Bakary Sako scores the only goal of the game as Latics exit the Emirates FA Cup at The Hawthorns.
- Emirates FA Cup Match Report: West Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 Wigan Athletic
- Bakary Sako scores the only goal of the game
- Latics head out of the Emirates FA Cup following defeat at The Hawthorns
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0
Wigan Athletic exited the Emirates FA Cup at the Third Round stage as Bakary Sako scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 defeat on Saturday afternoon.
Latics had early chances but were dealt the killer blow on the half hour mark as Sako headed in a Chris Brunt cross.
Paul Cook made a number of changes to his team, with Jamie Jones, Nathan Byrne, Callum Connolly, Leo Da Silva Lopes, Callum McManaman, Josh Windass and Will Grigg all coming in to the starting XI. Cook was also faced into a late change to his starting XI as Darron Gibson picked up an injury in the warm-up and was replaced by Lee Evans.
Latics were the side in the early stages with a number of opportunities created in the early minutes of the match. First, McManaman cut in field and saw a shot deflected wide before he turned provider for Will Grigg, who went through one-on-one but saw his effort tipped wide by Jonathan Bond. From the resulting corner, Chey Dunkley headed Windass’ delivery narrowly over.
Cook’s side remained in relative control but fell behind after Sako headed in a Brunt cross following a set-piece from which Jones had excellently denied Brunt’s well-hit free-kick.
Mason Holgate was denied a second just before the break by a good Jones save and shortly after half-time Sako also found Jones in defiant mood, the stopper making a brave save before Dunkley bravely cleared the second attempt off the line.
Jonathan Leko then placed a one-on-one effort just wide before Windass drove off target from 25 yards on the hour mark.
Latics’ best chance to level in the second-half fell to McManaman, who tried to divert a header on target at the back post but couldn’t quite keep his effort down.
Cook’s side bow out of the Emirates FA Cup and host Aston Villa at the DW Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship next weekend.
West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Bartley, Sako, Brunt (Capt), Townsend, Adarabioyo, Field, Harper (Morrison 86), Holgate, Hoolahan (Edwards 71), Leko (Robson-Kanu 77)
Subs: Bond, Mears, Fitzwater, Howkins.
Latics: Jones, Byrne, Dunkley, Kipre, Evans, Naismith, Connolly (Roberts 65), Da Silva Lopes (James 56), McManaman (MacDonald 76), Windass, Grigg
Subs: Walton, Vaughan, Garner