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Wolves 1 Birmingham 0 match report:

Wolves 1 Birmingham 0: King scores at wrong end to hand derby win to Solbakken's men



19:43 GMT, 8 December 2012

Marlon King's own goal handed Wolves the derby spoils as they saw off neighbours Birmingham at Molineux.

King has bagged 13 goals for City this season, but he found the net at the wrong end in the first half to hand Wanderers their first home win in seven attempts stretching back to late September.

The striker sliced past Jack Butland when attempting to clear Bakary Sako's drilled free-kick at the front post, with Nathan Redmond also guilty of turning his back on the ball as part of a one-man wall.

Unlucky: Marlon King put the ball in his own goal

Unlucky: Marlon King put the ball in his own goal


Wolves: Ikeme, Ward, Johnson, Berra, Foley, Henry, Sako, Doumbia (Davis 74), Ebanks-Blake (Pennant 84), Sigurdarson, Doyle

Subs not used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde, Nouble

Booked: Johnson

Goal: 34 (og)

Birmingham: Butland, Caldwell, Davies, Spector (Morrison 46), Caddis, Robinson, Mullins, Elliott, Redmond (Lovenkrands 72), King, Hall (Burke 80)

Subs not used: Doyle, Packwood, Hancox, Morrison, Diop

Booked: Robinson, Mullins

Referee: Taylor

Attendance: 21,339

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Wolves put in a much-improved
performance after the break and enjoyed several chances to extend their
advantage, but profligate finishing and some superb saves from Butland
ensured the result hung in the balance until the final whistle.

It was only the second time Wolves
have won back-to-back games this season after last weekend's 4-1 triumph
at Bristol City, a result which ended a nine-match winless streak.

Birmingham went into the clash also
underperforming this term and struggling at the wrong end of the npower
Championship table, although it was they who started the better, Paul
Caddis seeing his curling effort from 20 yards well parried away by Carl

Bjorn Sigurdarson found the
side-netting for the hosts after good work down the left by Sako before
Ikeme had to be alert once again to tip over after Roger Johnson and
Jonathan Spector tussled to get on the end of Redmond's set-piece.

Blues were certainly posing the
greater attacking threat and looking the more lively, but Wolves were
steadily coming into the game more as the first half wore on.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake saw his appeals
for a penalty waved away before Kevin Doyle put the ball into the net
only to be denied by the assistant's flag.

But Wolves did get the breakthrough just minutes later.

Ebanks-Blake went down easily under a
soft challenge from Steven Caldwell right on the byline outside the
penalty area. Sako whipped in the resulting free-kick and King could
only divert the ball into his own net at the near post when trying to

It was a goal Wolves arguably did not
deserve on the overall balance of play in the first half, but that will
not have mattered much to under-pressure manager Stale Solbakken.

Wolves have been heavily criticised of late for lethargic second-half performances, but that was certainly not the case tonight.

Sigurdarson found himself clean
through almost immediately after the restart only to fire straight at
Butland, although the assistant's flag was raised.

Doyle's driving run ended with a shot
narrowly wayward of Butland's left-hand post before Sako finished
another mazy venture forward with an effort off target as Wanderers

Stephen Ward brought a solid save out
of Butland at his near post, with Curtis Davies deflecting Doyle's shot
on to the top of the crossbar from the resulting corner.

Butland then produced a superb instinctive save to keep out Sigurdarson's header from Sako's corner, keeping Blues in the game.

But they could not force a late
leveller and Wolves were left celebrating only their third derby success
over their local rivals in 15 attempts.

Birmingham 3 Middlesbrough 2 – match report

Birmingham 3 Middlesbrough 2: King doubles up to seal comeback and end winless run



22:11 GMT, 30 November 2012

Birmingham twice fought back against high-flying Middlesbrough before Marlon King's well-taken finish claimed only a second home win in seven attempts at St Andrew's.

