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  • February 15, 2014
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 17123
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  • That's it from me, Greg Taylor, thanks for joining us and have a great Saturday night.
  • Wigan deserve their victory, Rosler got his tactics spot on in the second half, got control of the midfield and played on the counter. Cardiff couldn't find a way through and Solskjaer's underwhelming start as Cardiff boss continues. It's Wigan that will be in the draw for the quarter finals, can they win it again? They certainly think so.
  • FULL TIME: Cardiff City, the Premier League side are out, but Wigan the cup holders march into the quarter finals with a well earned 2-1 victory.
  • 90' + 4'
    Martin Atkinson looks at his watch, Wigan are almost there. Rosler is screaming at his players to just run the clock down and progress to the FA Cup quarter finals.
  • 90' + 2'
    Can Cardiff find a late late equaliser. Zaha crosses from the left, Campbell can't meet it and it's a throw to Wigan.
  • 90' + 1'
    There will be four minutes of added time.
  • 90'
    The game is now being played on the edge of the Wigan penalty area, but the Championship side are holding firm. Not much longer left for them to take another famous scalp.
  • 88'
    End to end stuff now, both sides really going for it. Wigan look very strong at the back and excellent on the counter. Is Ben Watson going to be their FA Cup winner again?
  • 86'
    Zaha doing step overs galore down the right, he needs to find an end product to his flashes of brilliance. Another cross but it's over hit and Wigan have a goal kick.
  • 84'
    Ki delivers a deep cross into the back post, Zaha knocks it down but no one is there to meet it. Noone immediately has another go, cutting in from the right and hits a low left foot shot from the edge of the area but Al Habsi tips it over.
  • 82'
    Wigan trying desperately to close this win out. Pressing high and trying to give Cardiff no time on the ball. Solskjaer is urging his side forward, they have nothing to lose now, just eight minutes remaining. 
  • 80'
    Cardiff have a free kick in a dangerous area on the left hand side. Instead of shooting, Noone floats it in but it's easily headed away. But Cardiff break, and Ki hits a low shot that takes a deflection and just goes over Al Habsi's goal. Corner to Cardiff.
  • 78'
    Substitution M. Eikrem Bo-Kyung Kim
  • 78'
    Substitution Jordi Gómez Stephen Crainey
  • 77'
    Solskjaer makes his final change of the afternoon and brings on the talented Ki to replace Eikrem. Can Cardiff grab an equaliser as we enter the final 12 mintes.
  • 75'
    Cardiff show a little more urgency, Noone wins a corner and takes it himself. It's a poor delivery and the holders can simply pass the ball away. Ramis is fouled by Zaha and Wigan have a free kick in their own half.
  • 73'
    Yellow Card Chris McCann
  • 73'
    Caulker feeds Eikrem down the left who feeds Daehli in the middle, the young Norwegian tries to slip Campbell in but Boyce again uses all his experience and cuts out the pass to stop another Cardiff attack. Time running out for the Bluebirds.
  • 71'
    PENALTY APPEAL! Zaha is demanding a penalty, but Atkinson ignores his calls. Replays show that Boyce made minimal contact with the young Cardiff winger, good decision by the referee.
  • 69'
    After all those substitutions, the game might actually get going again. It's been very stop start so far this half, Cardiff have had plenty of possession but have been unable to create a clear cut chance yet.
  • 67'
    Substitution Callum McManaman James McClean
  • 67'
    Rosler makes another change, McClean has replaced McManaman. A like for like change, can he help the Championship side see out this win? 
  • 65'
    Yellow Card Jean Beausejour
  • 65'
    Free kick to Cardiff, Beausejour trips Noone and then receives a yellow card for kicking the ball away. Not clever. Daehli delivers the ball into the penalty area, Wigan don't get it clear and it falls to Noone who overruns the ball and gives away a free kick.
  • 63'
    Al Habsi gets a telling off from Martin Atkinson for time wasting, he launches a goal kick down field, but Fortune can't get onto it and Cardiff regain possession.
  • 61'
    Substitution Jo Inge Berget Craig Noone
  • 61'
    Noone is about to come on for Cardiff, replacing Berget. Noone was excellent in their recent match with Man City, Solskjaer clearly wants to get back in this and see his side in the quarter finals.
  • 59'
    Cardiff take a quick free kick, Zaha gets down the right, he feeds Daehli who switches play toward Berget but his touch lets him down and Ramis is able to break up the attack and start a Wigan counter.
