Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Super Wigan win the Cup

Fairy tales still exist as Wigan deservedly beat Man City on Saturday to lift the FA Cup.

It was the Latics first major trophy in their 81-year history when BEN WATSON'S last-minute goal won the FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley.

Roberto Martinez's side produced a performance full of attacking intent and verve to fully deserve this historic win against firm pre-match favourites City, who had Pablo Zabaleta sent off six minutes from time

Substitute Watson, who has missed much of the season after breaking his leg in November, sent Wigan's fans into ecstasy with a near-post header from Shaun Maloney's corner at the very moment the board went up to signal three minutes of stoppage time.

The goal was just reward for Wigan, whose drive and intensity was in sharp contrast to the desperately lacklustre display served up by City as last season's Premier League champions end this campaign empty-handed.

It completed a miserable day for manager Roberto Mancini, who lasted just 2 more days before being given the sack by City's rich Arab owners.

Meanwhile David Whelan vanished his own Cup Final memories, when he was stretchered off with a broken leg playing for Blackburn in the 1960 Cup Final.

Whelan was raised in Wigan and has overseen their rise through the divisions and their move from the run down Springfield Road to the DW Stadium.

Good for him and bloody good for Wigan and their fans. Who said the FA Cup was dead?

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