FA Cup holders Wigan kept up the defence of their crown by knocking Premier League Cardiff out to move into the last eight.

Chris McCann turned in a low cross to put the Championship side ahead before Fraizer Campbell lashed in a leveller.

Midfielder Ben Watson restored Wigan's lead before half-time with a 25-yard piledriver following a free-kick.

Cardiff's Juan Cala was denied by a post while Craig Noone had a late shot saved as the hosts bowed out.

Analysis

"As FA Cup holders, Wigan are certainly showing plenty of resilience in the defence of the trophy. Wigan manager Uwe Rosler got it right tactically and his players have put the work in. A fantastic performance from the holders."

The home side, who are second-from-bottom in the Premier League, pushed plenty of players forward to try to equalise only for a determined rearguard Latics action to keep them at arm's length for the most part.

Wigan were playing their 42nd match of a season which has included Europa League football on the back of beating Manchester City in last season's FA Cup final, but took another Premier League scalp having beaten Crystal Palace in the last round.

It was the first time the team had played each other in the FA Cup but there was plenty of history between the two managers.

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played at Manchester United, while his counterpart Uwe Rosler was at rivals Manchester City during their playing days.

Rosler was also caretaker manager at Molde before Solsjkaer became the Norwegian club's full-time manager, and the two friends also met for a chat at a hotel the night before the match.

However, any sentiment was put one side as the visitors began the stronger and were rewarded when they took the lead.

Midfielder Jordi Gomez fired in a low cross for McCann, who did well to deal with the pace of the ball and sidefoot in a left-foot finish.

Cardiff had struggled to impose themselves but were level when winger Wilfried Zaha slipped in the area and, after Wigan failed to clear, Campbell powered in a left-foot strike.

The pattern of the game had seen both teams score against the run of play and that continued when Watson, who scored the winner in last year's final against City, thundered a strike past keeper David Marshall after a free-kick had been rolled into his path.

The goals opened up the game into an absorbing spectacle and Cala looked set to level for Cardiff but his header from a yard hit the post.

McCann almost scooped in an effort for the visitors but that was a rare chance as the second half failed to match the entertainment of the first.

Cardiff rarely threatened to get back on level terms apart from in a frantic finish when Noone cut in from the right and had his shot palmed wide by Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi.

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:

"We are disappointed. If you look at the game in terms of possession and chances we should have won but we didn't score the goals.

"It gives us a blow. You don't want to lose games as you suffer a little bit of a confidence dip but the way I was made was that when you want to lose a game you want to bounce back as a player.

"Knowing these lads, they are probably made from the same stuff I am.

"I wish Uwe all the best."

It took Wigan eight hours to get to Cardiff on Friday after their flight was cancelled and Wigan boss Uwe Rosler said:

"The longer the game went, we got a little bit tired.

"After the big disruption with the travel I have to give my players a massive compliment that they held out.

"I'm delighted with effort and performance. We showed our supporters, who came in big numbers, that we meant business and we really care to be the FA Cup holder and want to go as far as we can in the competition."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 28 Théophile-Catherine
  • 03 Taylor
  • 15 Wolff Eikrem (Kim - 78' )
  • 04 Caulker
  • 27 Torres Ruiz
  • 29 Daehli
  • 08 Medel (Cowie - 45' )
  • 10 Campbell
  • 34 Berget (Noone - 61' )
  • 36 Zaha

Substitutes

  • 06 Turner
  • 13 Kim
  • 16 Noone
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 19 Cowie
  • 32 Lewis
  • 42 John

Wigan Athletic

  • 26 Al-Habsi
  • 24 Perch
  • 22 Beausejour Booked
  • 07 McCann Booked
  • 21 Ramis
  • 17 Boyce
  • 08 Watson (McEachran - 58' )
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 14 Jordi Gómez (Crainey - 78' )
  • 15 McManaman (McClean - 67' )
  • 32 Fortuné

Substitutes

  • 02 Holgersson
  • 03 Crainey
  • 04 McEachran
  • 06 Rogne
  • 11 McClean
  • 13 Nicholls
  • 25 Barnett
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Att: 17,123

Match Stats

Shots

20 7

On target

7 4

Corners

8 2

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

90:00 +4:02

Attempt blocked. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung.

90:00 +2:06

Offside, Cardiff City. Kim Bo-Kyung tries a through ball, but Cala is caught offside.

90:00 +1:10

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Joshua McEachran tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

90:00 +0:51

Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:51

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

89:01

Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

89:01

Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:09

Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

86:02

Attempt missed. Andrew Taylor (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

85:20

Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha following a corner.

84:52

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.

84:48

Attempt saved. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

84:15

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Taylor.

80:28

Offside, Cardiff City. Wilfried Zaha tries a through ball, but Cala is caught offside.

80:26

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung.

80:04

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.

80:00

Attempt saved. Mats Daehli (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung.

78:41

Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:41

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

77:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Stephen Crainey replaces Jordi Gómez.

77:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Kim Bo-Kyung replaces Magnus Wolff Eikrem.

76:51

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Roger Espinoza tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

75:51

Don Cowie (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:51

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

75:16

Foul by Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City).

75:16

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:55

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

72:54 Booking

Booking Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:44

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:44

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

71:37

Cala (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:37

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

71:13

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City).

71:13

Joshua McEachran (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:29

Don Cowie (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:29

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

66:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James McClean replaces Callum McManaman.

65:50

Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

65:50

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:43

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

64:36 Booking

Booking Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

64:26

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:26

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

63:45

Attempt missed. Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

60:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Noone replaces Jo Inge Berget.

60:28

Attempt missed. Cala (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

58:49

Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:49

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

57:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joshua McEachran replaces Ben Watson.

55:16

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

52:08

Attempt saved. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum McManaman with a cross.

51:29

Attempt saved. Cala (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem with a cross.

51:00

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

46:41

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City).

46:41

Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:35

Attempt missed. Mats Daehli (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

45:00

Second Half begins Cardiff City 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Don Cowie replaces Gary Medel because of an injury.

45:00 +2:28 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Wigan Athletic 2.

45:00 +1:57

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.

45:00 +1:54

Attempt saved. Cala (Cardiff City) header from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Caulker.

45:00 +1:52

Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +1:23

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by James Perch.

45:00 +0:44

Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:44

Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic).

45:00 +0:29

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Iván Ramis tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

45:00 +0:16

Foul by Mats Daehli (Cardiff City).

45:00 +0:16

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:45

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Chris McCann.

41:47

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez tries a through ball, but Jean Beausejour is caught offside.

39:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 1, Wigan Athletic 2. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

39:03

Foul by Cala (Cardiff City).

39:03

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:42

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

35:00

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

34:09

Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha with a cross.

30:13

Attempt missed. Mats Daehli (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

29:47

Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:47

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

29:22

Attempt saved. Jo Inge Berget (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

26:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 1, Wigan Athletic 1. Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Magnus Wolff Eikrem.

26:18

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mats Daehli with a headed pass.

24:38

Attempt missed. Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

24:01

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

22:35

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann tries a through ball, but Jean Beausejour is caught offside.

18:50

Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:50

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

17:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cardiff City 0, Wigan Athletic 1. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

16:14

Foul by Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City).

16:14

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

12:53

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Cala.

12:23

Foul by Jo Inge Berget (Cardiff City).

12:23

Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:40

Attempt blocked. Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

7:55

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez tries a through ball, but Jean Beausejour is caught offside.

7:25

Foul by Andrew Taylor (Cardiff City).

7:25

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:49

Attempt missed. James Perch (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Watson.

2:14

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City).

2:14

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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