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Wigan Athletic vs. Southampton (FA Cup): Opposition threat

Wigan Athletic vs. Southampton (FA Cup): Opposition threat

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg hooked in a 62nd-minute corner for his first Saints goal and Manolo Gabbiadini then had a 73rd-minute penalty brilliantly saved by Christian Walton before Cedric Soares added a second in stoppage time.

'I thought we did okay [in the first half] up to a point, without really creating enough in the final third.

Dusan Tadic has assisted 32 goals in all competitions for Southampton - 12 more than any other player since his debut in August 2014.

The opener was Hojbjerg's first for Southampton and it came on his 54th appearance for the Premier League club in all competitions.

"I think we are taking over 4000 to Wigan, and we need to give them something to cheer for, something to get behind". "Today was the first step towards addressing those criticisms".

Although Wigan's priority this season is a return to the Championship, the Latics have pulled off some major upsets in the FA Cup, the biggest of which was a 1-0 victory over runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.

'We were resolute and when balls needed to be cleared, conditions were hard for both teams, but we made right decisions at the right times in the game, and because of that it was an assured performance'.

"He has been there, done it, and has a lot to prove to his last club".

The Southampton fans were already celebrating when Cedric Soares broke clear of the Wigan defence in second-half injury-time to double the lead.




Hughes will be pleased to get a first win under his belt as he looks to save Southampton's league season after the global break.

"Everybody works in different ways but I have been pleased with that".

"Now Wembley will be a nice occasion".

"Feedback from people in and around the club is that maybe the intensity wasn't that way before, but that's the way I work and hopefully that can hold us in good stead".

It was the visitors who had the first opening when Walton dropped an 11th-minute free-kick at the feet of Guido Carrillo but the striker's lack of confidence showed as he poked the ball weakly back into the goalkeeper's arms.

"The cup has been a massive headache in the league but it has been great", said Wigan manager Paul Cook.

"You can't ask any more from your players", Cook told BBC Sport at full time.

"You can't ask for any more than four games against four Premier League teams and the Man City game will live long in the memory".

"It's so disappointing to come so close to Wembley".


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