Wigan Athletic received plaudits on the pitch for the performances of players like Callum McManaman and James McArthur but Latics’ creative midfielder Jordi Gomez reserved his praise for the fans that travelled across the Pennines as well as his team mates.
On the 4-1 victory he said:
“The players who are playing in the cup competitions have done a great job so far this season and we are giving our best to get the top results.
“I hope we can continue our run in the cup and I also hope we can keep performing the way that we did against Huddersfield because it was a very enjoyable game to play in.
“The winning feeling can also help us to get results in the Premier League.”
Gomez’s views on the fans were just as positive:
“The fans were brilliant and we could see that they were very excited before the game.
“That’s always a nice feeling to see them happy even before we have played and of course after the game they were even happier.
“When they are cheering and clapping like they did for 90 minutes then it is a big help in getting the results that we want.”
Latics fans have had three journeys in the FA Cup so far this season, with the longest being the Tuesday night trek to AFC Bournemouth in the third round replay.
The dedication from the fans to turn up in their numbers against Macclesfield Town and yesterday against Huddersfield hasn’t gone unnoticed among the players.
Gomez highlighted that by saying:
“Away from home in the FA Cup they have really got that buzz for the competition, which is what we hope they can do at home and away in the league as well.
“We have to represent them on the pitch and it is great to hear them when you are playing, the noise and support really does have a positive effect on all of our players.
“I’m sure the fans would be delighted if we got through the next round and it is a great incentive for everybody involved with the football club.
“I hope we can keep getting these results and get to Wembley, which would be a great reward for their support.”