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22:37 26th October 2010


Latics through to final eight thanks to Boselli and Watson strikes!

Boselli, 52
Watson, 90+2 (pen)


Report by Paul Chialton

Mauro Boselli's first club goal and a late Ben Watson penalty fired Latics into the Quarter Finals of the Carling Cup and sealed a 1-0 win over Swansea City at the DW Stadium.

The Argentine striker found the back of the net just five minutes into the second-half pouncing on Antolin Alcaraz's through-ball, nipping in past the goalkeeper and slotting home into an empty net to put his side into the lead.

Mauro Boselli
BOSS - Mauro nets first competitive goal for club

It was clear to see how the strike boosted the 25-year-old's confidence when, moments later he instinctively struck goal-wards from fully 45-yards forcing Yves Ma-Kalambay into a panicked save.

A tense half-hour followed before Charles N'Zogbia was tripped inside the area leaving the referee with an easy decision. Up stepped Watson to slam home into the bottom corner and relieve the tension inside the DW Stadium.

The evening was always going to be tense as the home side took on Roberto Martinez's former club in a fiery atmosphere, but Latics stuck to the game-plan, didn't get too caught up in the occasion and eventually allowed their quality to shine through.

Captain Gary Caldwell made his first appearance of the season alongside Alcaraz at the back and looked as though he had never been away, slotting in comfortably and directing the team in-front of him.

Helped by the immense Hendry Thomas Swansea just couldn't find a way through to really threaten Ali Al Habsi's goal. The Honduran midfielder has been phenomenal this season, tonight being one of his finest displays.

SPOT ON - Watson scored late penalty

Credit must also go to Victor Moses who made a return to the starting line-up after a lengthy absence through injury. Gliding down the left-wing Moses terrorised the defence and was the perfect outlet all evening.

So Latics progress to the final eight of the tournament with a professional display having made seven changes to the side that drew at the weekend with Bolton.

A fantastic sign of how the team have grown this season and leaving the Gaffer with a few selection head-aches for this weekend's clash away to Fulham.

Al Habsi; Stam, G. Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Thomas, Diame; Gomez (N'Zogbia, 66), Watson, Moses; Boselli (Di Santo, 78)

Subs: Kirkland, S. Caldwell, McArthur, Rodallega, De Ridder

Swansea: Ma-Kalambay; Taylor, Tate, Cotterill, Pratley, Beattie (Dobbie, 63), Van Der Gun, Serran (Monk, 19), Rangel, Agustien (Orlandi, 46), Emnes

Subs: De Vries, Dyer, Sinclair, Allen

    Data provided by Press Association