After their 2-1 victory against Cardiff earlier today, Wigan Athletic ensured they were involved in the Quarter Final draw tomorrow afternoon, as a 4th trip to Wembley becomes more and more realistic, is it possible that Wigan Athletic could retain the FA Cup.
Ben Watson the hero in May, eventually got the winner in South Wales today with a fantastic 30 yard drive beating David Marshall in the Bluebirds net after a Jordi Gomez lay-off from a free kick to create an angle. 90 minutes from Wembley and everyone is dreaming of another Fairy tale like the one in May. With some rather interesting teams still in the competition, fans will be eagerly awaiting come 3:30 pm tomorrow. At this point last year of course, Wigan had just disposed of Huddersfield 4-1 and whilst most of the traveling fans on the way home from Yorkshire, the news came flooding in of yet another away tie, this time a trip to Goodison Park to face David Moyes' Everton.
Sunderland, Sheffield United/Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, Arsenal/Liverpool, Everton/Swansea, Sheffield Wednesday/Charlton Athletic, Brighton & Hove Albion/ Hull City. One of these teams await Uwe Rosler and his side in the quarter final, with a trip to Wembley on everybody's mind, Manchester City and the winner of Arsenal vs Liverpool are the ones to avoid. Everyone likes to dream but could it be too much to retain the cup? With Wigan you just never know.
Uwe Rosler had this to say to BBC Sport after revealing the team took 8 hours to arrive in Cardiff:
"The longer the game went, we got a little bit tired.
"After the big disruption with the travel I have to give my players a massive compliment that they held out.
"I'm delighted with effort and performance. We showed our supporters, who came in big numbers, that we meant business and we really care to be the FA Cup holder and want to go as far as we can in the competition."
Wigan are now cut to 40/1 to retain the cup, according to the bookmakers it still looks very unlikely that the Latics will retain the cup with the 8 Premier League teams left in the competition at shorter odds. It all depends who we get in the Quarter Finals because if we do get one of the big teams left in the competition or indeed Everton then we could very well see our FA Cup run come to an abrupt end if we don't put in our performance of the season like we did in last year's quarter finals and Final respectively. On the other hand a tie against the likes of Hull City or Nottingham Forest could see our dream return to Wembley become ever more true.