- Wigan Athletic 1-0 Manchester City: Will Grigg wins it on famous FA Cup night
- But Manchester City left DW Stadium will more than just a defeat to explain
- Pep Guardiola clashed with counterpart Paul Cook in the tunnel at half-time
- Sergio Aguero appeared to clash with a pitch invader following the final whistle
- Will Grigg admits he did not think it was possible for Wigan to win the FA Cup tie
Manchester City’s quest for a historic quadruple is over after an astonishing FA Cup upset at League One Wigan.
On a mad night will Grigg’s goal 11 minutes from the end sunk City who had been reduced to 10 men when Fabian Delph was sent off just before half time.
That sparked a furious bust-up between City boss Pep Guardiola and striker Sergio Aguero with Wigan’s manager Paul Cook which spilled over into the tunnel.
Wigan fans swarmed the pitch following the final whistle, celebrating wildly with Dan Burn
Will Grigg (left) scored a dramatic late winner as Wigan beat Manchester City in the FA Cup
The Northern Ireland forward curled the ball past Claudio Bravo following Kyle Walker’s error
And a Wigan supporter attempted to punch Aguero amid a mass pitch invasion at full time, with the Argentine having to be held back from retaliating by first team physio Steven Lilley.
Delighted Northern Ireland international Grigg said: ‘It was an unbelievable performance from the lads.
‘City are one of the best teams in the world. I caught their offside trap and it was a nice little race with Kyle Walker which wasn’t ideal.
‘To be honest, I probably didn’t think it was possible for us to beat them. The gaffer and the staff put a plan together and the lads executed it. Every player was outstanding.
‘The FA Cup has been brilliant to me and this was the best of the lot.’
Anthony Taylor shows Fabian Delph a red card following his dangerous tackle on Max Power
Delph brought down Power late in the first half of the FA Cup fifth-round clash at Wigan
‘Fabian Delph’s sending off came at a good time. But against a side like that it doesn’t always make a difference. They have some unbelievable players – the best in the world in that side. They move the ball so quick. But our defending especially in the last 10 minutes was brilliant.’
Guardiola revealed he had no qualms with City’s display and Cook claimed he took inspiration from the Gods as the visitors threw bodies forward in the final moments.
‘Shut your eyes and pray with the amounts of balls in the box,’ the Wigan boss said. ‘The two centre halves were excellent. We should enjoy tonight. It’s such a severe test in everything.
Paul Cook is held back by Peter Reid as a group of coaches pull back manager Pep Guardiola
Wigan manager Cook appeared to be shouting at the Manchester City boss in the tunnel
Cook appeared to be furious at Guardiola after their touchline row continued at half-time
‘A lot of things have to go right for you. Their standard of football is such an elite level. We had to dig in and the lads did that in abundance with some of the blocks. Griggy had become very isolated. City can cut through you. The sending off has had a massive influence.’
Guardiola said: ‘We conceded one shot on target in 90 minutes and we lost. They made some mistakes in general. We knew it would be complicated. We did it quite well, especially in the second half. One mistake and we conceded and we go out.
‘I didn’t have the feeling that we didn’t try, that would have been a worry. We’re sad because the FA Cup is a nice competition but football counts what happens in 94 minutes. They deserved to go through.’
Sergio Aguero confronts a supporter after Manchester City’s FA Cup exit on Monday night
A fuming Aguero had to be held back by a group including City coaching staff member