Wigan Athletic v Southampton FA Cup quarter-final Preview

The Will Grigg pie complete with FA Cup on its crust

The Will Grigg pie complete with FA Cup on its crust

The Saints poor recent form led to the sacking of boss Mauricio Pellegrino and the appointment of former Stoke boss Mark Hughes.

It was certainly a positive first game for Hughes and will give the Saints plenty of belief for after the worldwide break when they will be looking to get themselves out of the bottom three away at West Ham. The first half, we were excellent.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's goal after 62 minutes was his first for the club in his 54th appearance and came courtesy of an assist by Dusan Tadic.

Nathan Byrne gave Southampton a torrid time down the right and he sparked chaos in the Saints' defence five minutes later but his shot took a deflection and, with Chey Dunkley just unable to apply the finishing touch, the ball rolled past a post.

Southampton have reached the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since the 2002/03 season, when they eventually lost the final to Arsenal. Wigan Athletic did their best to keep the League One flag flying, but after eliminating three top flight opponents in previous rounds they met their match in Southampton, who were anonymous in the first half but managed two goals and a penalty miss in the second.

I have been practising these shots, says Karthik
The match took place in the R Premdasa Stadium of Colombo. "Brilliant game, brilliant for the crowd who have come out in numbers". He almost had Tamim Iqbal LBW off the first over he bowled before getting rid of Liton Das caught next over.

Outplayed for most of the first half, Hughes made his first half-time team talk count, sending out his side for a much improved, more aggressive, second-half display. His one-handed stop to deny Gabbiadini has to go down as one of the saves of the season. Subs: Nathan Redmond (for Boufal, 65) 6, Shane Long (for Carrillo, 81) 6, Oriel Romeu (for Gabbiadini, 88) 5.

Byrne probed again moments later with a shot that ricocheted off a defender and Cheyenne Dunkley was agonisingly close to poking it home with his outstretched leg, the ball drifting past him and wide of the goal. Massey twists and turns on the edge of the area before chipping a cross into the path of Grigg who is beaten to the ball by Stephens.

Wigan were by far the most positive team in the first half, as a staggering corner count of 10-0 to the home side suggests. We could have made it more comprehensive but that would have been hard on them.

However, the Latics' journey came to an end as Southampton ran out 2-0 winners at the DW Stadium, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Cedric Soares grabbing the goals for the Saints. He makes no mistake by tucking the ball into the bottom corner, beyond the reach of Walton.

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