Saints seal semi-final spot

DW Stadium | Sun 18 Mar 1.30PM | Attendance: 17,110
Match Report Highlights

WIG vs Saints
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WIG vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Cédric adds late second on the break
  • Højbjerg turns home Tadić's corner
  • Gabbiadini penalty saved by Walton
  • Saints reach FA Cup semi-final!

...And just look what it means!

It's a first FA Cup semi-final for Saints since 2003 and a second trip to the national stadium is as many seasons! Head over to @SouthamptonFC on Twitter for all the post-match reaction from the DW Stadium.

+6’

FULL-TIME: WIGAN 0-2 SAINTS

We're going to Wembley! Højbjerg and Cédric score their first goals for the club and it's a winning Sunday in Wigan!!

GOALSCORER 2 Cédric

GOOOALLL!!! WIGAN 0-2 SAINTS!!!

CEDRICCC!!! It's a brilliant goal to all but send us to Wembley! The Portuguese nods a bouncing ball superbly past his marker and rolls it into the corner! YES!

+1’

GOOOAL!!!

Cédric (+1’) | 0 2

90’

Hoedt heads clear

Wigan throwing everything forwards for an equaliser and they almost find one. Noel Hunt heads dangerously towards goal, forcing Hoedt to scoop over the bar under pressure. 

87’

Southampton substitution: Oriol Romeu replaces Manolo Gabbiadini

Come on, Ori! The midfielder is on for the final five minutes plus stoppage time. He replaces Gabbiadini.

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84’

Yellow Card for Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic)

That's what he's there for! Clever play from Long to hold up the ball, spin his marker and get hisnside up the pitch by winning a free-kick. 

81’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Guido Carrillo

Shane Long is on for the final 10 minutes here at the DW Stadium. His energy will be key as Saints look to see this result through.

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80’

Wigan Athletic substitution: Nathan Byrne replaces Noel Hunt

Hunt takes the place of Byrne. 

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73’

SAVED BY WALTON! 

The Wigan 'keeper makes a superb save low to his left to deny Gabbiadini's well-struck penalty. Superb stop, credit where it's due. 

72’

Yellow Card for Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic)

...and the defender is booked for pulling down Gabbi in the box.

71’

PENALTY TO SOUTHAMPTON!

Gabbiadini fouled by Byrne and it's a spot-kick for Saints to make it 2! 

67’

Wigan Athletic substitution: Nick Powell replaces Gavin Massey

...and Nick Powell takes the place of Massey. 

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66’

Wigan Athletic substitution: Ryan Colclough replaces Gary Roberts

Double switch for Wigan; Colclough is on for Roberts...

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64’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Sofiane Boufal

First change from Mark Hughes now as Redmond comes on for Boufal

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GOALSCORER 23 Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

GOOOAALL!!! WIGAN 0-1 SAINTS! 

YESSS!! Saints lead and it's Pierre-Emile Højbjerg!! Tadić crosses and the Dane pokes in on the run for his first goal for the club! 

62’

GOOOAL!!!

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (62’) | 0 0

59’

BIG CHANCE FOR SAINTS!

A horror back-pass puts Gabbiadini through one-on-one  but the Italian can only shoot straight at the onrushing Walton from the penalty spot. Excellent save but a BIG chance wasted.

56’

Massey shoots wide

Saints back off Gavin Massey and the winger drives forward to roll a shot past Alex McCarthy's far post unchallenged. 

55’

Pressure from both sides 

An improvement from Saints here at the start of the second half. The first real spell of possession ends as Cédric is tackled inside the box before Wigan's Jacobs curls one wide of the target.

47’

SECOND HALF: Wigan 0-0 Saints

Back underway in Wigan with Saints kicking from right to left as we look. 

First-half action shots from Wigan

 

+1’

HALF-TIME: Wigan 0-0 Saints

Goalless at the interval in this FA Cup quarter-final tie...

44’

Wigan pressing

It's a "cross-on-sight" policy for the home side at the moment and it's causing trouble for the Saints defence. A falling Will Grigg is the latest to swing a limb at a bouncing loose ball in the box. 

4️⃣0️⃣ on the clock 

Five minutes to half-time in Wigan and there is work to be done for Mark Hughes's men. Wigan are seeing plenty of the ball now as we approach the interval. 

33’

Promising for Saints!

Tadić whips in a superb cross from the left-wing which Gabbiadini is mighty close to turning home for an opening goal. The flag was up on the near side though against the Italian.

First-half battle

Not a lot between the two teams so far. Wigan have perhaps edged things early on; the visitors have faced seven corners in the opening 25 minutes. 

22’

Roberts scoops over

Massey's cross is half-cleared by Hoedt and straight to the arriving Gary Roberts. The midfielder takes a touch and lifts the ball over the bar from a very good position.

17’

Dunkley inches from opener

Morsy's shot spins dangerously towards goal via a deflection and Dunkley almost converts the bouncing ball at the back post. Wigan on top for now. 

13’

Half-chance for Saints!

A few nerves in the Wigan box and Carrillo nearly capitalises. 'Keeper Walton spills a cross from the left but the Argentine can't sort his feet out to finish. 

10’

Watch out for the bounce...

Wigan's Christian Walton almost gets caught out by a bobbling back-pass. The keeper hurries to clear with Carrillo bearing down. There's a lot of sand on the surface out there...

8’

Gabbiadini in the hole

Saints look to be lined up in a 4-2-3-1 so far. Forwards Gabbiadini and Carrillo have been alternating the 9 position so far with the Italian dropping deep to collect the ball. 

6’

Even start in Wigan

The 4,600 Saints fans behind the goal gave Mark Hughes a roaring welcome as he emerged from the tunnel. Even opening here at a blustery and boisteorus DW Stadium.

