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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
22:34 30th October 2012

REPORT: LATICS 0 BRADFORD 0*

*Bradford win 4-2 on penalties

After a 120 minutes of possessional dominance and a hat full of chances Wigan Athletic went down 4-2 on penalties to npower League Two side Bradford City.

The final penalty of the night was saved by Bantams' goalkeeper Matt Duke from Jordi Gomez after Shaun Maloney sent his penalty over earlier on in the shoot-out.

Latics constantly pounded at the Bradford door but they couldn't get that crucial goal despite a late one-on-one for Gomez.

Roberto Martinez made nine changes from the side that beat West Ham United 2-1 at the weekend but, it was the same old face who looked to have opened the scoring for Latics on 10 minutes when Ivan Ramis headed in a Ronnie Stam cross but was judged to be offside by the linesman.

It was chance after chance in the first half and Gomez, Mauro Boselli and Ben Watson were providing all of the chances as Bradford's defence was cut wide open but, they didn't bank on Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke standing in the way.

Twice Boselli was through on goal in the opening 45 minutes and both times former Hull keeper Duke smothered the ball.

Just before half time came the golden chance when Ben Watson raking long ball bypassed the defence into the path of Gomez who volleyed first time but, once again Duke saved, tipping the ball over the bar from the point blank shot.

It was more of the same in the second half as Latics constantly pushed to open the scoring and when first team regulars Shaun Maloney and Jean Beausejour they looked like they may finally break that invisible seal over the goal mouth.

As the whistle blew to signal the end of 90 minutes the tension was building but Latics continued in the same manner.

The game transcended into attack versus defence but still there was no way through.

Then came the guilt-edge chance as with 10 minutes of extra time to play Watson once again unpicked the defence and Gomez was through on goal.

Gomez let the ball run alongside him, shaped to shoot, beat Duke but saw the ball goal agonizingly wide of the post as he held his head in his hands.

Then came the painful exit and the cruel mistress that is penalties.

After Nathan Doyle and Gary Jones for Bradford and David Jones and Ben Watson for Latics scored from the spot the drama ensued.

Stephen Darby took Bradford into the lead at 3-2 with Shaun Maloney next up for Latics.

The penalty was sent over the bar and the gap was increased when Alan Connell scored to make it 4-2.

Gomez had to score to keep Latics in the tie but Duke proved a brick wall in the goal mouth again as he saved to send Bradford into the quarter finals.

Latics: Al Habsi, Lopez, Ramis, Watson, Stam (Orsula 120), Redmond (Beausejour 77), Fyvie, Jones, Gomez, McManaman (Maloney 77), Boselli
Unused Subs: Polllitt, Kone, Golobart, Kiernan

Bradford: Duke, Darby, Meredith, Hanson, Thompson (Jones 56), Atkinson, McHugh, Hines (Baker 101), Wells (Connell 65), McArdle, Doyle
Unused Subs: McLaughlin, Brown, Bass, Swain