Wigan Athletic 0-2 Southampton (FA Cup): Player ratings

Wigan Athletic 0-2 Southampton (FA Cup): Player ratings

"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".

Spurs last reached a cup final back in 1991 (2-1 win over Nottingham Forest) and were semi-final losers last season.

However, on the Premier League front, Southampton have struggled.

"They have lost a bit of confidence recently but they are good players".

'We were resolute and when balls needed to be cleared, conditions were hard for both teams, but we made right decisions at the right times in the game, and because of that it was an assured performance'. Roberts, Grigg and Michael Jacobs linked up beautifully in the box but couldn't quite find the angle to shoot.

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

Yet it was a different story after the break as Southampton came out strongly and its superior quality began to show.

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The Saints were then presented with a golden opportunity to take the lead.

A half-time team talk from Hughes was enough for them to emerge stronger in the second period, but one of their biggest chances was gifted to them by their opponents.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's goal after 62 minutes was his first for the club in his 54th appearance and came courtesy of an assist by Dusan Tadic.

The visitors sensed a chance to see off their League One opponents and had the ideal opportunity to do so when Dan Burn felled Gabbiadini after the forward had been played through by Nathan Redmond.

Latics goalkeeper Christian Walton kept the hosts in contention with a string of saves, including from Manolo Gabbiadini's penalty, until Cedric's stoppage-time strike settled the contest. Hunt directed the ball goalward from a long pass in the final minutes, but it was cleared by Stephens. It was an excellent, composed finish from the Portuguese, and it sent the visiting fans into raptures. I understand what it takes in this league to win games. Southampton, meanwhile, remain in the relegation zone but will be hoping this FA Cup run buoys rather than tires them.

Mark Hughes believes his side made a "statement of intent" as they beat previous giant killers Wigan to book their place in the semi-final of this season's FA Cup.

Hughes has only been given a contract until the end of the season after replacing Mauricio Pellegrino, and he added: "I'm looking forward to the challenge".

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