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Rosler: Powell is exciting

Uwe Rosler was full of praise for Nick Powell after the youngster helped holders Wigan to a 3-1 extra-time win at MK Dons in the third round of the FA Cup.

The 19-year-old, who is on loan from Manchester United, came off the bench to equalise for Wigan and then added a second just after extra-time had begun, before Marc-Antoine Fortune wrapped up the victory.

And Rosler said: "Nick is a player that excites me because he can play everywhere.

"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."

Dons thrill Robinson

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson was delighted with the performance of his team.

"I think overall that, over the initial 90 minutes, we were the better side," he said.

"I've got tremendous respect for Uwe and his ethos and philosophy and, to go against a Wigan side that's one of the in-form sides in the Championship at the moment and compete like we did was wonderful.

"It's just unlucky that we gave away a silly goal.

"I've been told that in the first 90 minutes we gave just two free-kicks away - that's an incredible stat and it says a lot about us.

"I thought I had some really outstanding players out there and I can't single out any individual because, as a group, I thought we performed very well.

"I think that people who don't see us or our style very often will have seen a very attractive, young side playing in a certain way and I'm proud of what we stand for."