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Swindon Town 2, Wigan Athletic 1

Swindon Town
2 - 1
Wigan Athletic

County Ground, Swindon

7/1/2012, 3pm

Attendance: 13,238

Referee:

League Two side Swindon Town have beaten Barclays Premier League Side Wigan Athletic to win their 'cup final'.

Playing in front of a sold out crowd at the County Ground Town more than matched their Premier League counterparts.

Wigan took 1-0 lead after Wigan were given a penalty due to Aden Flint tripping Callum McManaman in the box. Town keeper Wes Foderingham saved the penalty taken by Ben Watson but Wigan would score when the ball deflected off the post was slotted home by McManaman.

Swindon and the fans responded well to falling behind by upping their game.

On 40 minutes the game was square when Alan Connell headed home past Ali Al Habsi to level the game going into half time.

Paolo Di Canio would bring on Paul Benson in place of the largely ineffective Ronan Murray at half time.

On 76 minutes Swindon would take the lead as Matt Ritchie fired the ball towards Paul Benson who defelected the ball past Al-Habsi.

Wigan wouldn't go down without a fight and brought Victor Moses and Conor Sammon on to try and score an equaliser and force a replay but Town managed to weather the storm and after 3 minutes added time was announced Town maintained posession to secure a famous win.

Star Player

Raffaele De Vita - So many players to choose from but De Vita had his best game yet for Swindon Town.

Player Ratings


Wes Foderingham

Made some good saves, didnt have a lot to do really.

Paul Caddis

Got forward enough to put several balls into the box.

Aden Flint

Silly challenge for the penalty but made amends with a great afternoon.

Callum Kennedy

Was the match sponsors man of the match, Had a good game on the left, we didnt miss Ridehalgh.

Simon Ferry

Another great game for the former Celtic man. Bossed midfield alongside Smith.

Jonathan Smith

Made some vital tackles, unsung hero this season.

Matt Ritchie

Typical Ritchie performance, passed the ball more which was a bonus.

Alan Connell

Took his goal well, got forward and caused all sorts of problems. Bit confused why he was taken off really!

Ronan Murray

Poor game by Murray missed a great chance early on. Was substituted at half time.

Raffaele De Vita

Best game in a Swindon shirt. Oozing in confidence.

Alan McCormack

Usual steady self.

Paul Benson

Looked good when he came on, Think him and Connell will make a good partnership.

Lukas Magera

Not sure why he came on for Connell. Magera is always one I said was too good for League Two and would be better suited higher up. He wasn't. Must return to europe.

Alessandro Cibocchi

Not on long enough to judge.

Wigan Penalty

Stone wall penalty no questions about the penalty at all.

FA Cup Fourth Round

Town now go into the FA Cup fourth round for the first time since 1996 and will be ball number 20.

The draw is tomorrow afternoon.


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Writer:Shaun Calderwood
Date:Saturday January 7 2012
Time: 6:44PM

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