People hailing from Wigan are often called ‘Pie-eaters’, supposedly on account of their love for all manner of goods served in a pastry case. Today they offered a serving of humble pie to Premier League West Ham, making them scoff it down.
My friend at University once told me that his local paper, in Wigan, had a ‘Pie of the Week’ section, I still doubt him to this very day. But there is no doubting the serving of humble pie that was forced on to West Ham, nor the fact that Will Grigg was different gravy on the day.
You can proselytise that this wasn’t a Premier League-strength West Ham or bang on about the ‘beauty of the FA Cup’ or even cite the Hammers played a large segment of the game with just the ten men after Arthur Masuaku was sent off on 49 minutes. What you can’t do is say that Wigan didn’t deserve this victory and a ball number in the fifth round draw.
Of course, the fact that Will Grigg scored both of Wigan’s goals to put out the Premier League Hammers gives rise to a lot of this and a revisit to the summer of 2016.
Summer 16 was all about Will Grigg. pic.twitter.com/ZkQ8hJSXyV
— Bilal (@Bilal___S) January 27, 2018
Not that Wigan fans will mind a nod to the past, and going by reactions over on Twitter they are definitely a happy bunch tonight.
Wigan fans react on Twitter to Grigg brace and West Ham-mering
Best thing that could happen through this takeover is a new contract for Powell, can't rate the lad highly enough, made west ham look like an U12 teams and got spat at for good measure. All in a days work #wafc
— Ross (@GreggoHD) January 27, 2018
3 wins off another FA cup final and European tour, not getting carried away am I? #wafc
— Tom (@Tomrg_) January 27, 2018
— Danny Pugh (@dannypugh31) January 27, 2018
— Tony Welsby (@tonywelsby) January 27, 2018
#wafc Masuaku had better spitting accuracy than West ham's shot accuracy
— Jack Lord (@Lordy116) January 27, 2018
— The West Stand #wafc (@oSimplyStuart) January 27, 2018