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21:52 26th October 2010

Carling Cup adventure ended at Wigan

Swansea City's Carling Cup adventure was brought to an end at Premier League Wigan.

It was the first time that the club had come up against Roberto Martinez and it was the former boss who was celebrating at the end of the night.

Second-half goals from Mauro Boselli and Ben Watson (penalty) condemned the visitiors, who were backed by just under 4,500 fans, to a 2-0 defeat.

Despite having the greater chances in the first-half - including a Craig Beattie goal harshly ruled out for offside - the Swans failed to find the target.

Front-man Boselli got the ball rolling shortly after the re-start as he latched on to Antolin Alcaraz's through ball while Watson struck from 12-yards in injury-time after Andrea Orlandi grounded Victor Moses.

The Swans made eight changes for the fourth round Carling Cup tie at Wigan.

Alan Tate took over as captain with Dutch duo Kemy Agustien and Marvin Emnes both handed their full debuts for the club.

Yves Ma-Kalambay made only his second appearance between the sticks while the likes of Albert Serran, Neil Taylor, Cedric van der Gun, David Cotterill and Craig Beattie all came in.

Wigan: Ali Al Habsi, Antolin Alcaraz, Gary Caldwell (C), Henry Thomas, Ben Watson, Mauro Boselli (Franco Di Santo, 78'), Victor Moses, Jordi Gomez (Charles N'Zogbia, 67'), Mohamed Diame, Ronnie Stam, Maynor Figueroa.

Not Used: Chris Kirkland (GK), Steven Caldwell, James McArthur, Hugo Rodallega, Daniel De Ridder.

Swans:Yves Makabu-Makalambay; Angel Rangel, Alan Tate(C), Albert Serran (Garry Monk, 19'), Neil Taylor, Kemy Agustien (Andrea Orlandi, 46'), Darren Pratley, Cedric van der Gun, David Cotterill, Marvin Emnes, Craig Beattie (Stephen Dobbie, 63').

Not Used:Dorus de Vries (GK), Andrea Orlandi, Nathan Dyer, Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen.

Attendance: 11,705 Away: 4,490

Despite the late kick-off all 4,490 visiting supporters were in full voice as the Swans bid to reach the last-eight of this competition for the first time.

A large number of Swans fans were caught up in traffic on the M6 to force a 15 minute delay but they all seemed to be present as referee Kevin Friend got this highly anticipated clash underway.


This match also gave the Swans a chance to line-up against a fellow footballing side with Latics boss, Roberto Martinez, a huge influence on the style of play at the Liberty Stadium.

And it was his side that almost took a seventh minute lead when Mohamed Diame was gifted possession by David Cotterill and embarked on a 40-yard run, but culminating in 'keeper Yves Ma-Kalambay denying the forward.

Barely two minutes had passed and the large band of travelling support erupted as the Swans found the net - only for it to be ruled out for offside.

Darren Pratley had sent Cedric van der Gun clean through on goal with his pace taking him away from his marker, but instead of slotting beyond Ali Al Habsi he chose to pick out Craig Beattie to his left, the Scottish striker left with an easy tap in, only for the assistant referee to raise his flag.

Rodgers was handed a blow on 19 minutes when Albert Serran was forced off with a thigh injury to be replaced by Garry Monk, while the Swans' second best chance of the night fell soon afterwards when Pratley raced through but failed to properly connect with his shot.

Former Swan Jordi Gomez looked animated in Wigan's midfield and was certainly hungry to impress against his one-time employers; and within seven minutes before the half-hour he twice came close to opening, firstly firing wide before hitting the wall from an 18-yard free-kick.

Ma-Kalambay also had to come to Swansea's rescue, denying Mauro Boselli with his feet on 31 minutes, while Beattie had a close-range shot blocked 60 seconds later.

David Cotterill curled a free-kick of his own over Al Habsi's goal in the closing stages as both sides failed to find the target in the first-half.

Half-Time: Wigan 0 Swans 0

The home side came out with intent at the start of the second period, though their defence did open up on more than one occasion as Cedric van der Gun attempted to break through.

But it was Wigan that found that all important first goal just seven minutes after the re-start - Antolin Alcaraz playing through the defence to Mauro Boselli who rounded Ma-Kalambay before slotting home.

This gave the home side a huge lift as they went seeking a second goal and had it not been for the Swans' 'keeper the score would have been two on the hour, with Ma-Kalambay producing a fine save from Maynor Figueroa's drive after Ben Watson's free-kick was blocked.

The Congo international also denied goalscorer Boselli moments later when his ambitious strike from distance was palmed wide at the last moment.

Stephen Dobbie had looked lively after coming on to replace Craig Beattie and at times was giving full-back Ronnie Stam the runaround.

And with a little over 10 minutes to go the Scotsman turned provider as he jinxed his way past Stam and played a dangerous ball across goal, Cotterill was there but he was only able to get minimal contact on the ball as Al Habsi safely collected.

The home 'keeper was alert again moments later, this time to deny Dobbie as he tried to find the top corner from 20-yards.

Substitute Andrea Orlandi saw a last minute shot deflect wide for a corner and despite Ma-Kalambay's presence swelling the Swansea numbers in attack they were unable to find the leveller.

And as the game entered injury-time the home side were awarded a penalty - the referee pointing to the spot after Orlandi grounded Victor Moses, leaving Ben Watson to place the ball and find the bottom corner from 12-yards.
    Data provided by Press Association