‘No tougher challenge’: Roberto Martinez admits Wigan Athletics underdogs for Everton FA Cup clash

By Colin Henrys

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez admitted reaching Wembley will be incredibly difficult for his side as they travel to face Everton in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final.

The Latics have never reached the FA Cup semi-finals before, but victory at Goodison Park will secure a place in the last four and a first trip to the new Wembley.

However, Martinez believes his side could not have been given a much tougher game having not won at the Toffees’ home since 2005.

“I knew that if we were going to get to Wembley then we would have to come through a tough challenge,” he told the club website.

“I don’t think there is a tougher challenge than going to Goodison Park to face Everton.

“All of our games against Everton have been very difficult and very close encounters, but we’ve never really had any luck against David Moyes’ side.

“They have incredible tradition, particularly in this competition, and you can see how much they want to succeed, as do we.”

Spaniard Martinez believes the Latics’ vocal support and the desire to make history for the club could lift them to what would be just their third ever win against Everton though.

Wigan beat Bournemouth, Macclesfield Town and Huddersfield Town to reach this stage, but lost their one previous FA Cup clash at Goodison Park 3-0 in January 1980.

Despite reaching the 2006 League Cup final at the Millennium Stadium, Wigan are yet to play at the new Wembley but Martinez hopes the players can earn a semi-final spot for the fans.

“You can feel the excitement around the club that has been building all week towards this event,” he said.

“The players are really looking forward to the game and are hoping to make it a memorable one for the fans and the club as a whole.

“There aren’t too many moments in your career that you’re given the chance to make history for your club; this is one of those moments and we’re all relishing the occasion.

“Everton is going to be the biggest and the best test of all to prepare for what is ahead of us between now and the end of the season.”

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