Midfielder excited by the unpredictability of ‘special’ cup.
With Latics set to face Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday, the traditional Englishman came out in David Jones as he explained his interest in the FA Cup.
The 28-year-old wants Wigan Athletic to play their part in creating some golden cup memories, starting with the tough test against the Terriers.
“The FA Cup is a very exciting competition and we’ve got a great opportunity to go far in it.
“It’s going to be a hard tie of course but we feel that we can really make an impact in this competition.
“This competition is something I love being involved in because of the history and tradition and I’ve grown up with it being a major competition.”
Latics’ fourth round victory against Macclesfield Town is something that Jones says is a prime example of the magic of the cup.
“What we witnessed against Macclesfield was exactly what the FA Cup is all about because it is a one off event for us to play against a Blue Square Premier side and it made for an exciting game for us as players and of course our fans who travelled.
“It was a very difficult place to go and it was a great result to prevent any upset, the whole game showed how special the FA Cup is and we’ll be looking to get as far as we can in it.
“The unpredictability of the FA Cup is what makes it so intriguing because we’ve faced a League One side and a non-league team, now we’ve got a Championship team and if we get through who knows what team we’re going to face.”
Sunday’s game will be Latics third away FA Cup game in a row, following the fourth round game against Macclesfield and the third round replay at AFC Bournemouth.
Jones is looking forward to a great trip over to Yorkshire and believes the team and the fans can come together, making it another away day to remember.
“Playing away from home in the cup does really add to the desire to win because our fans are then spending their time to travel around the country and you feel that extra sense of responsibility.
“We’ve been doing better away from home this season particularly in the cup competitions and our style of play seems to suit playing away.
“Huddersfield were flying at the start of the season and they’ve got some great players and they like to play in a similar style to ourselves with a lot of focus on the wide positions.
“I’ve seen a lot of Championship games this season and every team is capable of beating each other so it’s very hard to predict how games will play out against these teams and it will definitely be a tough game.”