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20 February 2018

Wigan Athletic first team coach Anthony Barry says Latics got exactly what they deserved against Manchester City.

  • Anthony Barry reflects on Latics' 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the Emirates FA Cup.
  • First team coach delighted with players' efforts after dumping out Premier League leaders City.
  • "We're doing well in the FA Cup, but Rochdale is a massive game on Saturday." - Anthony Barry.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after his side's incredible 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the Emirates FA Cup on Monday evening, first team coach Anthony Barry couldn't hold back his delight at the effort of every single Latics player on the night.

"We're all still a bit lost for words, what an incredible night for this football club.

"For the fans, the players, the staff and everyone else involved it was magical and a typical FA Cup night.

"It was the perfect fixture for us, we had nothing to lose and everything to gain. For our lads, we just wanted to go out and show ourselves in the best light.

"Coming into the fixture we wanted to show people that we're a good team and hopefully by the end of the night we've proved that to everyone."

Ahead of the game, manager Paul Cook insisted his side would provide a great night of entertainment at the DW Stadium, and that view was clearly backed up by Barry.

"I don't think you can plan to beat Man City, you can have things in your head that you want to play out, but they're such a good side and they dominate the ball so well that you're living on hope.

"Will Grigg took his chance so well. He had no right to score that to finish it from where he did, but it was a great goal.

"To a man we were dedicated to the task. The lads ran themselves into the ground and deserved everything they got.

"Man City passed the ball, probed and dominated, but I think all-in-all it was a fair result."

Latics' focus quickly turns to another key fixture in their Sky Bet League One campaign, with Rochdale next up at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

"We're doing well in the FA Cup, but we've got a massive game on Saturday against Rochdale. The lads will enjoy the win against Man City, of course we all will, but we'll move on very quickly to Rochdale because we can't take our eyes off the prize.

"We're in League One and we're trying to get out of it, so that has to be our main focus.

"The atmosphere was an absolute pleasure. The fans made it into a cauldron that Man City didn't enjoy and if we can take that forward into the league games then it would be a massive boost to us."

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