Boro captain Grant Leadbitter headed his first npower Championship goal of the season to put the visitors ahead before King, who had earlier hit the outside of a post, picked himself up to draw level from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time, an equaliser City scarcely deserved.

Scott McDonald capitalised on some shambolic defending from Pablo Ibanez to nudge Boro back in front just after the hour mark but, again, the home side drew level courtesy of substitute Wade Elliott's lob, which really should have been kept out by Jason Steele.

At the double: Marlon King scored a penalty and a super second

At the double: Marlon King scored a penalty and a super second

Match facts

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis, Ibanez, Davies, Robinson, Morrison (Elliott 46), Mullins, Spector, Hall (Burke 69), King, Zigic (Lovenkrands 75).

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Caldwell, Redmond, Diop.

Booked: Robinson.

Goals: King 45 pen, Elliott 66, King 81.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Hines, Bikey, Halliday, Ledesma (Smallwood 67), McEachran (Zemmama 83), Bailey, Leadbitter, Jutkiewicz (Miller 67), McDonald.

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Emnes, Parnaby.

Booked: Halliday.

Goals: Leadbitter 14, McDonald 62.

Att: 15,322

Ref: Roger East (Wiltshire).

But there was nothing fortunate about King's matchwinning second, a sublime low finish across Steele in the 81st minute to claim three much-needed points for Lee Clark's side, ending a four-match winless run.

Lowly Birmingham's joy came on a night in which frustrated home fans had earlier unfurled a banner which read 'Clark out, Carson out', referring to Hong Kong-based owner Carson Yeung and the club's ongoing takeover talk.

Middlesbrough went into the clash knowing victory would take them joint top of the Championship and they will have felt hard done by as they slipped to a third defeat in four games.

Boro certainly went into the clash as the more impressive side this season but history was not on their side having won just one of their previous 15 visits to St Andrew's.

Blues were first to threaten courtesy of towering Serbian striker Nikola Zigic but his header from the free-kick of loanee Rob Hall, making his full debut, went narrowly wide.

The visitors' attractive passing style was certainly easy on the eye and it was they who broke the deadlock after 14 minutes.

The ball was recycled to Andy Halliday out on the left and, with unorthodox Blues right midfielder Jonathan Spector out of position, Leadbitter, back from suspension, nodded home from six yards.

Lukas Jutkiewicz should have made it 2-0 after 21 minutes but his header from Justin Hoyte's cross flew off target.

Tucked away: King puts away the spot kick

Tucked away: King puts away the spot kick

Birmingham came within inches of a leveller soon after when Steele's fingertips nudged King's low effort on to the outside of a post following a flowing counter.

Boro were playing the ball around well, with Leadbitter and Nicky Bailey pulling the strings, but Birmingham were certainly struggling to find any kind of rhythm.

Jack Butland twice saved from Emmanuel Ledesma before, out of nowhere and with half-time approaching, the hosts drew level.

King turned Andre Bikey, who tripped the striker in the penalty area, and King himself stepped up to convert.

On his way: Middlesbrough's Scott McDonald breaks through the Birmingham defence and goes on to score, celebrating below

On his way: Middlesbrough's Scott McDonald breaks through the Birmingham defence and goes on to score, celebrating below

Scott McDonald celebrates

England prodigy Butland twice came to Birmingham's rescue at the start of the second half, saving close range from Josh McEachran's cross and then clawing away McDonald's attempted lob.

But McDonald was to beat Butland just after the hour mark, capitalising on defensive hesitancy from Ibanez before firing home in a goalmouth scramble.

Boro keeper Steele saved well from Spector but was soon at fault for Birmingham's equaliser as he failed to keep out Elliott's 25-yard lob.

And it was left for King to have the final say, finishing superbly after Boro had given the ball away to sub Peter Lovenkrands in the middle of the park.

