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October 30, 2012
• The DW Stadium, Wigan
Referee: R. East
• Attendance: 11777
Bradford City won 4 - 2 on penalties
That's all from me folks, Phil Parkinson's side have reached the last eight after a remarkable performance. If you were foolish enough to miss Arsenal's enthralling 7-5 win against Reading, then thanks for tuning in!
FT Wigan 0-0 Bradford (Bradford win 4-2 on penalties) Matt Duke is indeed the hero, as he turns away Gomez's penalty to send the League Two side into the Quarter-Final of the Capital One Cup!
Gomez now for Wigan, has to score, and it's saved by Duke!
Here comes Bradford's substitute, Connell, and he scores! 4-2!
Here's Maloney for Wigan, and he's missed it!
Stephen Darby, who has been excellent for Bradford, makes it 3-2 to the Bantams.
Ben Watson for Wigan......2-2
Here's Gary Jones for the Bantams and he makes it 2-1.
Jones now for Wigan, he scores too.
Up steps Doyle for Bradford, and he scores.
The penalties will be taken at the end with no fans in it.
Alex Fisher at the DW - '120 minutes of football cannot conjure up a goal here at the DW, an excellent effort from Bradford who have really limited the number of chances for Wigan.'
The full time whistle has gone and, as predicted in the first minute, it's going all the way to penalties.
Jones races away down the left for City following McHugh's robust challenge and Bradford win a free kick as the game fizzles out.
Maloney is doing everything he can, but the Latics remain powerless to break down City's stubborn resistance. "DUUUKKKEEE" rings out from the Bradford fans as the Bantams stopper makes an excellent save from Maloney. The Scot skipped through three challenges before firing towards the bottom corner.
Beausejour's corner is comfortably headed away by McHugh, prepare yourselves for spot kicks.
Could this be Bradford's night? 10 minutes of extra time to go and Jordi Gomez has missed the best chance of the game so far. He breaks past the last Bradford defender but fires wide from inside the penalty area. Dreadful miss.
The lad Duke could well prove to be the hero if it does indeed go to penalties, which it will do. He's not had too much to do this evening.
The two Wigan substitutes, Beausejour and Maloney, are working hard to snatch the elusive winner before Boselli's effort is comfortably claimed by Duke.
We're underway once again here, as both teams prepare to avoid the dreaded penalty shootout. Well, Wigan, at least.
It's half-time in extra time and unsurprisingly, it's still shotless. I mean, goalless.
Duke is forced into a wonder-save low down from Boselli, but the referee gives a goal kick. Hines, who has performed admirably for the Bantams, receives a standing ovation from the 5,000 traveling fans and he is replaced by Adam Baker.
Alex Fisher at the DW - 'Extra time is no better than normal time here at the DW, although Wigan have had a clear sight of goal but Jordi Gomez fires his volley miles wide of goal. The home fans who are here tonight are starting to get frustrated.'
Corner to Bradford. Hines breaks and is looking the best player on the park at the minute, Claret and gold hoops were flooding forward there as well. Al Habsi gathers the corner with ease though but persists with rolling the ball short.
The rain begins to fall once again at the DW, when it rains it pours. Bradford attacking again through the industrious Hines, but it comes to nothing. City looking strong in extra time so far.
Duke makes a decent stop, before Beausejour's shot cannons off Carl McHugh for another Wigan corner. Meanwhile at the Madejski, Arsenal have comeback from 4-0 down to level at 4-4. The Gunners have seemingly stolen all the goals from this game!
Here we go again, underway in extra time in Lancashire.
90' + 6'
Alex Fisher from the DW Stadium - 'Full time here at the DW Stadium and I'm afraid we're going to have to have another 30 minutes of action to try and find a winner, if not then it's penalties. Wigan have had the majority of possession but failed to really test Matt Duke, in fact Bradford had the best chance of the second half by Ali Al Habsi saved well from Zavon Hines.'
90' + 5'
You've got to hand it to Bradford, they've come here with a game plan and Martinez's side have had no answer whatsoever. There's plenty of tired legs and minds out there though, can they take it to penalties or even nick an unlikely winner themselves?
90' + 4'
The full-time whistle goes, it's finished goalless after 90 minutes here at the DW. Another half an hour, if you can bear it, is on its way.
90' + 1'
The offside flag is raised and Bradford have another reprieve, extra-time looming.
Danger for Bradford as Atkinson scrambles away Beausejour's cross, but it eventually ends up in the arms of Duke. Four minutes additional time has been indicated.
Beausejour is into the referee's notebook and the Bradford fans raise another chorus as they do their best to haul their boys over the finish line. Wigan out of ideas, if they had any in the first place. Goalless, still.
