UK time is: 12:09:45
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Hulse Keeps The Dream Alive

WIGAN ATH: Filan, Taylor, Jackson, Henchoz, McMillan, Johansson (Kavanagh 72), Skoko (Roberts 72), Francis, Mahon (Teale 57), Connolly, McCulloch.

Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Chimbonda.

LEEDS UTD: Sullivan, Kelly, Butler, Kilgallon, Crainey, Miller, Derry, Douglas (Cresswell 79), Lewis, Hulse, Blake (Healy 68).

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Walton, Pugh.


I'm not that concerned what the Wigan fans think, but it's a sad day for football in this country when Wigan Athletic face the Whites and are odds-on to win.

But such is life, and what's the point in cryin' in my beer? But Rob Hulse put history a little bit into perspective, and kept our FA Cup hopes alive with a late equaliser to keep us in the competition.

You can't live on history alone, granted, but Wigan's efforts in this competition have been poor. So much so, David Connolly looked to have fired the Latics into the fourth round for the first time in 19 years! But with Paul Jewell's side down to 10 men - Ryan Taylor went off injured after all three substitutes had been used - Hulse pounced in the 88th minute with a close-range drive for his 10th this term.

Amazingly, with Jewell carrying out his threat to make changes, showing seven from the team disappointingly beaten 2-0 at Birmingham on Monday, Connolly was one of the main beneficiaries.

The Republic of Ireland international stepped in for Camara, now on African Nations Cup duty with Senegal, while Jason Roberts was left on the bench.

But United came into the game on the back of eight wins from their last 10 games, maintaining their push for at least a play-off place, and their confidence eventually came through in the closing stages.

But Kevin Blackwell knows he will have to strengthen his squad significantly if Leeds do return to the Premiership in May. Their moments of quality were rare, with the most incisive early on arriving in the ninth minute, initiated by Stephen Crainey's low left-wing cross.

Hulse, in for Richard Cresswell in the only change from Monday's 3-0 win at Plymouth, played a delightful flick into the path of Jonathon Douglas. However, an alert John Filan was quick off his line to block well at the feet of the on-loan Blackburn midfielder.

Within a minute Leeds again pushed forward, with Robbie Blake finding Liam Miller who had managed to get round the back of Steve McMillan. Miller, who yesterday extended his loan from Manchester United through to the end of the season, picked out Douglas in the heart of the area that resulted in a deflected shot and a corner that came to nothing.

Wigan's only clear opportunity in the first period came on the half-hour with Lee McCulloch rising to meet an Alan Mahon cross from the left, albeit directing a header directly at an untroubled Neil Sullivan.

Leeds should have taken the lead 45 seconds after the restart. A smart move down the left wing culminated in Eddie Lewis delivering a cross that found Blake for a 14-yard right-foot drive, only for an unaware Steve McMillan to get his body in the way.

Instead, it was Wigan who made the breakthrough just 75 seconds later with Connolly stabbing home from close in after McMillan had drilled a low cross into the six-yard box.

Connolly, though, twice went close as the 10 men looked poised to strike again, until Hulse was on hand to set up a replay at Elland Road on January 17.









Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Register on this site via the drop down menu and leave feedback to this story below or click here to join in the debates on the forum.

Go on, get vitalled!

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 8 2006

Time: 1:36PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Archived Articles

List All Vital Leeds Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. dazza71 516
2. bago 187
3. deslondon 170
4. erni 145
5. King Billy 120
6. Davey 3006 109
7. leeds1975 109
8. Tiny T 80
9. SimonTVW 68
10. iwa 43

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
13. Middlesbrough 44 14 16 14 7 58
14. Bolton 44 13 16 15 -3 55
15. Sheff Wed 44 13 14 17 1 53
16. Leeds Utd 44 15 8 21 -10 53
17. Huddersfield 44 13 11 20 -8 50
18. Charlton 43 11 12 20 -23 45
19. Doncaster 44 11 11 22 -28 44

Breaking League News

Pearson On Leicester's 'Huge Achievement'
Leicester City : 23/04/2014 11:57:00
We are Premier League
Leicester City : 23/04/2014 11:54:00
Bolton : 23/04/2014 11:36:00
Tigers to offer Owls target new deal
Sheff Wed : 23/04/2014 10:47:00
Dyche on the Up!
Burnley : 23/04/2014 10:05:00
Adkins: Our destiny is in our hands
Reading : 23/04/2014 10:00:00
Francis: It's all to play for
Bournemouth : 23/04/2014 08:10:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Should McDermott go now?
Suggested By:  
Yes 77%
No 23%