Birmingham 2 Bolton 1: Match report

Birmingham 2 Bolton 1: King's spot kick sinks travel sick Trotters



23:46 GMT, 18 September 2012

Bolton's miserable form on their travels continued as they were beaten by Birmingham, for whom Leroy Lita scored on his home debut.

Marlon King's 48th-minute penalty, awarded when assistant referee Steven Copeland flagged for a foul by Marcos Alonso, proved decisive in an action-packed encounter after a stunning free-kick from Chris Eagles had cancelled out Lita's early opener.

Owen Coyle's side now boast the unenviable record of four defeats from as many away matches this term, while Birmingham have lost just one of their last 26 league games at St Andrew's.

Spot on: Marlon King scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot

Spot on: Marlon King scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot


Birmingham: Butland, Caddis (Davies 54), Caldwell, Ibanez, Murphy, Burke (Redmond 71), Mullins (Fahey 46), Spector, Elliott, Lita, King.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Lovenkrands, Morrison, Asante.
Booked: Caldwell.

Goals: Lita 16, King 48 pen.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Alonso, Lee (Petrov 59), Mark Davies, Spearing (Andrews 17), Eagles, Ngog (Afobe 59), Kevin Davies.

Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ricketts, Sordell, Pratley.

Booked: Knight, Mark Davies, Lee.

Goal: Eagles 44.

Attendance: 14,693

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Lita – on loan from Swansea – was left with a simple finish in the 16th minute as right-back Paul Caddis latched on to a superb pass from the recalled Wade Elliott, who delivered an outstanding display, before selflessly sliding the ball across the six-yard box.

Eagles' curling strike from 30 yards ensured the teams went into half-time on level terms, yet King wasted little time in restoring Birmingham's advantage.

The striker was bundled over by Alonso as he looked to connect with David Murphy's left-wing cross and dusted himself down before confidently sending Adam Bogdan the wrong way from 12 yards.

Both sides showed one change from the weekend. Elliott replaced Peter Lovenkrands in Birmingham's line-up, while Bolton dropped Keith Andrews to the bench, with Chung-Yong Lee gaining a starting berth.

Bolton were given an early warning in the seventh minute when a delightful cross from Caddis picked out Lita, whose header deflected narrowly wide of the near post.

Opening up: Leroy Lita scores the first for Birmingham

Opening up: Leroy Lita scores the first for Birmingham

David Ngog had the ball in the net for the visitors soon after, but the linesman's flag had long since gone up for offside.

Caddis and Lita duly linked up to good effect to put Birmingham ahead following Elliott's defence-splitting pass, and Bolton were forced into a substitution prior to the restart, with Andrews replacing the injured Jay Spearing.

After a brief lull, another fine through-ball from Elliott put Chris Burke in the clear, but Wanderers goalkeeper Bogdan stayed big to make a vital save.

Lee and Ngog saw subsequent chances go begging, but the visitors grabbed a deserved leveller a minute before half-time through Eagles' fourth of the season.

Friendly welcome: Fabrice Muamba a former player of both Birmingham City and Bolton goes on the pitch

Friendly welcome: Fabrice Muamba a former player of both Birmingham City and Bolton goes on the pitch

There was warm applause during the interval when guest of honour Fabrice Muamba, who played for both clubs before being forced to retire on medical grounds, was welcomed on to the pitch.

Birmingham introduced Keith Fahey in place of Hayden Mullins and made a flying start to the second half; after King's spot-kick, Caddis tested Bogdan with a powerful shot from distance and Lita fired wide after latching on to a poor header from Zat Knight.

The impressive Caddis was withdrawn soon after, having landed awkwardly on his shoulder during a Bolton attack that saw Jack Butland deny Matt Mills.

Feeling down: Owen Coyle looks dejected at the final whistle

Feeling down: Owen Coyle looks dejected at the final whistle

Coyle subsequently introduced Benik Afobe and Martin Petrov, and both substitutes went close, the former with a thunderous volley, either side of Elliott curling a 65th-minute shot wide for the hosts.

