Premier League
EPL Home
Football League
World Cup 2014
Euro Football Home
Russian Premier
Ligue 1
La Liga
Football Italiano
International Home
World Cup 2010
Euro 2012 Stadiums
Euro 2012
Denmark 2011
AFCON 2013
About Us
Write for us
Contact Us

Wigan Focus - Latics reach historic FA Cup final

Bookmark and Share

By Simon Wright

Monday 15 April 2013

Saturday night should have been an evening remembered for an amazing feat completed by the remarkable footballers of Wigan Athletic. Instead, football’s darker side was pictured again throughout the world by the sight of Millwall fans fighting each other in the closing stages of the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Wigan players celebrate at the final whistle

The idiots, and that’s the politest term that can be used to describe them, overshadowed a fine achievement by Roberto Martinez and his Latics side, who dealt with the Wembley occasion without any problems. It was a professional performance of self-assurance and efficiency, something that has pushed Wigan on throughout their run to the final.

The Lancashire club might not have the dedicated fan appeal, as shown by the empty seats around Wembley for the 5.15pm kick-off, or have world class players - but if there were awards for team play and team spirit, they’d be looking good to finish in the top four.

Martinez has made some smart moves this season, and one of those was to go down the more modern 3-4-3 approach, rather than the 4-4-2 tradition which has become something of an ancient formation of recent times.

The addition of Paul Scharner in the January transfer window on loan from Hamburg SV was a great move for both player and club. Scharner had left the Premier League in the summer, after failing to agree a new deal at West Brom, but his move to the Bundesliga was hindered by injuries and suspension. When Sunderland stalled over a possible swoop in January, Martinez snapped up the former Latics icon on loan until the end of the season.

Scharner has fitted in fantastically, as if he had never left the club he represented so well in the days of Paul Jewell and Steve Bruce. Losing Ivan Ramis in January for the season to a serious ligament injury was a cruel blow, but Scharner has filled the void without any hassle.

It makes you think that if he’s at home at Wigan then a permanent deal can’t be ruled out, especially as the fans love him and Hamburg might not be able to guarantee him regular first-team football.

In Callum McManaman, Wigan have found one of the best young players of the season. McManaman has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons in recent weeks, but has been a revelation in the second half of the campaign, and that is largely down to his performances in the FA Cup.

He is fast, has the ability to scare the living daylights out of right backs across the country, can deliver a good cross, and can score goals too. With Stewart Downing no longer in Roy Hodgson’s plans, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain struggling to break into the Arsenal side on a regular basis, McManaman has the potential to make the England ranks in the long term.

Wigan will be back at Wembley on May 11 to play Manchester City. They will play the role of underdog, but the underdog can win on the day. Just ask the Wimbledon side from 1988.

See what the expert tipsters are tipping on OLBG

Related Articles


Arsenal monitoring Lyon forward Lacazette


Mourinho wants more Chelsea players in PFA team


Get your Premier League tickets with World Ticket Shop


Real Madrid planning swoop for Chelsea’s Mikel


West Brom close to signing Wigan’s Callum McManaman


Get your Premier League tickets with World Ticket Shop


West Brom not giving up on McManaman





Email Address *


Please enter code on left.

Terms & Conditions

* A valid email is required to submit a comment. Your email will not be displayed on this or any other website, nor will it be passed to any 3rd parties. For more information please see the terms and conditions.


No Comments have been posted yet





Follow us...




Premier League Football News

ArsenalAston VillaChelseaEvertonFulhamLiverpoolManchester CityManchester UtdNewcastle UtdNorwich City
ReadingQueens Park RangersSouthamptonStoke CitySunderlandSwansea CityTottenham HotspurWest Bromwich AlbionWest HamWigan Athletic






Kick Football News