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21 February 2018

Latics skipper Dan Burn says his team mates fear no-one after Manchester City triumph in the Emirates FA Cup.

  • Dan Burn reflects on Wigan Athletic's 1-0 victory over Manchester City.
  • Latics captain on victory over the best team he's played against in his career.
  • Defender praises Will Grigg's performance as striker nets seventh goal of the tournament.

Speaking to iFollow Latics and the official Wigan Athletic YouTube channel, Latics captain Dan Burn described the feeling of leading his team to a 1-0 victory over runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

"It's a massive result for the club, the town and the lads. It's very important to bounce back from the two poor performances we put in recently.

"To beat the best team in England at the moment will live with us for a very long time.

"That Man City team is the best I've ever played against. To come away with a clean sheet and to win the game is very special. All of my family, my friends and my wife were at the game, so it was nice, it was very special indeed."

So just how do you beat Pep Guardiola's Manchester City? Burn said a mixture of resolute and organised defending, mixed with a dash of magic from striker Grigg was the key.

"We had a game plan. We sat off them because we were well aware of the quality they had to hurt us and we'd always have to catch them on the break.

"It worked really well, but we still had to give them respect when they went down to 10 men because they kept on causing problems.

"(Kevin) De Bruyne came on and was whipping in crossing, so we had a lot to deal with.

"Fair play to (Will Grigg) Griggy, he was really sharp. He held the ball up when he needed to, he was a great outlet for us and took his goal really well.

"It was a totally different game than what we're used to week in, week out. It was a lot less physical in terms of winning headers and battles, but the concentration we had to keep for the 90 minutes was mentally tiring. It gave the lads an insight into what it would be like to play at that level where everyone wants to play.

"All of our performances this season have been built off a solid base. The whole team defends, we've kept lots of clean sheets and we've shown that we can score at the other end.

"We always had the belief that if we got a chance we would take it. Griggy has proven time and time again that he can score goals at every level."

Southampton are the next, and fourth, Premier League team to visit the DW Stadium in the FA Cup, and Burn believes they should be wary of Latics and the atmosphere created.

"After beating Man City we've got to think we can go as far as we want to go in the FA Cup. Southampton are next up, another Premier League team who will make it a tough night for us.

"The FA Cup is special, that's the romance of it and I'm sure we'll put in a very good performance again in front of our home fans.

"Southampton should be fearing us, we've knocked out three Premier League teams so far at the DW Stadium. It shows that when the crowd gets behind us and it's packed in the stands, it gives us that extra lift and gives us that extra 10% we need.

"If those supporters could get to the league games at the weekend then I'm sure it would give us a massive boost."

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