Injury-time goal ensures Carling Cup progression for Latics
WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
PRESTON NORTH END 1
Match Report by Ella Cummins
Two late goals at the DW Stadium mean that Wigan Athletic have progressed to the fourth round of the Carling Cup, beating Preston North End 2-1.
Preston opened the scoring from a free-kick from around 25-yards out, Keith Treacy striking the ball left-footed to Al Habsi's left, the 'keeper unsighted by a wall which should maybe have done better.
Latics came out stronger after the break, with Ben Watson forcing a great reaction save from Preston keeper Lonergan a few minutes into the second-half, and Di Santo's looping header going just over the bar ten minutes later.
Jordi Gomez drew Latics level four minutes from time, after Treacy had made it 1-0 to the visitors half-way through the first 45 minutes.
After the equaliser, the game looked destined for extra-time, but a minute into injury-time, Charles N'Zogbia embarked on a fantastic counter attack from a Preston corner. The Frenchman burst into the opposition half, played a one-two with James McCarthy before slotting home the winner.
A brilliant late win for Martinez's men and Latics will find out who awaits them in the next round of the Carling Cup at midday on Saturday.
Latics: Al Habsi; Alcaraz, Figueroa, S. Caldwell, Stam; Thomas (McCarthy 71), McArthur (N'Zogbia 45), Watson, Gomez; Boselli, Di Santo
Subs: Kirkland; Gohouri, Moses, Diame, De Ridder
Preston: Lonergan; St. Ledger, W. Brown, Gray, B. Jones; Treacy (Parry 53), Mayor, Coutts, Barton, Russell; C. Brown (Parkin 53)
Subs: Arestidou; Morgan, Hayes, McLaughlin, Wright