Four minutes to play and Hines, who has put in a monumental shift for the Bantams, has just pulled up with cramp. Plenty of tired legs out there in claret and gold.
Stam's deep cross is headed behind by Beausejour and the League Two side are closing in on the finish line now. Unfortunately, it looks as though we're going to have to endure another half an hour of this!
It's starting to get a little tense as we head towards full-time, but Duke hasn't had to make a save in vain after the break. It'll be all hands to the pump for Wigan now.
Yellow Card Stephen Darby
McArdle thunders in to prevent Fraser Fyvie and the former Aberdeen youngster can only drill into the side-netting.
It's lumped into the mixer this time, but the League Two side have dealt with that all day. Wigan now have four up front, matched by Bradford's six at the back.
Hines is penalised for handball and the Latics have a free kick in a decent position, God forbid they play it short.
It's a double change for the home side as Martinez throws caution to the wind. Jean Beausejour has replaced Redmond and Callum McManaman is withdrawn in favour of Shaun Maloney.
Alex Fisher at the DW - 'So close for Bradford but Ali Al Habsi saves well from Zavon Hines. The forward races towards the Wigan defence from inside his own half but he fires straight at Al Habsi after getting past Ben Watson. Had it gone in the visiting fans would have erupted, nearly as much as Dean Windass would have done in the press box!'
Looks as though the Bantams are content for this one to drift into extra-time, very little urgency from Martinez's side at the moment.
At the other end, Hines forces Ramis to scramble away his cross. This game is delicately poised as we enter the final 20 minutes.
Wigan force their first corner of the second period as Stam's centre is thumped away by Rory McArdle and the shot flies into the traveling fans, much to their amusement.
Will Parkinson risk opening the game up in an attempt to steal an unlikely winner here, or is he content to stick with over 20 minutes remaining? The Premier League side rarely threatening here.
Yellow Card Adrain Lopez
The former Swindon man, Connell, was amongst the goalscorers when the Robins knocked Wigan out of the FA Cup last season, incidentally.
Alan Connell replaces Nahki Wells for Bradford.
Taunts of, "you're supposed to be at home" from the visitors echo around the DW, there could be a real giant killing here. City have a free kick and Adrian Lopez is booked.
Atkinson blocks Gomez's shot and Nathan Doyle completes the clearance. The Bradford contingent are starting to believe now as Daniel Redmond heads into the stanchion.
Former Scunthorpe man Garry Thompson is replaced by Gary Jones for the Yorkshire side.
Atkinson's snapshot scuffs wide as the League Two high-fliers prepare to make their first change of the game. Approaching the hour mark, both teams are lucky to have nil so far.
The pattern of this game hasn't altered one bit after the break, as Bradford are content to set up camp in the Wigan half.
Wigan have a free kick after Hines is penalised for a shirt pull, predictably it is taken short but Bradford's wall of claret and gold hoops proves difficult to break down again and Stam's cross drifts out for a goal kick.
Yellow Card Carl McHugh
We're back underway at the DW, can Wigan muster anything better than in the opening period?
Roberto Martinez might have to reshuffle the pack at the break, as his side have showed very little endeavour in front of goal thus far. The Bantams are going to have to show a little more themselves though if they are to reach the last 16.
45' + 1'
The half-time whistle blows at the DW Stadium and we are still waiting for our first goal. Wigan have had the ball in the back of the net but Ivan Ramis' header was ruled for offside. Far from a classic.
Yellow Card David Jones
Wigan's David Jones is booked for a rugby tackle on halfway as the Latics' frustrations are starting to show.
I'm starting to wonder whether I'd rather watch a rugby league match between these pair, as the minority of Wigan fans that have made the effort on this blustery evening are heading for a pie. And who can blame them?
We're approaching half-time at the DW Stadium and Phil Parkinson's only real concern will be how long his troops can keep up this incredible work rate for. The Bantams have failed to threaten Al Habsi's goal, though.
Another Boselli shot flies harmlessly into the hands of Duke, the Bantams are looking comfortable at the moment.
Duke is quick off his line to get to a loose ball ahead of Boselli and Wigan are struggling to conjure any meaningful chances here.
The Latics once again apply pressure after forcing a succession of corners, but James Hansen heads clear. Hines stretches his legs for City but Ramis puts it out for a throw in.
Darby's cross is blocked and the City fans get behind their team again as they force another throw. The League Two side are starting to grow in confidence and they have almost reached the 30 minute mark on level terms.
