Wigan Athletic have been knocked out of the FA Cup by Southampton, this cup run saw them beat a host of Premier League sides including giants Manchester City.
Wigan manage to create a number of first-half chances as they produced another terrific performance against a Premier League side.
Roberts’ looping strike was arguably their best opening, while Michael Jacobs should have slipped a pass to Gavin Massey after a great run later in the half – instead seeing his shot blocked.
The Latics were left to rue their missed chances when Southampton came out in the second half with more intensity and urgency.
Wigan defended with solidity and attacked with bravery throughout, and were given hearty and deserved applause as they left the field at the end.
— Mike (@jailbrkr21) March 18, 2018
Based on their performances in the competition, Wigan have more than enough in the tank to secure promotion and can be considered League One title contenders.
Wigan manager Paul Cook told BBC Sport “You can’t ask for any more from your players. The first half, we were excellent. We expected that response from Southampton and we wish them well in the semi-finals. We were playing some great players and in the end their quality came through.”
Although Wigan fans can be disappointed to be knocked out of the FA Cup, they can be proud of the run that their side achieved, beating three Premier League side Manchester City, West Ham and Bournemouth.
#WAFC are a great club. Don’t deserve to be in league 1 and won’t be next season for sure. 1st half today they were brilliant. Didn’t deserve to lose by 2 goals in the end
— Mike Isaac (@MikeIsaacSaints) March 18, 2018
Played class, just needed a bit of luck and the ball to drop. Oh well great cup run and back to winning the league. #wafc
— Tom Prescott (@tomprescott94) March 18, 2018
Beat possibly the best team in Europe and got to the last 8 as a LEAGUE 1 team is some achievement, couldn't care less about today they've still done us all proud #wafc
— Ross (@GreggoHD) March 18, 2018