There was still time for Birmingham substitute Nathan Redmond to bring a fingertip save from Bogdan following a sensational solo run, while Butland remained alert to pull off a host of late stops as Bolton piled on the pressure.

Nottingham Forest 2 Birmingham 2: Harding hits late leveller to maintain unbeaten start

Nottingham Forest 2 Birmingham 2: Harding hits late leveller to maintain unbeaten start



16:33 GMT, 15 September 2012

Nottingham Forest fought back from 2-0 down to preserve their unbeaten start to the npower Championship campaign.

All the goals came in an entertaining second half at the City Ground.

After having the better of the first half, Forest found themselves behind courtesy of goals from Hayden Mullins and Marlon King in the space of three minutes.

Substitute Simon Cox quickly pulled one back for the hosts with a superb effort after 73 minutes before another sub, Dan Harding, levelled things up with four minutes remaining.

On target: Hayden Mullins celebrates hitting the opener

On target: Hayden Mullins celebrates hitting the opener

Match facts

Nottm Forest: Camp, Hutchinson, Halford, Ayala, Collins, McGugan, Gillett (Majewski 80), Guedioura (Harding 74), Reid, Blackstock (Cox 60), Sharp. Subs not used: Darlow, Moussi, Moloney, Coppinger.

Booked: Ayala, Hutchinson, Collins, Cox.

Scorers: Cox 73, Ibanez 86 og.

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis, Caldwell, Ibanez, Murphy, Burke (Redmond 70), Mullins, Spector, Lovenkrands (Elliott 49), King, Lita (Fahey 79). Subs not used: Doyle, Davies, Morrison, Zigic.

Scorers: Mullins 69, King 71.

Referee: Mark Halsey.

Attendance: 22,738.

With Cox only fit enough for the bench following a foot injury sustained while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, fellow summer signing Billy Sharp made his full debut for Forest alongside Dexter Blackstock in attack.

Leroy Lita was handed his Birmingham debut. The striker arrived on loan from Swansea last week and replaced Wade Elliott in the Blues' starting line up.

The hosts started brightly with Blackstock heading over from a corner following some early pressure.

A mistake by Jack Butland almost presented Sharp with his first Forest goal after 13 minutes. Butland spilled Sam Hutchinson's cross but Sharp's shot on the turn was straight at the England goalkeeper.

Butland was more assured soon afterwards when he did well to deal with a superb delivery into the box from Lewis McGugan.

A swift break by Forest should have seen them take the lead midway through the first half but Sharp, McGugan and then Adlene Guedioura could not capitalise after an almighty scramble in the Birmingham box.

After being on the backfoot for much of the opening 30 minutes, Birmingham nearly went ahead against the run of play.

Lita set up striker partner King but Lee Camp was quickly off his line to make a block. It was a brilliant piece of goalkeeping by the Northern Ireland international.

Daniel Ayala then denied King again from the resulting corner.

Frantic afternoon: Birmingham boss Lee Clark shouts instructions from the dugout

Frantic afternoon: Birmingham boss Lee Clark shouts instructions from the dugout

The final chance of the first half saw Andy Reid's free-kick from the edge of the area scooped over the crossbar by Butland five minutes before the break.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark made a change four minutes into the second half with the largely anonymous Peter Lovenkrands making way for Elliott.

Elliott got straight into the action, almost catching out Camp with a long-range shot but the Forest keeper held on to the ball at the second attempt.

Forest continued to get themselves into good positions but first Reid and then Greg Halford saw dangerous balls into the box narrowly elude team mates.

Cox came on after an hour, replacing Blackstock. But it was Birmingham's substitute Elliott that had turned the game in the visitor's favour since his introduction.

And Elliott was involved when the Blues took the lead after 69 minutes. He set up King whose shot was blocked by Hutchinson before Mullins fired a first-time volley into the roof of the net from 15 yards out.