Here's our man at the DW, Alex Fisher - 'Midway through the first half and Wigan are in control of this game with neat passes and good movement, however, they can only get as far as the Bradford penalty area. The noise from the Bradford fans is impressive and they were nearly rewarded but Nakhi Wells volleys James Meredith's cross over the bar.'
Nahki Wells almost rounded Ali Al Habsi, but the Wigan goalkeeper managed to thwart him with a desperate lunge and the Bantams are now enjoying their best spell of the first half.
Decent chance for Martinez's side as Gomez fires over from close range while the visiting contingent appeal optimistically for a penalty after a slight push on James Hanson.
It's been a fairly encouraging opening for the League Two side, who are holding their own in spite of Boselli's best attempts. A long way left for the Bantams, though.
The hosts have forced a flurry of corners, but James Meredith and the impressive Darby have kept them at bay while at the other end, Hines is thwarted by Ramis.
Boselli is causing mischief in the opening exchanges, as Darby blocks his shot before City attempt to break. Wigan are dominating here at the DW Stadium but have been denied first by the assistant referees flag and then by Matt Duke. The latter chance coming as Mauro Boselli tries to go around the keeper but he gets a crucial hand on the ball.
The former Charlton boss has instructed his players to calm down, as they are a little over-zealous at the moment. Duke, meanwhile, makes a smart save after fine work from Mauro Boselli.
That's an early scare for Parkinson's side, and Duke takes Stam's cross after he put a cheeky nutmeg through the legs of Hines. It's still goalless.
Jordi Gomez delivered a dangerous free kick into the penalty area where Ivan Ramis headed past Matt Duke, but the Spaniard went too early and the effort is ruled out.
Stam is upended by Ronnie Meredith, as the Bantams look to assert themselves on Wigan's passing game and the ball is in the net but it will be ruled out for offside!
Wigan have started brightly, moving the ball quickly in their 3-4-3 formation and Ronnie Stam's corner is eventually cleared by Stephen Darby.
Former West Ham youngster Zavon Hines wins a throw-in for the Bantams, but Ben Watson has picked up the ball for the hosts.
Wigan's first free kick comes to nothing as Jordi Gomez drifts his effort out of play.
There's the whistle, and we're underway at the DW Stadium. The Bradford fans, predictably, are in good voice!
The Monkees - I'm a Believer is crashing out over the PA system at the DW Stadium and the home fans are belting out the chorus. Bradford have won the toss and changed ends.
The teams are now coming out onto the pitch, Phil Parkinson's side will be hoping they can cause another cup shock.
The Bantams have sold an impressive 5,000 tickets for tonight's clash and have packed out the stand behind the goal! It's the first time they have faced a top-flight club for eight years, while Wigan reached the final back in 2006.
We're about 15 minutes away from kick off here in Lancashire I'm Jordan Halford - making my live commentary debut - so please, be gentle!
Bradford: Duke; Darby, McArdle, McHugh, Meredith; Doyle, Atkinson, Thompson; Hines, Wells, Hanson. Subs: McLaughlin, Connell, G. Jones, Baker, Brown, Bass, Swain.
Wigan: Al Habsi; Stam, Ramis, Lopez, Jones; Fyvie, Redmond, Watson; Gomez, Boselli, McManaman. Subs: Pollitt, Kone, Maloney, Beausejour, Golobart, Kiernan, Orsula.
Team news has been released, so without further ado - There are nine changes for Wigan tonight, only Ali Al Habsi and Ivan Ramis remain from the side that beat West Ham at the weekend, and there are Capital One Cup returns for Callum McManaman, Mauro Boselli and Fraser Fyvie. Bradford make six changes from the weekend with Zavon Hines and Nahki Wells both recalled to their starting line-up.
And here's one man to watch for Bradford tonight, Nahki Wells. His previous clubs include Dandy Town Hornets and Bermuda Hogges but now he's at Bradford, via Carlisle, and has scored ten goals in 16 appearances in all competitions this season. Two of those came in the last round against Burton, and he's scored three in his last two matches.
Wigan take their place in tonight's fourth round tie having knocked out Nottingham Forest and West Ham in the previous rounds of this season's Capital One Cup, scoring eight goals in the process. That's right eight goals in two games from Wigan! And Bradford have scored five, it's got goals written all over it at the DW tonight!
It's a chilly, but not yet baltic, DW Stadium for what is more commonly known as a rugby league fixture but tonight Wigan against Bradford is a Capital One Cup 4th Round tie. These two haven’t met since March 2004 in a 0-0 draw in League One, their fortunes since then have been dramatically different as Wigan rose to the Premier League and the Bantams dropped to the bottom division of English football.
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