Wigan continued the good day for Premier League clubs in the FA Cup as they beat Huddersfield Town 4-1 at the John Smith’s stadium.
The home side were playing their first game under new boss Mark Robins and there seemed to be a slight nervousness in the team during the first half, which Wigan were quick to take advantage of.
Exciting youngster Callum McManaman opened the scoring following a pacy run down the left and into the box, before sending the ball into the back of the net. It was deserved as all of the visitors attacking play had come from the England under-21 player in the opening 30 minutes.
Roberto Martinez’ men continued to take their opportunities as they doubled their lead in the 38th minute. Another McManaman run and cross to the edge of the penalty box fell for Jordi Gomez. Anthony Gerrard blocked Gomez’ shot but Arouna Kone was on the goal line to clip it home.
After the break, the home side appeared more confident and Joel Robles saved well from substitute James Vaughn.
In the 55th minute the Latics extended their lead as Gomez sent a neat cross to the edge of the box for James McArthur to arrow past Alex Smithies.
The Terriers gave their fans something to cheer about just after the hour mark as the Wigan defense went to sleep. Callum Woods sent a cross into the box and Lee Novak was left alone to jump and head it strongly home.
This may have given the Championship side hope but it was all over a minute before time as Kone got his brace to confirm the Premier League side’s place in the quarter-finals.