Wigan Athletic’s fairy-tale romance with the FA Cup continues to blossom as they stunned Manchester City to win 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
City have bowed out of the competition to the Lactics in the last two seasons now as Wigan booked their place in the semi-finals and stayed on course for back-to-back FA Cup winners medals.
Few would have fancied them as they arrived in Manchester for their quarter-final tie with Manuel Pellegrini’s stars however they proved doubters wrong just as they did last May.
Ben Watson who missed Sunday’s game through injury scored the crucial goal at Wembley in the 90th minute to secure a famous victory which ended a run of 81-years without a major trophy.
It’s the type of FA Cup win that we have come to love as the big team is eliminated by a spirited underdog and this one will rank highly within that category.
A wonderful defensive display from Wigan saw them shut-out a City side which included Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, David Silva, Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure.
It showed once more that money doesn’t always buy you success and that a spirited, hard-working side can win over ninety-minutes of football against anyone.
With teams regularly now fielding weaker teams in cup competitions, some say clubs are forgetting what’s important to fans and that is trophies no matter what tournament it is.
City’s huge depth in their squad has meant they are easily able to rotate players to keep them fresh, however, the passion and desire to win was certainly much stronger within the away players at the Etihad.
Wigan may currently be in the Championship after relegation from the Premier League last-year but they have shown impressive form recently to claw themselves into the play-offs.
Since taking charge at the DW Stadium, City legend Uwe Rosler has lost only three of his 20 games in charge and will now be leading his side out at the national stadium in the Semi-finals against Arsenal.
It was an unbelievable achievement last-year and totally against all the odds that Wigan won the trophy last-year but the big question is can they repeat it this-year?
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