Sunday 23 September 2018

Pep Guardiola offers grudging congratulations to Wigan while Paul Cook reacts to tunnel bust-up

Paul Cook celebrates at full time and (inset) argues with Pep Guardiola
Paul Cook celebrates at full time and (inset) argues with Pep Guardiola
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola offered grudging congratulations to Wigan after they pulled off the shock result of the season to send end his side's hopes of a trophy clean sweep this season.

Will Grigg's goal secured Wigan a repeat of their 2013 FA Cup final win against City, with Guardiola irate at a first half sending off for his midfielder Fabian Delph.

"Congratulations to Wigan," declared Guardiola. "They scored from one shot on target from our one mistake. We created good chances but in these kind of games, sometimes you cannot score a goal. It was a final for us. I judge my players on their intention and their intention was good.

"We are out of the FA Cup. Now, we must rest for the (Carabao Cup) final on Sunday."

City defender John Stones believes the red card for Delph was the turning point in the match, as he expressed his side's disappointment after their surprise defeat.

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"The sending off was a big factor in the game," he stressed. "You need 11 players on the pitch at all times.

"I can't say whether it is a red card or not - I haven't seen the incident. You have to deal with it and carry on. I felt we deserved to get something - a replay at least. We dominated the game and created chances, so we should have won."

Meanwhile, Wigan boss Paul Cook played down a half-time tunnel bust-up with Guardiola, as the two managers argued over Delph's red card.

"There's no problems," said the former from our point of view we're trying to get every edge and everything we can and from his point of view he wants the game played and he's a fantastic manager," said the former Sligo Rovers boss.

"It's a great night for Wigan. It feels great. It's such a severe test. They're such a strong side and move the ball so well. We had to ride our luck at times and the sending off is always a big incident.

"Our lads deserve credit for their work and some of the blocks they made were outstanding and to beat Man City you have to do that."

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