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Wigan looked the top-flight outfit against West Ham

By Oliver Todd for the Daily Mail

Published: 17:30 EST, 28 January 2018 | Updated: 17:50 EST, 28 January 2018

As Wigan Athletic approach the fifth anniversary of the most unlikely FA Cup triumph in the Premier League era, their present-day team are determined to live up to the club's history.

Wigan are in League One now, top of the table with promotion their supposed priority. But few clubs have gone at this competition at full pelt in the style they have.

Most would rather dodge the fixture congestion, duck out in the early rounds and stick to their day-to-day task. Wigan do not allow themselves to think like that.

Will Grigg celebrates scoring his second goal as Wigan beat West Ham 2-0 on Saturday
Will Grigg celebrates scoring his second goal as Wigan beat West Ham 2-0 on Saturday

Will Grigg celebrates scoring his second goal as Wigan beat West Ham 2-0 on Saturday

West Ham and Bournemouth of the Premier League have been comfortably dispatched on the road to round five and there is a warning that more is to come.

'We have a lot of players who shouldn't be in League One,' said Saturday's two-goal hero Will Grigg.

'We get it down and we pass it, it doesn't matter who the opponents are. That is what we said from the start and we are confident of playing against anyone.'

Both West Ham and Bournemouth have been comfortably dispatched by the Latics this year
Both West Ham and Bournemouth have been comfortably dispatched by the Latics this year

Both West Ham and Bournemouth have been comfortably dispatched by the Latics this year

Goalscorer Grigg claimed his side are confident playing against anyone at this stage
Goalscorer Grigg claimed his side are confident playing against anyone at this stage

Goalscorer Grigg claimed his side are confident playing against anyone at this stage

They certainly look it. This 2-0 win over West Ham was one of the most complete performances anyone will see all season.

Grigg scored his fifth and sixth goals in this Cup campaign while Nick Powell sparkled, Dan Burn and Chey Dunkley were dominant in defence and Wigan's midfield was full of smart passing and bite in the tackle. Their full-backs were outstanding, too.

From the first minute, West Ham were the side who looked like a team from League One up against Premier League opposition. That is some reflection on a dismal display from David Moyes' men but Wigan made them look that bad.

The Latics look certainties for promotion this season, two points clear with a game in hand, and would be an unpopular away tie in Monday's fifth-round draw on the back of a 15-game unbeaten run.

Wigan boss Paul Cook praised his players for the 'great mentality' they have shown this season
Wigan boss Paul Cook praised his players for the 'great mentality' they have shown this season

Wigan boss Paul Cook praised his players for the 'great mentality' they have shown this season

'The season is panning out really well and as a group they have started well,' said manager Paul Cook. 'Our lads have a great mentality — and we are lucky to have players of Nick Powell's calibre.'

Wigan are starting to open eyes. Perhaps the only fear is that too many eyes will open before the transfer window closes this week. 'Our lads should, deservedly, have interest in them,' Cook says. 'If you are playing like they are, you will get interest in you.'

One of those is Powell — Brighton, Southampton and Aston Villa have been sniffing around Wigan's attacking linchpin.

Latics linchpin Nick Powell (above) has attracted Championship and Premier League interest
Latics linchpin Nick Powell (above) has attracted Championship and Premier League interest

Latics linchpin Nick Powell (above) has attracted Championship and Premier League interest

The FA Cup will quickly forget the turgid performances of David Moyes' West Ham side
The FA Cup will quickly forget the turgid performances of David Moyes' West Ham side

The FA Cup will quickly forget the turgid performances of David Moyes' West Ham side

West Ham, meanwhile, are far from happy. They went into Saturday's game with 11 first-team players out and proceeded to lose Pedro Obiang to a suspected medial ligament injury, before Arthur Masuaku spat at Powell to earn a red card and an expected six-game ban.

'We're in a position at the moment where we can't afford any of that,' Moyes said.

But the FA Cup will quickly forget West Ham's turgid performances — the focus is all on Wigan again.

'The Cup is special in the club's history and it's nice to see reminders of the win in 2013 on the boards here,' said centre back Dunkley.

'It would be good to go on a board for what we've done — it's a great feeling to beat two Premier League teams.'

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