constantly out muscled and gave possession away too cheaply in dangerous areas early on but, to his credit, did improve to help set up a famous win.

  • Jean Beausejour
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jean Beausejour

    Was guilty of a few positional lapses but that aside, the Chilean was responsible in helping quell the dynamic Puncheon, who rarely got involved. His forward bursts helped McClean terrorize his marker.

  • Callum McManaman
    0
    0
    4.00

    Callum McManaman

    Excellent performance from the returning winger, who gave Parr a torrid time before going off injured. Constantly looked to get at the fullback by utilizing his searing pace and always sought to exploit the pockets of space he found.

  • Nicky Maynard
    0
    0
    2.50

    Nicky Maynard

    Largely ineffective as the lone spearhead to the Latics attack but battled tirelessly to prevent Palace's defenders and midfielders to enjoy time and space. The first line of defense strategy helped liberate the likes of Watson to break forward.

Substitutions

  • Chris McCann
    0
    0
    2.50

    Chris McCann

    Did not have enough time to make a sufficient impact on the game.

  • Nick Powell
    0
    0
    3.00

    Nick Powell

    Wasted a presentable opening after coming on by lashing wide but helped shore up the midfield as well as breaking to give the Latics something to hit on the counter.

  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marc-Antoine Fortune

    Barely involved during his stay on the pitch, failing to get the better of either central defender as Wigan looked to close out the win.

  • Julian Speroni
    0
    0
    2.50

    Julian Speroni

    Made some solid stops but could do little to prevent Watson or McClean from netting. His kicking was consistent throughout and so was his ability to claim the ball at set pieces.

  • Adrian Mariappa
    0
    0
    2.00

    Adrian Mariappa

    Given a torrid afternoon by McClean's attacking forays and offered the struggling Puncheon no assistance down the right in fear of leaving space in behind. McClean cashed in to set up and score after escaping the makeshift right back.

  • Patrick McCarthy
    0
    0
    3.00

    Patrick McCarthy

    Returned to skipper the side and headed everything back that the Latics launched at Palace aerially but looked slow across the ground for Watson's goal.

  • Damien Delaney
    0
    0
    3.00

    Damien Delaney

    Showed intent to come out from the back and push Palace forward and dealt well on the whole with the ineffective Maynard.

  • Jonathan Parr
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jonathan Parr

    His contribution to the match will largely be remembered for a sickening injury after coming off worse in a clash of heads with McManaman, who had run him ragged early on.

  • Stuart O'Keefe
    0
    0
    2.50

    Stuart O'Keefe

    Completely over-run by Wigan's midfield triumvirate. Did not offer enough support in either half of the field but relished the battle and at least got stuck in to his opponents.

  • Jason Puncheon
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jason Puncheon

    Just could not get going. Failed to beat Beausejour for the entirety of the afternoon and his passing was inconsistent to say the least. With that said, he was desperately unlucky to see Al-Habsi claw his volleyed strike away.

  • Barry Bannan
    0
    0
    3.00

    Barry Bannan

    Needs to stop the Hollywood passing to fulfill his promise but his delivery from set pieces was a highlight, evidenced by his assist for Wilbraham's goal, in an otherwise peripheral display.

  • Adlène Guedioura
    0
    0
    3.00

    Adlène Guedioura

    Composed figure on the ball, spraying passes around but there were very few that got his side going forward but hardly put a foot wrong all afternoon.

  • Marouane Chamakh
    0
    0
    2.00

    Marouane Chamakh Flop of the Match

    Woeful outing from the Moroccan, who gave the ball away frequently and never looked like scoring during his time on the pitch. Not a surprise to see him sacrificed as Palace sought an equalizer, which they duly got.

  • Cameron Jerome
    0
    0
    3.00

    Cameron Jerome

    Showed some impressive hold-up play on occasions but his contributions were sporadic when his side needed more of an outlet to find in attacking areas.

Substitutions

  • Dean Moxey
    0
    0
    2.50

    Dean Moxey

    Struggled to get up in support as he was pegged back by the dangerous McManaman. Could not handle the winger at times but stuck to his task.

  • Dwight Gayle
    0
    0
    3.00

    Dwight Gayle

    Emerged from the bench as part of a double substitution midway through the second half and injected some much-needed pace and verve into the Palace attack. Came close with a searing effort which was pawed away by Al-Habsi.

  • Aaron Wilbraham
    0
    0
    3.00

    Aaron Wilbraham

    The second part of the substitution and it was his clinical finish from Bannan's corner - his first touch - that hauled his side level.

Results
 
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Reuben Reid Reuben Reid
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