Huddersfield 1 - 4 Wigan: Martinez’s men reach FA Cup quarters
WIGAN manager Roberto Martinez made seven changes, but his side was still too good for Huddersfield and cruised through to the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 26 years.
Scorers: Huddersfield Town - Novak (62); Wigan Athletic - McManaman (31), Kone (40, 89), McArthur (56)
Referee: M Oliver
Winger Callum McManaman, a distant relative of former Liverpool striker Steve McManaman, and midfielder James McArthur were two players Martinez recalled and they rewarded the Spaniard with displays full of Premier League class. McManaman struck a fine opening goal in the 31st minute and Arouna Kone tapped home a second shortly before the break to leave new Huddersfield manager Mark Robins with a difficult half-time team-talk in his first match in charge.
McArthur struck a brilliant third goal from the edge of the penalty area early in the second half and although Huddersfield substitute Lee Novak headed home just after the hour, it was not enough to trouble a Wigan side who are still chasing their first win in the Premier League this year. The visitors soaked up a fair portion of late pressure but emphatically underlined their superiority when Kone thundered home a fourth goal in the closing stages.
Man of the match Callum McManaman was told he would not be playing to ensure he got a good night’s sleep. Latics manager Martinez revealed he only told the 21-year-old he would be in the starting line-up this morning so he did not spend an anxious night suffering from nerves.
“Callum is such a talented young man, he loves the game and loves playing football and when he started to guess that he was going to be starting he was getting too hyped up,” said Martinez, whose side have yet to win in the Barclays Premier League in 2013.
“He would then have a bad night’s sleep and we would never be able to get 90 minutes out of him. In the previous rounds, when he started against Macclesfield and Bournemouth, he found it really difficult and I could see yesterday in training he was doing extra work in the gym and I could see he was showing a bit of anxiety. So I pulled him over and said I wasn’t sure if he was going to start so you can imagine he had a great night’s sleep and was a bit angry and this morning when he found out he was playing he was delighted.”
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