Wigan Athletic stun Manchester City in FA Cup final
Wigan Athletic lifted the 2013 FA Cup after a shock 1-0 victory over Manchester City at Wembley
Wigan Athletic have defied the odds and kept alive the magic of the FA Cup all the way to the end - sealing victory against Manchester City 1-0 in the final, courtesy of another determined performance.
The Latics were never given a chance coming into the final - expected to be dominated by the likes of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure - but they have shocked and awed neutral fans and City supporters alike.
After seeing out some early City pressure, Wigan had their chances. As both teams sparred with gentle probing attacks on the oppositions defence, keeping the tale of the final tight in the balance.
Man of the Match, Callum McManaman, dominated Wigan's attacking threat down the right flank, taking on and beating Gael Clichy on most, or if not every occasion. The pace and direct penetration from the Liverpudlian seemed too much for the City defence to handle, as he carved out chance after chance for the Latics.
Then, when Pablo Zabaleta saw red for a clear, undisputed second bookable offence on McManaman, Wigan started to truly believe. The breakthrough came late on when Ben Watson sealed the victory with a powerful, glancing header at the near post, from a 90th-minute Shaun Maloney corner.
Wembley erupted, and the colours of Wigan Athletic glistened across the capital.
It was all they deserved on the day, with a tactically brilliant display from Roberto Martinez's men. Never dominated, never out of it.
So now back to business as their attention must turn to keeping Premier League football alive at the DW Stadium next season. With games against Arsenal and Aston Villa on the horizon, it will be a celebration of sobriety and conservatism for the boys of Wigan Athletic. Two more cup finals left.
But after this huge cup upset, who would bet against them coming up with the goods come the end of the season? After all, it is 'Wigan time'.
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