Last season’s FA Cup final between high-flying Manchester City and relegation threatened Wigan Athletic, in which the latter underdogs won thanks to a late header, was one of the biggest moments of last season and brought with it some of the magic of the FA Cup which has been lost over the years.
However Sunday’s fixture gave us the same somewhat pleasant surprise, as Wigan won 2-1 to end City’s treble hopes.
The Latics have now built a real reputation for winning on big occasions against the bigger teams after knocking out Cardiff City and Crystal Palace in previous rounds to reach this point in the competition and after last year’s success, making them real contenders to reach the final and even win the trophy again this year.
Of course, it is not just a question of their form in the cup, as they have won their last six games in all competitions under manager Uwe Rosler, making them real contenders to do well in the final part of the season everywhere and not just to pull surprise results out of the bag.
They will need to perform above expectations again in the next round though as they face Arsenal who are now the favourites to win the competition and Wigan are going to have a challenge on their hands if they are to stop a revived Gunners side this season who can glimpse the end of the tunnel after almost a decade of waiting to win a trophy of any kind.
Added to that the fact that Arsene Wenger can feel the pressure of failure more than usual this season with the momentum against him mounting thanks to the media and Jose Mourinho and Wigan are going to have to work potentially harder even than against the Citizens.
However, even if they lose and fail to reach the final, The Latics will have consolidated their claim to being giant killer and can look forward to next year’s competition
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