Report: Millwall 0-2 Wigan Athletic

MILLWALL were beaten comfortably by Wigan in the semi-finals of the FA Cup thanks to goals from Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman at Wembley.

Maloney volleyed in the opener midway through the opening period and McManaman cooly added a second after a spirited fightback from the Lions in the second-half.

Kenny Jackett made three changes to the side that started against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, with Jack Smith, James Henry and Andy Keogh included in a 4-3-3 formation.

Liam Trotter passed a fitness test after sustaining a knee injury in midweek but was named amongst the substitutes, alongside Nathan Tyson, fit again after a hamstring strain.

Millwall created an opportunity within the first 60 seconds as Keogh leapt above his marker to meet Shane Lowry's deep cross, but the ball dropped well wide.

Mark Beevers made an important intervention to prevent Arouna Kone poking the ball past David Forde, who then made a flying save from McManaman.

But there was little Forde could to do to prevent the Latics taking the lead in the 25th minute when Kone picked out the run of Maloney, who cooly swept home on the volley.

Chris Taylor saw his goal-bound header from Henry's corner blocked before McManaman curled high and wide at the end of a jinking run to the edge of the box.

Forde was called into action shortly before half-time to parry Jordi Gomez's first-time effort from the edge of the area after Kone's cut-back.

In the 51st minute, McManaman tricked his way past Jimmy Abdou and Alan Dunne only to blaze over from a tight angle with Kone waiting for the pass in the centre.

But the Lions rallied and after Henry had curled a free-kick narrowly over, Dunne's cross was nicked off the toes of Keogh, who looked certain to score.

Mark Beevers' header from Lowry's cross was deflected over his own bar by Paul Sharner but, in arguably Millwall's best spell of the game, McManaman rounded Forde to score Wigan's second.

Kone could have added a third in the 85th minute but Forde made a smart save with his legs.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

10 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-2 Wigan Athletic

  • April 13, 2013 at 21:02
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    Gutted, absolutely gutted. Poor performance, feel like we deserve better as fans. The players were second to everything and looked out of place against a quick, passing. Wigan side. Complete overhaul of the playing squad needed next season, this is not good enough.

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    • April 13, 2013 at 21:25
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      I think the game just showed the gulf between a side fighting relegation in the premiership and a team fighting for survival in the championship. Wigan were 1/2 a yard faster,gave us a lesson in finishing, used the extra space, passed to the feet and always made themselves available for the ball.
      Imo the game went as expected. We can,t score, we create very few chances and those that we do we are unable to put away. As expected Wigan were superior in all departments, the keeper never had a save to make. But I do not think we could have done much better such is the difference between the 1st and 2nd tiers. I thought St Leger had a stinker but apart from Fordey no one stood out.
      But thankfully now we can get back to the real job in hand and ensure Championship football for next season.
      I'm obviously disappointed but not surprised at the result (I was seething after Tuesday night)
      And a final thanks to the F****** dickheads who are going to fill the back pages of the tabloids tomorrow and heap more s*** on us you f****** morons.

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  • April 13, 2013 at 21:47
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    100% agree that was a decent Wigan side,and we lack everything a football team needs but i was more bewildered by the subs jackett made ? Offered no threat at all ! Wouldn't surprise me if he slung his hook in the summer and took a good record out with him really wouldn't surprise me, why did Lowry fall down the pecking order with free kicks ? Ledger was awful but worse off all more fans cause Millwall problems, who probly don't have season tickets. !

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  • April 13, 2013 at 22:00
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    Today's outcome was always the most likely result. Both Wigan's goals were the result of quality passing by premiership players. We don't have anything like that sort of quality and it was going to take some flukes to win this one. At least the team created some chances and went for it a bit in the second half. I didn't really understand the team selection. Basically, we had three defensive midfielders (two of whom are actually defenders), meaning we had seven defenders on the pitch! It looked a bit better after Hulse came on, but Trotter added nothing (as usual of late). This squad needs a severe overhaul in the summer. Most of the starters today are worth keeping except Hulse and St Ledger, but we do not have anywhere near enough quality in depth for a long season. Trotter's heart is clearly not in it and he should go in the summer.
    What the hell was all the fighting about? Some of those people need to grow up and get a life. What a bunch of sad sacks.

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  • April 13, 2013 at 23:10
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    No complaints about the result today. We lost the battle in the middle of the park and lacked composure with the ball, when they had the ball we were half a yard behind.
    I still thought we gave a good account of ourselves though, and the boys gave it there all.

    As for the twats rucking amongst themselves downstairs, there's no point banning them coz they probably don't go to The Den anyway.

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  • April 14, 2013 at 01:24
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    I can't believe St. Ledger got a full game today. Jack Smith and Jimmy Abdou played well and did not deserve to be taken off.

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  • April 14, 2013 at 01:26
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    Hulse and Trotter made no impact on the game. It would've been interesting to see a fully fit James Henry play today!

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  • April 14, 2013 at 01:27
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    Wigan fans were terrible.

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