Roberto Martinez has hailed Wigan’s FA Cup triumph, reports BBC
Saturday’s FA Cup Final between Marinez’s struggling Latics and high-fliers Man City provided a somewhat surprisingly tight game, and substitute Ben Watson became the hero when he scored an injury-time header to give Wigan their first major trophy in their 80 year history.
Man City defender Pablo Zabaletta was sent off with seven minutes to go following a second bookable offence, and Wigan capitalized on their one man advantage to get their hands on the coveted cup.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Martinez said: “We were playing an incredible side. We didn’t win by luck – from start to finish it was an incredible performance. The FA Cup is such a special tournament, and everyone deserves to feel proud today.
“Everyone wrote us off before the game, but we were following a dream. You cannot describe the feeling at the moment. My players faced adversity and played with a smile. I am so proud of them.
“At half-time we were really down because we played well and when you are playing a top team, you need to take your chances. We were feeling maybe we wasted our opportunity.”
The honour could also be the catalyst for a second Wigan record this season, albeit a dubious one. If they are relegated, they would become the first team to win the FA Cup and be relegated in the same season.
Other clubs have reached the final and be relegated in the same campaign, but they have always fallen short at the showpiece event.
This fact may give Wigan fans hope that there is still a chance they can survive in the top flight, having arrived there under the guidance of Paul Jewell in 2005.
When asked about the reports strongly linking him with the soon-to-be-vacant Everton manager’s job, Martinez refused to give much away, saying: “Today is about today, the major trophy that Wigan Athletic have won.”
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