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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Southampton Conquer Wigan To Reach FA Semi-Finals

Mark Hughes guided Southampton into the FA Cup semi-finals in his first game in charge with a 2-0 win at Wigan on Sunday.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Cedric Soares scored their first goals for the club to seal Southampton’s passage from the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 15 years, Sky Sports reports.

Wigan were looking to reach the last four for the third time in six seasons and the 2013 winners dominated the first half but paid for not taking their chances.

Hojbjerg hooked in a 62nd-minute corner for his first Saints goal and Manolo Gabbiadini then had a 73rd-minute penalty brilliantly saved by Christian Walton before Soares added a second in stoppage-time.

Paul Cook’s men can now focus on their League One promotion push after another memorable cup run, including the scalp of Manchester City in the last round, while Hughes will hope this result can be the catalyst for a push towards Premier League safety.

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