Wigan manager Paul Cook insists his team must remember their underdog status when they host Southampton in tomorrow’s Emirates FA Cup quarter-final.
The Latics have already seen off three top-flight sides en route to the last eight, including runaway Premier League leaders Man City in the previous round.
That result has sparked a wave of optimism around the League One promotion hopefuls, but Cook is not underestimating the threat posed by Saints.
“In our dressing room, we’re fully aware what we’re about to engage with,” Cook said.
“We’ve had a great cup run. The Bournemouth home game, the draw at Bournemouth was fantastic, the West Ham game was a great game for us, the Man City game purely on the result takes all the limelight.
“And now we go into a game on Sunday where people are actually saying to us it’s a 50-50 game. As a manager, and a football fan for a long time, I don’t see it as a 50-50 game. I’d love to tell everyone I do, but I don’t see it as that at all.
“If we were lucky enough to get through – and we’re under no illusions how difficult that will be – where we are as a club and a team, to go into an FA Cup semi-final and such a great occasion, for me it would be a sense of achievement like we’ve done enough in the FA Cup.
“What will be, will be from there. Certainly, we’re not getting ahead of ourselves. But we are allowed to dream a little bit.”
The DW Stadium will provide the stage for Mark Hughes’s first game in charge of Saints following his appointment as the club’s new manager on Wednesday.
“Mark Hughes is a fantastic manager for a fantastic club and team,” Cook added.
“We’ve got our hands full. It’s going to be a great game and another great occasion in the FA Cup.
“It’ll be a great day for everyone to come and watch us, and you never know, we could end up getting to Wembley.”