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16 February 2014

Ali Al Habsi praises supporters and poses the question of how far can Latics go?

Wigan Athletic continued their march in the FA Cup, making it 11 games unbeaten in the competition and progressing to the quarter finals for the second year in a row with a 2-1 victory against Cardiff City.

Ali Al Habsi was delighted with the victory and quick to praise the impact of the travelling supporters.

He said:

“It’s a brilliant win, but first of all I must thank the brilliant supporters.

“We had a big following and the fans pushed us on for the full 90 minutes, they fully deserve to be celebrating this victory.

“It means a lot for the team and the fans that we have now won two away games in the space of five days.

“It’s a great boost to our confidence, we’ve played some great football and scored some great goals, the last two games have been brilliant.”

Latics now await the quarter finals of the competition next month, and Al Habsi believes the club is fighting gallantly to retain the FA Cup crown.

“For the holders of the FA Cup to make it to the last eight is a fantastic achievement, it’s very exciting.

“We love the FA Cup and the supporters love the FA Cup, it means so much to our football club.

“We are one game away from returning to Wembley again and if we can get through the quarter finals then it would be a magnificent achievement.

“We’ve knocked out two Premier League teams in Crystal Palace and now Cardiff and you never know how far we could go.

“We’ll take it step-by-step and see who is next, but why can’t we do it again?”

The fixtures continue for Al Habsi and his team mates on Tuesday when Barnsley visit the DW Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship, the main focus for the Oman international goalkeeper, who added:

“Now we focus on Barnsley a big game in a run of many games and everybody has to be ready for what is to come.

“With two different competitions to play in our manager has been great.

“We have a big squad, a very competitive squad and he is doing an excellent job of making sure everybody is used to benefit the team.”

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