Fleming: Wigan are not to be taken lightly

By SFC Media Tue 10 Jan Wigan vs Saints
Photo by Naomi Baker | Craig Fleming on the sidelines

Craig Fleming has warned his Southampton youngsters not to underestimate Wigan Athletic when they face the Latics on Wednesday night.

Saints travel to the DW Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup, having defeated Manchester United 2-1 in the previous round.

“We’ve obviously watched and studied Wigan,” started Fleming.

“They are a good team - last year they took Man City to extra team, who are a very, very good team. So they are not to be taken lightly.

“Especially off the back of beating Manchester United at Old Trafford, we’ve got to know that this is going to be every bit as tough.

“It’s a different game – a good game – but a totally different one. It’s not the razzmatazz of Old Trafford but it’s still a very good stadium and the game will present different problems.”

Victory over Wigan would tee up an away trip to either Liverpool or Manchester City in the fifth round of the competition.

Though Fleming doesn’t want his side looking any further ahead than the tie at the DW Stadium.

“You don’t even think about it,” he continued.

“After 20 odd years of playing professionally I know you don’t even think about looking at the next round of the FA Cup – and that’s from someone who lost in the semi-final.

“Not even one thought should be going into what could be to come. That’s just in the horizon. We are totally and utterly focussed on Wigan.”

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