Cup final replay as Latics reach the last eight

Ben Watson celebrates scoring the winning goal in the 90th minute in the FA Cup Final
Ben Watson celebrates scoring the winning goal in the 90th minute in the FA Cup Final

FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic will come across the team they beat in last year’s final after reaching the last eight of the competition.

They will travel to the Etihad Stadium in three weeks’ time to face Manchester City, the side they famously beat 1-0 to win the trophy just nine months ago.

Latics lift the FA Cup

Latics lift the FA Cup

Uwe Rosler, a City legend from his playing days, was delighted with the draw and is now looking forward to heading back to the club where he made his name in English football.

Of course, the memories will all be about that famous day in May when Ben Watson’s 90th minute header separated the two sides in Latics’ first ever FA Cup final.

It is just the third time in Wigan Athletic’s history they have reached this stage of the competition, the second being last season.

They have progressed this year after a fine 2-1 victory at Premier League Cardiff City on Saturday, leaving them just 90 minutes away from a fourth Wembley appearance inside 12 months.

“We could not have wished for a better draw,” said Rosler.

“It will be very tough but I am sure we can rise to the challenge.

“It’s obviously a special tie for me, with my history and emotional bond to City. But Wigan Athletic is my priority now.”

FA Cup quarter-final draw in full:

Arsenal v Everton

Brighton & Hove Albion or Hull City v Sunderland

Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday or Charlton Athletic

Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

FOR MORE REACTION TO LATICS’ FA CUP WIN AND THE QUARTER-FINAL DRAW, SEE THE WIGAN EVENING POST (MONDAY)