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WIGAN ATHLETIC V CRYSTAL PALACE – 2003

23 January 2014

Take a look at the first time Latics and Palace met back in 2003.

As part of our build-up to the FA Cup fourth round game against Crystal Palace at the DW Stadium on Saturday 25 January, we look back at the last time Latics hosted Palace and the first meeting between the two sides.

Photographs from the game are available to view in the gallery above.

Wigan Athletic 5 Crystal Palace 0
Division One
Saturday 01 November 2003
JJB Stadium

WIGAN ATHLETIC 5
Liddell 10, 50 (pen)
Horsfield 31
Ellington 56, 69

CRYSTAL PALACE 0

Delight for five star Latics as doubles from Andy Liddell and Nathan Ellington, plus a goal from Geoff Horsfield saw them run out 5-0 winners in a comfortable and entertaining performance against Crystal Palace.

It was a day to remember for Liddell as he broke David Lowe’s league goal scoring record, with his double taking him up to 68 goals for the club.

Ellington’s goals were also significant as he ended a nine game scoring drought with a well taken brace, helping Latics on their way to the top of Division One.

The lesser known Ben Watson also made his first appearance at Latics, coming on as a substitute for Palace in the first half and receiving a yellow card later in the game.

Live on Sky Sports, Latics started their work early when Lee McCulloch’s defence splitting pass found Liddell, who stepped inside the covering defender to drill the ball into the bottom left corner for 1-0.

Moments later McCulloch’s vision unlocked the Eagles’ defence again, splitting the centre backs after a clever back heel from Ellington, but this time Horsfield couldn’t convert as Myhre saved.

Palace had a golden opportunity to make it 1-1 just before Latics’ second, when Dougie Freedman raced through one-on-one with John Filan.

The Australian stopper was quick to react, making himself big to save and forcing the ball back off Freedman and out for a goal kick.

On 31 minutes and on his 30th birthday Horsfield made it 2-0, latching onto a high Matt Jackson clearance, before twisting and turning between Palace’s centre backs to lift the ball over Myhre.

Ellington was trying his hardest to get in on the act, but his goal drought continued when he headed a Nicky Eaden cross wide of the left post.

Five minutes after the break Latics continued their rampant form, this time Liddell added his second of the game from the penalty spot, after Neil Shipperley was judged to have handled a Jimmy Bullard free kick.

The Duke finally got his goal on 56 minutes, when another clearance, this time from Ian Breckin, found the striker on the edge of Palace’s box.

Ellington’s quick shimmy with his right foot fooled the defence and with expert precision he curled a left footed shot past Myhre for 4-0.

On 69 minutes Ellington doubled his tally for the game with a fine header, leaping onto the end of Liddell’s whipped cross to seal the emphatic 5-0 win.

Latics cruised their way to top spot, while Palace dropped to 20th, after the game Chairman Dave Whelan said:

“We were absolutely brilliant, Nathan Ellington was fantastic and the football we played was superb.”

Latics: Filan, Eaden, Jackson, McMillan (Baines 73), Breckin, McCulloch (Teale 83), Bullard, Jarrett, Horsfield (N.Roberts 81), Ellington, Liddell

Palace: Myhre, Smith, Popovic, Granville (Borrowdale 58), Fleming (Routledge 45), Butterfield, Riihilahti (Watson 34), Derry, Shipperley, Freedman, Johnson

You can now watch the highlights from this game on YouTube as part of our Classic and Memorable matches series by [clicking here].

You can also watch an interview with Ben Watson as he talks about his time at Crystal Palace by [clicking here].

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