Three times we have met Wigan in the Domestic Cups, the last being the Carling Cup semi-final back in 2006.
It was a two-legged affair and not a good one!
Having lost at their place 1-0, we returned to Highbury needing just a victory by two clear goals to see us through.
We scored, taking the second leg into extra time and scored again to take a 2-1 advantage. All we had to do is hold on and we were into the final…
However, Jason Roberts struck with just seconds left and that was enough to send us packing by the away goal rule…
Funny enough, it was a defensive mix up which led to that winning goal, just as it was at Wembley in 2011……
Both sides are very different to what they were back then though and of course, Wigan were a Premier League side whereas now they are fighting hard in the Championship to try and regain that status. We, well things are pretty much the same, still fighting for that 4th spot and hoping our trophy drought will finally come to an end….
Today, we could take a huge step towards making that happen IF every person, player and coaches alike, give 100% from start to finish.
And we are going to have to because you can bet your bottom dollar, Wigan will!
Uwe Rosler has done his homework:
I watched the game last Sunday and it was another very impressive lesson from Roberto, tactically how Everton approached the game.
Not a lot of people focused on how disciplined and how focused Everton Football Club operated in the first 20-25 minutes without the ball.
Everybody knows Roberto is focused on ball possession but how well the team worked against the ball at the beginning of game was very impressive.
There were good pictures for me to learn from and also take one or two things on board, like I did with Manchester City in the last round.
In the last round, Wigan went to the Etihad and withstood everything Manchester City threw at their goal, barring the one blip of course and they managed to do what only one other English club has managed to do all season and that’s come away with a win.
That’s the FA Cup for you, it’s all about one game on one day and giving your all, getting the right result and waiting for the next round, the next chance to pounce and get the unexpected result.
Not only have Wigan beaten Manchester City, they have also beaten PL sides, Cardiff and Crystal Palace in order to get to Wembley today.
So yes, respect what they have done, now let’s go and put an end to their great run!!
We have beaten Tottenham, Coventry City, Liverpool and Everton – all tough opponents and two of whom have battered us in the league.
League form goes out the window today, our poor league performances must go out the window, today is about 90 minutes, or 120 if that’s what it takes of non-stop 100% commitment, togetherness, organisation and passion.
It’s also about our manager having done his homework, he has to know what to expect from Rossler and his team and play in a way which will not only stop their threat but to know how to exploit any weaknesses the Championship side have.
Let’s not be another victim of of an FA Cup upset.
This is the best chance we have had in a long while to get to an FA Cup Final.
Go and grab it Arsenal!!