Caldwell hoping Wigan FA Cup win can spur Premier League survival

Wigan Athletic captain Gary Caldwell hopes the club’s FA Cup triumph over Manchester City can help the club kick on and secure their place in the Premier League for another season, Sky Sports has reported.

The Latics face Champions League chasing Arsenal on Tuesday in the knowledge that defeat to the Gunners would send Roberto Martinez’s side down into the Championship – and even a win would not lift Wigan out of danger, as they have fallen four points from safety with two games to play.

Caldwell said: “We know we can be inconsistent. This year injuries have hit us in different spells and have cost us. There’s a number of reasons we are where we are. We know if we can play like that in the next two games we’ll be safe again, and we can try to use this and staying in the league to kick us on to the next level that we’re striving to get to.

The FA Cup is the first piece of silverware claimed by Wigan in their 81-year history, and sees the club compete in the Europa League next season regardless of the division they find themselves in. Caldwell pointed to the continental action as a reason to be cheerful over Wigan’s future.

He added: “And European football as well, which for a club like us is a great achievement. There’s a lot to look forward to and next week’s going to be another massive week in the history of this club.

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