Five talking points from Wigan Athletic’s draw at Fylde

Will Grigg's goal at Fylde showed he is getting back on track
Will Grigg's goal at Fylde showed he is getting back on track
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Paul Kendrick looks at five talking points from Latics’ trip to Fylde.

1 The FA Cup is still a magical competition. While it may no longer be a major priority for Premier League clubs, you need only look at the atmosphere in the away end throughout - and the scenes in the home ends when the equaliser went in - to see how much it means to those supporters outside the top flight.

2 Paul Cook certainly couldn’t be accused of not giving the competition maximum respect. The starting XI he sent out was as close to full-strength as could be, with even Nick Powell coming on in the second half, on his return from injury, to try to tip the balance Wigan’s way. A replay isn’t ideal but, as Cook was quick to point out...it’s better than being knocked out!

3 Will Grigg’s back on fire. Okay, maybe not quite to the extent he was two seasons ago, but he’s back on the right track after a frustrating spell. His goal, a beautifully-taken near-post header, means he’s found the mark in back-to-back games for the first time in 15 months...with another level or two still to find. Hugely promising.

4 AFC Fylde are a club on the up. It was impossible not to be impressed by the set-up at a club that have their sights set on Football League status in the not-too-distant future. The ground looks like a spaceship’s been dropped in the middle of nowhere, but everything about the place smacked of ambition.

5 The bloke on the Fylde PA (Brian Porter) is a legend... “This is a message for the driver of the Wigan Athletic team coach....it’s causing an obstruction at the front of the ground...you’re gonna have to come and shift it fella...” What a way with words, and no wonder it went viral on Friday night. Fun fact: He’s also the man on the mic at the Wigan 10k!