Wigan Athletic ‘inspired not frightened’ by Wembley talk

Callum Elder
Callum Elder
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Callum Elder admits Wigan Athletic will inspired by the ‘Class of 2013’ as they bid to write another page in FA Cup folklore against Southampton.

Latics host the Premier League strugglers knowing they are only 90 minutes away from a third Wembley semi-final in the space of six seasons.

Having already dumped out three top-flight sides in the shape of Bournemouth, West Ham and champions-elect Manchester City, Latics will certainly go into the game with no fear.

And Elder, whose only Latics goal came in the third-round replay demolition of Bournemouth, admits the squad need look no further than the walls of the DW Stadium for inspiration.

“You see the footage all the time of the game with Ben Watson scoring the winning goal at Wembley, and there’s pictures all over the place,” Elder said.

“Rather than overshadow what we were trying to do, if anything that helped us by making us aware of what could be achieved.

“When we were drawn against Man City in the last round, we really believed we could do it – even though the odds were against us.

“There’s no point going out on to the field if you don’t think you can win.

“Yes, you could probably make a case for City being the best team in the world, with the results they’ve achieved and the way they’re playing.

“But if you don’t believe you can win a game then there’s no point putting your boots on and going out there.

“It’ll be the same against Southampton – we really believe we can do that.”