Clark brought on Nathan Redmond for Chris Burke immediately after the goal, and it proved to be another masterstroke by the former Huddersfield manager.

Redmond evaded Halford and Reid down the right and cut the ball back from the byline for King who finished brilliantly from the edge of the area.

However, Forest's sub Cox had his say shortly afterwards. The Republic of Ireland international brought down Hutchinson's long ball forward with a sublime touch but his second touch was even better, brilliantly lobbing Butland to half the host's deficit.

Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll changed his formation to play three at the back as his side chased an equaliser, and it arrived with four minutes remaining.

Halford carried the ball deep into the Birmingham half before putting a deep cross into the box where Harding finished, with the aid of a deflection off Pablo Ibanez, at the far post.

Despite having the momentum the hosts did not push for a winner and had to endure some late Birmingham pressure to hold on for a point.

Aldershot 2 Swindon 1: Di Canio blast as "blurry" Robins fail

Aldershot 2 Swindon 1: Di Canio blast as 'blurry' Robins fail



23:39 GMT, 17 April 2012

Paolo Di Canio launched a furious tirade against his Swindon players after defeat by mid-table Aldershot delayed their League Two promotion celebrations by a few more days.

Swindon’s 2,000 fans packed the EBB Stadium expecting to see their side gain the point they needed to be sure of going up.

Di Canio, who wore a black armband, returned to England from his mother’s funeral in Italy the previous day and bowed his head during the minute’s silence held in her memory.

Emotional: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio salutes the Swindon fans

Emotional: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio salutes the Swindon fans

Minute's silence: Di Canio

Minute's silence: Di Canio

But he later hit out at his team, saying: ‘At least eight of my players were blurry. I would like to know why. Maybe I can guess why. They were so unprofessional. We are one point away from promotion but we lacked any kind of professionalism and it is like we are celebrating too early.

‘All these supporters come to see us win promotion and we played like a team going down, not up. I am worried that the attitude is so poor.’

Lethargic Swindon were a goal down after 11 minutes when Guy Madjo snapped up a rebound off goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, who failed to hold a Danny Hylton shot.

Paul Caddis equalised with a 53rd-minute penalty after Peter Vincenti handled but eight minutes later Di Canio’s night was ruined when Hylton converted Madjo’s cross.

Leicester 2 Swindon 0: Jermaine Beckford scores twice

Leicester 2 Swindon 0: Beckford proves he's Jermaine the man for Foxes

Jermaine Beckford continued his incredible scoring run in the FA Cup with a brace to help Leicester into the fifth round.

Beckford struck at the beginning of each half to take his tally to 14 goals in as many games in the competition.

Swindon took their time to settle but once they did they played the type of football that has made them League Two promotion contenders under Paolo Di Canio and Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was called upon to make a handful of decent saves in the first half.

At the double: Jermaine Beckford scored both of Leicester's goal against Swindon

At the double: Jermaine Beckford scored both of Leicester's goal against Swindon


Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Konchesky (Kennedy 73), Mills, Gallagher, Dyer,St. Ledger, Wellens, Beckford (Howard 65), Danns, Nugent (Hopper 81).

Subs Not Used: Smith, Tunchev, Parks.

Booked: Konchesky.

Goals: Beckford 5, 53.

Swindon: Foderingham, Caddis, Cibocchi, Devera, McCormack, Ritchie, Ferry (Louis Thompson 81), Risser, De Vita (Gabilondo 54), Connell (Murray 60), Benson.

Subs Not Used: Phil Smith, Boateng, Jonathan Smith, Magera.

Attendance: 19,942

Referee: Darren Drysdale

In the end though, Leicester's superior know-how came to the fore to ensure there was no upset at the King Power Stadium.

Paul Gallacher overcame the back problem that forced him off just before half-time against Southampton as Foxes manager Nigel Pearson named the same side that started the 2-0 victory at St Mary's in the npower Championship on Monday night.

Swindon made just one change with defender Alan McCormack restored to the starting XI on his return from suspension in place of Aden Flint.

Thirty-nine places separated the two clubs in the Football League prior to kick-off and for the first 20 minutes it told.

Beckford put Leicester ahead after five minutes as Swindon made a nervy start.
Foxes captain Matt Mills got the ball into the penalty area following Gallacher's corner and Beckford made the Robins pay for some poor marking by striking a half-volley past Wes Foderingham from 12 yards out.

When Swindon finally did settle it took a superb save by Schmeichel to keep out Oliver Risser's header from Matt Ritchie's cross.

In the hat: Leicester manager Nigel Pearson was pleased with what he saw

In the hat: Leicester manager Nigel Pearson was pleased with what he saw

Schmeichel was called upon again just before the half-hour mark to parry Alessandro Cibocchi's shot from the edge of the box.

Ritchie thought he had equalised soon afterwards but a last-ditch challenge by Sean St Ledger deflected his six-yard effort over the crossbar.

Di Canio's side continued to put Leicester under pressure and worked Schmeichel again on the stroke of half-time when the former Manchester City trainee had to push away Cibocchi's long-range free-kick.

However, the League Two club, who were much less of a threat in the second half, were left rueing their missed opportunities eight minutes after the break when Beckford bagged his and Leicester's second goal.

Proud: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio encourages the away fans to applaud his players

Proud: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio encourages the away fans to applaud his players

Paul Caddis tried to cut out Gallacher's cross from the right but the ball broke to Beckford who scored with a rising shot from just in front of the penalty spot.

St Ledger came close to making it 3-0 after an hour when he headed wide from Gallacher's corner.

Ritchie responded for Swindon midway through the second half but his 18-yard shot cleared the crossbar.

Another Gallacher cross soon afterwards almost brought a goal for David Nugent but his close-range header was brilliantly saved by Foderingham.

Swindon 2 Wigan 1: Paul Benson Paolo Di Canio"s men into fourth round

Swindon 2 Wigan 1: Benson puts Latics out and Di Canio's men into fourth round

Paul Benson's fortunate first goal for Swindon ensured an FA Cup upset at the County Ground as the npower League Two outfit beat Wigan of the Premier League 2-1.

Matt Ritchie's long-range speculative effort with 14 minutes left of the third-round tie struck the legs of Benson, a January signing from Charlton, and rolled into the back of the net to hand the Robins a famous victory.

Earlier, the visiting Latics had taken a 34th-minute lead after Callum McManaman followed up to beat Wes Foderingham in the Swindon goal after Ben Watson's penalty had struck a post. But the hosts showed great self-belief to pull themselves back into the game through Alan Connell's headed equaliser before Benson won it late on.

On the run: Paul Benson wheels away after netting a famous winner

On the run: Paul Benson wheels away after netting a famous winner


Swindon: Foderingham, Caddis, Flint, McCormack, Kennedy, Ritchie, Ferry, Jonathan Smith, De Vita (Cibocchi 87), Connell (Magera 66), Murray (Benson 46). Subs not used: Phil Smith, Devera, Gabilondo, Louis Thompson.

Scorer: Connell 40, Benson 76.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Lopez, Mustoe, Maloney, Thomas (Gomez 56), McArthur, Watson, McManaman (Sammon 90), Di Santo. Subs not used: Pollitt, Gohouri, Moses, Dicko, Redmond.

Scorer: McManaman 35.

Booked: Thomas, Al Habsi, Watson.

Referee: Peter Walton.

Attendance: 13,238.

The match marked the first time the
Robins had entertained Barclays Premier League opposition in the FA Cup
since Coventry came to Wiltshire in January 2001.

That was the same year current
Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio etched his name into the competition's
folklore, slotting past Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez and
the Frenchman's infamous hand in the sky to win a fourth-round tie for
West Ham at Old Trafford.

