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Smith wins award

Posted: Mon 04 Mar 2013
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Matt is FA Cup player of the round

Latics may have been knocked out of the FA Cup with Budweiser, but Matt Smith is Wembley bound.

Smith is the latest winner of the Budweiser's FA Cup player-of-the-round award which earns an invite to this year's final in May.

The Oldham Athletic forward’s injury-time equaliser (pictured) earned the Latics an FA Cup fifth-round replay against Everton, which David Moyes's side won 3-1.

Smith collected 48-per-cent of the public vote, ahead of Blackburn’s Jake Kean, Wigan duo Callum McManaman and Arouna Kone and Barnsley’s Chris Dagnall.

The 23-year-old will join Scott Murray, Nicky Platt, Kieran Lavery, Andre Gray, Ryan Bowman, Danny Hylton, Alex Lawless and Scott Rendell as a guest of Budweiser and The FA at this season’s Cup Final.

The FA Cup sixth round takes place this weekend with holders Chelsea travelling to Manchester United, Everton hosting Wigan, Barnsley going to Manchester City and Millwall entertaining Blackburn.