Wigan’s Samy Morsy wants to make the DW Stadium feel like a miserable place for Marko Arnautovic and company when West Ham visit in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Paul Cook’s Latics booked a date with David Moyes’ Hammers after seeing off Bournemouth in a third-round replay, just as they did in 2013 when Wigan went on to win the competition.
Morsy got the first goal for the League One leaders in Wednesday night’s 3-0 victory over a Cherries outfit that were underwhelming in a contest played in driving rain.
Wigan’s next opponents in the cup needed extra-time in their replay to beat another League One side Shrewsbury and with Latics now unbeaten in 13, Morsy is buoyant about his side’s prospects.
“Without being disrespectful to them (Bournemouth), we had an idea of what team they would play and we thought we would win,” the Egypt international said.
“Going into the West Ham game, the belief will be the same.
“If Arnautovic and (Manuel) Lanzini turn up, it could be anything, but the belief will be the same.
“They’re top, top players, (but) I’m not sure how Arnautovic will feel about coming to the DW Stadium.
“But the top players, you want to test yourselves against them. You saw Shrewsbury the other night, (it was) a tough, tough game. We’re in a really confident place, the lads are really flying.
“We go into these games believing and thinking we are going to win, not just thinking let’s give a good account of ourselves.
“If you are playing against teams one level above you, there may not be that much difference. But two levels above you, the chances are the players are going to be technically, tactically and physically better, so you have to have an equaliser somewhere, whether it’s the weather, the atmosphere.
“We have to do everything 100 per cent to try and match them up.”
The FA Cup carries extra significance for Wigan given their triumph in the 2013 final over Manchester City, whom they then defeated again en route to the semi-finals the following year.
The players and coaching staff may have changed since those days, but Morsy and his team-mates are fully aware of how valued the competition is.
“The FA Cup means a massive amount here,” he explained.
“Any Wigan fan, the first thing they will talk about is the FA Cup win.
“It’s the biggest moment in the club’s history.”
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