FA Cup: Wigan 0-2 Southampton

Southampton beat Wigan by two goals to nil in Mark Hughes' first game as manager to see the Saints into the semi-final of the FA Cup. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Cédric both scored their first goals for the club, whilst Manolo Gabbiadini had a penalty well-saved.

Saints will face Chelsea in the last four at Wembley.


Mark Hughes: “I was delighted, I have to say. It was a difficult fixture for us against a Wigan side whose manager and staff deserve huge credit for the way they set up and their philosophy of how they want to play.

“This year they’ve gone up against other top Premier League clubs and overcome them, so we were the next in line, apparently, but we weren’t prepared to play that game.

“We had to match their intensity and endeavour – that’s what lower league teams will always have in abundance.

“If you don’t match that, sometimes you can come unstuck, but as a consequence of matching their endeavour, we were able to show the level of quality we have above them. That’s eventually what’s taken the game away from them, so I’m delighted because it wasn’t easy for us leading up to the game with a lot of change at the club.

“The players could’ve found that difficult to deal with, but they’ve been first class since I walked through the door. It’s a good start for us, but that’s all it is, so we have to build on this now.

“We’re going to need everyone. Everyone’s going to play their part, but those two up front did their claims no harm whatsoever.

“We’ve got to keep that energy high and confidence high, because clearly that’s in a better place now, so we need to continue in the same vein in the Premier League.”


Pierre-Emile Højbjerg: “It’s a great achievement and I think we’re really happy for the club and the new coach and most importantly the fans. We have given them a good experience after what happened last week.

“We can take a lot from the game and I am happy that we could give the fans something to smile about.

“The world went down last week and now today we are in the semi-final of the FA Cup and that is football. This win does not change our standing in the league but let’s just focus on today and smile about the result here.

“You always want to hit back even harder after a defeat and we did that today. Great credit to Wigan, they didn’t come so far for nothing. They are a great side and they have some quality.

“To match a team like this you have to battle. To play a team high on confidence in these conditions, in their stadium, after knocking out three Premier League teams, it is not an easy task.

"It is a really good feeling to know that I have helped the 11 players on the field, the guys sitting out, the whole group and the supporters here in the cold. I will sleep good tonight now."


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