FEW but the most blindly optimistic have suggested that Wigan Athletic can retain the FA Cup.
Regardless of relegation worries, early season Euro-fixture congestion, form and league priorities, it is rare in modern times for even the biggest clubs to win this prestigious trophy twice in a row.
In fact even the most ardent fan must admit that there wouldn’t have been too many raised eyebrows had the Latics bowed out to lowly MK Dons last Saturday week.
That they didn’t and, after an attritional re-match going to extra time on Tuesday night, fitness, is huge credit to them. Pride and a desire to keep the dream alive paid off.
Resurgent under a new manager and with a winnable tie against Premier League relegation contenders Crystal Palace in the next round, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility of Wigan’s progressing further.
The odds on a second Wembley win are still 100-1. But for those willing to make an optimistic little punt, those are better chances than winning the lottery jackpot by a long mark.