FA Cup: Huddersfield Town 1 Wigan 4
By Football News
Wigan showed their Premier League quality to secure a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield and advance to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Callum McManaman opened the scoring for the visitors and was joined by a double from Arouna Kone and a strike from James McArthur to go through to the next stage.
The workhorse dominated the middle of the park before playing an elegant ball behind Jack Hunt for McManaman to run onto.
The striker glided into the penalty area and fired past Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies to get the scoring underway.
Wigan then doubled their lead before the half-time whistle with a close-range finish from Kone. The Ivorian tapped in the ball after Smithies parried away Roger Espinoza's shot, allowing an easy half-time talk for manager Roberto Martinez.
McArthur continued his impressive display by scoring Wigan's third goal. The midfielder attained the ball on the edge of the penalty box and thumped home into the corner of the hosts' net as the keeper looked on in despair.
The home side had looked to have a lifeline when substitute Lee Novak finished from close range.
They had looked much brighter during the second half and the goal set the match up for an interesting finish.
Half-time changes from manager Mark Robins had displayed improvements within the team, adding new dimensions in the attack. There were hints of a comeback, however Wigan soon regained control of the game.
A terrible mistake by Anthony Gerrard presented the ball to Kone and the striker made no mistake, firing past Smithies from just inside the penalty to seal Wigan's victory.