19-Feb-2018 19:20:45 | The Guardian
The draw for the quarter-final was done on Saturday night. Of course it was. The winner of this tie will host Southampton in the next round.
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Wigan Athletic: Walton; Byrne, Dunkley, Dan Burn, Elder; Max Power, Sam Morsy; Jacobs, Powell, Massey; Grigg. Subs: Jones, Bruce, Jacobs, Hunt, Fulton, Colclough, James.
Manchester City: Bravo; Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Delph; Fernandinho, Gundogan; Bernardo, Silva, Sane; Aguero. Subs: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, De Bruyne, Diaz, Zinchenko, Foden.
Hello. There’s no need for us to look too hard for the narrative here. When Wigan Athletic and Manchester City meet in the FA Cup, there’s only one thing on the mind:
the life and times of Jean Beausejour Andy Cole’s famous 84th-minute fourth-round settler in 2006 why Antolin Alcaraz was the greatest defender of his generation
the time when Ben Watson sealed one of the greatest shocks in this tournament’s long history with that last-minute winner in the 2013 final. The topic is impossible to avoid: while it was one of the most humiliating days that the modern City have been subjected to, with Roberto Mancini receiving his P45 shortly afterwards, it was the greatest afternoon in Wigan’s relatively short existence.
Yet while the memories are still magic in the minds of Wigan supporters, they only belong to one afternoon. Football can be a game of cruel contrasts and while the past is a nice place to dwell in, while nostalgia can be a comfort in difficult times, you still have to live in the present. And for Wigan, that meant that they did not get long to enjoy their triumph. Three days later, of course, Roberto Martinez’s charming side were relegated from the Premier League and it has not been easy for them in the past five years. Martinez left, the team broke up and one relegation was soon followed by another. Now Wigan are held up as a cautionary tale when struggling Premier League managers name weakened sides in the FA Cup.