James Perch scored his very first goal for Wigan just minutes into the second half in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon, and that put Wigan 2-0 up after a penalty from Fortune had given Wigan the lead in the first half.
James Perch after Scoring Wigan’s second goal
Wigan took the lead after 27 minutes against a very sluggish Manchester City side, when Martin Demichelis was beaten for speed and fouled Marc-Antoine Fortune in the penalty area, and Jordi Gomez made no mistake from the spot – and Wigan were the better side in the first half and deserved their 1-0 interval lead.
James Perch’s goal after 47 minutes really put the cat among the pigeons, when a James McArthur cross should have been cleared by Gael Clichy, but Perchinho stole in and put the ball into back of the net from a yard out, and it was poor defending again by City and 2-0 to Wigan.
Pellegrini made some changes after the second goal and City woke up a little bit, and Nasri scored a terrific goal after 68 minutes, and it looked at that point that Manchester City could save the game, but a well-disciplined Wigan side under manager Uwe Rösler held out for a very famous win.
So the best team that money (about £1B gross on new players since 2008) can buy, were beaten on their own ground by a Championship side - although we have to remember that Wigan are the defending FA Cup Champions, and who did they beat again last May – Manchester City 1-0 in last season’s FA Cup final.
And under Uwe Rösler Wigan are surging in the Championship, and since he took over on 12th December, they have won nine games in the league and only lost twice, so 30 points from 14 league games and they are now in 7th place and have won their last four league games.
Wigan will play Arsenal in the semi-finals.
Sunderland lost to three second half goals at Hull, and they looked sluggish in that second half, and Hull will now play Sheffield United in the other semi-final, after the Blades beat Charlton 2-0.
So only two Premier League sides are in the last four of the FA Cup, and it’s certain that either Hull, Sheffield United or Wigan will now be in the Europa League next season.
One of those three teams will get into the Europa League either by winning the FA Cup, or if Arsenal win they have already qualified for Europe, so the runners-up go though.