  • 58'
    Substitution Ben Watson Josh McEachran
  • 57'
    Wigan are going to make a change and bring on the young Chelsea loanee McEachran. He replaces Ben Watson who looks like he has picked up an injury as he walked straight down the tunnel for an early bath.  
  • 55'
    First real opening for Cardiff and they probably should have scored it. Eikrem's corner is swung into the near post towards but no-one is there to get a decisive touch and and Al Habsi is able to claim the ball.
  • 53'
    CLOSE! Great chance for Wigan to double their lead, McManaman digs a ball to the back post toward McCann but he can't keep it down and his header goes over. 
  • 51'
    McManaman tries to get an early ball into the box but Taylor reads it and clears but only to Watson who switches play. The Latics are pressing a lot higher, but have just conceded a corner.
  • 49'
    STAT ATTACK: Some first half info for you, Cardiff dominated possession with 66 per cent to Wigan's 34 per cent. The Bluebirds also had more shots with eight, while Wigan mustered just four attempts on goal.
  • 47'
    Daehli cuts in from the left onto his right, beats a man and hits a curling effort that floats just wide. Good effort and positive start to the half by Cardiff.
  • 46'
    Substitution Gary Medel Don Cowie
  • 46'
    We're back underway, with Cardiff kicking off to get the second half up and running.
  • The players are back out, we'll be underway very shortly.
  • There's the half time whistle. Well, it took a while to get going but we've got a very exciting second half to look forward to. Wigan opened the scoring through McCann but Campbell scored his third FA Cup goal this season to equalise against the run of play. But Watson's 30 yard free kick separates the two sides as we go into the break.
  • 45' + 2'
    CLOSE! Cardiff almost got a goal before the break. Caulker headed the ball back across the goal towards Zaha who heads wide. He can't believe he missed that!
  • 45'
    Zaha wins a corner down the right hand side, Daehli whips it into the near post but Boyce heads it away, it comes out to Medel who pings a ball into the back post but Al Habsi leaps high and cuts it out.
  • 43'
    Well Cardiff will be a little stunned by that. Since they equalised they looked totally dominate and pushing for a second. But Wigan don't want to give up their title that easily. This is a proper cup tie now.
  • 40'
    Goal Ben Watson
    GOAL! What a goal and it's Wigan FA Cup hero Ben Watson who has done it again. From all of 30 yards out, Fortune rolls a free kick into the path of Watson who unleashes a bullet of a shot into the top right hand corner. Marshall had no chance.
  • 39'
    FACT: Cardiff won the FA Cup for the only time in 1927, beating Arsenal in the final - the only time the cup has been won by a non-English team. They lost to Portsmouth in the 2008 final.
  • 38'
    The goal really has flipped this cup tie on its head. Cardiff are now dominating this tie, Berget just got down the left and was about to pull the trigger before Emmerson Boyce got across to clear the danger.
  • 35'
    Fantastic play by the Bluebirds. Daehli cuts inside, plays a one two with Théophile-Catherine and releases Zaha, the Man Utd loanee delivers a brilliant cross toward the onrushing Campbell who heads just over. Cardiff now have a corner. 
  • 33'
    Solskjaer will be pleased with his sides response since going behind. They definitely look the better of the two sides now, growing in confidence. Zaha puts in a cross from the right but it's straight to Al Habsi.
  • 31'
    Watson dispossess Daehli in the middle and tries to start a counter, but his pass to Fortune is poor and Caulker calmly brings the ball out from the back.
  • 29'
    Before that equaliser Wigan looked in complete control but it's Zaha who is causing them all sorts of problems down the right hand side. Again he gets past his man but again his delivery is poor. Someone get Beckham to show him how to cross, then he'd be one heck of a player.
  • 27'
    Assist M. Eikrem
  • 27'
    Goal Fraizer Campbell
    GOAL! This is against the run of play, but Cardiff have levelled and it's Campbell again. Zaha gets into the box, he crosses it and after a few deflections, it falls to Campbell who drills it low and hard into the net.
  • 26'
    Wigan break again this time with McManaman, he heads toward the corner, stops, skips past his defender and puts in a low cross which is intercepted and goes out for a Wigan corner.
  • 24'
    Cardiff are finding it very difficult to breach the Wigan defence. Everytime they go forward they look very ordinary, whereas Wigan look excellent on the counter.
