Southampton down Latics for semi-final spot

The Will Grigg pie complete with FA Cup on its crust

The Will Grigg pie complete with FA Cup on its crust

For all Wigan's dominance, summed up by 10 corners to Southampton's zero, the first half was desperately short of clear-cut chances.

"He's a creative player: we need to score goals and create chances", said Hughes.

The League One side is now fighting for promotion alongside the tournament, but they are likely to field a strong team with the hopes of reaching the semi-finals.

It was essential Southampton avoided following in the footsteps of Manchester City, West Ham and Bournemouth - top-flight sides who had all perished against third tier giant-killers Wigan in the FA Cup this season. We had to show a lot of the qualities and traits a good team has to show on a regular basis and maybe that hasn't been sustained prior to me coming to the club.

After 62 minutes, they took the lead that the shift in momentum merited, as Hojbjerg was left unmarked 15 yards out and drilled home directly from a Dusan Tadic corner.

Wigan, FA Cup winners in 2013, applied plenty of pressure in the closing stages, but couldn't emulate their epic fifth round success against Premier League leaders City.

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Wigan goalkeeper Walton had a strong game and pushed away Gabbiadini's spot-kick with an excellent diving save as he kept the hosts in the match at 1-0. I think we've represented League One in a really good way.

"We will enjoy it and try and take some positives out of it to hopefully help us in our league form as well".

At the other end a deflected shot by Nathan Byrne bobbled across the face of goal and inches wide with Che Dunkley just unable to turn it in. Sometimes the players' view is totally insular: it's a bit like they are in their own bubble and you have to understand that.

Nathan Byrne's blind back-pass presented Gabbiadini with a golden chance but Walton did brilliantly to spread himself and save.

Wigan's hearts were finally broken when Soares broke forward quickly before lining up his shot and smashing the ball past a despairing Walton to hand new manager Hughes a welcome win in his first game in charge. "It's a massive disappointment to go out so close to Wembley but the focus now is promotion".

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