By SFC Media Mon 09 Jan Wigan vs Saints

Will Smallbone, Thomas O'Connor and Adam Parkes look ahead to the FA Youth Cup

Southampton Under-18s will continue their FA Youth Cup campaign on Wednesday night, as they take on Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Craig Fleming’s men head into the tie with a spring in their step, having come from behind to defeat Manchester United 2-1 in the previous round.

And 17-year-old goalkeeper Adam Parkes is hoping Saints can use that dramatic victory at Old Trafford to their advantage.

“Obviously the spirits are high amongst everyone after the last game,” he starts.

“It was a brilliant result for us against Man United and the whole team played really well – it was a good collective performance.

“Now we are just looking forward to facing Wigan and hopefully we can get a result and push on in this competition."

Republic of Ireland youth international Thomas O’Connor netted the equaliser in the victory over Manchester United back in December.

Thomas O'Connor celebrates netting the equaliser at Old Trafford.

And whilst the midfielder has fond memories of his right-footed strike, he admits the victory will mean nothing unless Saints can progress past the Latics.

“It was a special night, really,” O’Connor begins.

“Especially playing at Old Trafford in front of a big crowd. You don’t get to play at stadiums like that very often, so it was a great memory for us all.

“But now we all want to go into the Wigan game the same mind-set as we approached United with. That victory won’t mean much unless we beat Wigan.

“We know it will be a tough game. I presume they are going to be strong, physical and a good footballing team. So we are going in with the same approach to win and hopefully we can perform on the day.”

Will Smallbone and Thomas O'Connor are mobbed by their team-mates after the final whistle.