  • 22'
    Really positive start by the Latics. They deserve the lead for showing some impetus and attacking intent. Cardiff just haven't got going and look a little fragile at the moment, Medel and Zaha have both given the ball away cheaply. Solskjaer must be very frustrated.
  • 20'
    Cardiff try and respond immediately, Medel wins a free kick from about 40 yards out. He takes it but it's a poor one, Al Habsi calmly plucks it out the sky and launches it down field.
  • 18'
    Assist Jordi Gómez
  • 18'
    Goal Chris McCann
    GOAL! The holders are ahead, Jordi Gómez drives into the box and drills the ball across the six yard area where McCann is waiting to bury it into the net with his left foot. Good goal and I think they deserve the lead.
  • 16'
    Cardiff's young due Daehli and Zaha have looked extremely confident in possession and look the most dangerous players on the pitch. Wigan now just passing it around at the back. Has anyone told these teams this is an FA Cup tie.
  • 14'
    Wigan have a corner from a deep free kick by Al-Habsi which is headed out. Beausejour floats it into the back post but Caulker heads it clear to Zaha who tries to return it to Caulker but he's dispossessed and Wigan have a throw.
  • 12'
    Zaha shows some trickery down the right, a few step overs and he's past the left back but his delivery is poor and Wigan have a goal kick. Better by Cardiff, Zaha is the sort of player who could be the difference today, he looks lively.
  • 10'
    Wolff Eikrem has Cardiff's first attempt on goal, he takes aim from about 25 yards out but it goes well over. Doesn't feel like a cup tie yet, more like a mid season friendly, Solskjaer is now in the technical area to bark some orders at his side. Presumably to wake them up a bit.
  • 8'
    Neither side is willing to take any risks yet, but Beausejour gets in behind the Cardiff defence but his cross is blocked. Cardiff have a goal kick.
  • 6'
    Not really got going this match yet, Cardiff fans are in good voice, trying to get their side up for this. Tidy play by Medel and Zaha down the right but the young Englishman loses out to the left back and Wigan have a throw.
  • 4'
    Great through ball by Watson that sliced through the Cardiff defence, it falls to Perch who just curls it wide from 15 yards out. Good chance that, probably should have done better.
  • 2'
    Fairly slow start to the match, Cardiff just passing it around at the back, probing and looking to create an opportunity. Wigan now have a throw.
  • 1'
    And we're underway, Wigan kick us off.
  • The players will just observe a minute's silence in memory of Preston and England winger, Sir Tom Finney, who died aged 91 yesterday.
  • The players are out on the pitch, we'll be underway shortly.
  • Something that could possibly add some spice to this fixture, is the fact that Solskjaer actually replaced Rosler as the boss of Norwegian side Molde.
  • History also favours Wigan, they're currently undefeated in their last 10 meetings with Cardiff. But with the Bluebirds now the Premier League team, you would fancy them today, especially with their new signings eager to impress.
  • So what are the chances of Wigan causing an upset? Well they're on a good run of form and are now just four points of the play offs in the Championship. Cardiff meanwhile have struggled in the league despite Solskajaer's arrival, with just one win in their last 10 matches.
  • STAT ATTACK: This is the first-ever meeting between these two sides in the FA Cup. 
  • So Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has thrown in a bunch of his January signings into the mix, as Wilfried Zaha, Juan Cala, Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Mats Moller Daehli and Jo Inge Berget all start for the Bluebirds. Fraizer Campbell is the lone man up front, he'll be hoping for plenty fo good service this afternoon from the new signings.
  • WIGAN SUBS: Nicholls, Crainey, Holgersson, Barnett, Rogne, McEachran, McClean
  • WIGAN XI: Al Habsi; Perch, Boyce, Ramis Beausejour; Watson, McCann, Espinoza, Gomez, McManaman; Fortune
  • CARDIFF SUBS: Lewis, Turner, John, Cowie, Gunnarsson, Kim, Noone
  • CARDIFF XI: Marshall; Taylor, Caulker, Cala, Theophile-Catherine; Medel, Eikrem, Daehli, Berget, Zaha; Campbell
  • Before we get into the pre-match build up, let's take a look at who will be starting today, beginning with the home side.
  • Hello and welcome to this afternoon's LIVE play-by-play commentary of the FA Cup Fifth Round meeting between Cardiff and cup holders Wigan here at Cardiff City Stadium. My name is Greg Taylor and I'll be guiding you through all the action.