Special Lee Evans strike takes Latics into the Second Round of the Emir
- Match Report: Wigan Athletic 2 - 1 Crawley Town
- Ivan Toney and Lee Evans goals take Latics into the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup
- Latics now nine unbeaten in all competitions.
Wigan Athletic progressed to the second round of the FA Cup this afternoon with a 2-1 victory over Harry Kewell’s Crawley Town outfit at the DW Stadium.
The visitors went ahead through Jordan Roberts after 20 minutes as he turned in the box and struck an effort into the top corner.
Ivan Toney levelled just before the half hour mark when Lee Evans’ pinpoint cross found the striker in the area and he beat Glenn Morris from close range.
Evans got himself on the scoresheet on 70 minutes when he unleashed a 25-yard strike which flew into the net.
Latics boss Paul Cook made four changes to his side for the visit of the Red Devils, with Matija Sarkic, Alex Bruce, Gary Roberts and Evans all starting.
It was Roberts who had the game’s first real chance when he burst into the area and forced Glenn Morris into a good save from close range.
Toney and Gavin Massey later had opportunities, with the former shooting into the side netting from a tight angle and the latter curling an effort wide of the far post from distance.
The visitors took the lead however on 20 minutes when Roberts chested the ball down and volleyed home emphatically inside the area.
Crawley’s lead didn’t last long though as Evans raced down the left and whipped a ball in for Toney to smash past Morris.
Nick Powell went close to putting his ahead before the break when he skipped a couple of challenges and shot narrowly wide of the far post.
Toney was inches away from giving Latics the lead after the interval when he cut in on his left foot in the box but shot against the upright.
The turnaround was complete 20 minutes from time when Evans’s stunning long range strike beat Morris in the visiting goal.
Latics had opportunities to extend their lead through substitutes David Perkins and Will Grigg, but they were twice denied by Crawley’s backline.
Wigan Athletic: Sarkic; Byrne, Bruce, Burn, James; Morsy (Capt), Evans (Colclough 81); Roberts, Powell, Massey (Perkins 73); Toney (Grigg 73).
Subs: Jones, Dunkley, Power, Hunt.
Crawley Town: Morris; Lelan, Young, Doherty (Clifford 80), Connolly, McNerney; Bulman (Tajbakhsh 74), Roberts (Verheydt 60), Smith (Capt); Boldewijn, Camara.
Subs: Mersin, Lewis, Payne.