Reaction: Latics bow out of cup with heads held high

Michael Jacobs on the ball
Michael Jacobs on the ball

Paul Cook was full of praise for his players after Wigan Athletic's FA Cup adventure came to a halt.

Having beaten Bournemouth, West Ham and Man City to secure a place in the quarter-finals, they couldn't add a fourth Premier League scalp to their haul.

Two second-half goals secured Bournemouth a 2-0 win at the DW Stadium.

It was a pulsating match in freezing conditions and afterwards, Cook told the BBC: "You can't ask any more, you want to come out of these games feeling you've done yourself proud and I thought first-half especially, we were excellent.

"We expected the reaction with the quality of players Southampton have got and we certainly wish them well in the semi-final."

Latics only trailed 1-0 - to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's 62nd minute strike - when man of the match Christian Walton pulled off a stunning penalty save to keep their hopes alive.

But Cedric Soares secured the result in injury time.

Southampton manager Mark Hughes, who was only appointed midweek, added: "Wigan were an absolute credit to their manager and their fans and I congratulate them on how hard they pushed us."