And the Italian was hoping to conjure up a little more magic against their out-of-form and out-of-luck opponents.

In the 12th minute Di Canio's men
should have taken the lead as Raffaele De Vita seized on an errant
Adrian Lopez pass and picked out Ronan Murray, only for the on-loan
Ipswich striker to fire at Ali Al Habsi.

Glee: Paolo Di Canio toasts a famous victory

Glee: Paolo Di Canio toasts a famous victory

Hendry Thomas blazed over the Swindon
bar at the other end a minute later, while Paul Caddis' deflected cross
almost embarrassed Al Habsi – who was grateful to see it skid past his
right-hand post.

Full-back Callum Kennedy tried his
luck from distance for the Robins without reward after 21 minutes and
Franco Di Santo did likewise for the visiting Latics moments later.

Although Wigan continued to dominate
possession, Swindon created their fair share of chances and Jonathan
Smith dragged his effort from 20 yards well wide of the right-hand post.

However, the visitors broke the deadlock after 34 minutes.

Level pegging: Alan Connell (right) restores parity at the County Ground

Level pegging: Alan Connell (right) restores parity at the County Ground

Aden Flint felled McManaman in the
area, referee Peter Walton pointed to the spot and, after Watson smashed
the resulting spot-kick against a post, McManaman was on hand to slip
the ball beneath Foderingham.

Swindon responded well to falling
behind and only the outstretched hand of Al Habsi denied winger Ritchie
an equaliser three minutes after the hosts went behind.

And with five minutes left until half-time, the Robins got themselves back on level terms.
Ritchie's pin-point cross from the right picked out Connell, whose glancing header nestled in the bottom right-hand corner.

A lot of heart: Connell salutes the home fans following his opener

A lot of heart: Connell salutes the home fans following his opener

Wigan fans thought they regained the
lead two minutes later when Shaun Maloney had the ball in the back of
the net, but the effort was disallowed for offside, while Murray sent a
25-yard effort narrowly over just before the break.

In front of a sell-out crowd who had
come to the County Ground in hope of an upset, Swindon settled into a
good rhythm after the interval.

Di Canio swapped Murray for Benson at
half-time and he quickly formed a decent partnership with Connell, who
poked Kennedy's cross wide of the near post after 50 minutes.

Connell wanted a penalty when he went
down under pressure from Gary Caldwell, but referee Walton remained
unmoved by the striker's protests.

Foiled: Ali Al Habsi dives at Connell's feet

Foiled: Ali Al Habsi dives at Connell's feet

On the hour mark Ritchie missed a glorious chance to hand the underdogs a shock lead.
A neat passing move involving Connell, Smith and Benson ended with the
latter picking out the unmarked Ritchie eight yards from goal.

However, the former Portsmouth man could only flash his effort high and wide when well placed.
Wigan could not muster a shot on target in the first 15 minutes of the
second period, and when they eventually did McManaman's deflected effort
was comfortable for Foderingham to parry round a post.
Swindon were evidently starting to run out of energy, and a series of
Wigan attacks seemed to be draining the Robins of their remaining

But Lady Luck shined on the hosts with 15 minutes remaining and from somewhere they found a second goal.

Watching brief: Di Canio guides proceedings from the touchlines as Wiltshire enjoyed a fine day in the sun

Watching brief: Di Canio guides proceedings from the touchlines as Wiltshire enjoyed a fine day in the sun

Ritchie collected Simon Ferry's pass
25 yards out and let fly with a low drive which struck the legs of
Benson and rolled into the net with Al Habsi prostrate on the floor.

Ferry sent an effort from the edge of
the area high and wide and Ritchie nodded substitute Alessandro
Cibocchi's chipped centre well over, as the Robins' defence stood firm
at the other end to seal another memorable FA Cup moment for Di Canio.