Football - Powell performance delights Rosler

Uwe Rosler reflected on a "fantastic" performance from Nick Powell which helped Wigan seal their spot in the FA Cup fourth-round following a 3-1 victory after extra-time at MK Dons.

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The 19-year-old, on loan from Manchester United, came off the bench in the 60th minute and scored twice for the holders after Luke Chadwick's early goal threatened a shock on Tuesday evening.

Marc-Antoine Fortune ensured there would be no way back for the hosts, but it was Powell who earned special praise from his manager.

"Nick is a player that excites me because he can play everywhere," said Rosler, whose side sealed a home tie against Crystal Palace later this month.

"At Man United he was one of the midfield players - today he came on as one of the midfielders, then I put him up front and in many games I've played him from a wider position coming in.

"I can also play him when I need him as a number nine because he has a fantastic physique and technique.

"Every time he plays for me he gives me 110 per cent and he was fantastic tonight.

"We gave a solid, hard-working performance, we raised our levels throughout the game and we took over more and more.

"I thought the game started very open and we had some great chances and I couldn't believe it when they went 1-0 up.

"But the longer the game went, the more confident we got and obviously the substitution in bringing Nick on turned the tie in our favour."

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