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Dream Start for Mark Hughes As Southampton Ends Wigan's FA Cup Journey

Mark Hughes’ motivational skills will be put to the test in taking on the manager’s role at Southampton where the Saints are just a point above the Premier League relegation zone and winless in their last four matches Wigan Athletic Wigan Athletic WGA
Jodi Jackson | 19 March, 2018, 00:45

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Since they were relegated from the Premier League in 2012-13, Wigan have won six FA Cup ties against top-flight opposition, double the total of any other non-Premier League side in that time.

"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".

Outplayed for most of the first half, Hughes made his first half-time team talk count, sending out his side for a much improved, more aggressive, second-half display.

Wigan have already eliminated three Premier League teams this season in Bournemouth, West Ham and Manchester City - the last team from outside the top flight to eliminate four in a season were West Ham in 1979-80, with the Hammers winning the FA Cup that year. "I have been really impressed with the quality of the talent I have", said Hughes, who was sacked by Stoke earlier this season.

Since joining from Norwich City in the summer of 2016, the Birmingham-born forward has gone on to amass no fewer than 78 appearances for Southampton in all competitions registering eight goals and creating a further four for his teammates.

Southampton boss Mark Hughes was delighted with his strikers after their FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic.

Dusan Tadic's corner was stabbed goalwards by Hojbjerg and Wigan's Dan Burn couldn't react quick enough to clear off the line.

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Gabbiadini, scorer now of one goal in his last 20 games, had the ideal opportunity to improve that desperate record but saw a firm spot-kick saved brilliantly by Christian Walton, diving to his left.

Manager Paul Cook said: "It is a hard one when the prize is so great for a club like ours. Offer me that choice and I don't think I'd be able to turn it down". Sometimes the players' view is totally insular: it's a bit like they are in their own bubble and you have to understand that. "It's a massive disappointment to go out so close to Wembley but the focus now is promotion".

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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