Grigg is warming up again for Latics
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.