Wigan ready to enjoy rare status as FA Cup underdogs against West Ham

Wigan ready to enjoy rare status as FA Cup underdogs against West Ham

26-Jan-2018 18:17:11 | The Guardian

Winning the FA Cup in 2013 seems a long time ago but Wigan are back to their giantkilling exploits

When Wigan Athletic won 3-1 at Plymouth to go five points clear at the top of League One last Saturday Argyle’s manager, Derek Adams, described them as a Championship side in waiting. “Wigan and Blackburn stand out in this league because of the quality they still possess,” he said. “They are not League One sides, they should be in the Championship or the Premier League. Wigan are only in this division because of factors out of their control.”

That may be more true of Blackburn, whose supporters can point to a hugely unpopular and woefully misjudged takeover as the cause of all the ills to befall them since Premier League status was lost. Wigan were unlucky in the season that followed their FA Cup win and relegation to the Championship, when they struggled to cope with a fixture overload brought on by Europa League involvement and another Cup run, though they slipped into League One a year later and could blame only some muddled managerial appointments of their own for that.

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