Roger Espinoza says the third round tie with MK Dons is one he'll always remember.
Speaking after last night’s match, Roger Espinoza said that the 3-1 extra time victory over MK Dons is another one of those FA Cup games that he'll always remember.
The Honduran international midfielder, who made his Wigan Athletic debut in the competition last season in the third round replay away at AFC Bournemouth, explained:
“I’ve played in a few big battles, this one is definitely one that I’ll remember.
“It’s the first time I’ve played in a game in England that’s made it all the way to extra time and this one was just a tough game.
“I’m so glad that at the end we were able to work hard through MK Dons’ play and make sure we got the win to get us through to the fourth round.”
Adding that the conditions didn’t favour either team on a cold night in Milton Keynes, the 27-year-old said:
“It was very cold out there tonight, it rained for almost the whole game and the conditions weren’t great, but we’re just delighted to win.
“As the match progressed and particularly in extra time I feel we improved and all round it was a good performance.
“It’s been a crazy two games in the FA Cup so far and I think the fans will have enjoyed the two matches now that we’re through.”
Latics went into half time at StadiumMK 1-0 down, but Espinoza said the instructions of manager Uwe Rosler were just what the team needed:
“At half time the gaffer told us to be more composed on the ball and pick up the tempo when we moved forward.
“I think we did that when we came out for the second half and that made him a lot happier than the way we played in the first half.”
Espinoza continued saying that he got into the groove in the second half and in extra time:
“I enjoyed the game a lot and I kept myself busy throughout, it was a match that gave me the opportunity to get on the ball.
“I’m glad Marco (Fortune) was able to get on the end of my pass and score the third goal and delighted that it sealed us the win.”
Latics will now face Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday 25 January and Espinoza wants to make sure the team progress once more:
“We’ve got another good chance to progress in the competition.
“We’re coming up against a tough team, a Premier League team in Crystal Palace, but it’s a home game and it’s a must win for us.
“The FA Cup is a special competition to us and we have to protect that trophy for as long as possible.”
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