Millwall 0 Wigan 2: It’s a huge achievement, says Roberto Martínez
Millwall 0 Wigan 2: Roberto Martinez hails his side's "huge achievement" after the Latics book their place in the FA Cup final
Roberto Martínez hailed Wigan Athletic’s “huge achievement” after the Latics beat Millwall to book their place in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
Shaun Maloney opened the scoring in the 25th minute before Callum McManaman ensured Wigan reached their first-ever FA Cup showpiece with 12 minutes remaining.
“It does not come any bigger than this. It is a huge achievement for everyone connected to the club,” Martínez said.
“The pressure was on the players but they were magnificent today. They lived the dream for Wigan.
“I do not like to show emotion but it was a huge moment when Callum McManaman scored. There has been such an unfair campaign against Callum for an unfortunate incident when he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
“We showed a good know-how of how to win the game. The players deserve huge credit for that.
Maloney defended the club’s supporters after the Latics returned at least 10,000 of their allocated tickets for the semi-final.
“I think it is unrealistic to sell every ticket we get as we come from a small town. The fans are a good bunch.”
He added: “We have a big next month coming up in the Premier League now.”
Meanwhile, Wigan midfielder Paul Scharner dedicated the victory to the club’s owner Dave Whelan after the Latics reached their first FA Cup final almost 35 years after they were elected to the Football League.
“It’s unbelievable that we’re in the final and the chairman [Whelan] deserves it most,” said Scharner.
The former West Bromwich Albion midfielder insisted Martínez’s men would be in for a tough encounter whoever they played in the final.
“It doesn’t matter who we face in the final – it’s always tough in the final. Both teams, Chelsea and Manchester City, are very strong,” he added.