Late goal saves Bournemouth from Wigan upset

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Steve Cook headed in an injury-time equaliser to save Bournemouth from a shock FA Cup third-round exit against League One leaders Wigan Athletic.

The Latics, who won the competition in 2013, had been 2-0 ahead, but the Cherries fought back to earn a replay.

Will Grigg put Wigan ahead early on from six yards out after Gavin Massey headed down Reece James’ cross.

Nick Powell’s free-kick deflected off Emerson Hyndman for 2-0, before Lys Mousset scored Bournemouth’s first.

Bournemouth gamble nearly backfires

Cherries manager Eddie Howe said he had “no regrets” after seeing his much-altered side fight back to stay in the competition.

Howe made eight changes from the side that drew 2-2 at Brighton on New Year’s Day, and they trailed 2-0 after only 29 minutes.

Midfielder Connor Mahoney, 20, made his Bournemouth debut, while 21-year-old Emerson Hyndman was starting for only the second time since joining the club in July 2016.

“Vindicated or not, I thought the decisions were right for us, for this game, I don’t regret them,” said Howe.

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“It was an opportunity to see some different players, some new players and an opportunity for some to keep playing, keep their rhythm. It was also an opportunity to rest some players who are carrying injuries.”

Howe brought on Marc Pugh and Jordon Ibe at half-time in a move that changed the course of the match, with the hosts dominating after the break.

In the second half, Benik Afobe had a shot pushed over by the excellent Christian Walton, and Cook headed against the crossbar before Mousset powerfully dispatched Bournemouth’s opener after a fine run from the impressive Ibe.

Howe’s side piled on the pressure as they looked for an equaliser, with Wigan having to defend deep and rely on rare counter-attacks.

Cook, a constant threat from set-pieces, headed over from an Ibe corner, while Ryan Fraser’s free-kick was tipped over and Walton saved a Nathan Ake header.

But the equaliser finally came in the 92nd minute when Cook outjumped Dan Burn to power in a header from six yards out following Pugh’s cross.

Bournemouth had a chance to win it in the 93rd minute, but Fraser’s shot from outside the penalty area hit the foot of the post.

Brave Wigan are denied a shock

Wigan are having an excellent season – they are two points clear at the top of League One – and were only minutes away from claiming a famous victory against the Premier League team.

Paul Cook’s side, which only featured one change from their 1-0 win at Northampton on New Year’s Day, went ahead after four minutes through Northern Ireland international Grigg’s 12th goal of the season.

Will Grigg

Ex-Manchester United midfielder Powell shot narrowly wide from 25 yards but scored a few minutes later when his free-kick took a large deflection off Hyndman.

Despite having to defend deep in the second period, the Latics still created a couple of chances, but substitute Ivan Toney shot wide and Max Power also missed the target when well placed.

Those misses proved costly, and Cook’s equaliser means the teams will meet again at the DW Stadium next week.

Late on at the Vitality Stadium, Wigan assistant manager Leam Richardson was sent to the stands after complaining that a foul on Toney in the penalty area had not been given.

The draw for the fourth round takes place on Monday, 8 January, and will be live on BBC Two from 19:00 GMT.

Draw was ‘probably fair’ – what the managers said

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: “They started well and we were slow out of the traps. At 2-0 down, it’s always hard to come back, so credit to the players on that front.

“Conceding early didn’t help the confidence levels nor the feeling in the stadium. We didn’t take our chances to level up, then they scored a deflected free-kick and we’re 2-0 down all of a sudden.

“We were better in the second half and we applied more pressure, but we didn’t quite get our rhythm going. We created plenty of chances and should’ve won the game, but we weren’t clinical enough.”

Wigan boss Paul Cook: “The last-minute penalty decision is a big decision in the game. If we get that and we convert the penalty, it’s 3-1 but unfortunately the referee hasn’t given us it.

“For me, it’s a simple decision, the lad (Toney) has gone around the keeper, the keeper’s gone to ground, it looks a penalty but there’s no criticism from me towards the officials.

“It’s a tough job refereeing and those split-second decisions are tough to get. I think Bournemouth’s momentum and weight of pressure has seen them equalise, probably fairly.”

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 1Boruc
  • 15A SmithBooked at 43mins
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 14B SmithSubstituted forPughat 45′minutes
  • 23MahoneySubstituted forIbeat 45′minutes
  • 22Hyndman
  • 6Surman
  • 24Fraser
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forWilsonat 71′minutes
  • 31Mousset

Substitutes

  • 4Gosling
  • 7Pugh
  • 13Wilson
  • 32Federici
  • 33Ibe
  • 36Butcher
  • 42Simpson

Wigan

  • 1Walton
  • 2Byrne
  • 22Dunkley
  • 33Burn
  • 26James
  • 5Morsy
  • 6PowerBooked at 84mins
  • 17Jacobs
  • 25PowellSubstituted forPerkinsat 57′minutes
  • 11MasseyBooked at 41minsSubstituted forRobertsat 83′minutes
  • 9GriggSubstituted forToneyat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Elder
  • 4Perkins
  • 10Toney
  • 16MacDonald
  • 18Roberts
  • 24Hunt
  • 31Sarkic
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
9,894

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Wigan Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Wigan Athletic 2.

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 2, Wigan Athletic 2. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Max Power (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Christian Walton.

Attempt saved. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Lys Mousset (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Max Power (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Max Power (Wigan Athletic).

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Roberts (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gary Roberts replaces Gavin Massey.

Attempt missed. Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Callum Wilson replaces Benik Afobe.

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Andrew Surman.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Attempt blocked. Max Power (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Reece James (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Nathan Aké.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Ivan Toney replaces William Grigg.

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Perkins (Wigan Athletic).

Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

References

  1. ^ Reaction and analysis from Saturday’s FA Cup games (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ Watch FA Cup third round highlights (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ Line-ups (www.bbc.co.uk)
  4. ^ Match Stats (www.bbc.co.uk)
  5. ^ Live Text (www.bbc.co.uk)

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