On an enjoyable evening…
"I enjoyed every minute of it because it was a big test for such a young team with many Under-18 players involved. I believe we stood up to the test and it was a remarkable combination of desire, energy and quality. From the first to the last minute we looked up for it and were relentless in having a go at Wigan. In the end it was a fantastic win."

On how Steve Bruce must feel…
"I believe when you lose in life, especially against a strong team, you are not humiliated. What is humiliating is when your team doesn’t try but Wigan did fight throughout as well. It was a good game and we won it. He will certainly be disappointed but not humiliated."

On fielding the same XI in December's Premier League fixture against the Lactics…

"No! But these boys do surprise everybody because of the mixture of character, commitment and calm under pressure. They always remain calm and always play very good football. To play that team in a Premier League game could be tempting but it is difficult to say as the pressure and the environment is different then. What they do on the pitch is no coincidence though."

On a continued belief in his squad…
"My belief has always been the same; it is just the environment was not exactly the same. I am happy that the people who love this Club are happier [than they were] but I always had the faith in what I do."

On the comparisons between Jack Wilshere and Cesc Fabregas…
"They are a different type of player because Jack is more a dribbler and Cesc is more of a passer. Jack is more a change-of-direction type of guy and Cesc has the quick vision. You can imagine the two of them together playing very good football. I think Jack has the same potential as Cesc and, like him, he has the character.

"He isn’t frightened of going into the challenge, he likes the physical game and is not fazed by anything; he takes the ball no matter where he is and no matter who he plays against - it is natural for him. Of course I think they can compliment each other, because Jack can play on the flanks or behind the striker. In fact I think he can play anywhere across midfield and up front."

On developing this group together…
"I keep them together to see how far they can go. I see them in training and they are good but when you turn up against a Premier League side, that is a different challenge; now I know they can turn up and produce.

"It is interesting going into the Quarter-Final and I will keep them altogether, but you will always need experience. Don’t forget the goalkeeper and the two defenders have good experience and they had an important role at important times in the game."

On two-goal man Jay Simpson…
"Jay had an excellent pre-season with me and after that he didn’t play because of the competition we have up front; he didn’t get the games but tonight he has shown the character and physical strength he has. Last year he was [League One] Player of the Year when we sent him out to Millwall on loan."

On having strength in depth at left-back…
"I like Kieran Gibbs. He is a player who can go up and down and he has an unbelievable physique. Gibbs was first a midfielder and he has a future. I gave Armand Traore out on loan because I had Gibbs, and I also have Silvestre who can play there if needed."

On Tomas Rosicky's recent operation…
"The situation looks very positive. They have taken a lot of scar tissue out of his leg and the vibes from the surgeon are very positive. I think he can return in six to eight weeks."

On a large English presence in the side…
"I believe, on the players you have seen tonight, England has a competitive future. You have Gavin Hoyte, who for me had an outstanding game, Gibbs, Mark Randall, Wilshere – all four are top class. Also there is Jay Simpson, Henri Lansbury, Emmanuel Frimpong and Abu Ogogo. Some are in the national team [relative to their age] as well.

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