Grigg is warm­ing up again for Lat­ics

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Sam All­sop

He said, “I’m just sat­is­fied to get a win, the fact of it be­ing the cup or not the cup, we just want to win games. I thought we thor­oughly de­served the win.

“You wouldn’t want him [Hau­gaard] to be in the sit­u­a­tion of him sav­ing a penalty as we con­trolled the whole game, but ob­vi­ously a good save and great for the lad to do that in front of the home fans and earn the re­spect of the play­ers.

“The fans have been great since I’ve been here, it’s up to them on a cold hor­ri­ble day. I’m sure some of my fam­ily thought there was bet­ter things to do.”

For­est man­ager Philippe Mon­tanier also gave his thoughts. “I’m dis­ap­pointed about the re­sult,” he said. “But es­pe­cially about how we played poorly in ev­ery de­part­ment.

“I think we fin­ished well in the last 20 min­utes, per­haps the penalty could have given us more hope to draw but we were even poor at penal­ties.

“I would have liked to win this game be­cause it is a good way to re­cover af­ter sev­eral de­feats, but our priority is the Cham­pi­onship.

“The fans went to sup­port us and we showed them a poor game, for all peo­ple at For­est we can­not ac­cept that and you have to re­act for the next game.” THIS was the first meet­ing in the F.A Cup be­tween these two sides and it brought a wel­come break from the Cham­pi­onship rel­e­ga­tion dog-fight.

Lat­ics fans will be ex­cited at the prospect of the fourth round af­ter their side have fallen at the first hur­dle in the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons, in­clud­ing an em­bar­rass­ing 4-0 de­feat against Bury in the first round of last year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

But when Will Grigg opened the scor­ing on the stroke of half-time with his first goal since Septem­ber, the home side never looked like not reach­ing the next round.

Yanic Wild­schut, who looked dan­ger­ous all af­ter­noon, dou­bled Wi­gan’s lead just be­fore the hour mark, col­lect­ing Stephen Warnock’s pull-back, shrug­ging off Ni­calao Du­mitru and fir­ing home from just in­side the area.

For­est were handed a life­line to get back into the game when Jordi Gomez brought down sub­sti­tute Lica in­side the area, cap­tain Eric Lichaj stepped up but couldn’t beat Jakob Hau­gaard in the Lat­ics’ goal – who had only signed on-loan from Stoke just hours be­fore the game.

Wi­gan man­ager War­ren Joyce spoke af­ter the game about the re­sult, Hau­gaard and the low at­ten­dance at the DW Sta­dium for the clash.


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