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David Jones calls on Wigan Athletic to ‘make an impact’ on FA Cup in Huddersfield Town showdown

By Aimee Howarth

Wigan Athletic are looking to create some golden FA Cup memories as they compete in the fifth round for only the second time, says midfielder David Jones.

The Latics travel to Championship side Huddersfield Town on Sunday to battle for a place in the quarter-finals after knocking out Bournemouth and non-league Macclesfield Town.

And Jones believes the clash against the Terriers is a great chance for Wigan to leave their mark on the historic competition.

“The FA Cup is a very exciting competition and we’ve got a great opportunity to go far in it,” the 28-year-old told the club website.

“It’s going to be a hard tie of course but we feel that we can really make an impact in this competition.

“This competition is something I love being involved in because of the history and tradition and I’ve grown up with it being a major competition.”

Wigan visit the John Smith’s Stadium for the clash, which will be their third FA Cup tie in a row away from the DW Stadium after travelling to Macclesfield and Bournemouth.

But Jones said playing away from home can be an extra incentive to inspire the team to victory for the travelling fans.

“Playing away in the cup does really add to the desire to win because our fans are spending their time to travel around the country and you feel that extra sense of responsibility,” he said.

“We’ve been doing better away from home this season particularly in the cup competitions and our style of play seems to suit playing away.”

Huddersfield currently sit 18th in the second tier, but have appointed Mark Robins to replace Simon Grayson and beat high-flying Leicester City in a fourth-round replay to progress.

But Jones insisted league places count for nothing in the FA Cup and the inclusion of sides from all tiers of English football is what makes the competition special.

“What we witnessed against Macclesfield was exactly what the FA Cup is all about because it is a one off event for us to play against a Blue Square Premier side,” he said.

“The whole game showed how special the FA Cup is and we’ll be looking to get as far as we can in it.

“It’s very hard to predict how games will play out against these teams and it will definitely be a tough game.”

Picture courtesy of Dan Farrimond, via Wiki Commons, with thanks.

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