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FA CUP DRAW GOOD FOR THE CLUB - MACKAY

9 December 2014

Malky Mackay reacts to Bolton FA Cup draw and says competition will always be extra special.

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New Latics manager Malky Mackay says he is delighted to be drawn against local rivals Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup 3rd Round – and far from being a distraction from league matters, the FA Cup is a ‘special competition which should be cherished.’

Latics will travel to the Macron Stadium on the weekend of January 2nd to 5th and Mackay is relishing the prospect:

“It’s great to start with a local derby,” he said, “the atmosphere on third round day is always good, but we’ll definitely have some added spice against our local rivals and a team we’re competing against in the league. I’m sure the supporters will turn out in big numbers and it’ll be a great day out.”

Mackay said he was watching the draw on the television like most football fans last night, adding:

“Third round day draw is one of those special events on the football calendar. You don’t know who you’re going to get, it could be Manchester United or it could be Dover Athletic. This will be my first Wigan Bolton derby and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Speaking about the FA Cup and Wigan Athletic, he said:

“I’ve spoken before about being at Wembley with my son at the final and to now be able to lead the team in the competition will be a proud moment for me.

“Winning the FA Cup will rightly be a part of the club’s heritage for ever and should be celebrated by every Wigan supporter. We’ll certainly not be taking the competition lightly, although clearly, we have to keep our minds focused on league matters.”

He added:

“As a player I reached the semi-final stage with Watford and that was special enough. To have gone all the way should always be remembered as the remarkable achievement it was, and as players, you look back on those big moments in your career.”

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