Momentum gathers as big win in Yorkshire puts Latics in quarters for first time in 26 years.
FIFTH ROUND – February 17 2013
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1
WIGAN ATHLETIC 4
Kone 39, 89
It was a significant fixture 10 years ago and just as significant this year too.
In 2003 Latics visited the then named Galpharm Stadium and with a 0-0 draw sealed the Division Two league title (pictured), skip to 2013 and Latics were making their way into the quarter finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1987.
After seeing off League One and Blue Square Premier sides in the previous two rounds, Latics moved up the league to Championship opposition but this only improved the standard of Roberto Martinez’s team.
Having never won away at Huddersfield and being beaten in the only previous FA Cup meeting with the Terriers in 1974, Latics were out to prove a point and a statement was certainly made with the emphatic 4-1 victory.
Callum McManaman’s story began to gain momentum on this sunny Sunday afternoon as he shone in a first half performance which saw him open the scoring with marauding wing play down the left hand side, before playing a major role when Arouna Kone made it 2-0.
McManaman’s first goal of the season (pictured left) made it 1-0 as he latched onto a well-weighted James McArthur through ball, taking the pass into his stride he fooled Huddersfield defender Peter Clarke and looped the ball over goalkeeper Alex Smithies at close range with the help of a slight deflection.
Raiding down the left for a second time, McManaman this time pulled the ball back across the box as he reached the by-line.
Jordi Gomez was perfectly poised for the cut back but Smithies parried his placed effort, only for Kone to turn the ball into the net with an unconventional finish at the back post as he turned with his back to goal.
Comfortably ahead at half time and with new history ready to be written if a victory was sealed, Latics didn’t let their hordes of supporters down.
Just 11 minutes into the second half 2-0 became 3-0 in fine fashion and it was McManaman involved once againdown the left side, cutting the ball in for James McArthur on the edge of the area who played a neat one-two with Gomez before firing the ball right footed into the top left corner of Smithies’ goal.
Latics were strolling but it didn’t stop Huddersfield creating a scare when Lee Novak headed in Callum Woods cross for 3-1 on 62 minutes.
The hosts began to push as their belief was momentarily restored but with just a minute of normal time remaining Kone doubled his tally (pictured right) for 4-1 and in similarly McArthur like fashion it was an emphatic finish for the goal.
The Terriers’ defender Anthony Gerrard miscontrolled a pass from his goalkeeper and Kone was quick to capitalise, stealing the ball from the Huddersfield number six before advancing towards goal and lashing a right footed effort into the near top corner down the right side of the area.
With the final whistle sounding in Yorkshire, Latics booked their place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup and just moments later in the tunnel, the manager and his players found out that they’d be taking a trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton.
Huddersfield: Smithies, Woods, P.Clarke, Gerrard, Scannell (Norwood 60), Clayton, Arfield, Lee (Vaughan 46), Danns, Atkinson (Novak 46), Hunt
Latics: Robles, Kone, Gomez (Beausejour 74), McManaman, McArthur (McCarthy 90), Espinoza (Maloney 57), Fyvie, Stam, Golobart, Figueroa, Scharner
Jordi Gomez on away following:
“The fans were brilliant and we could see that they were very excited before the game.
“That’s always a nice feeling to see them happy even before we have played and of course after the game they were even happier.
“When they are cheering and clapping like they did for 90 minutes then it is a big help in getting the results that we want.”
Callum McManaman on progressing to the quarter finals:
"The main thing for us was to get through and we're really happy that we did it in the way we did.
"We knew we'd be facing a difficult side but once we got the first goal, the result just followed quite naturally."
Roberto Martinez on successful changes:
"We have to make changes to our team in the FA Cup because of the demands of the Premier League and to see players come in and win with four goals is very impressive.
"The most pleasing aspect is that we looked like a team and we were very cohesive in everything we did."