1’

KICK-OFF! 

And we're away at the DW! Come on, Saints! 

5️⃣minutes to kick-off!

Take your seats, Saints. The Emirates FA Cup quarter-final is just five minutes away...

13.27

i can sense that the lads are ready to go. this run will test us all but this is the business end of the season and we've just got to get it done.

mark hughes
first team manager, southampton fc
13.23
Jordy

Come on you reds! 🔴⚪️♥️⚽️ #wigsou #saintsfc #coyr #youreds #southamptonfc #awaydays

13.18

Warm-ups underway at the DW

Fast approaching kick-off now in the northwest. Saints are out and warming up at a chilly DW Stadium. As you can see, it's a lot greener up there than the south coast today. 

13.13

Latics line up for Saints

One change for the Latics meanwhile from Wednesday night's win in League One as Gary Roberts comes in to the team in place of Nick Powell. Will Grigg - the competition's leading scorer with seven goals - leads the line once more. WIGAN XI: Walton, Byrne, Elder, Morsy, Power, Grigg, Massey, Jacobs, Roberts, Dunkley, Burn.

12.47

Hughes's first selection

Mark Hughes has named his first team selection as Saints First Team Manager, making two changes to the side beaten at Newcastle. Manolo Gabbiadini and Sofiane Boufal are in, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse are out. 

12.40

SAINTS XI TO FACE WIGAN

The teams are in! Here is your Saints XI for today's FA Cup quarter final: 

XI: McCarthy; Cédric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand; Boufal, Lemina, Højbjerg, Tadić; Gabbiadini, Carrillo. 

SUBS: Forster, Yoshida, Long, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Sims. 

12.30

Checking in!

The Saints have arrived in Wigan! Team news coming your way in 10 minutes...

12.19

A look inside the away dressing room

Primed and ready to go in the visitors' dressing room in Wigan. The Saints players will be checking in for FA Cup duty very shortly indeed. 

11.57
Paul Fogarty

‪On route to DW Stadium! Come on you reds. #saintsfc‬ #facup 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️

11.42

📍The DW Stadium, Wigan

This sight will be the reward for those of you who have battled through the snowy conditions this morning. The DW Stadium is ready and waiting. 

11.37

T-60 to team news

We will be discovering Mark Hughes's first Saints team selection in just under an hour. As ever, you can see it here first on Matchday Live. Stay tuned...

11.33

The road to the last eight


Southampton: 

R3: Fulham 1-0 (a) 
R4: Watford 1-0 (h)
R5: West Brom 2-1 (a) 

Wigan: 

R1: Crawley 2-1 (h)
R2: AFC Fylde 3-2 (h) - replay after 1-1 draw
R3: Bournemouth 3-0 (h) - replay after 2-2 draw
R4: West Ham 2-0 (h)
R5: Man City 1-0 (h)

11.01

we've got a huge following going to wigan, a following that we'll need now until the end of the season and we've got to give the fans something to grasp and allow them to enjoy their football again.

MARK HUGHES
First Team manager, southampton fc
10.45

Saints on the road 👏

By kick-off, some Saints will have travelled 830 miles in the space of two weekends to follow Mark Hughes's men to Newcastle and Wigan in consecutive weekends. Around 4,600 of you will be with us today at the DW Stadium; brilliant support at the time we need it most. 

10.43

Latics and Saints

Saints are unbeaten in 18 of the previous 19 ties against lower league opposition but the Latics have already eliminated three Premier League teams on their way to the quarter-finals. A win over Saints would equal a 40-year-old record set by West Ham. 

More nuggets like those in our quarter-final match preview...

10.33
Southampton FC

Matchday! It’s an #EmiratesFACup quarter final at #WAFC, who’s with us? 👊

10.28

Hughes's reign begins

It's been the story of the week around St Mary's. Mark Hughes will take charge of the club he once helped steer clear of relegation as a player 20 years ago this afternoon and within 90 minutes of taking the reins, he could secure a place at Wembley. Do not go anywhere, this is a big one...

10.22

GOOD MORNING, SAINTS! 🏆

Reasons to be excited today: Mark Hughes's first game in charge, a sold out away end at the DW Stadium, 90 minutes from a second trip to Wembley in as many seasons. Rise and shine, Saints, it's FA Cup quarter-final day! 

10.14

WIG vs Saints Line Ups

Wigan Athletic

1
Christian Walton (GK)
2
Nathan Byrne
Noel Hunt (80′)
3
Callum Elder
22
Cheyenne Dunkley
33
Dan Burn
6
Max Power
11
Gavin Massey
Nick Powell (66′)
17
Michael Jacobs
5
Sam Morsy (C)
18
Gary Roberts
Ryan Colclough (66′)
9
William Grigg
23
Jamie Jones
28
Jay Fulton
14
Alex Bruce
4
David Perkins
24
Noel Hunt
25
Nick Powell
27
Ryan Colclough

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
5
Jack Stephens
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
6
Wesley Hoedt
2
Cédric Soares
11
Dusan Tadic
19
Sofiane Boufal
Nathan Redmond (65′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
18
Mario Lemina
9
Guido Carrillo
Shane Long (81′)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
Oriol Romeu (87′)
14
Oriol Romeu
3
Maya Yoshida
22
Nathan Redmond
16
James Ward-Prowse
7
Shane Long
39
Josh Sims
44
Fraser Forster

WIG vs Saints Match Stats

Wigan Athletic

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    51
    49
  • Shots
    13
    15
  • Shots on target
    2
    6
  • Corners
    14
    7
  • Passes Complete
    301
    277

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Cédric
Cédric
Shots On Target
2
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Chances Created
5
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Passes Completed
50
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
2
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Clearances
11
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Saves
2
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy