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Wigan drawn away to Manchester City

Wigan Athletic face the daunting trip to the Ethiad in 3 weeks time to face Manchester City in the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup but can Lightning strike twice?

Shaun Botterill

A lot of Wigan hearts would have sank after realizing Wigan and Manchester City were the only two balls left after Sheffield United or Nottingham Forrest vs Sheffield Wednesday or Charlton Athletic was drawn. After the memorable final in May, is there any reason why we can't do it again?

City's impressive record at home is something to be admired having only dropped 7 points in 3 seasons as well as losing only 3 at home in the same period to Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich respectively, I don't see why Wigan Athletic can't be added to that list. Uwe Rosler will return to Manchester hoping to pull off the upset of the season. He will take note and some inspiration from Watford's performance in their first half tie against City in the 4th round where goals from Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney gave Watford a shock 2 goal lead against City only to be pegged back and beaten 4-2 by Manuel Pellegrini's side. After insisting he will not give up the FA Cup for a fresh tilt at the Play-Off's, Uwe Rosler will take some heart from the fact Manuel Pellegrini and Man City have Premier League, a Capital-One Cup final and 2 matches against Barcelona to contend with.

Wigan gave the performance of the season last year at Wembley and deservedly beat the Manchester club with a brilliant header from Ben Watson, Callum McManaman played a key part in the Final and was awarded Man of the Match in the final and will be a key part in 3 weeks time if Wigan hope to come away from the Ethiad Stadium with a place at Wembley.

The fans will play a key part in Wigan's performance as they did down in South Wales where 1,500 Wigan fans cheered on the team to the Quarter Final. With only a short trip to Manchester on the cards, there will be a a call foR Wigan fans to turn out in their thousands to fill that away end from Uwe Rosler in the coming days after he complimented to traveling support to South Wales:

"The fans came in numbers here to Cardiff and I feel that they are delighted with the professionalism and character of my players.

"They had to battle with the elements to get to the game with the way the weather has been recently, and it is clear from their attitudes during the match and at full time that they really enjoyed their day out here."

After seeing Chelsea sell 6,000 at the Ethiad in their 5th round trip tie against City, I don't see any reason why Wigan can't sell somewhere near that, We as fans will play a key part in the game. It's a repeat of the Final, Winners vs Runners Up, can it happen again?