Wigan ease by Bournemouth, advance to FA Cup fourth round

From ESPN - January 17, 2018

League One leaders Wigan caused another FA Cup upset as the 2013 winners beat Premier League side Bournemouth 3-0 in their third-round replay.

Latics, who stunned Manchester City in the final five years ago and then beat the same opposition in the quarter-finals in 2014, led early through Sam Morsy before substitute Dan Burn and defender Callum Elder struck in quick succession in the second period.

It was Bournemouth that Wigan defeated in a third-round replay when they won the competition and Paul Cook's men, unbeaten in 13, will now entertain West Ham in the fourth round.

Five years ago, when these two last played in a third-round FA Cup replay, the Cherries were where Wigan are now, in form and pushing for promotion to the Championship.

Their 18-game unbeaten run was ended by Wigan's victory in the third round that year and Latics entered this contest hoping to increase a 12-match sequence without defeat.

That looked all the more likely when they repeated what they had done in the original meeting and went ahead early.

Ryan Colclough, who Ryan Fraser failed to dispossess with his attempted tackle, found Will Grigg with a near-post cross and though his flick was kept out by Artur Boruc, Morsy tucked away the rebound.

Having thrown away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 on the south coast, Wigan certainly appeared more up for a midweek cup replay in driving rain against a Cherries side featuring eight changes.

The visitors were lacking a spark up front and Benik Afobe should have done better with a free header from a Fraser free-kick that Jamie Jones easily snaffled.


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