Wigan Athletic vs. Southampton (FA Cup): Opposition threat

Randal Sanchez
March 19, 2018

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.

Southampton have only conceded one goal in three FA Cup games; two of these came against Premier League opposition and the other against free-scoring Championship outfit Fulham. "Though clearly our Premier League status is a huge concern for us and we have to retain that". I wanted to play more in their half in the second half and we started brightly in that regard.

"In the short time I've been with them I have seen good quality, good application and a group of players who have maybe been a little bit hurt by criticism", Hughes said. Hughes will be pleased to get a first win under his belt as he looks to save Southampton's league season after the worldwide break.

Mark Hughes describes Southampton's FA Cup quarter-final win over Wigan Athletic as "a statement of intent".

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.

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But from another Tadic corner from the left, the Dane turned it goalwards and Dan Burn was unable to keep it out.

After Michael Jacobs went close for Wigan, Boufal produced Southampton's best effort in the 57th minute with a free-kick that landed on the roof of the Wigan net and a careless back pass from Byrne left Gabbiadini with only Walton to beat but the keeper produced a fine save to bail out his team-mate. "There is good quality, good traits, good behaviours which we can work on. Offer me that choice and I don't think I'd be able to turn it down".

Gary Lineker hails Mark Hughes after winning his first game at the helm.

But for now, Southampton can celebrate reaching the last four of the competition for the first time since they lost in the 2003 final to Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium. It was not to be, and now they must focus on their promotion bid.

Southampton (4-2-3-1): McCarthy; Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand; Hojbjerg, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini (Romeu 87), Boufal (Redmond 65); Carrillo (long 81).

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