Manchester City suffered a shock loss at the helm of Championship side Wigan Athletic last night, which eliminated them from FA Cup.
This marks as City’s only third loss of the season, but it turns out to be a costly one as their goal of winning a quadruple has gone awry.
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Guardiola fielded a strong side at the DW Stadium, with Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, and David Silva leading the attacking line.
However, Fabian Delph’s two legged tackle on Max Power just before the half time saw City being reduced to ten men, which also fired up the two managers on the sideline as they disagreed on the referee Anthony Taylor’s controversial decision.
Taylor initially took out a yellow card to show Delph, before talking over with Wigan players and his assistant to change it to red.
The tunnel cam at the stadium showed the players, managers, and staff from the two teams had a huge bust up on their way to the dressing rooms during the halftime, with Guardiola and Wigan manager Cook continuing their heated conversation which started on the sideline.
Former City manager Peter Reid had to step in and physically restrain the two men before things got worse between them.
Guardiola was also seen charging at Taylor afterwards, although the referee took no action against the manager.
When asked about the incident during the post match incident, Guardiola chose to play it down, and claimed that nothing really happened in the tunnel.
“Congratulations for Wigan for the qualification,” the City manager said.
“We did absolutely everything, we made a mistake and this kind of game is like a final. OK, we accept the defeat. Congratulations to the winner. It was like a final.
“They had one shot on target, I don’t have regrets with the way we played, the performance, the heart.
“I judge my players on intentions and not results and the intentions were good.”
He also agreed with the referee’s decision to send off Delph, and told the press that red card was the right decision.
Cook was also asked about the clash at the post game press conference, and the 50-year-old gave a similar answer as Guardiola.
“There’s no problems,” he said. “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.
“It’s a great night for Wigan.”
City brought in Kyle Walker and Kevin De Bruyne in the second half to push for the win. But instead, it was the hosts who found the back of the net.
Will Grigg took full advantage of Walker’s error and dribbled the ball for 20 yards, before putting it past the keeper Claudio Bravo in the 79th minute.
This was one of Wigan’s only two shots on target throughout the match, but it proved to be decisive as City failed to find an equalizer in the remaining minutes.
Things got even more heated after the game, as hundreds of Wigan fans stormed on the pitch while players were still there.
One of the fans clashed with City striker Aguero, and the Argentine was caught shoving the fan on camera.
He then had to be hold back by other players as he kept charging at the fan, who seemed to have said something to tip him off.
City fans were causing trouble as well, as they were seen throwing objects, including an advertising board, at the police and stewards from their section.
The FA is reviewing the referee’s report on the game, and is likely to dish out appropriate punishments to both clubs — who failed to control their supporters.
Wigan chairman David Sharpe has also confirmed the club will launch their own investigation on the incident.
Speaking with BBC Breakfast, he said that both sets of supports have caused damage to the DW Stadium with their post game actions.
“The emotions of football can sometimes get the better of fans and that was evident last night. I don’t like to see what happened at the end of the game,” Sharpe said.
“We’ll have to look into it properly with the FA and the authorities over what was going on, but it looks like both City and Wigan fans weren’t being too pleasant to each other, and there was damage to the stadium.
“But that can be emotion of supporters sometimes. Things can get carried away. We’ve got to remain classy in certain situations and that’s the feeling we’re taking from last night.
“I don’t think it will detract from our victory – not one bit. I think people know how football is and what fans can do in a certain moment, they can get carried away.
“I think the main story is Wigan beating Man City, who were on for the quadruple. They’re favorites for the Premier League, the Champions League – and a League One club has just knocked them out of the FA Cup.”
Wigan manager Cook also talked about the post game incident, and defended Aguero’s shove on the fan.
“It’s not right is it?” he said. “It’s incorrect. But I’ve not seen the incidents, so I’d rather not comment. With all due respect, players’ safety is paramount for everyone.”
Wigan will now take on Southampton in the quarter final stage of the competition, which is set to kick off at March 17.
Speaking about the match-up, Cook said it comes as a shock for everyone as Southampton were expecting to play City instead.
“Funnily enough, when the draw was made, no-one even texted each other,” he said. “It was like we weren’t in it.
“I am sure Southampton are as shocked as we are because they were probably thinking how disappointed they were to have to go to the Etihad.
“Fortunately for us all, that game will come around, and it is a fantastic game for everyone. We are a game away from Wembley. What an occasion it will be for us all.
“We have to concentrate on the league, and now the FA Cup becomes a massive distraction. But we are in it.”
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