Proud Wigan relegated after last game against Aston Villa
After winning the FA Cup, Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez held his chin up high as he and his crew said the Premier League good-bye. Wigan Athletic will play in the Championship next season after their fate was confirmed following a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.
Roberto Martinez admitted he was a proud man, although his side was forced to abandon the upper echelons of English football. After eight years of exciting football, Wigan Athletic went down, but not without glory. The Latics won the FA Cup by defeating Manchester City in the final at Wembley.
The confirmation of Wigan Athletic’s relegation arrived only three days after they won the FA Cup, a trophy that glistened in the stadium’s special display during the game. In spite of being relegated, Wigan Athletic fans stayed late after the game to cheer their players.
“I'm very proud. When you enjoy the moments that we had with our fans, you can only feel proud. It's been an emotional week,” Roberto Martinez said.
“We're always a unique football club, we've been doing that season after season. Even in relegation, we have to do it in the most unique way - winning the FA Cup and getting relegated, the first team that has ever done that.
“It's been a rollercoaster of emotions this week but when you have the supporters that we have, they are the reason why we are so proud of our football club. We need to get stronger in the league and regain our Premier League status. I think, over the last eight seasons, we've made sure everyone knows Wigan Athletic belongs at this level.”
Wigan Athletic got off to a slow start which allowed Darren Bent to draw his first goal in eight months. Aston Villa were clearly missing the services of Christian Benteke, who was bearing suspension from a red card.
Emmerson Boyce helped Wigan equalize around the 21st minute. Soon after the interval Ashley Westwood made a goal-line clearance that bounced off Nathan Baker and landed back into Aston Villa’s net. Wigan Athletic lost their lead only 10 minutes later when Ronn Vlaar scored on a brilliant volley.