Oxford City Cause FA Cup Upset Vs Wigan
Oxford City Were Surprise 2-1 Winners Versus Wigan In The FA Cup Third Round
Oxford City are the gift that keeps on giving. The magic of the FA Cup has shown itself again as the National League leaders shocked EFL Championship side Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. The Oxfordshire-based club scored twice from set-piece plays to beat Tony Pulis' side 2-1 in what was a very controlled performance from the underdogs.
The aftermath of the game proved to be quite a hostile one as Wigan Athletic manager Tony Pulis appeared to assault Oxford City manager Ryan Ferguson in a completely unprovoked manner, striking the young manager with his fist as Ferguson looked to shake his hand post-game. Pulis was escorted away from Ferguson by security shortly after with the FA looking to investigate the incident.
Oxford City were without long term absentee club captain Josh Ashby, who had picked up a lower back stress fracture in the past month, but were playing brightly in the opening minutes. Kabongo Tshimanga and Ryan Longman, in particular, were causing the Wigan defence problems with their runs in behind, leaving the hosts chasing shadows at times.
Despite Oxford City's early dominance, it was Wigan Athletic who took the lead, although with a great slice of luck. From a corner, Wigan worked the ball into the back post area. Oxford City defender Ben Jefford looked to clear the ball but sliced his clearance into the top corner of his own goal, much to his embarrassment. Wigan manager Tony Pulis celebrated quite obscenely, as he appeared to mock the Oxford City bench, who were quite distraught with the manner of the goal conceded.
Oxford City found an equaliser midway through the first half from a set-piece of their own. Ryan Longman's wide delivery caused panic in the box and defender Charlie Clough had two bites of the cherry, seeing his initial strike blocked before smashing the rebound into the back of the net, leveling the score. Objects were thrown onto the pitch from the Wigan fans, who were less than pleased to concede to a team three divisions below them.
Oxford City Scored Both Of Their Goals From Set-Pieces
The hostility from the home fans continued, with the stadium announcer requiring to caution the fans several times throughout the first half. On the pitch, Oxford City continued to stretch the Wigan defence with quick passing between the lines and behind the back line. However, City could not find a second goal in the first half.
Ryan Longman played like a man possessed in the second half, and nearly scored an incredible goal just minutes after kick-off. The teenage attacker picked up the ball on the halfway line before running at Wigan's defence at pace. He skipped between two challenges before unleashing a swerving drive at goal. Wigan goalkeeper Osman Hadzikic did just enough to deflect the ball away from the top corner.
Hadzikic was called into action again soon after as Ryan Longman looked to assert himself on the game. Longman played an incredible over-the-top ball for Nosa Iyamu who struck the ball first-time in the penalty area, only to see his shot acrobatically tipped over the bar by the alert Hadzikic, who had come to Wigan's rescue once more.
Oxford City deservedly took the lead late on through another set-piece, as Nathan Ferguson buried in a back post header from Rob Sinclair's excellent corner delivery. The goal sent Oxford City's fans into hysteria, with Wigan's supporters, once again, throwing objects onto the pitch in protest.
Hadzikic deserved a knighthood after his performance, keeping Wigan in the game with a number of incredible saves late on. He first denied Rob Sinclair, who had struck an incredibly sweet volley from the edge of the area. He then stopped Kabongo Tshimanga from getting on the score sheet, as he raced off his line to smother the striker's effort after Longman had played Tshimanga through on goal.
The game ended in some scenes, with Wigan fans and players showing no professionalism or sportsmanship. The referee was berated and Tony Pulis appeared to punch Ryan Ferguson in frustration, completely unprovoked. Pulis screamed at Ferguson, in protest of how Ferguson won the game through two set-piece goals. The irony.
Oxford City's Players Put In An Incredibly Professional Performance
Wigan Athletic: Hadzikic (6); Kelly (6), Kipré (6), Alese (6), Dasilva (6); Morsy (6), Powell (6), Power (7); Da Silva Lopes (6), Harriot (6); Cole (6)
Subs Used: Evans (6), Garner (6), Bell (6)
Oxford City: Dickerson (7); Ruddick (6), Clough (8), Bamford (7), Jefford (7); Moss (6), Sinclair (7), Ferguson (7); Iyamu (6), Longman (8); Tshimanga (6)
Subs Used: Wright (6)
Man of the Match: Ryan Longman (8)
Tony Pulis (Wigan Athletic):
"It was absolutely disgusting with how Oxford City won the game. They won by two set-piece goals. Set-piece goals. It isn't pretty. It isn't how football should be played. They should count themselves lucky. The pack of *********."
The Match Stats Flattered Wigan Athletic Who Did Not Play Well
Ryan Ferguson (Oxford City):
"I'm very proud of my players. They put in a very professional performance today and got a very deserved result. We played some incredible football and on another day, we could have scored five or six goals. We created a number of chances, from open play and from set-pieces, and we did well to score the goals we needed to.
I am particularly proud of our defensive performance. We were unfortunate to concede in the way we did. Ben (Jefford) picked himself up after the incident and put in an incredible performance after that. He did well and certainly redeemed himself today. We deserved to progress.
As for Tony Pulis, I'm not prepared to discuss the situation. I think it is quite clear what happened. I am sure the FA will review the situation and look for statements in the near future. It is best to leave the matter until then."
What Comes Next?
Oxford City will find out who they face in the Fourth Round on Monday, before returning to league action against Morecambe on Tuesday. An away fixture against Boreham Wood awaits them next weekend.
Wigan Athletic will face Sunderland in the league next weekend. The club is likely to face sanctions for failing to control their players, staff and supporters in an ugly turn of events throughout the game.
ScottT & mgriffin2012
, the only answer has to be turning professional, that'll be the only way to solve the problem!
, nothing goes over your head
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