Latics too strong for Tigers
Mohamed Diame netted twice at Hull as Wigan booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 08/01/11 6:25pm
Mohamed Diame bagged a brace against Hull City as Wigan booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 win.
The midfielder scored the only goal of a dour first-half when his 21st minute strike broke the deadlock.
Teenage striker Callum McManaman made it two 11 minutes after the interval with his first goal for the Latics.
The game came to life in the last quarter of the game when substitute Nick Barmby netted either side of Diame's second to provide a thrilling final few minutes but the visitors held on.
The two sides were meeting each other in the third round of the FA Cup for the second successive season, as Wigan hoped for a repeat of last year's 4-1 victory at the DW Stadium.
Despite Hull's demise from the Premier League and financial difficulties hitting the Tigers, the home side hoped for a cup upset as Roberto Martinez's men travelled to the KC Stadium.
Martinez made eight changes to the side which drew with Bolton in midweek and the Latics started off their FA Cup campaign the brighter of the two.
Former Birmingham City midfielder Daniel De Ridder proved a threat for the Lancashire outfit and twice drew good saves from Matt Duke.
And the Dutchman was heavily involved in the opener as he stabbed an effort goalwards and Diame had the simplest of touches to net past Duke.
City looked out of ideas upfront but could have been level in the 37th minute when new signing Matt Fryatt found space and attempted an 18 yard lob, however his effort landed the wrong side of the bar.
Three minutes into the second half, Wigan came close to doubling their lead, and it was that man De Ridder at the heart of the action again.
His strike came back off Duke's near post and fortunately landed into McManaman's path but he tamely headed into the arms of the 'keeper with the goal gaping.
But the 19-year-old was determined to atone for his earlier miss and grabbed his first Wigan goal in style as he cut in from the left and curled an 18-yard effort past Duke.
De Ridder could have added to his goal tally but the Tigers' number one did well to tip the effort over the bar.
McManaman scuffed his shot from the resulting corner which Duke collected and then at the other end Ali Al Habsi was called into action for the first time when he smartly saved Fryatt's strike.
That effort seemed to spur City into action as veteran Barmby guided an Andy Dawson cross into the far corner.
Diame gave Wigan their two-goal lead back when he neatly clipped a shot into the net in the 77th minute.
Chances then came thick and fast as substitute Jamie Devitt drew a good save from Al Habsi before De Ridder continued to test Duke.
Barmby headed home Jamie Devitt's cross with a minute of normal time to spare but it seemed too little too late for Nigel Pearson's men as Wigan won 3-2.
|Hull City||Team Statistics||Wigan Athletic|
|0||1st Half Goals||1|
|9||Shots on Target||9|
|7||Shots off Target||6|