Defender calls on memories of 2006 ahead of cup tie on Sunday
Paul Scharner believes Latics have the opportunity to write their own piece of FA Cup history this season, as the team prepare to face Leicester City/Huddersfield Town in the fifth round on Sunday.
The Austrian pointed to his experiences with the club back in 2006 as an example of what can be achieved if the players have the determination to make it happen.
Paul Jewell’s side reached the final of the Carling Cup that year, overcoming Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal en route to Cardiff, and Scharner sees no reason why something similar cannot happen this time around:
He said: “When you reach this stage of the competition you have to take that chance to progress further, because there’s an opportunity to go far if we want it.
“Back in 2006 we showed where taking those opportunities can get you, when we reached the final of the Carling Cup and who knows, maybe something similar can happen this year.
“I think when we reached the quarter final stage, against Bolton Wanderers it became a bigger realisation for us, helping us to go on and defeat Arsenal in the semis.
“There have been some great stories in the cup competitions this season, and if we take the chance we could make one ourselves.”
Scharner has played every minute of the two matches he has been available for since returning to Latics in January, which is some effort considering his limited first team opportunities for parent club Hamburg this season.
The Austrian is happy with how he’s settled back into Premier League life, and believe there is more to come the more he plays, saying:
“I was surprised at how quickly I adapted back to the speed of the game; I’ve been working hard personally during the season without playing competitive games but still thought it would take a while to adjust.
“Thankfully, I’ve been able to get plenty of minutes since returning but still need more game-time in order to reach 100% again.”